Drones, Robots & AI

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Smartphones that betray their masters


You know that shiny little device that you’re using to handle the day-to-day running of your life? Well you might want to take another look at it, this time without the rose-tinted glasses. It turns out, the way those things are designed to work in practice can expose your very private, very personal data to … Continue reading

Lego robot with mobile phone brain crushes Rubik’s Cube world record


Forget supercomputers, take a fresh new look at your mobile phone. In your hand is probably more computing power than the big old room-sized computers NASA used in the 60’s for their moon missions. Think that smart phone is only for calls, texting, games, etc? After watching this you might want to think again. Two … Continue reading

Google to Buy Artificial Intelligence Startup DeepMind for $400M


Google to Buy Artificial Intelligence Startup DeepMind for $400M Remember what I said about robots not needing to be physical? Well Google have dug deep to the tune of $400M to acquire DeepMind, a company that focuses on machine learning algorithms. Describing themselves as a “cutting edge artificial intelligence company”, DeepMind’s first commercial applications are … Continue reading

Is society sleepwalking into the future?


If you have five minutes, take a look at the article in the below link. Quite thoughtfully assembled, it takes a pretty decent look at what the effects of technological innovation on levels of employment and wages could be. The Future Of Jobs: The Onrushing Wave About 5 years ago my mind turned to what … Continue reading

The robots are coming. Will they bring wealth or a divided society?


The robots are coming. Will they bring wealth or a divided society? Smart Machines Could Cost Tech Industry Millions of IT Jobs It is encouraging to see others leaping into the debate about what impact robots, drones, AI’s, etc. will have on jobs, people, society, government, economics and economies. The first link above is an … Continue reading

Drone Space : Learning to Live with Drones


Two news articles popped up onto my radar recently as I perused various sources.  At first they seemed merely interesing data points.  Upon mulling them a bit I realised these relatively innocuous articles raised more than a few valid questions, ones that concern all of us regular people going about our daily lives. The FAA … Continue reading

Predator and Reaper drones are misunderstood, says manufacturer


Predator and Reaper drones are misunderstood, says manufacturer A predator is commonly defined as a hunter or killer.  In Blue Oyster Cult’s fabulous classic song “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, the Grim Reaper is the shady character who comes to take people to their death. Having pretty deliberately christened their drone children with such wonderfully descriptive … Continue reading

Google Acquires Boston Dymanics, Maker of Crazy, Walking Robots


Google Acquires Boston Dymanics, Maker of Crazy, Walking Robots Google is emphasising it’s intent on the robotic front with it’s latest acquisition – Boston Dynamics.  This is one of it’s most significant and interesting moves, since it takes Google into the area of defense and brings with it some significant Department of Defense contracts. For … Continue reading

Rise of the machines : Will the future be bright? It’s up to us.


In this post I am advocating for ALL governments to get off their rather ample and soft posteriors and be proactive about thinking about the future.  Yes, that’s a provocative statement.  It’s important, if they don’t do their projections properly, then we could be looking to a difficult and painful period of human history. Let’s … Continue reading

10 Jobs Destined For Robots


10 Jobs Destined For Robots Just wanted to quickly publish this link I came across as I was browsing some news.  Normally I would add a bit of commentary, but haven’t had time to marshall my thoughts into any kind of coherent state yet. Will update when I get a few moments to set down … Continue reading