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Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI is going to decimate middle class jobs

Artificial intelligence and increasing automation is going to decimate middle class jobs, worsening inequality and risking significant political upheaval, Stephen Hawking has warned.<p>In a column in The Guardian, the world-famous physicist wrote that "the automation of factories has already decimated …

Singularity

How Uber Plans to Make Flying Taxis as Cheap as Ridesharing

The ride-hailing tech giant claims it will soon be able to whisk riders from San Francisco to San Jose in 15 minutes -- in a plane.<p>Reeling from weeks of multiple public relations crises, Uber on Tuesday successfully changed the topic when it revealed its ambitions to use electrically-propelled …

Uber

SpaceX to send two people around the moon who paid for a 2018 private mission

CEO Elon Musk said the private journey would take about a week, nearing the moon’s surface without landing on it<p>Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, revealed on Monday that two people have paid for a private mission around the moon, tentatively set for launch in 2018 with the private company’s yet …

Exploration

Taking on the World’s Greatest Challenges, Together

Cisco Blog > Partner<p>Partner<p>Michelle Chiantera - August 15, 2016 - 0 Comments<p>Digital transformation.<p>For Cisco and our partners, what lies behind those two words is immensely powerful.<p>Today’s digital transformation is in motion to revolutionize how we work, live, play, and learn. And together, with …

Innovation

Artificial intelligence and the law

Laws govern the conduct of humans, and sometimes the machines that humans use, such as cars. But what happens when those cars become human-like, as in artificial intelligence that can drive cars? Who is responsible for any laws that are violated by the AI?<p>This article, written by a technologist and …

Artificial Intelligence

Actors, teachers, therapists – think your job is safe from artificial intelligence? Think again

Thanks to advances in technology, many jobs that weren’t considered ripe for automation suddenly are<p>In the battle for the 21st century workplace, computers are winning. And the odds of us puny humans making a comeback are not very good.<p>A January 2017 report from the McKinsey Global Institute …

Intelligence

This bipedal robot could deliver your packages one day

Bipedal robots have been a tough ask for engineers. Creating a bot that’s steady, self-balancing, and able to adapt to uneven terrain (one of the main advantages of going bipedal in the first place!) is a tough ask. But, as this newly unveiled bot from Agility Robotics proves, we’re getting good at …

Robotics

It’s official: Elon Musk’s SpaceX has made reusability de rigueur for big rockets

Two years ago, the CEO of the world’s primary commercial rocket company thought Elon Musk’s idea of re-using rockets to bring cargo to space was “very uncertain.”<p>“Loss of performance related to recovery, lower industrial rate, cost of rehabilitation of the stage, difficulty in convincing customers …

SpaceX

Flecks of "solar glitter" can make almost anything solar powered

A solar technology invented years ago at Sandia National Laboratories has gotten a step closer to being on the market and that should make you pretty …

Clean Energy

Tech giants in the crosshairs as Davos elite faces up to new global realities

Those Davos delegates who paused long enough between opining, pressing the flesh and experiencing "a day in the life of a refugee" at this year's World Economic Forum may have sensed the world tilting ever so slightly on its axis.<p>Xi Jinping was the star turn. The first Chinese President to attend …

'How we built India's biggest robot company'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1272000/1272252_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1507753675_c59bb34685e5f234236aba324b9536c0<p><b>In 2008, engineering student Samay Kohli wanted to build a humanoid robot, but his professor told him it would not be possible.</b><p>Along with his …

Robots

Airbus CEO sees 'flying car' prototype ready by end of year

MUNICH (Reuters) - Airbus Group plans to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year, the aerospace group’s chief executive said on Monday.<p>Airbus last year formed a division called Urban Air Mobility that is exploring concepts …

Aerospace

The solution to California's droughts could be drinking seawater

IDE technologies is fixing California's water shortage using advanced membranes<p>How does California tackle a five-year-long drought? By turning …

Water

The consumer drone market is starting to look a lot like the early smartphone market

Ten years ago this week, Apple released a compact, rounded rectangle that changed how billions around the world interact and share information. Before the iPhone, and for a while afterwards, smartphones were generally clunky, complicated devices that tried to mimic the experience of using a …

Drones

This Is How AI Will Change Your Work In 2017

Don’t fear artificial intelligence. It’s what’s going to help you do your job faster and better in 2017.<p>Artificial intelligence is growing fast. Recent research puts it as a $5 billion market by 2020, and Gartner estimates that 6 billion connected “things” will require AI support by 2018. Connected …

Artificial Intelligence

Are These Tiny Robots the Solution to the World's Bee Problem?

Bees, in case you hadn't heard, are dying off at an alarming rate—which is a huge problem when you consider the vital part they play in the world's …

Amazon Is Considering Drone-Friendly Floating Warehouses

Amazon might soon take flight in more ways than one.<p>The e-commerce giant has been awarded a patent that describes a logistics technology it calls …

Amazon

Brexit and population increase 'to change UK radically' by 2030

<b>Life in the UK will undergo "radical" change in the 2020s due to Brexit, population changes and jobs being taken by robots, a think tank has predicted.</b><p>The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said there would be a Brexit "aftershock" and that the UK's exit from the EU would be "the firing …

Brexit

Intels Nervana chip shows the giant is serious about owning the AI market

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Many of the AI breakthroughs over recent years have only been possible because of the exponential increase in the amount of …

This scuba mask concept lets divers swim without tanks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>New nanomaterials that can filter and separate out a wide variety of chemicals, organic materials and particulates have many …

What Is The Difference Between Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are two very hot buzzwords right now, and often seem to be used interchangeably.<p>They are not quite the same thing, but the perception that they are can sometimes lead to some confusion. So I thought it would be worth writing a piece to explain …

Machine Learning

Mining the Moon, Moon Express sets 2017 launch date

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>The Moon contains trillions of dollars worth of minerals and rare earth metals but mining and transporting them has been …

Scientists smash the amount of information a photon can carry

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>The more information a photon can carry the sooner we can create quantum communications systems that are immune from hackers …

It’s electric, US to cover 25,000 miles of roads with charging stations

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Vehicles are the world’s second largest producers of toxic gases and carbon dioxide, the new EV corridors will help people …

The US Marines want to build a fully autonomous F-35

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>As weapons systems, and war, become more autonomous it is inevitable that the US, Chinese, Indian and Russian military will …

SpaceX, Facebook and others compete to connect the next 3.5 billion people

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Over half the worlds population has no access to the internet, or the services, or benefits it offers. These audacious …

SpaceX will launch 4,425 satellites to bring superfast broadband to the entire world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Over 65% of the Earths population still don’t have internet, Musks ambitious project will bring them the same internet …

Elon Musk wants his space internet venture to fund a city on Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Musk needs to raise $10 Billion to fund his ambitious 2026 Mars flights as well as a Martian City, the profits from this …

Get ready to experience millions of new, immersive worlds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>The way we interact with technology is changing. We are slowly moving away from using keyboards and mice to using a mix of …