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Why tech leaders are really scared of A.I.

April 24th, 2015 at 1:53 pm » Comments Off

Is artificial intelligence really an “existential threat” to humanity?  Some very smart people: Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Sam Altman and particularly Oxford ProfessorNick Bostrom, really think so.  

Robot hands to help in the kitchen

April 20th, 2015 at 5:49 pm » Comments Off

Having long been relegated to harsh environments like deserts and nuclear waste dump, robots will not hit the harshest environment of all: your kitchen.  

Will your insurance company use drones to check up on you?

April 16th, 2015 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

Last week, insurance giant American International Group, announced it has won approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones.  That means AIG could potentially speed up the process of cutting reimbursement checks to homeowners and businesses hurt by floods or hurricanes by getting to disaster-stricken towns in the US more quickly by deploying unmanned aerial vehicles.  

China’s booming drone delivery services

April 9th, 2015 at 1:42 pm » Comments Off

Packages are already soaring through the air in China, while companies like Amazon are chomping at the bit to launch drone delivery services in the United States.  

US academic: Killer robots could be good news

April 7th, 2015 at 1:00 pm » Comments Off

A renowned US roboticist says that killer robots could actually save lives.  

Bionic ants and butterflies from Festo

April 2nd, 2015 at 6:11 pm » Comments Off

Every year at about this time, German automation company Festo announces its newest animal-inspired robots.  

Rethink Robotics unveils new robot Sawyer

March 26th, 2015 at 1:26 pm » Comments Off

Rethink Robotics has developed a new robot.  It is not a new version of their older robot Baxter, but a completely different robot, stuffing all of the adaptive, collaborative technology that makes Baxter unique into a form factor that’s smaller, faster, stronger, and more precise.  

Bill Gates’ thoughts on the future of education, programming and more

March 23rd, 2015 at 6:57 pm » Comments Off

From the demise of lecture halls to the awesomeness of the patent system, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has thoughts on a lot of things.  

Who is set to make money from the coming AI boom?

March 5th, 2015 at 6:44 pm » Comments Off

Many people predict that artificial intelligence is about to take off in a big way.  A new report from Goldman Sachs defines AI as ”any intelligence exhibited by machines or software.”  That can mean machines that make that make sense of huge amounts of disparate data, or that learn and improve their operations over time.

Time for presidential candidates to deal with robots

March 3rd, 2015 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

  For more than two decades now presidential candidates have been arguing about whether free trade is hurting middle-class workers.  2016 may launch a similar debate about robots and computers, automation may be the new outsourcing.

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