The Great Mannequin Vs. Fashion Model Showdown

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  If it weren’t for their glowing eyes, I would have sworn they were live fashion models dancing in the store window.

Moving smoothly to match the music playing in the background, each of the seven perfectly proportioned mannequins swayed to a carefully choreographed set of moves designed to draw attention to the clothes they were wearing.

The eerie feeling that they were watching me as much as I was watching them was not a mistake. They were indeed looking at me.   Continue reading… “The Great Mannequin Vs. Fashion Model Showdown”

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Can the rapid advances in technology create a jobless future?

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“We are interested in robots that create and are creative,”  Hod Lipson describes his Creative Machines Lab captures his ambitions. Lipson is an engineering professor at Cornell University. He is one of the world’s leading experts on artificial intelligence and robotics. His research projects provide a peek into the intriguing possibilities of machines and automation, from robots that “evolve” to ones that assemble themselves out of basic building blocks. A few years ago, Lipson demonstrated an algorithm that explained experimental data by formulating new scientific laws, which were consistent with ones known to be true. He had automated scientific discovery.

 

 

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Creating Humanless Distribution Networks

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  A couple weeks ago I was asked to speak at the 8th annual Turkish Postal Symposium in Antalya, Turkey on the future of the postal industry. This was a fascinating gathering of thought leaders to discuss next generation postal service.

I focused my talk around a central question – “How long will it be before we can mail a package and have it travel to a city on the other side of the world without ever being touched by human hands?”   Continue reading… “Creating Humanless Distribution Networks”

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The Black Hat Robots are Coming

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  It’s ironic, this whole effort to work so hard to make working obsolete, or in the case of artificial intelligence, the effort to think so hard to make thinking obsolete.

But then it should really come as no mystery. Machines are far superior to people. Every worker brings their own set of baggage to the workplace, and officials have created countless laws to protect these workers, making the human side of work messier than ever.   Continue reading… “The Black Hat Robots are Coming”

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What technologies will be required for the robots of the future?

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It might sound like science fiction, but someday, thanks to creative scientists and engineers, our world may contain autonomous or semi-autonomous robots working with people, helping us do tasks that are better suited for machines.   Continue reading… “What technologies will be required for the robots of the future?”

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Cops arrest robot that bought ecstasy with Bitcoins

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Last year a group of Swiss artists thought it would be cool to program a bot to scour the “dark web” and buy $100 worth of random goods each week using a regular Bitcoin allowance.  Items purchased by the robot include a Hungarian passport, a baseball hat that had a hidden camera installed, someone’s entire Lord of the Rings eBook collection, and some ecstasy tablets.   Continue reading… “Cops arrest robot that bought ecstasy with Bitcoins”

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