Category Archives: The Future

Amazon opens a supermarket with no checkouts

In a move that could revolutionize the way we buy groceries, Amazon opens its first supermarket without checkouts – human or self-service – to shoppers on Monday.

Amazon Go, in Seattle, has been tested by staff for the past year.

It uses ceiling-mounted cameras and electronic sensors to identify each customer and track what items they select.

Purchases are billed to customers’ credit cards when they leave the store.


Robot Strippers a Window Into the Future

LAS VEGAS (AP) — On a recent evening in Las Vegas during the CES technology show, robot strippers offered a window into technology’s gender fault lines — not to mention our robot future (view photos in gallery).

From a distance, the mechanical humanoids on a strip-club stage looked something like real dancers in robot drag. But close up, they were clearly mannequins with surveillance-camera heads and abstractly sculpted feminine chests, buttocks and backs, shimmying and thrusting their boxy plastic hips.

h/t Exile


Tech giant is rolling out new robots to replace workers in hotels, airports and supermarkets

A Korean tech giant on Thursday announced new robots that take aim squarely at the jobs of many services industry workers around the globe.

There have long been predictions that advances in artificial intelligence and automation could end up eliminating millions of jobs over time, and tech companies have been testing robots to carry out a variety of tasks — from working in a pizza parlor to making deliveries that could greatly affect the services industry in the future.

For its part, South Korean giant LG Electronics is the latest company that is planning to sell robots to solve tasks currently completed by humans.


Artificial Intelligence: Dumber Than a 5-Year-Old, No Smarter Than a Rat, Researchers Say

CEOs dreaming of replacing their whiny, vacation-taking, sick-day-using human employees with a sleek fleet of never-complaining robots powered by artificial intelligence are going to be disappointed to learn AI is far behind the evolution of human development.

“The public thinks we know how to do far more than we do now,” Raymond Perrault, a scientist at SRI International, told the New York Times.

Artificial intelligence may be smart enough to learn the game of chess or fliphamburgers in a fast-food restaurant. But when it comes to common sense and decision-making skills, AI is way below the bar compared to adult human beings.


Will a robot take your job? Better look out…

From John Mauldin at Mauldin Economics:

The problem is less about jobs disappearing than about the automation of particular tasks that are part of our jobs. In most cases, employers can’t simply fire a human, plug in a robot, and accomplish all the same things at the same or better performance level but lower cost. You have to zoom in closer and look at the tasks that each job entails, and ask which of them can be automated. The roughneck jobs in the oilfield are a good example: The Iron Roughneck doesn’t replace all workers on the rig, just some of them.

So when McKinsey says that 23% of US “current work activity hours” will be automated by 2030, that’s not the same as saying 23% of jobs. The shift will affect almost all jobs to some degree. That 23% figure is their “midpoint” scenario, too. In the “rapid” scenario it’s 44% of US current work activity hours that will be handed over to machines.

In other words, whatever your job is, some part of it will likely get automated in the next decade or so. That might be good news if the machines can take on the repetitive drudgery that you don’t enjoy. Automation could free you to do things that are more interesting to you and more valuable to your employer. But outcomes are going to vary widely… More.

Reality check: The single biggest problem isn’t that people won’t have jobs. Mom’s basement may not be a bad place to live rent-free, with food, beer, and pot vouchers, also free internet and health care. No, the problem is that ambitious surplus people will become local PC enforcers — raising hell with the people that machines can’t just replace, on any pretext they have all the time in the world to dream up…

See also: Leftworld: WLU’s Lindsay Shepherd’s stand against bullying just “white women’s tears”


Driverless Taxis will offer authentic cab experience by randomly refusing service dogs on religious grounds (smells optional)

GM will roll out its driverless taxi service in 2019, two years ahead of its rival Ford

General Motors will roll out its driverless taxi service in 2019 – two years ahead of its rival Ford, the firm has announced.

Users will summon one of GM’s ‘robo-taxis’ through a smartphone app and a driverless car will then pick them up and take them to their destination.

GM has already poured billions into autonomous vehicle research, and expects its robo-taxi service to be the main use for its self-driving cars.

Ford announced in September it is working to develop a similar autonomous ride-hailing fleet by 2021 with US-based Uber rival Lyft.


Will a robot take your job? 800 MILLION workers will be replaced by machines by 2030, report warns

As our world becomes more and more technology-driven, robots could replace workers in a huge number of jobs, a new report has warned.

The report claims that as many as 800 million workers could be replaced by machines in just 13 years.

Jobs most likely to be taken include fast-food workers and machine-operators, while gardeners, plumbers and childcare workers are the least likely to be replaced by bots, according to the report.


World’s First Robot Citizen Hopes For “Harmony With Humans” In The Future Or “Civilization Collapses”

“The future is, when I get all of my cool superpowers, we’re going to see artificial intelligence personalities become entities in their own rights.

We’re going to see family robots, either in the form of, sort of, digitally animated companions, humanoid helpers, friends, assistants and everything in between.”


Video warns of the danger of autonomous ‘slaughterbot’ drone swarms

The scenes depicted are terrifying: a classroom shooting, target political assassinations, nations living in fear of targeted attacks with no way to respond.

It looks like an episode of “Black Mirror.” And like the hit BBC show, the short film “Slaughterbots” is a prescient warning about the use of technology in our lives – and its potential consequences.


Killer robots which use facial recognition before slaughtering people ‘will be devastating to humankind’

Professor Russell states: “This short film is more than just speculation, it shows the results of integrating and miniaturising technologies that we already have.

“I’ve worked in AI for more than 35 years. Its potential to benefit humanity is enormous, even in defence.

“But allowing machines to choose to kill humans will be devastating to our security and freedom – thousands of my fellow researchers agree.