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Artificial intelligence-enhanced journalism offers a glimpse of the future of the knowledge economy

A common question as these intelligent technologies infiltrate various industries is how work and labor will be affected. In this case, who – or what – will do journalism in this AI-enhanced and automated world, and how will they do it?

In an AI era, lessons from dinosaurs help us adapt to the future of work

Emotion AI works on teaching robots how to feel empathy. Google AI stories are about how AI is helping people solve problems. Experts race to predict how we will be living with AI in the near future.

Humans and machines can improve accuracy when they work together

Some people suggest these tasks should be automated, as machines do not get bored, tired or distracted over time. However, computer vision algorithms tasked to recognize faces could also make mistakes. As my research has found, together, machines and humans could do much better.

Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini will soon be available for sale, for those with cash

We knew this day was coming but who knew it would be so soon. Robotics company Boston Dynamics is making their SpotMini robot, a headless dog-like quadruped, commercially available before the end of 2019. Initially though, you’re probably not going to be able to afford one. Most recently, we saw SpotMini navigating hallways all on its own and it’s that skill (and others) that will see ...[Read More]

Google Duplex is a preview of a future we will either love or fear

If you haven’t seen and heard the jaw-dropping performance of Google’s Duplex natural language virtual assistant that took place at this year’s Google I/O, the first thing that you need to do is watch/listen to the Google Assistant AI system make a call — first to a hair salon and then to a restaurant (where the actual human being is a second-language speaker with a heavy a...[Read More]

Who’s to blame when driverless cars have an accident?

The news that an Uber self-driving vehicle has killed a pedestrian in the US has made headlines around the world. It’s a reminder that the era of self-driving cars is fast approaching. Decades of research into advanced sensors, mapping, navigation and control methods have now come to fruition and autonomous cars are starting to hit the roads in pilot trials. But partial or full autonomy raises the...[Read More]

Home runs: The 11 best smart home gadgets of CES 2018

There’s no doubt about it: buoyed by the widespread adoption of Alexa and Google Assistant-equipped kit and flexible platforms like Samsung’s SmartThings and Apple’s HomeKit, smart home tech feels like it’s finally on the cusp of mainstream adoption. After a decade or so of languishing in the consumer tech background, connected home products are getting some proper time in the spotlight – and ther...[Read More]

What the robots of Star Wars tell us about automation, and the future of human work

Millions of fans all over the world are eagerly anticipating this week’s release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth in the series. At last we will get some answers to questions that have been vexing us since 2015’s The Force Awakens. Throughout the franchise, the core characters have been accompanied by a number of much-loved robots, including C-3PO, R2-D2 and more recently, BB-8 and K2-SO. W...[Read More]

Unmanned ‘ghost’ ships are coming

The Yara Birkeland isn’t an ordinary cargo ship. If all goes well then the vessel, currently being built for a Norwegian agricultural fertiliser company, will become the world’s first fully autonomous cargo ship when it launches in 2020. Current international shipping law states that ocean-going vessels must be properly crewed, so fully autonomous, unmanned ships aren’t allowed in international wa...[Read More]

Robots won’t steal our jobs if we put workers at center of AI revolution

The technologies driving artificial intelligence are expanding exponentially, leading many technology experts and futurists to predict machines will soon be doing many of the jobs that humans do today. Some even predict humans could lose control over their future. While we agree about the seismic changes afoot, we don’t believe this is the right way to think about it. Approaching the challenge thi...[Read More]

IBM’s Watson would do a better job at being a bank teller than most current staff

Customer service in banking is hard. Take a look at any bank’s Facebook or Twitter account and complaints heavily outnumber compliments. Westpac, one of Australia’s largest banks is a good example. Every day, Westpac faces a barrage of complaints on Facebook and Twitter. Westpac is trying to address the problem by changing incentives for branch staff to be based on customer feedback. The trouble w...[Read More]

Are robots taking our jobs?

If you put water on the stove and heat it up, it will at first just get hotter and hotter. You may then conclude that heating water results only in hotter water. But at some point everything changes – the water starts to boil, turning from hot liquid into steam. Physicists call this a “phase transition.” Automation, driven by technological progress, has been increasing inexorably for the past seve...[Read More]

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