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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018 - MIT Technology Review

Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s …

Artificial Intelligence

After the end of the startup era

There’s a weird feeling afoot these days, in the Valley, and in San Francisco. Across the rest of the world — Denver, Santiago, Toronto, Berlin, “Silicon Glen,” “Silicon Alley,” “Silicon Roundabout“, Station F — it seems every city still wants to be a startup hub, dreaming of becoming “the new …

Startups

How can economic stagnation be stopped?

Edmund S. Phelps has strong opinions, and he’s not shy about expressing them. In the 1960s, he was a young economist more interested in exciting …

Economics

The Air Force and IBM are building an AI supercomputer

Supercomputers today are capable of performing incredible feats, from accurately predicting the weather to uncovering insights into climate change, but they still by and large rely on brute processor power to accomplish their tasks. That's where this new partnership between the US Air Force and IBM …

Artificial Intelligence

The 'gig economy' has broken a fundamental link in capitalism that was good for workers

LONDON — Everyone knows capitalism is based on supply and demand. If the supply of something goes down, then the price of it rises. The concept applies to labour, too. In boom times, when there is low unemployment, wages go up as employers compete for workers and the available labour pool …

Economics

It's happening: Google's AI is building more AIs

We've reached AI inception, but Google CEO Sundar Pichai still wants to "go deeper."<p>Put away your machine learning degrees -- artificial intelligence is now at the stage where it's ready to replicate and improve on itself, according to Google.<p>Googlers have designed AIs that are capable of "learning …

Artificial Intelligence

Rise of the robots: What advances mean for workers

<b>It's about the size and shape of a photocopier.</b><p>Emitting a gentle whirring noise, it travels across the warehouse floor while two arms raise or lower themselves on scissor lifts, ready for the next task.<p>Each arm has a camera on its knuckle. The left one eases a cardboard box forward on the shelf, …

Artificial Intelligence

Tech Giants Are Racing to Be the First to Develop “The Last App”

<i>The following article was inspired by futurist John Smart’s series on the future of personal AI assistants, aka Sims. In a paraphrase of futurist</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

The Jobs That Artificial Intelligence Will Create

The threat that automation will eliminate a broad swath of jobs across the world economy is now well established. As artificial intelligence (AI) …

Artificial Intelligence

Robots to affect up to 30% of UK jobs, says PwC

<b>Robotics and artificial intelligence could affect almost a third of UK jobs by the 2030s, according to a study.</b><p>However, the report from accountancy firm PwC also predicted that the nature of some occupations would change rather than disappear.<p>It added that automation could create more wealth and …

Artificial Intelligence

Avegant Claims Newly Announced Display Tech is "a new method to create light fields"

Accommodation<p>In the real world, to focus on a near object, the lens of your eye bends to focus the light from that object onto your retina, giving …

Augmented Reality

Meet 'Professor X,' the AI genius who left his lab at Princeton to beat Uber, Google, and Intel at their own game

By the fall of that same year, Xiao, known as something of a risk-taker, had moved himself and his family from New Jersey to Silicon Valley, and raised some modest seed funding for his new startup focused on self-driving cars.<p>His startup, dubbed AutoX, has done its best to stay under the radar to …

Artificial Intelligence

The 4th Industrial Revolution And A Jobless Future - A Good Thing?

It’s estimated that between 35 and 50 percent of jobs that exist today are at risk of being lost to automation. Repetitive, blue collar type jobs might be first, but even professionals — including paralegals, diagnosticians, and customer service representatives — will be at risk.<p>This isn’t just …

Customer Service

If You Want to Learn Faster, Overclock Your Audio and Video

Tikitu de Jager, a coder living in Greece, wanted to learn to program in iOS. So, like a lot of us do when we want to pick up a new skill, he started …

Sewbo is getting closer to disrupting the sweatshop

Jon Zornow, the founder of Sewbo, made waves in September after announcing that he had built the first robot to sew a t-shirt without human intervention. Using a robot arm and an automatic sewing machine, Zornow took some carefully prepared material and ran it through a pre-programmed series of …

Sewing

Robots 'could replace 250,000 UK public sector workers'

Reform thinktank says sector could be ‘the next Uber’ and staff should embrace the gig economy amid rise in automation<p>Almost 250,000 public sector workers could lose their jobs to robots over the next 15 years, according to a new report which claims machines would be more efficient and save …

Radiation Therapy

IBM predicts 5 life-changing innovations in the next 5 years

IBM researchers revealed their five big predictions for innovations that will change our lives in the next five years. Dubbed IBM 5 in 5, the predictions were culled from more than 3,000 researchers across 12 labs on six continents.<p>These predictions focus on the future of artificial intelligence …

Japanese company replaces office workers with artificial intelligence

Insurance firm Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance is making 34 employees redundant and replacing them with IBM’s Watson Explorer AI<p>A future in which human workers are replaced by machines is about to become a reality at an insurance firm in Japan, where more than 30 employees are being laid off and …

Artificial Intelligence

CEO of German auto supplier says jobs will be lost in shift to electric cars

<i>(Reuters)</i> — The shift to electric vehicles will cost jobs at German automotive supplier Continental, its chief executive told a newspaper, but he said many of those jobs would be offset by new positions related to electro-mobility.<p>“Due to the low added value, production jobs will be lost,” German …

How AI could eliminate the job interview

We’re about to hand over the keys to the kingdom.<p>If you ask Elon Musk, it’s possible we already have.<p>That’s right: Artificial Intelligence is creeping into every area of our lives. It’s more than just robots vacuuming the carpet and talking to our kids. AI is now a big part of the Microsoft …

Elon Musk Thinks Automation Will Lead to a Universal Basic Income

In addition to addressing issues at SpaceX, Elon Musk spent some time during a Friday CNBC interview addressing how automation will impact the job …

Elon Musk

The World's First Home Robotic Chef Can Cook Over 100 Meals

Apparently, having a home cooked meal from the kitchens of Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse and Gordan Ramsay could become a reality. In 2018, Moley will launch the world’s first fully-automated and integrated intelligent cooking robot—a robotic kitchen that has unlimited access to chefs and their …

Kitchens

Soon Your Doctor Might Prescribe Virtual Reality Instead Of Painkillers

The Happy Place VR app uses nature settings to distract patients from their pain–and there’s lots of evidence that this strategy works.<p>The next time you have a headache, a Swedish pharmacy wants you to strap on a virtual reality headset and pretend you’re sitting next to a campfire by a lake in …

How Economists View the Rise of Artificial Intelligence

To really understand the impact of artificial intelligence in the modern world, it’s best to think beyond the mega-research projects like those that …

Artificial Intelligence

Google's 'DeepMind' AI platform can now learn without human input

DeepMind is now capable of teaching itself based on information it already possesses.<p>In a significant step forward for artificial intelligence, Alphabet’s hybrid system — called a Differential Neural Computer (DNC) — uses the existing data storage capacity of conventional computers while pairing it …

What ‘mobile’ should mean for healthcare

Sunny Ahn Contributor<p>Sunny Ahn is a partner at Endeavour Partners, a boutique technology consulting firm.<p>Ask a set of healthcare professionals about the future and they’ll answer: “Mobile.”<p>Mobile technology is nearing ubiquity in America; a Pew Research report shows 64 percent of all adult …

Digital Health

Tech in Africa: Google's Allo messenger and a taxi app war

Africa’s taxi app wars hit a new level during September, with major players adding to their offerings in a bid to woo customers.<p>Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom launched Little Cabs earlier this year, looking to challenge Uber in the cab hailing space. Now, it has been able to reduce prices for …

Renault Beats Tesla And GM To The Punch With 250 Mile Range EV 'Available Now'

There is one thing Tesla can be proud of: Automakers around the world are getting off their duffs. Today, French carmaker Renault announced at the Paris auto show that its fully electric “ZOE will be available for immediate sale with the Z.E. 40 battery enabling it to travel 400km NEDC.” The car is …

Electric Vehicles

Video Games Are Fulfilling Young Men And It’s Affecting Their Career Aspirations

Looking around the Internet there is no lack of material talking about the much-derided “Millennials.” Millennials are the new lost generation that an older generation looks down upon from their place on Mount Olympus, shaking their head at how they’ve squandered the world that they’ve inherited. …

Universal Basic Income

Intel/Microsoft deal will finally push VR out to the masses

While virtual reality has been high in the hype cycle for a couple of years now, its market impact has been relatively modest. High visibility VR headset products like Oculus and Microsoft’s HoloLens created a lot of smoke but relatively little fire. The high prices, lack of standards, and lack of …