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The Devalued American Worker

December 15th, 2014

Via: Washington Post: The American economy has stopped delivering the broadly shared prosperity that the nation grew accustomed to after World War II. The explanation for why that is begins with the millions of middle-class jobs that vanished over the past 25 years, and with what happened to the men and women who once held […]

Facebook AI Assistant for Imbeciles

December 10th, 2014

Via: Wired: Let’s say you’re out drinking with your buddies, things get out of hand, you pull out your smartphone, you take a selfie in the middle of all this drunken revelry, then you take 30 or 40 more, and, without hesitation, you start uploading them to Facebook. It’s a common thing to do. But […]

Google’s Intelligence Designer

December 3rd, 2014

Via: MIT Technology Review: But Hassabis sounds more excited when he talks about going beyond just tweaking the algorithms behind today’s products. He dreams of creating “AI scientists” that could do things like generate and test new hypotheses about disease in the lab. When prodded, he also says that DeepMind’s software could also be useful […]

Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could End Mankind

December 2nd, 2014

Via: BBC: Prof Stephen Hawking, one of Britain’s pre-eminent scientists, has said that efforts to create thinking machines pose a threat to our very existence. He told the BBC:”The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” His warning came in response to a question about a revamp of the […]

Pizza Hut: Eye-Tracking Menu

November 30th, 2014

Via: Engadget: Pizza Hut wants to help you skip your super-ego middleman and just let your id order that triple-cheese bacon pepperoni pie directly. It’s “Subconscious Menu” uses Tobii’s eye-tracking tech to figure out which of 20 different ingredients you’re looking at on a screen (see the video below). It then takes all of three […]

Flying Robots to Start Serving in Restaurants by End-2015

November 27th, 2014

Nothing says “romantic dinner” like the ceaseless din of large, autonomous quadcopters buzzing around in a closed space. Via: Channel News Asia: Restaurant-goers in Singapore can expect to be served by autonomous flying robots – the world’s first commercial attempt – by the end of next year. Infinium-Serve, the autonomous flying robotic waiters, will be […]

Microsoft Now Has Robot Security Guards

November 26th, 2014

Via: The Daily Dot: Robots are increasingly replacing humans in a variety of mundane tasks, like bolting a car together or making lollipops, but now they are moving into the security business. Microsoft recently installed a fleet of 5-feet-tall, 300-pound robots to protect its Silicon Valley campus. The robots are packed with HD security cameras […]

Amazon Robots Prepare for Christmas

November 19th, 2014

Via: Marketwatch: In its latest bid to boost productivity and speed delivery, Amazon.com Inc. is deploying a robot army. The Seattle online retailer has outfitted several U.S. warehouses with squat, orange, wheeled robots that move stocked shelves to workers, instead of having employees seek items amid long aisles of merchandise, according to people familiar with […]

Crime-Fighting Robots Go On Patrol In Silicon Valley

November 19th, 2014

Get your barf bag ready. Via: CBS: A new kind of security guard is on patrol in Silicon Valley: crime-fighting robots that look like they’re straight out of a sci-fi movie. At first glance, the K5 security robot looks like a cartoonish Star Wars character. “The vast majority of people see it and go, ‘Oh […]

Amazon to Begin Testing Same-Day Delivery Drones in Cambridge

November 13th, 2014

Via: Guardian: Amazon is planning to test drones in Cambridge, England, as the battle to offer consumers same-day deliveries heats up. The US company announced with considerable fanfare late last year that it was considering using drones as a way of dramatically reducing the time it takes to deliver orders to customers. At the time […]

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