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Futurework – how technology will redefine the culture of work

October 22nd, 2014 at 3:11 pm » Comments Off

“We’re increasingly going to be working with technology, and clearly some technologies are going to replace us.” Former Secretary of Labor and professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, Robert Reich and Susan Hassler, editor in chief of IEEE Spectrum magazine, Susan Hassler , are joined by engineers, scientists, and futurists from MIT, Carnegie […]

The great decoupling – the impact of machine learning advancement on productivity and jobs

October 20th, 2014 at 12:38 pm » Comments Off

Machine learning is advancing at exponential rates. Many highly skilled jobs once considered the exclusive domain of humans are increasingly being carried out by computers. That may be good or bad depending on whom you talk to. Technologists and economists tend to split into two camps, the technologists believing that innovation will cure all ills, […]

U.S. Navy develops robot boats that can swarm enemy forces

October 13th, 2014 at 1:23 pm » Comments Off

The swarm detects the enemy vessel with radar and infrared sensors. The U.S. Navy has been testing a large-scale swarm of autonomous boats designed to overwhelm enemies according to reports from Jeremy Hsu. In the test, a large ship that the Navy sometimes calls a high-value unit, HVU, is making its way down the river’s thalweg, escorted by […]

Top 5 ways the superintelligence revolution could happen

October 1st, 2014 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

There is a 50% probability that human-level machine intelligence will have been attained by 2050. Machines already have superhuman strength, speed and stamina. One day machines will have superhuman intelligence. Assuming that scientific and technological progress continues, human-level machine intelligence is very likely to be developed. And shortly thereafter, superintelligence.    

Peering into the future of AI and robot brains

September 28th, 2014 at 8:33 am » Comments Off

Baby X, a 3D-simulated human child. Zoltan Istvan writes In Singularity or Transhumanism: What Word Should We Use to Discuss the Future? on Slate: “The singularity people (many at Singularity University) don’t like the term transhumanism. Transhumanists don’t like posthumanism. Posthumanists don’t like cyborgism. And cyborgism advocates don’t like the life extension tag. If you arrange the […]

Should Robots Have Their Own Bank Accounts?

September 22nd, 2014 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

Typical house-bot shopping on a budget Futurist Thomas Frey: The year is 2027 and Winston, a newly born house-bot charged with doing a number of domestic chores including cleaning, meal prep, laundry, and building maintenance, has been programmed to not only perform the work, but also restock supplies once they reach a certain level.  

MIT cheetah robot can run and jump untethered across grass

September 19th, 2014 at 8:00 am » Comments Off

MIT cheetah robot Researchers at MIT have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah. The robot sprinted up to 10 mph, even continuing to run after clearing a hurdle in experiments done on an indoor track. The MIT researchers estimate that the current version of the robot may eventually […]

The future of robotics: What is a robot?

September 18th, 2014 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

Robotics is a transformative technology. Brookings Institution is a prestigious organization in the nation’s capital. When organizations such as that decides to study civilian robotics, you know that at the very least the organization will present some thought-provoking views.    

‘Smart suit’ – a new wearable robotic exoskeleton gives you superhuman powers

September 17th, 2014 at 10:32 am » Comments Off

‘Smart suit’ In the U.S., engineers and roboticists have developed a ’smart’ robotic suit made from lightweight, flexible materials that can enhance the movements of everyone from soldiers and firefighters to hiking enthusiasts and the elderly. (Video)    

We should start taking artificial intelligence seriously

September 6th, 2014 at 8:07 am » Comments Off

AI is no longer just for technology companies. Intelligent machines have arrived, only they don’t look at all like we expected. They aren’t HAL from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and they certainly aren’t Scarlett Johansson’s disembodied voice in “Her.” Intelligent machines are more akin to what happens when insects, or even fungi, do when they […]

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