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July 10th, 2015 at 9:52 pm

The Coming of “Peak Car”

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  In what year will the number of cars in the world reach its peak and auto sales overall begin to decline?

For most, it may be surprising to realize we’re already there in the U.S. Growing data shows many wealthy economies have already hit “peak car,” a point of market saturation characterized by an unprecedented deceleration in the growth of car ownership, total miles driven, and annual sales.

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June 30th, 2015 at 9:29 pm

The Great Mannequin Vs. Fashion Model Showdown

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  If it weren’t for their glowing eyes, I would have sworn they were live fashion models dancing in the store window.

Moving smoothly to match the music playing in the background, each of the seven perfectly proportioned mannequins swayed to a carefully choreographed set of moves designed to draw attention to the clothes they were wearing.

The eerie feeling that they were watching me as much as I was watching them was not a mistake. They were indeed looking at me.   Continue Reading »

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June 16th, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Look what’s coming down the robotics pike

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Amazon has 15,000 robots in warehouse jobs to work beside humans.

In his latest article, futurist speaker Thomas Frey states, “we are less than a decade away from workerless factories, robots with their own bank accounts, Watson-like judges dolling out sentences in court, and having wars filled with robots fighting other robots.”

 

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June 5th, 2015 at 7:19 pm

World’s first robot chef can prepare 2000 different dishes, with $0 pay

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The push for an increased minimum wage just went right out the automated window…   Continue Reading »

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March 26th, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Rethink Robotics unveils new robot Sawyer

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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.   Continue Reading »

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December 10th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Our Newest Unit of Measure – 1 Human Intelligence Unit – and Why it will Never Happen

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Futurist Thomas Frey: I’ve been closely watching the debate on artificial intelligence with people like Rodney Brooks saying it’s only a tool, and others like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking giving bone chilling warnings of how it could lead to the destruction of all humanity.

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November 25th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Artificial intelligence is not a threat, it’s a tool

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It’s a mistake to worry about us developing malevolent AI anytime soon.

Rodney Brooks - There has been several articles in the press recently, and several high profile people who are in tech but not AI, speculating about the dangers of malevolent AI being developed, and how we should be worried about that possibility. Should we be worried?

 

 

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November 3rd, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Top 9 TED talks on the future of tomorrow

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TED talks have become an integral forum in airing ideas about tomorrow’s world, and how the likes of transport and energy will be revolutionized in the future. Here are nine of the most thought-provoking discussions on what the transformation of tomorrow will entail. (Videos)

 

 

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September 19th, 2014 at 8:00 am

MIT cheetah robot can run and jump untethered across grass

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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 reach speeds of up to 30 mph — half the top speed of the natural cheetah, the fastest land animal on Earth. (Videos)

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August 16th, 2014 at 8:15 am

Aloft Hotel in California to test ‘Botlr,’ a robotic bellhop

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Starwood brand, Aloft, aims to deliver a fresh approach to the traditional hotel landscape, offering a tech-forward experience and modern style for the next generation of traveler. They recently announced a new member of its Cupertino team, A.L.O., the hotel brand’s first Botlr (robotic butler). This cyber associate will perform both front and back of house duties at the hotel, assisting staff in delivering amenities to guest rooms and other tasks.

 

 

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