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Artificial intelligence will wipe out half the banking jobs in a decade, experts say

April 23rd, 2018 at 3:21 pm » Comments Off

Advances in artificial intelligence and automation could replace as many as half the nation’s financial services workers over the next decade, industry experts say, but it’s going to take a big investment to make that happen. James D’Arezzo, CEO of Glendale-based Condusiv Technologies, says that’s where things are headed. And the process will be complicated. […]

Anyone can now create Alexa skills in a matter of minutes

April 21st, 2018 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

Amazon on Thursday unveiled “Alexa Skill Blueprints,” code-free templates that any Alexa owner, regardless of experience level, can use to create customized Alexa skills in a matter of minutes. Amazon included over 20 templates across four categories — Fun & Games, At Home, Storyteller, and Learning & Knowledge — with plans to add more.

Alexa Is a Revelation for the Blind

April 21st, 2018 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

Legally blind since age 18, my father missed out on the first digital revolution. “Is it ‘Electra?’” my father asks, leaning in close to the Amazon Echo my mother has just installed. Leaning in close is his trademark maneuver: Dad has been legally blind since age 18, the result of a horrible car crash in […]

Tesla’s new Semi could change shipping as we know it

April 17th, 2018 at 8:48 am » Comments Off

Tesla is shaking up logistics world with its semiautonomous truck. Thanks in part to Tesla, the logistics industry is on the road to a transportation transformation. In November 2017, Tesla rolled out the heavy-duty Semi, an electric-powered, semiautonomous truck that’s already been pre-ordered by the likes of DHL, Anheuser-Busch, J.B. Hunt and Walmart. If all […]

The robocops are here

April 7th, 2018 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

As robotic police head out on the street of Dubai, we look at the technology that’s set to revolutionise law and order. Visitors to Dubai’s busy shopping arcades may be surprised to find themselves under the protection of a humanoid police robot. Though it has no mouth, the expressionless bot communicates in Arabic and English, […]

As long as there are humans, there will be jobs

March 29th, 2018 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

Automation will dominate some fields. But people will want new things, and new industries will arise. Predicting the course of technological progress is extremely difficult. Just because worries about human obsolescence ultimately turned out to be misplaced in the Industrial Revolution doesn’t mean that the same happy result must necessarily prevail this time around. So […]

Amazon’s cashier-less Seattle grocery store is opening to the public

March 23rd, 2018 at 10:24 am » Comments Off

At Amazon Go, you grab your milk and leave. It might take some getting used to. In the shadow of Amazon’s offices in downtown Seattle, people enter a tiny grocery store, take whatever they want, and then walk out. And nobody runs after them screaming.

Automation, New Morality and a ‘Global Useless Class’

March 22nd, 2018 at 10:10 pm » Comments Off

LONDON — What will our future look like — not in a century but in a mere two decades? Terrifying, if you’re to believe Yuval Noah Harari, the Israeli historian and author of “Sapiens” and “Homo Deus,” a pair of audacious books that offer a sweeping history of humankind and a forecast of what lies […]

A different kind of bike donut

March 16th, 2018 at 8:50 am » Comments Off

Add the Orbike to Musk’s Boring Company program and you’ve literally got a city that’s perfect for any commuter. Sitting half above and half below the surface of the road, the Orbike is a donut-shaped vending machine that allows people to rent bicycles and bike-related equipment. Designed to be efficient, but more to grab attention, […]

The Latest XPrize Is For Building Remote-Controlled Humanoid Robots

March 14th, 2018 at 10:53 am » Comments Off

From caring for distant parents to entering burning buildings, there are lots of ways that people might use robot avatars to be in places they can’t go themselves. The XPrize Foundation is offering $8 million if someone can build one by 2021.

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