“The robot age is nothing to be worried about.”

Automation will steal workers' wages

#Robots

Tue, Oct 16th, 2018 09:37 by capnasty NEWS

Albeit the World Bank is stating that the looking robot age is an opportunity and not a threat, The Guardian argues that not only will robots change everything forever but also widen the gap between rich and poor.

The criticism the report has received from trade unions and anti-poverty campaigners is well merited, not just for its ideological obsession with deregulation but for its lack of historical awareness. Previous waves of technological change caused such deep social tensions that policymakers were forced to intervene. That meant more regulation, not less.

In the 19th century, the development of trade unions, the extension of the franchise, the involvement of the state in education and pressure for higher welfare spending were all attempts to inject equality into the system. Despite what the World Development Report says, without a similar attempt to embed technological change in a political framework…

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“Long live the instant gratification economy—and the increasingly sophisticated technology that’s enabling it.”

Fully-automated fulfilment centres in city centres

#Robots

Mon, Oct 15th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Albeit there are still a few humans involved in the process, Common Sense Robotics has worked out a way to create completely automated fulfilment centres that can be located in the centre of a city.

Common Sense Robotics built the Tel Aviv center in an area that was previously thought too small for warehouse infrastructure. “In order to fit our site into small, tight urban spaces, we’ve designed every single element of it to optimize for space efficiency,” said Avital Sterngold, VP of operations. Using a robotic sorting system that includes hundreds of robots, plus AI software that assigns them specific tasks, the facility can prepare orders in less than five minutes end-to-end.

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Gira Lab Universal Timer

Random photo of the day

#Photography

Sun, Oct 14th, 2018 09:03 by capnasty NEWS

Looking like something from the Cold War era and still being utilised down in the chemistry laboratory.

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“What jobs will be created and what jobs will disappear?”

Will You Lose Your Job to Automation?

#Future

Sat, Oct 13th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The World Economic Forum discusses with various field experts on what automation will mean for the future of job security, particularly for jobs that involve routine.

As work becomes increasingly automated, conversations are swirling about whether machines are taking over. We talk to Google Cloud AI chief scientist Fei-Fei Li, as well as Sharan Burrow of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sinovation Ventures CEO Kai-Fu Lee, historian and best-selling author Prof. Yuval Noah Harari, and Nobel laureate Sir Christopher Pissarides to delve into whether it's time to worry about future job security.

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Boston Dynamics' Robot does Parkour

When can I get my robot body, please?

#Robots

Fri, Oct 12th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

This recently released video by Boston Dynamics shows its famous Atlas jumping over logs and leaping gracefully up some pretty steep steps without any struggle.

Atlas does parkour. The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace. (Step height 40 cm.) Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately. For more information visit www.BostonDynamics.com.

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“Computer algorithms increasingly control and decide our future.”

Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms

#Video

Thu, Oct 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this video by Hidden Forces, Hannah Fry explains how we should not see algorithms as objective masters but as just another form of power that needs to be questioned.

[...] in the age of the algorithm, there are those like Hannah Fry, who believe that our place has never been more important. She believes that we should stop seeing machines as objective masters. Instead, we need to start treating algorithms as we would any other source of power; questioning their decisions, scrutinizing their motives, and holding them accountable for their mistakes.

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“Authoritarianism depends upon people getting used to hearing the things that they want to hear.”

How to build an authoritarian regime — and how to stop one

#Internet

Wed, Oct 10th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Timothy Snyder explains how when a new technology comes along it actually has a disruptive effect at first while our "hardware" gets adjusted to it. Much like books before, the Internet is having the same destabilising effect which can be used to create an authoritarian regime.

[...] think back to say the 16th century when the printing press is beginning to make hay, what happens is that people are overwhelmed by new ideas, specifically religious world views are challenged, and religions fracture, and people fight wars, and a third of the European population is killed. So we think about the book and we think “That’s Enlightenment,” but Enlightenment happens 150 years after the printing press, and in the meantime an awful lot of Europeans killing off a lot of other Europeans.

So I like to take that as the…

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What if Star Wars Was Actually Good?

The whole "what if" Star Wars trilogy

#StarWars

Tue, Oct 9th, 2018 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Albeit a little old, these what if reworks of Star Wars episode 1, 2, and 3 will have you asking why Disney hasn’t hired this guy yet. Again, another series that somehow can make Star Wars better than the man who reportedly created it.

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Gravity Defying “Clair de lune”

With Yoann Bourgeois as the acrobat

#Music

Mon, Oct 8th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With Alexandre Tharaud at the piano, Yoann Burgeois performs a spectacular gravity defying dance to the tune of Claude Deubssy's Clair de lune.

Dancer Yoann Bourgeois wrote this about Claude Debussy‘s Clair de lune (Moonlight), the music played by pianist Alexandre Tharaud in the video above. The acrobatic piece, where Bourgeois almost suspends gravity between a staircase and trampoline, is a collaboration between the two. It’s based on the choreography in Bourgeois’ La mécanique de l’Histoire (The Mechanics of History) and honors Debussy 100 years after his death.

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Give Your Smartphone a Finger

MobiLimb

#Telephone

Sun, Oct 7th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The idea behind the MobiLimb is to turn a passive object like a smartphone into something reactive. I like the idea of it crawling to me when on silent and I can't figure out where I've left it.

MobiLimb is a new shape-changing component with a compact form factor that can be deployed on mobile devices. It is a small 5 DoF serial robotic manipulator that can be easily added to (or removed from) existing mobile devices (smartphone, tablet). In the spirit of human augmentation, which aims at overcoming human body limitations by using robotic devices, our approach aims at overcoming mobile device limitations (static, passive, motionless) by using a robotic limb.

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