Anton Musgrave Humans need not apply...

Watch this video to see some of the latest human replacing robots.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU&sns=tw
Posted: 2 October 2014 at 08:10

Doug Vining Robotic disruption

“You can’t wish away these things from happening, they are going to happen,” says Larry Page. “You’re going to have some very amazing capabilities in the economy. When we have computers that can do more and more jobs, it’s going to change how we think about work. There’s no way around that. You can’t wish it away.”

Larry Page makes an important point. Just because you don't like the idea of robots and computers taking jobs away from people doesn't mean it's not going to happen. So prepare for disruption; it's inevitable.
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Posted: 6 November 2014 at 11:49

Neil Jacobsohn Bank employs robot workers

We've told you that the robots are coming (see MindBullet alongside) - and here they are. Customers of this Japanese bank will be met by robot greeters when they enter the branch. It's a crazy world!
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Posted: 15 January 2015 at 18:21

Neil Jacobsohn Welcome top robo-corps....companies that run themselves

What's the logical conclusion of the Internet of things? In a world of connected devices, surely it is a marketplace of Robo-corps...companies operated entirely by machines, without any human intervention. Science fiction? That's exactly where we're heading. And what does it man for mankind, for work,l for jobs and for society.No-one knows yet, but we really need to start thinking about this.
This article from Aeon magazine opens the debate. Fascinating and scary reading!
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Posted: 26 January 2015 at 14:51

Doug Vining Competing with robots

Harvard Business Review provides us with an in-depth article on strategies to remain gainfully employed in the future. They arrive at the conclusion that it's better to work with the machines than against them.
"The strategy that will work in the long term, for employers and the employed, is to view smart machines as our partners and collaborators."
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Posted: 20 May 2015 at 11:19

Doug Vining Brick laying bot

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!
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Posted: 9 July 2015 at 07:32

Doug Vining China's robotic factory

China, the world's cheapest manufacturer, is finding a better source of labour - machines!
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Posted: 7 August 2015 at 09:15

Neil Jacobsohn Robotic futures

We've talked for years about 'the robots are coming'....it's no longer true. They're here, even in supermarkets, as this report alongside explains.
Last week we hosted Artificial Intelligence expert Dr. Vivienne Ming at a series of client events. She said many things that riveted our attention, but perhaps the most striking was that 'there is no human skill that robots or AI cannot do.'
The challenge to us humans is to push our creativity; to move ourselves up the value chain. We cannot (nor should we) fight or stop the robots, so welcome them to take over the tasks for which they are so well suited, and enhance your creativity in problem solving. It;s race race against the machine...its race WITH the machine.
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Posted: 11 November 2015 at 10:35

Neil Jacobsohn Store robot takes stock and maps products

Ever get frustrated wandering around the supermarket trying to find the product you want? Or driving to the store only to discover they're out of stock? The new stock-taking, store-mapping 4D Space Genius robot has the answer you've been waiting for!
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Posted: 19 April 2016 at 12:05

Neil Jacobsohn Robot waiters start work in Asia

Want to order your meal from a friendly robot? Head for Asia, where robot waiters are making their debut in a pizza chain.
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Posted: 26 May 2016 at 16:19

Neil Jacobsohn Should we be paid for being born, and being human?

With the inexorable rise of automation, how long before millions of people are put out of work by robots? A recent Oxford University study predicted that 40% of jobs in the US would be lost to automation in the next 10 years.
Thus the debate over a Universal Basic Income for people is gaining traction, even though Switzerland has just voted against it in a national referendum.
We believe the future of jobs is one of the most critical issues facing humankind, so this article, which explores the idea of a Universal Basic Income, is worth reading.
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Posted: 6 June 2016 at 13:21

Neil Jacobsohn Elon Musk training robots to do household chores

Is there no end to Elon Musk's plans for the future? Latest news is that he and partners are secretly working on teaching warehouse robots to do household chores. This comes on top of Google-owned Boston Dynamics releasing video (see below) of their latest "Spot Mini" doglike robot packing a dishwasher, dumping a can in the trash...and falling on a banana skin. As we say in our keynotes: the robots aren't coming....they're already here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf7IEVTDjng
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Posted: 27 July 2016 at 10:52

Doug Vining Replacing human workers with AI tech

"While concrete examples of AI systems making human workers redundant are currently rare, observers have pointed out that such cases are likely to increase.

The insurance firm will introduce an AI system based on IBM Japan Ltd.'s Watson, which according to IBM is a "cognitive technology that can think like a human," and "can analyze and interpret all of your data, including unstructured text, images, audio and video." The Watson-based system will be tasked with reading medical certificates written by doctors and other documents to collect information necessary for making payouts, such as medical histories, length of hospital stays, and surgical procedure names.

In addition to determining payment amounts, the system will also be able to check customers' cases against their insurance contracts to find any special coverage clauses -- a measure expected to prevent payment oversights. The type of payments the AI is expected to oversee at Fukoku Mutual totaled some 132,000 cases in fiscal 2015.

The company's payment assessment-related department had 131 employees as of March 2015. Final payout decisions will continue to be dealt with by a dedicated staff, but the introduction of the AI system will make reading medical ...
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Posted: 1 January 2017 at 13:40

Anton Musgrave Which CEO's will survive?

The attributes and skills of CEO's and senior executives, actually all leaders, will shift fundamentally in a world of AI, machine learning, quantum computing etc. What makes humans relevant today will not guarantee long term relevance. Are we preparing ourselves fast enough for tomorrow's world?
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Posted: 26 June 2017 at 10:01

Doug Vining Digital shoe production

"Shoemaker Adidas just rolled out the first of six local-market running shoes made in its so-called "Speedfactory" in Germany.
The running shoe is designed for Londoners, and will be followed by five additional models created for markets like Paris, Los Angeles, and New York.
It's an early step in a bold experiment by a global retailer to use time-saving robots to design small-batch collections, a departure from the mass production methods employed by global shoe and apparel brands."
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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 07:15
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