10 dystopian scenarios for the future (via George Dvorsky)

We usually have a tendency to see the dangers far before they come and we are usually able to solve issues. However, we never seem to be able to get rid of utopian visions and dystopian warnings. George Dvorsky recently listed 10 Predictions About the Future That Should Scare the Hell Out of You on Gizmodo. Here are … Continue reading "10 dystopian scenarios for the future (via George Dvorsky)"

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Moral Machine

From self-driving cars on public roads to self-piloting reusable rockets landing on self-sailing ships, machine intelligence is supporting or entirely taking over ever more complex human activities at an ever increasing pace. The greater autonomy given machine intelligence in these roles can result in situations where they have to make autonomous choices involving human life … Continue reading "Moral Machine"

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Will smarter machines cause mass unemployment?

The idea that manual work can be carried out by machines is already familiar; now ever-smarter machines can perform tasks done by information workers, too. What determines vulnerability to automation, experts say, is not so much whether the work concerned is manual or white-collar but whether or not it is routine. Machines can already perform routine … Continue reading "Will smarter machines cause mass unemployment?"

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The new tech overlords: technology companies are now officially the most powerful entities in the world

… and they are almost all based in the US (and soon… China).  Read this incredible piece in The Atlantic.  Stat below is via Statista. At the close of trading this Monday, the top five global companies by market capitalization were all U.S. tech companies: Apple, Alphabet (formerly Google), Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook.  Bloomberg, which reported on … Continue reading "The new tech overlords: technology companies are now officially the most powerful entities in the world"

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Machines and human replacement (McKinsey report)

McKinsey analyzed the detailed work activities of more than 800 occupations from across the US economy to assess the percentage of time spent on activities with the technical potential for automation by adapting currently demonstrated technology. Read the detailed results on the technical potential for automation in various sectors. “While automation will eliminate very few occupations entirely in the next … Continue reading "Machines and human replacement (McKinsey report)"

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