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The AI war is hotting up!
Posted: 26 August 2015  
As a former business executive with an amazing PA (the only thing I miss from my former corporate life), I sure could do with a really smart AI enabled assistant! The speed with which these capabilities are developing is interesting...maybe I will soon be blessed with an 'Annette' or 'Sophia' on my phone?
Facebook Is Adding A Personal Assistant Called “M” To Your Messenger App
26 August 2015
We've been hearing rumblings that Facebook was working on an "assistant" within Messenger (along with others), but today we've gotten the details that pull ...
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Virtual PA re-writes the rules of office efficiency
Dateline: 14 November 2014
At the annual Service Excellence Awards banquet in New York, Electra Speed, a virtual personal assistant from Virgin Stars, won the top honour against ...
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Nuclear proof robots clean up
Posted: 26 August 2015  
When it's too dangerous for human workers to clean up toxic spills, or radiation leaks like Fukushima, then it's time to send in the robots. Now the British are finally getting to grips with Sellafield, which was the site of the world's first nuclear disaster, the Windscale fire more than 50 years ago. Much of remains of that blowup have not been touched because of the high radiation levels. ...
How Sellafield's radiation-proof robots do our dirty work - BBC News
26 August 2015
Cleaning up Sellafield's nuclear waste is a difficult and dangerous job for humans, so robots of different shapes and sizes are being recruited to do the ...
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Google's robots do the heavy lifting, drive the dump trucks and haul the garbage
Dateline: 17 July 2018
Now that Google has become the leading developer of robots, including humanoid robots, we can leave them to do all the unpleasant, dangerous, and boring ...
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Teaching robots
Posted: 25 August 2015  
In this MindBullet we talked about robots that were essentially dumb when you got them, but they could download whatever they needed to know from the 'Robot Internet.' That is in the future, but already today, robots can learn tasks by reading about them on the web!
Robots Learn from the Web
25 August 2015
Researchers at a European project are teaching robots to use written text to learn how to perform tasks.
MindBullet logo ROBOEARTH TAXES THE MACHINES
With robots paying labour tax, the 99% can be as idle and as comfortable as the elites
Dateline: 4 July 2025
We're living in the age of abundance. The age of the algorithm. The age of... well, automated utopia. Who would have thought that this soon, with machines ...
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Deep Learning coming from Facebook?
Posted: 13 August 2015  
Facebook is the social media network where you can see plenty of pictures and videos of cats, plus things you don't want to know about people you don't know, right?
Well, yes, Facebook is that. But it is also in a race with Google and other companies to develop "deep learning" - intelligent computer systems that can read our voices and faces, and that we can communicate with through language ...
Inside Facebook’s Quest for Software That Understands You | MIT Technology Review
13 August 2015
A reincarnation of one of the oldest ideas in artificial intelligence could finally make it possible to truly converse with our computers. And Facebook has ...
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That wunderkind has got a chip in her head
Dateline: 12 June 2029
We used to think of AI as artificial intelligence, but that's an old concept. Now we use it to mean augmented intelligence; natural human intelligence ...
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China's robotic factory
Posted: 7 August 2015  
China, the world's cheapest manufacturer, is finding a better source of labour - machines!
Chinese factory replaces 90% of humans with robots, production soars
7 August 2015
Changying Precision Technology Company in Dongguan city has set up an unmanned factory run almost entirely by robots. The factory has since seen fewer ...
MindBullet logo THE ROBOTS AREN'T COMING, THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!
Millions of jobs have gone to the machines – and now at the top end too!
Dateline: 26 September 2020
It was way back in 2012 that we predicted that by 2022, your boss would be a machine. We were wrong. It's happened this year, 2020, a full two years ...
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Let robots do the work
Posted: 29 July 2015  
Don't worry if a robot takes your job. You can do something else. That's the new message from economists and analysts:

"There will be a displacement and there will be a repositioning of people into jobs that we don’t even have today that we will have in the future. If you look back in history, you’ll see that this disruption has been going on for some time. Not as fast as what we’re currently ...
Robots Might Take Your Job, But Here's Why You Shouldn't Worry
29 July 2015
Robot staff may already outnumber humans at some companies, but increased automation doesn't mean everyone will be out of work.
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
Google's robots do the heavy lifting, drive the dump trucks and haul the garbage
Dateline: 17 July 2018
Now that Google has become the leading developer of robots, including humanoid robots, we can leave them to do all the unpleasant, dangerous, and boring ...
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Welcome to the Robotel
Posted: 21 July 2015  
Most people like the human touch, but some go out of their way to avoid it. This hotel in Japan is run by robots, including a 'dinosaur' receptionist. Sounds like fun, though it might be a bit mechanical. At least you don't have to tip the staff!
Hotel 'staffed' entirely by robots unveiled in Japan
21 July 2015
Businessman insists hotel, with no human workers, is not a gimmick and will cut operating costs.
MindBullet logo ROBOEARTH TAXES THE MACHINES
With robots paying labour tax, the 99% can be as idle and as comfortable as the elites
Dateline: 4 July 2025
We're living in the age of abundance. The age of the algorithm. The age of... well, automated utopia. Who would have thought that this soon, with machines ...
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Jobless future
Posted: 15 July 2015  
There's a great debate raging. Will robots destroy jobs and create misery, or will we figure out how to live in 'luxury fully-automated communism' where the machines do the work and we humans follow more creative pursuits?

Finding our way in this complex and scary future will be a challenge, but it's not going to go away. We can't afford to just ignore it! ...
It's No Myth: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry
15 July 2015
Though robots and artificial intelligence will erase jobs and bring social challenges, they may also provide an opportunity for humanity to uplift itself.
MindBullet logo ALL TECH AND NO JOBS
Neo-Luddites are on the march as technology explodes
Dateline: 10 June 2017
Last year, advanced new technologies and nanotech production lines led to the creation of 12 million jobs in China. The problem is that these same market ...
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Brick laying bot
Posted: 9 July 2015  
Every day seems to bring news of robots that can do things cheaper and quicker than humans, and with less safety concerns. Here's another example of a robot that can exponentially increase productivity, but also might displace jobs. Hadrian can build the brick walls for a basic house in just two days!
A robot called Hadrian wants to build you a house in two days
9 July 2015
A West Australian company has a robot they say can lay 1,000 bricks a second and build the frame of an average house in under two days.
MindBullet logo THE ROBOTS AREN'T COMING, THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!
Millions of jobs have gone to the machines – and now at the top end too!
Dateline: 26 September 2020
It was way back in 2012 that we predicted that by 2022, your boss would be a machine. We were wrong. It's happened this year, 2020, a full two years ...
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MAGIC EYE FINDS MISSING GIRL
Published on: 9 July 2015  
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Criminal act foiled by smart body camera
Dateline: 4 July 2018
When Amanda Reed disappeared on campus, safety officers were quick to start a search. Friends reported seeing her getting into a light coloured sedan at the west entrance. They were sure it was Amanda, but a review of security camera video yielded nothing. The police were at a dead-end. Pictures of Amanda were circulated on social media, and people were encouraged to call in with any information, but to no avail. Then a bright young student in the media lab thought of 'Asking the Magic Eye'. Using ...
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Humans versus artificials
Posted: 8 July 2015  
In this Backchannel article, the author considers three 'forces of the future' and comes up with three possible scenarios for 2050. Of the three forces, the impact of AI and robotics, or 'artificials' as Stowe Boyd refers to non-human workers and actors, seems to have the most influence.

In our MindBullet published two years ago, we looked at six forces shaping the future, and presented a ...
What Will a Corporation Look Like in 2050?
8 July 2015
A futurist imagines how companies will react to inequality, climate change and Artificial Intelligence
MindBullet logo STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
The West deflates, China stagnates, and the rest of the world watches and worries
Dateline: 1 May 2040
As the 21st Century approaches middle age, prices are falling alarmingly. In real terms, everything from coal to electronics is cheaper than it was four ...
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3D printing humanoid robots!
Posted: 2 July 2015  
It's a scary combination of a few new disruptive technologies...and just add AI and its a really exciting and/or scary new prospect! And the innovation is coming from another developing economy...and will teach the West new tricks no doubt!
MANAV, India's first 3D printed humanoid robot, unveiled at IIT Mumbai TechFest 2015
2 July 2015
This two-feet tall MANAV, India's first 3D printed humanoid robot has just been unveiled at the Tech Fest 2015 convention at the ITT in Mumbai, and can ...
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Is this my worst nightmare, or perfect Utopia?
Dateline: 12 November 2015
Ever since Karel Capek coined the term 'robot' in his 1920 play Rossum's Universal Robots, we have associated these 'working machines' with the human form. ...
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WINNING THE MIGRANT LOTTERY
Published on: 2 July 2015  
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After running the gauntlet across North Africa and the Mediterranean, refugees face one more challenge: random chance
Dateline: 2 April 2017
Europe might have had its head in the sand, but we all know that problems do not go away on their own. Months and months of inaction in the Middle East, coupled with the ghosts of Scramble-for-Africa past and the ups-and-downs of developing nations have led to a surge of migrants knocking on Europe's door. Thousands have lost their lives either drowning, dying of pneumonia or being deceived and killed by human traffickers. Can we blame people for dreaming of a humane and prosperous life? If they ...
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UBERIZE YOUR COGNITIVE SURPLUS
Published on: 25 June 2015  
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Wouldn't you like to get paid just for thinking?
Dateline: 22 June 2018
We're all part of a massive super computer. A global network of brains. No, we haven't been assimilated into the Matrix, but we may as well have been! We're all willing participants in a gigantic system that mines our attention, getting us to contribute some fraction of our spare cognitive capacity. We respond with comments, likes, votes, tweets, answers. Sometimes we create highly entertaining, original videos and stories, just because we can. There are billions of brains on the internet, and most ...
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Upgrading your brain
Posted: 22 June 2015  
It may be even easier, in the future, to augment your brain with electronics. Current methods of achieving deep brain stimulation with electronic probes have lots of limitations, but scientists have developed a nano interface that can be inserted by syringe.

Perhaps the day when you can buy more smarts is not too far away! ...
Flexible Electronics, Delivered to the Brain via Syringe
22 June 2015
A new type of flexible electronic device shows promise for long-term brain mapping and could be a more effective way to provide therapeutic stimulation.
MindBullet logo AI IS AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE
That wunderkind has got a chip in her head
Dateline: 12 June 2029
We used to think of AI as artificial intelligence, but that's an old concept. Now we use it to mean augmented intelligence; natural human intelligence ...
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What is the real future of jobs for humans?
Posted: 22 June 2015  
The debates are raging, economists are undecided and in conflict. New technologies ranging from AI to nano manufacturing, 3 D printing and robotics are just some of the advances that are impacting the debate. One thing is certain though - modern economies need new and very different skills, very different attitudes to personal relevance and new thinking around human usefulness.
Will Advances in Technology Create a Jobless Future? | MIT Technology Review
22 June 2015
We’re in the midst of a jobs crisis, and rapid advances in AI and other technologies may be one culprit. How can we get better at sharing the wealth that ...
MindBullet logo NETWORKED ROBOTS ALL OVER MY HOUSE & GARDEN
Is this my worst nightmare, or perfect Utopia?
Dateline: 12 November 2015
Ever since Karel Capek coined the term 'robot' in his 1920 play Rossum's Universal Robots, we have associated these 'working machines' with the human form. ...
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AI and machine workers of the future
Posted: 9 June 2015   1 Comment
Robots are not coming, they are here! Best we get used to really smart machines doing many of the tasks that humans used to do. So many I talk to hate the idea and just cat get their heads around the fact that this IS going to happen!
How the machines will take over
9 June 2015
With our complete and blissful cooperation. At least that’s how I would do it, if I were them.
MindBullet logo NETWORKED ROBOTS ALL OVER MY HOUSE & GARDEN
Is this my worst nightmare, or perfect Utopia?
Dateline: 12 November 2015
Ever since Karel Capek coined the term 'robot' in his 1920 play Rossum's Universal Robots, we have associated these 'working machines' with the human form. ...
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AI IS AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE
Published on: 28 May 2015   2 Comments
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That wunderkind has got a chip in her head
Dateline: 12 June 2029
We used to think of AI as artificial intelligence, but that's an old concept. Now we use it to mean augmented intelligence; natural human intelligence augmented with bioelectronics wizardry. The average human brain has a working memory of seven items, plus or minus two. That means we can, on average, remember seven things at once; the more gifted can handle about nine. Thinking about an upgrade? Now you can install the latest neuroprosthetic from CognitionUP and get a working memory of 20. That ...
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Robots are coming...no...they're here already!
Posted: 27 May 2015  
The future of many professions, jobs and activities is under threat from new, smart and intelligent robots. Does this spell doom for the future of work...yes! Unless you are adept, agile, and willing to un-learn you had better be worried, whether as a general practitioner, architect, auditor or factory worker...and many in-between. If however you are ahead of the curve the future will be ...
Yes, Robots Really Are Going To Take Your Job And End The American Dream
27 May 2015
Now that machines can diagnose cancer, trade stocks, and write symphonies, they're not just going to make humans more efficient as they have in the...
MindBullet logo NETWORKED ROBOTS ALL OVER MY HOUSE & GARDEN
Is this my worst nightmare, or perfect Utopia?
Dateline: 12 November 2015
Ever since Karel Capek coined the term 'robot' in his 1920 play Rossum's Universal Robots, we have associated these 'working machines' with the human form. ...
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Moving to the Country
Posted: 21 May 2015  
Why not visit South Africa? We have been migrating back to the country for decades already. Looks like we are 30 years ahead of the trend. :)
MindBullet logo MOVING ON UP - TO THE COUNTRY
Upgrading from city life to the rustic rural
Dateline: 1 February 2027
The world is definitely urbanizing at a rapid rate and by 2030 about 60% of the world's population will be sipping (or serving) Martinis on skyscraper rooftop bars. With all this talk about metropolises, it's no wonder that some of us got a bit carried away, moving all our business to the concrete jungles. However, the wise ones know that you should never put all your eggs in one basket and ...
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