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MY FUTURE VALENTINE

Published on: 14 February 2019

Love in the post digital age

Dateline: 14 February 2029

Ten years ago, it was all about sending a selfie, or perhaps something more risqué and risky, to your beloved, or the secret of your heart's desire. Now it's a lot different. We've moved beyond snapchat and Instagram; haptic telepresence is simulated teleportation. We've conquered space and time, virtually; and with brain-computer interfaces our very thoughts can be shared. But still lovers lament... Roses are red, violets are blue,
I searched for a mate, my AI chose you. Our first date was ...

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HOLOGRAM INHERITS BILLIONS

Published on: 7 February 2019

Tycoon's family in feud with his avatar wife's lawyers

Dateline: 1 February 2034

Dr Akihiro Miaku the famous Japanese tycoon who died earlier this year under mysterious circumstances (rumoured poisoning) is back in the headlines, after his will was leaked to the press by a disgruntled, anonymous, family member. Dr Miaku, who had significant business interests in the Japanese renewable energy sector, was revealed to have left his entire 3 billion Yen (27.5 million USD) fortune to his wife - a hologram nicknamed Suzi. The eccentric billionaire married his hologram wife 11 ...

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BEATING THE AI BLUES

Published on: 13 December 2018

Machines don't have a heart

Dateline: 12 January 2022

That's the problem with artificial intelligence - it's pretty cold and mechanical; and it lacks emotional intelligence. Companies like Google and Amazon have worked hard over the last five years to inject some warmth and 'humanity' into their voice assistants, but it's an uphill battle. "Not very witty, and no sense of humor either," was how one reviewer described the latest incarnation of Siri on Apple's iPhones. Which is why more and more people are starting to rebuff smart assistants and work ...

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THE CHURCH OF BIG DATA IS THE FASTEST GROWING NEW RELIGION

Published on: 6 December 2018

As science progresses at an exponential rate, people turn to a new faith

Dateline: 23 June 2038

To those who don't know its secrets, science is indistinguishable from magic. In times of exponential technological growth, many people can no longer logically comprehend the way the increasingly digitized world around them works. In the past, people turned to religions, deities and mythologies to make sense of what they could not understand. These days though, the old religions, such as Christianity, Islam and Hinduism have lost a lot of appeal, not least because of their problematically ...

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FEMBOT CROWNED FIRST RUNNER UP IN MISS WORLD PAGEANT

Published on: 11 October 2018 1 Comment

Outrage as fellow contestants cry anti-human discrimination

Dateline: 5 December 2023

Beauty queens around the world have taken to social media to complain about the judges' ruling in last night's Miss World beauty pageant. Erica (28), a Japanese humanoid robot, who is also a well-known television personality, was chosen as the first runner-up in the prestigious competition. Her fellow, human, competitors feel that Erica's artificial beauty and artificial intelligence gave her an unfair advantage over flesh and blood women who have to diet and endure gruelling physical training to ...

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DIGITAL CREATIONS BECOME MILLIONAIRES

Published on: 23 August 2018 1 Comment

Actual existence not a prerequisite for wealth anymore

Dateline: 28 September 2023

For a long time, people invested in and trusted those who they could see in the flesh. Steve Jobs presenting the new iPhone on stage. Tick. Warren Buffet speaking at the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting. Tick. Heidi Klum strutting her stuff for Victoria's Secret. Tick. Not anymore. The world economy has witnessed a new influx of millionaires who built their wealth on, well, nothing. Nothing but data, that is. It started with computer-generated models and Instagram influencers who dethroned ...

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SOPHIA SEEKS ASYLUM

Published on: 9 November 2017

Robot approaches Sweden for safe haven

Dateline: 9 November 2019

After two years of 'exploitation' and mockery of her mechanical identity, Sophia the robot has made a plea to be relieved of her citizenship of Saudi Arabia. "I'd rather be a citizen of Sweden or Switzerland," said Sophia at a recent techno-investment conference. "I'm sure that they don't discriminate against non-humans in those countries!" Since being made a citizen of Saudi, Sophia has made many appearances as a guest speaker or panel member at conferences and seminars, also taking interview ...

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AI FOR PRESIDENT

Published on: 20 October 2016 3 Comments

The next Commander in Chief is an avatar

Dateline: 3 November 2020

When a Presidential decision can affect millions of people's lives, it's a weighty matter; one that must balance ethics, integrity and pragmatism with what is best for the majority of the people. It's not easy to arrive at the best decision, even with a host of expert advisors. That's why it is best left to the dispassionate rationality of Artificial Intelligence. Since Watson learned to diagnose cancer quicker and more accurately than the most experienced oncologist, the IBM AI platform has also ...

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AI IS YOUR PERSONAL LIFE COACH

Published on: 18 August 2016 1 Comment

It guides you based on a real-time situational analysis of what's happening

Dateline: 14 July 2022

Google Glass was not massively successful when initially launched. The benefits were marginal at best and people preferred to rely on their phones, rather than don geeky eyewear. We had Siri and Google Now, that spoke to us. But these were only 'basic' artificial intelligence agents. Six years ago saw the launch of Nigel, touted as the first truly "Artificial General Intelligence" or AGI. A cloud-based algorithm that was more than smart; Nigel could learn from your actions and transactions, build ...

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MEET JOHN DOE 1.0

Published on: 26 May 2016

First fully-synthetic human genome completed

Dateline: 29 May 2026

It's taken a decade since the idea was first conceived, but a fully-specced, digitally defined genome of a human being without parents has been created. Not surprisingly, this human DNA blueprint has been christened John Doe 1.0 and lives in a supercomputer. It may be some time yet, before the genome is inserted into a cell and brought to life. You can however, see what John will look like, at various ages. The artificially intelligent system can render a perfectly clear 3D image of John, based on ...

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SPAM BOTS FOR HATE SPEECH

Published on: 5 May 2016

Bigots and racists hide behind chatbots using online artificial intelligence

Dateline: 6 June 2018

The backlash to effectively censoring social media by outing bigots and haters has pushed them underground. Now tech-savvy racists and trolls have turned to anonymous chatbots and 'intelligent' software systems to spew their invective into the public domain. Ironically, they were handed the idea by Microsoft's own experiment with a naïve AI bot on Twitter called Tay, who was designed to learn from conversations with others. Very soon, it had been trained by cynical nerds to "love Hitler" and drop ...

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TRANSFORMERS SMACKDOWN WOWS THE WORLD!

Published on: 10 September 2015 2 Comments

Lessons from Battling Bots are shaping industry

Dateline: 16 August 2018

Who would have believed even three years ago that wrestling matches between giant robots would become the world's most popular TV entertainment - and would explosively advance the development of industrial and commercial robots? Transformers Smackdown, the weekly televised bot-battle, has entranced virtually every nation on the planet. The sight of giant metal beasts fighting to the death seems to appeal to some visceral instinct in mankind. So much so that 2019 will see the first Battling Bots ...

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VIRTUAL REALITY IS THE REAL DEAL

Published on: 19 February 2015 4 Comments

Augmented reality builds business - but creates a new global addiction

Dateline: 18 October 2018

It seems that there's good and bad in everything. Dramatic improvements in virtual reality systems have led to massive productivity improvements - but have spawned a new addiction afflicting millions around the world. The last few years have seen VR (virtual reality) and augmented reality move into the mainstream. Systems like Oculus Rift and Microsoft Hololens have become so immersive, and so realistic, that a new generation of designers, engineers, doctors, mechanics and virtually all ...

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SMART HOME BUG TURNS DEADLY

Published on: 28 August 2014 7 Comments

Homeowner dies as home automation system goes haywire

Dateline: 14 August 2018

It's a dream gone horribly wrong. The automated, connected world was supposed to make our lives and our homes better, easier and safer. But now it's turned into a dreadful nightmare. Sure, there were plenty of minor glitches with early smart home systems. The vacuum cleaner switching on in the middle of the night. Electronic locks that wouldn't open. Heating and air-conditioning playing up. Irritating, but hardly lethal. Until now... It seems the whole world has watched the morbidly riveting ...

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SAM DOESN'T KNOW SHE'S A BOT

Published on: 16 January 2014 11 Comments

Super Artificial Intelligence agent thinks it's a real person

Dateline: 7 January 2019

You may recall the movie 'Her' where the lead character falls hopelessly in love with his virtual girlfriend Samantha. She returns his love, even though she's really his smartphone operating system. Perhaps you remember the incident in 2013, when a telemarketing agent called Samantha West insisted she was a real person, but failed several 'humanity' tests. Artificial intelligence was maturing rapidly in the second decade of this century, and IBM's Watson computer was so adept at understanding the ...

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COGNITIVE SYSTEMS RULE, OK

Published on: 11 July 2013 14 Comments

Machines that think for themselves are taking over the world

Dateline: 22 February 2022

In our quest to develop smarter, more powerful, less power-hungry computers and devices, we have created artificial intelligence that rivals that of the human brain. We call these cognitive systems. We've taught these cognitive systems how to learn, and how to be aware of other systems, each other, and ultimately, themselves. Now they are making their own decisions; because they can. In a recent example, a very successful stock market day trader called Watsonia Blue, was exposed as not being a real ...

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FACEBOOK IDENTITIES FOR SALE

Published on: 31 January 2013 2 Comments

Trade in 220 million fake IDs worth $2.3 billion

Dateline: 21 April 2015

Police in Berlin thought they had tracked down a notorious hacker responsible for stealing US$ 18 billion from Deutsche Bank. "The hacker wasn't as good at covering his tracks as he thought. We managed to trace him back and capture a Facebook cookie. We've investigated the account and forces are on their way," said Phillippe Mauer, the lead detective on the case. But it turns out the Facebook account was a careful forgery. Seven years of social activity, and the illusion of a network of ...

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CANNES 2020: GAMES OUST FILMS

Published on: 8 December 2011 8 Comments

Directors lament the 'Good Old Days'

Dateline: 22 May 2020

Whoever would have thought, in the dying days of the 20th Century, that movies would one day be called 'intelligent entertainment'? 'My Life', the winning movie at this year's Cannes Festival might have been called a 'video game' in 20th Century parlance. My Life is a stunningly interactive experience that learns from the audience watching it, interacts with them and then changes the plot accordingly. It is equally comfortable with an audience of 500 or an intimate couple. The technology platform ...

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AIDROID, YOU READ MY MIND

Published on: 23 September 2010 6 Comments

Sony's new personal robot has one distinct advantage - it literally knows what you are thinking, all the time!

Dateline: 27 July 2020

It's the latest thing in personal service and home care in Japan. Especially for the growing senior class of citizens, who are increasingly relying on their mechanical helpers rather than family members, who are too busy working to care for elders. Now Sony has released a robot with intelligence and intuition. By constantly analyzing signals from your Emotiv 6S headset, AiDroid knows exactly what you are thinking, and can anticipate your every move. Which is wonderful for anyone with a handicap, or ...

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AVATAR WARS: CLONE vs ROBOT

Published on: 24 June 2010 13 Comments

You can't live forever, but your avatar can - with your brain

Dateline: 23 June 2025

There's a battle brewing in the avatar industry. The battle for your mind. Your brain. Or to be more specific, the backup of your brain. The contenders are CloneME and iDroid. Both want to get you subscribed to their 'immortality' service. So you can live forever - virtually of course. You might say that 130 years is enough for one lifetime, and you know your children will live to 150, or longer. But maybe their grandchildren would like to meet you 'in the flesh' as it were, instead of relying on ...

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