All the Slick Stuff From Google I/O 2017

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From Google Lens to the the company’s new artificial intelligence chip here are the big announcements from Google I/O 2017’s first day.  Source: Wired Magazine Date: May 18th, 2017 Link to video: https://www.wired.com/video/2017/05/all-the-important-stuff-from-google-io-2017/ Discussion 1)  Why do companies like Google and Apple host these “show off shows”? 2) Google is “all in on AI”.  How might this impact… Read more »

Is robotics a solution to the growing needs of the elderly?

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The receptionist at the Institute of Media Innovation, at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, is a smiling brunette called Nadine.  From a distance, nothing about her appearance seems unusual. It’s only on closer inspection that doubts set in. Yes – she’s a robot.  Nadine is an “intelligent” robot capable of autonomous behaviour. For a machine, her… Read more »

Robots to affect up to 30% of jobs, says PwC

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Robotics and artificial intelligence could affect almost a third of UK jobs by the 2030s, according to a study.  However, the report from accountancy firm PwC also predicted that the nature of some occupations would change rather than disappear.  It added that automation could create more wealth and additional jobs elsewhere in the economy.  Jobs… Read more »

Are your shoes giving away data?

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Hoxton has come up with a novel way of measuring footfall – literally by filming people’s shoes.  Sherlock Holmes-like, its system can deduce a remarkable amount of information such as age, gender and social class of shoppers from their footwear.  “We have cameras at about 50cm off the ground and it points down so it… Read more »

Smart machines v hackers: How cyber warfare is escalating

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There is a gaping hole in the digital defences that companies use to keep out cyber thieves. The hole is the global shortage of skilled staff that keeps security hardware running, analyses threats and kicks out intruders.  Currently, the global security industry is lacking about one million trained workers, suggests research by ISC2 – the industry… Read more »

To Make Us All Safer, Robocars Will Sometimes Have to Kill

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Let’s say you’re driving down Main Street and your brakes give out. As the terror hits, a gaggle of children spills out into the road. Do you A) swerve into Keith’s Frozen Yogurt Emporium, killing yourself, covering your car in toppings, and sparing the kids or B) assume they’re the Children of the Corn and… Read more »

Intel’s 15 Billion Reasons Why an AI Chip Revolution Has Arrived

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Intel recently said it would pay $15.3 billion to acquire Mobileye, an Israeli company that makes chips and cameras for cars and trucks, including the self-driving variety. The purchase will be Intel’s second largest ever, following its $16.7 billion acquisition of chip-maker Altera in 2015. The Altera buy was also driven, in part, by the… Read more »

Facebook uses AI to spot suicidal users

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Facebook has begun using artificial intelligence to identify members that may be at risk of killing themselves.  The social network has developed algorithms that spot warning signs in users’ posts and the comments their friends leave in response.  After confirmation by Facebook’s human review team, the company contacts those thought to be at risk of… Read more »