Neil Jacobsohn The robots are definitely coming!

More interesting discussion on the rapidly emerging world of intelligent robots - and the implications for humanity, and the jobs we currently hold today.
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Posted: 26 February 2015 at 08:16

Doug Vining Welcome to the Robotel

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!
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Posted: 21 July 2015 at 14:39

Doug Vining Teaching robots

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!
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Posted: 25 August 2015 at 15:37

Doug Vining Robots learning from each other

Should we be scared? Is this the start of the Robot Internet? Or is RoboBrain the next big leap forward in technology that will enrich our lives?
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Posted: 28 October 2015 at 10:54

Doug Vining The robot internet

We have already developed robots (or cobots) that can learn to do simple jobs by imitating humans. You can teach the Baxter robot how to pack a box, and it will continue on its own.

But what if intelligent robots can use machine learning and problem solving to figure things out for themselves, and then teach other robots the new tricks? That could be the start of a scenario we published a year ago - the robot internet, where robots are delivered like a new laptop, blank except for their operating system. They just connect to the robonet and download all the knowledge they require, perhaps even on the fly.

Take another look at this MindBullet link...
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Posted: 29 February 2016 at 12:02

Neil Jacobsohn Taxing the robots

Now here's a great debate, and one that has been readily explored in movies and novels...should robots be recognised as 'human' personalities?
The EU might even go further, if current legal [proposals are adopted. They;re considering taxing the robots, just as our MindBullet of 2015 suggested. Truth is frequently becoming stranger than fiction!
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Posted: 26 June 2016 at 08:46

Doug Vining How to train your robot

In a previous MindBullet we talked about the Robot Internet, where unskilled robots could download all the information they needed to perform a skill or carry out a new function. There's a name for that now, and it's 'cloud robotics'. Using connected artificial intelligence, let robots learn from each other. That's what Google is doing.
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Posted: 6 October 2016 at 08:51

Neil Jacobsohn A tax on robots

Back in February 2015 we wrote about a tax on robots. The European Parliament has just rejected this idea, while passing new regulations on AI and introducing an insurance scheme for driverless cars. But with robots, automation and AI set to wipe out billions of 'human' jobs, how long before the idea of a tax on robots is back before the legislators of the world?
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Posted: 17 February 2017 at 11:30

Neil Jacobsohn A tax on robots

And now Bill Gates has added his voice to thre idea that we tax the robots. Watch this space...!
https://qz.com/911968/bill-gates-the-robot-that-takes-your-job-should-pay-taxes/
Posted: 21 February 2017 at 10:49

Doug Vining Should we tax the robots?

"It would be reckless not to explore the scenario of rising technological unemployment over the next decade, and how we will fund either a higher total unemployment benefit bill or the provision of some form of guaranteed basic income and / or guaranteed basic services."
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Posted: 23 October 2017 at 15:05
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