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Technology is making the world more unequal. Only technology can fix this

The inequality of badly-run or corrupt states is boosted by the power of technology – but it’s also easier than ever to destabilise these states, thanks to technology. The question is: which future will prevail?<p>Here’s the bad news: technology – specifically, surveillance technology – makes it …

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by …

The race to build the world’s first sex robot

The $30bn sex tech industry is about to unveil its biggest blockbuster: a $15,000 robot companion that talks, learns, and never says no<p>In the brightly lit robotics workshop at Abyss Creations’ factory inSan Marcos, California, a life-size humanoid was dangling from a stand, hooked between her …

We don’t trust the internet. And it’s putting our digital future at risk

Digital technology is a defining feature of modern life. In 2016, there were 3.4 billion internet users and 3.8 billion unique mobile users. On …

World Economic Forum

A Glimpse into a Possible Future

I saw a glimpse into a possible future in a book titled Homo Deus, written by Yuval Noah Harari in 2016. Before his journey forward, the author …

Intelligence

Is technology contributing to increased inequality?

As global poverty continues to decline, another issue emerges. According to the World Economic Forum, rising income inequality and the polarization of societies pose a risk to the global economy, and may lead to increased polarization and lack of political stability. This, however, is not a global …

TEDx Manchester: AI & The Future of Work

TEDx Manchester talk on artificial intelligence (AI) and how the ascent of AI and robotics impacts our future work environments.<p>The video of the talk is now also available here: https://youtu.be/dRw4d2Si8LA

The merging of humans and machines is happening now

Her organisation invented the internet. It gave us the self-driving car. And now DARPA’s former boss sees us crossing a new technological boundary<p><b>The</b> …

Intelligence

Elon Musk Is Preparing to Release “Brain Hacking Tech,” And He’s Not Alone

Elon Musk stated that updates regarding his neural lace, which is meant to augment the human mind, are coming next month. In October, Bryan Johnson …

Elon Musk

Our personal data is never going to be private again. We can work with that

In 1949, my father—a twenty-three-year-old just starting a new job as a teacher in East Germany—was charged with being an American spy, presumably because he spoke English. He was thrown into solitary confinement in a Soviet prison where he languished for six years. None of his family or friends …

Privacy

These 6 new technology rules will govern our future

Technology is advancing so rapidly that we will experience radical changes in society not only in our lifetimes but in the coming years. We have already begun to see ways in which computing, sensors, artificial intelligence and genomics are reshaping entire industries and our daily lives.<p>As we …

Intelligence

History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump

It seems we’re entering another of those stupid seasons humans impose on themselves at fairly regular intervals. I am sketching out here opinions …

Make America Great Again

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Algorithms Probably Caused a Flash Crash of the British Pound

Overnight, the British pound dropped by 6 percent, to $1.13. Analysts are pointing the finger at an increasingly familiar financial scapegoat: the …

From The Designers Of Fitbit, A Digital Tattoo Implanted Under Your Skin

For Co.Design’s Wearables Week, NewDealDesign created a concept for a digital tattoo. But they think they can actually build the thing.<p>From the Jawbone Up to the Apple Watch, wrist-based designs have become the de facto form factor for wearable technology. But we’re already wrist-banded out. So …

Tattoos

5 ways artificial intelligence will change enterprise IT

It’s been a busy summer in the artificial intelligence (A.I.) space, but the most interesting A.I. opportunities may not come from the biggest names.<p>You may have heard about Tesla’s self-driving cars that made headlines twice, for vastly different reasons — a fatal crash in Florida in which the …

Artificial Intelligence

Elon Musk is Looking to Kickstart Transhuman Evolution With "Brain Hacking" Tech

At it Again<p>There’s no doubt that Elon Musk is one busy individual. When not playing on the Tesla factory floor, he may be bringing electric roofs to …

The Future

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How a robot wrote for Engadget

John McCarthy, the late computer scientist who first coined the term "artificial intelligence," famously said: "As soon as it works, no one calls it AI any more." What was once cutting-edge AI is now considered standard behavior for computers. As I write this, my computer is continuously performing …

Machine Learning

The robot cyberwars are coming

On Aug. 4, Las Vegas hosted the final round of DARPA’s cybersecurity capture the flag competition, dubbed the Cyber Grand Challenge. With nearly $4 …

The future of blockchain in 8 charts

Canadian writers and researchers, Alex and Don Tapscott, authors of the new book <i>Blockchain Revolution</i>, explain that blockchain goes way beyond the …

Bitcoin

Here are all the crazy-advanced robots built by Google's Boston Dynamics group

Boston Dynamics, a robot group born out of MIT and currently owned by Google, makes absolutely incredible robots.<p>From giant dog robots to ones resembling humans, these are definitely the most advanced robots we've ever seen.<p>Here's Boston Dynamics' wild robots:

Robots

There's a Problem in China—Robots

False Reports<p>Late May, it was reported that Apple supplier Foxconn slashed 60,000 jobs to make way for robot automation of its factory floor. …

Robots

1. How parents monitor their teen’s digital behavior

Much like their children, parents of teenagers now live in a world that is heavily influenced by digital devices and online platforms. Among parents …

Teens

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Can the Government read your texts? How the Snooper's Charter will affect you

On Tuesday evening, 444 MPs voted in favour of the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, which would ostensibly give the government bulk powers to collect citizens’ web records, as well remote hacking and monitoring of smartphones, and to potentially read unencrypted communications.<p>Just 69 members of …

Surveillance

Computer invents new scientific theory without human help for the first time

One of biology's biggest mysteries - how a sliced up flatworm can regenerate into new organisms - has been solved independently by a computer. The …