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Jobs lost, jobs gained: What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages

In an era marked by rapid advances in automation and artificial intelligence, new research assesses the jobs lost and jobs gained under different …

Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning Set To Change The Customer Experience

In the world of customer service, we’re experiencing the rise of chatbots, virtual digital assistants, and artificial intelligence (AI) agents, answering basic queries which allow humans to tackle more complex problems and improve the speed and efficiency of decisions.<p>Emerging technology such as …

Customer Experience

IBM and MIT are building a 100-person artificial intelligence research lab and business incubator

Two of the biggest three-letter acronyms in technology are teaming up, again. Today IBM and MIT announced a new joint project to research artificial intelligence, such as developing better algorithms and to foster AI startups. IBM is dropping $240 million, over 10 years, into the MIT–IBM Watson AI …

MIT Invented A New Kind Of Robot Memory

To truly collaborate with people, robots need to learn to think like them.<p>Alexa and Siri are good for some things, but their help only goes so far. You can order a new shirt or arrange a cleaning service through them, but you can’t ask them to wash the top you wore yesterday or put your favorite …

Dota 2

<b>We've created a bot which beats the world's top professionals at 1v1 matches of Dota 2 under standard tournament rules.</b> The bot learned the game from …

Artificial Intelligence

Drone Uses AI and 11,500 Crashes to Learn How to Fly

Crashing into objects has taught this drone to fly autonomously, by learning what not to do Image: CMUCMU researchers are letting this drone crash …

For Startups, The Arrival Of Amazon’s Echo Show Is A Reminder Of The Risks Of Partnering With A Giant

Smart-intercom maker Nucleus helped improve Amazon’s voice platform. Now it’s being made redundant.<p>A couple of months ago, Nucleus cofounder Morley Ivers believed his smart intercom startup was enjoying a “real partnership” with Amazon. Nucleus had received a major investment from Amazon through …

Controlling Robot Swarms With Augmented Reality

Engineers at NYU have built an AR app to operate robots in the real world

Watch This Robot 3D Print a Building Out of Spray Foam

This MIT robot can autonomously build a giant dome

More “Star Trek” Tech In Real Life: The Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize

An American team of scientists and engineers just won the five-year-old, $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize.<p>The relationship between Star Trek and real-world science is long and distinguished (how many NASA engineers have claimed to owe their careers to the adventures of Captain Kirk and crew?). …

This Is How The Apple Store’s Architects Design A House

It’s about materials, structure, and connecting with the site.<p>There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of the architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, but you’d recognize its work instantly. The 52-year-old practice has masterminded more than 70 of Apple’s stores, both stateside and abroad, …

Robo-One Hosts First-Ever Autonomous Biped Fighting Tournament

Humanoid wrestling goes autonomous in Japan Photo: ROBO-ONEFor years, Japan has hosted the Robo-One competitive fighting tournament for biped robots. …

Apple has an official permit to test self-driving cars in California, DMV confirms

The California DMV updated its website on Friday, adding Apple's name to 29 other companies testing self-driving vehicles in the state, including Tesla and Google.<p>The permit is confirmation that Apple has been quietly working on self-driving car technology, something that the company has not …

Tim Cook

The Failure That Led Snap Inc. To Its Business Model

Sometimes an in-app purchase just causes too much “friction.”<p>There’s a fun little section in today’s Snap Inc. IPO filing titled “Why We Sell Ads.” It’s odd, in a way, that Snap should have to explain this in the first place—advertising is the company’s primary source of revenue, after all.<p>Yet it …

DragonflEye Project Wants to Turn Insects Into Cyborg Drones

R&D lab Draper is using genetic engineering and optoelectronics to build cybernetic insects Photo: DraperThe R&D company Draper is developing an …

Syngenta and AI for Good Foundation launch new AI Challenge to address world hunger with machine learning

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Jan. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Syngenta and the AI for Good Foundation have partnered to launch the Syngenta AI …

Bots_Alive Brings Sophisticated Brains to Cheap Robots

A $35 kit turns a little legged robot into an autonomous interactive critter Image: Bots_AliveHow do you make a robot toy that’s both interesting and …

To Fix Employment, Fix Automation–The Real Job Killer Of Our Age

Half the activities in the economy have the potential to be automated. We need to manage the transition, not ignore it.<p>President Trump likes to blame trade, immigration, and overregulation for job losses in the American heartland. But that’s generally not how economists see it. They say machines …

How Did Denmark Spark Its Miraculous Food-Waste Reduction?

Writing in <i>National Geographic</i>, Jonathan Bloom gives a lot of credit to one person, Russian activist Selina Juul, who came to Denmark as a teenager, …

Sustainability

The Peeqo Robot Communicates Using Only Animated GIFs

Who is Peeqo?<p>Peeqo, a cute desktop robotic assistant, communicates using animated GIFs. Abhishek Singh designed Peeqo for his thesis at ITP.<p>“Let me begin by telling you three things that I really love,” said Abhishek to as he kicked off his thesis presentation.<p>“The first thing that I really love is …

3 Robots That Help Kids Learn to Code

Knowing how to program is an increasingly important skill in the world we are making. Thankfully, it’s never been easier to learn. Block-based languages like Scratch make it simple to start acquiring the base concepts of creating software. Python, a language I personally believe should be required …

Harvard's soft exosuit makes walking 23 percent easier

Harvard Wyss Institute researchers have been working on a soft exosuit with DARPA's financial help for years. While they were able to present a proof of concept in 2016, it's only now that they've found out just how much the suit can actually help its wearer. According to a new study published in</i> …

The Newest XPrize Contest Is The Next Best Thing To Cloning Humans

By Susan Karlin3 minute Read<p>Imagine donning a special high-tech suit that digitally transports your consciousness to a robotic body in a remote area …

Los Angeles

How To Negotiate For The Fees You Deserve

Design is often seen as a luxury. Convince clients of the value of your work with these six negotiation strategies.<p>When was the last time you went to your doctor or your lawyer or your dentist and negotiated the fee? Never, right?<p>You don’t do that, because these professions have established …

U.S. Says EVs Must Make Noise to Warn Pedestrians

Electric vehicles must make noise to warn pedestrians of their coming by 2019, U.S. road safety regulators said this week. And the measure is grist …

In 5 Years, Your Entire Office Will Fit In A Backpack To Take Wherever You Want

One designer has a new proposal: A pop-up personal office that you can carry in a backpack, and set up in a new type of urban park. The design was …

Material Design

Experts are worried that advancements in AI could threaten humanity

After pointing the finger squarely at Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom and his recent book, <i>Superintelligence</i>, Etzioni complains that Bostrom's "main source of data on the advent of human-level intelligence" consists of surveys on the opinions of AI researchers. He then surveys the opinions of AI …

Singularity

This Device Uses The Power Of Waves To Make Ocean Water Drinkable

Justin Sonnett and Chris Matthews first came up with the SAROS desalination buoy while at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. They’ve …

North Carolina

Maven, GM’s Car Sharing Program, Expands To Los Angeles

The service, with rentals starting at $6 an hour, is targeting non-car-friendly neighborhoods.<p>GM is expanding its Maven car-sharing service, a ZipCar/Uber/Lyft alternative, into Los Angeles. Maven, which launched earlier this year with rentals starting at $6 an hour, allows drivers pick up vehicles …

After Years Of Warnings, Internet Of Things Devices To Blame For Big Internet Attack

Hundreds of thousands of cameras, routers, and DVRs have been hijacked by malware for use in massive denial of service attacks.<p>On Friday, a series of massive distributed denial of service attacks disrupted access to major internet services including GitHub, Twitter, Spotify, and Netflix.<p>The …