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Cynthia Breazeal: Will Robots Like Jibo Take Your Job?

<i>By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues</i><p>Many people worry about the consequences of tech innovation, in particular: will automation and robots take our jobs? I sat down to explore the impact of robots and the chance of "robo-apocalypse" with social robot pioneer Cynthia Breazeal, founder of …

Billionaire: “We Are Destroying the Middle Class. That’s What Keeps Me Awake at Night.”

<i>“We’re in for a huge change in society. Get used to it. And be prepared.”</i><p>That’s not a new message, but as the warning will affect the personal …

The Digital Revolution meets the Human Brain (as evidenced by the explosion of neurotech patent filings)

Our brain is at the core of every­thing we do, from the every-day deci­sions we make to the epic emo­tions we feel when we fall in love. Giv­en its …

Innovation

Are You Inventing The Future, Or Is It Inventing You?

“If technology is a drug — and it does feel like a drug — then what, precisely, are the side-effects?” stated Charlie Brooker, who created the British TV series Black Mirror, in an interview. That question has stuck with me ever since. He basically likened technology to a drug (“and it does feel …

The Good, The Bad and The Robot: Experts Are Trying to Make Machines Be “Moral”

Good vs. bad. Right vs. wrong. Human beings begin to learn the difference before we learn to speak—and thankfully so. We owe much of our success as a …

Russia's Terminator-style killer robot will soon be able to run

Russia's Terminator-style killer robot will have learned to run and complete an obstacle course by the end of this year, according to the team …

Robotics

These Robotic Beds Carry You Everywhere - Technabob

Life can be hectic and stressful. Some days you don’t want to get out of bed. If only we could stay in bed and still go everywhere we need to go. …

Robotics

Mysteries of worm regeneration solved with artificial intelligence - ExtremeTech

By on June 9, 2015 at 1:15 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>The statement that “human-level …

Report Analyzes Link Between Revenue Growth and Digital Technology Leadership

In order for organizations to compete and succeed in today's digital world, leaders across the business - not just those in IT - must prioritize …

Customer Experience

DeepMind: 'Artificial intelligence is a tool that humans can control and direct'

Co-founder of technology company insists AI is not a danger to humanity, but will help tackle lack of clean water, financial inequality and stock market risks<p>Fears that artificial intelligence will wipe out human beings are completely overblown, according to the co-founder of Britain’s DeepMind, …

Artificial Intelligence

The machines that rose to DARPA's robotics challenge

The robot apocalypse has been postponed. At DARPA Robotics Challenge in California, where the world's best and brightest robots came to compete, the machines were far from invincible. They moved at a glacial pace, stumbled and slammed to the ground and lay there motionless until their teams of …

Robotics

Why Robots AND Humans Are the Answer to Manufacturing's Job Woes

Is it just me, or has the pace of stories about the rise of robots and threats to jobs increased substantially in the past few months? NPR, The New York Times, bookshelves, both real and virtual, are crowded with commentaries about the impending arrival of smart robots able to do everything that we …

When Computers Insist They’re Alive

The idea that only humans can have consciousness is anthropomorphic prejudice.<p>Ever since college, where I focused some of my studies on the wacky topic of a brain in a vat, it's troubled me that some people think only humans are capable of consciousness—rationally knowing what they are and that …

Intelligent machines aren't going to overthrow humans

Every new technology brings its own nightmare scenarios. Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are no exceptions. Indeed, the word "robot" was coined for a 1920 play that dramatized just such a doomsday for humanity.<p>Earlier this month, an open letter about the future of AI, signed by a number …

Japanese Robots To Deal With Customers In Banks

Humans With Amplified Intelligence Could Be More Powerful Than AI

With much of our attention focused the rise of advanced artificial intelligence, few consider the potential for <b>radically amplified human intelligence</b> …

Singularity

We’re Heading into a Jobless Future, No Matter What the Government Does

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I’d had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about …

The Future

Terrifying Drones Replace Waiters at New Restaurant

Just as ATMs sought to replace bank tellers in the 1980s, an increasing number of robots and drones are taking jobs away from restaurant service staff. Today, the <i>International Business Times</i> reports on a new restaurant in Singapore that uses drones largely in place of human servers.<p>Timbre — a chain …

Rise of the robots: how long do we have until they take our jobs?

They have mastered the art of poker, helped write a cookbook and can cope with a basic conversation. The decision by a Japanese bank to staff their frontdesk with a bevy of robots is just the latest in a series of advances and predictions that at times appear to suggest we will all be replaced, …

Artificial Intelligence

9 jobs robots could replace in 2015

Walking through the city, I find myself thinking about all the jobs a robot could do.<p>A robot could probably stand in for my coffee truck guy, though …

True Value: 5 New Skills Required of Every CFO

Chief financial officers aren't who they used to be. Here are five roles every modern finance leader should fill.<p>Chief financial officers’ departures …

Human Resources

CFOs Say Keeping Up With Technology is Greatest Pressure Point for Accounting and Finance

From transportation to communication to currency, technology is transforming nearly every aspect of business. Accounting is no exception, and …

Resource Planning

Google Co-Founder Saw "Tomorrowland," Had Deep Thoughts About The Future

The Google CEO said he was interested in the Disney movie for its utopian vision of the future. But utopias just don't make good stories.<p>Silicon Valley wants us to believe the future will be a better place. Science fiction — a genre stuffed with dystopian projections of humanity's decline — often …

Will the Rise of The Robots Implode the World Economy?

On the other hand, they can land planes, write news stories, and emotional robots may be your very best friend or your loyal pet.<p>From the invention of the steam engine to the Internet, technology has helped drive human progress. But Martin Ford, author of <i>Rise Of The Robots: Technology and The</i> …

Timelapse Sisyphus 1

Hubble finds football-shaped moons in the end zone of our solar system

Just because Pluto lost its planetary status doesn’t mean it’s any less interesting to astronomers.<p>NASA on Wednesday reported two football-shaped moons that wobble so unpredictably that the sun could rise in a different direction every day from either of the moons.<p>The Hubble Telescope recorded the …

We've reached a tipping point where technology is now destroying more jobs than it creates, researcher warns

Thanks to the efficiency of the internet and automated systems, productivity and GDP have grown during the last few decades, but the middle class and jobs are disappearing.<p>In fact, we have reached a tipping point where technology is now destroying more jobs than it creates. And if the trend …

Your Wireless Internet Could Power Your Future Devices

As if Wi-Fi wasn’t cool enough already<p>Wi-Fi allows us to connect to the Internet by transmitting data through the air itself, but what if it could be used to power our devices wirelessly as well? Scientists at the University of Washington are currently working to make it happen.<p>PoWiFi, short for …

MIT reveals how its military-funded Cheetah robot can now jump over obstacles on its own

Scientists at MIT's Biometrics Robotics Lab have now trained their robotic Cheetah to see and jump over hurdles as it runs, making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously. The cheetah's previous greatest accomplishment was that it was able to run untethered.<p>MIT …