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Despite Musk’s dark warning, artificial intelligence is more benefit than threat

We expect scary predictions about the technological future from philosophers and science fiction writers, not famous technologists.
Elon Musk, though, turns out to have an imagination just as dark as that of Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick, who created the sentient and ultimately homicidal computer HAL 9000 in “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Link


What artificial intelligence means for sustainability

It’s hard to open a newspaper these days without encountering an article on the arrival of artificial intelligence. Predictions about the potential of this new technology are everywhere.
Media hype aside, real evidence shows that artificial intelligence (AI) already drives a major shift in the global economy. Link


Hungry? There’s a robot for that at TC Disrupt SF

Robotics has the potential to change the world. From jobs that are difficult or dangerous to do, to jobs that people simply don’t want to do, robotics will undoubtedly step in and fill these roles. Two such jobs are the cooking and delivery of some of our favorite comfort foods, burgers and pizzas. Link


Artificial Intelligence: To Be Feared Or Embraced

Many experts continue to debate whether that technology will help or hurt human society. When it comes to AI, there are two major concerns: jobs and safety. On the other hand, AI has the potential to sort through mass amounts of data more quickly than humans and help save lives with unmanned flights in military and reduce auto accidents. Link


Making an insurance claim? Expect to see a drone

Travelers is among companies using drones to inspect storm damage. Rather than climbing onto the roof, an insurance company representative pilots a drone. The drone takes pictures and video while the operator stays safely on the ground. A drone captures the necessary images in 10 to 20 minutes. Large insurance companies are in varying in rollouts. Link


Blockchain too slow for banks, warns top blockchain firm

Fintech startup Ripple has opted for using only parts of the technology because ‘there are a few things wrong’ with the classic version. The fintech startup helping the Bank of England to research blockchains has warned the technology may not, in fact, work for banks wanting faster and cheaper ways of moving money. Link


Toyota Just Tested Its New Robot With a Disabled War Veteran

The auto giant said last week that it successfully completed an initial test in which one of the company’s experimental robots helped disabled war veteran Romulo Camargo in Florida with basic tasks in his home for two days. The goal of the trial was to learn how best to use robots as helpers to the disabled and act as care-takers. Link


Drone makers zero in on commercial opportunities

Farming and other sectors are driving adaptation of unmanned aerial vehicles. They have been used to shoot weddings, Hollywood movies, and terrorists. But now drones and their makers are navigating a third path between hobbyists and warfare into the industrial world, threatening a shake-up of the burgeoning $6bn industry. Link


Toyota robot helps Army ranger paralyzed in Afghanistan

The automaker, which has a growing interest in robotics and home mobility, spent three days testing with a paralyzed Army ranger recently. The robot would bring Romy Camargo water and snacks, and open his front door for him. The experiments are an early step toward in-home robots that cater to the needs of the elderly and disabled. Link


A Montessori-inspired wooden robot teaches toddlers how to code

Teaching kids coding is all the rage, with coding clubs and coding camps cropping up like Silicon Valley startups. Countries like the UK have made it part of the national curriculum, recognizing that computational thinking will be as important as literacy and numeracy for the jobs kids will have 20 years from now (or, now). Link


Robots could make the UK over £200 billion richer by 2030

Artificial Intelligence could boost UK gross domestic product by around 10% by 2030, according to a new report by PwC. Global GDP could receive a boost of 14% by 2030, equivalent to about $15.7 trillion. Gains will be made largely through increasing product choice, consumer demand, personalization and affordability. Link


The fight to defend the Internet of Things

Hackers are not only compromising servers, routers and PCs, but now they are exploiting vulnerabilities in other common devices like medical devices, baby monitors, webcams and cars. Nearly every online device can be a target, which leaves users and devices susceptible to spying, data theft, physical damage and participation on Internet infrastruct Link


This robot is learning how to print a human organ

Kentucky-based software company Advanced Solutions has developed what it calls the world’s first 3D human tissue printer that operates on a six-axis robot.The BioAssemblyBot uses a touch screen and a laser sensor to tell the robot arm and nozzle where to move and what to do next, operating on software called the Tissue Structure Informational Model Link


Diamond Trading: Next Industry Optimized by Blockchain Technology?

Several industries have been experiencing optimization and much more enhanced operations with the use of Blockchain technology.
The same technology that powers Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is now being utilized in various industries including healthcare, government operations, supply chain, entertainment, among others. Link


Facebook using artificial intelligence to combat terrorist propaganda

Facebook has revealed it is employing 3,000 extra people this year in order to trawl through posts and remove those that break the law or the sites’ community guidelines. It plans to boost it’s “counter-speech” efforts, to encourage influential voices to condemn terrorism online. Facebook was criticised for not doing enough to tackle extremism. Link


Could a drone help save a life faster than an ambulance?

Swedish researchers compared which was faster at reaching a cardiac arrest patient, a drone outfitted with a life-saving heart device or an ambulance. The average time for a drone to reach its destination was 5 minutes 21 seconds.The average dispatch time for an ambulance responding to a real emergency was 22 minutes. Link


Rise of the robot: You pay taxes, why shouldn’t the robot that steals your job?

A dystopian future where inefficient human workers are no longer necessary is becoming easier to imagine as driverless cars, artificial intelligence and anthropomorphic robots improve. But such a scenario would deplete the government of much-needed income tax revenue at a time when it would need the cash more than ever to help displaced workers. Link


F-15E Shot Down “Predator-Sized” Drone That Attacked Coalition Forces In Syria

For the first time in more than four decades, American forces have come under aerial attack after a drone released an unspecified weapon near U.S. special operators and their Syrian partners at a garrison in the town of At Tanf. The strike has huge implications for the conflict in the country, as well as the future of warfare as a whole. Link


Audi is the first to test autonomous vehicles in New York

In May of this year, the state of New York opened up an application process for companies that wanted to test autonomous vehicles there. Audi snagged the first license and will begin testing near Albany in the coming weeks.There will be two trained engineers in the car, one in the driver’s seat and one in the back, to monitor the car’s systems. Link


The Internet Of Things Is Becoming More Difficult To Escape

It’s already difficult to create distance from the technology that surrounds us, but as connectivity increases, it might become impossible to do so. Technology is constantly looming in our lives: the Nest thermostat regulates our household temperature, a camera watches our dogs, and technology keeps our houses safe when we’re at work. Link


White House pushes for drone deterrence authority

The Trump administration wants to give federal agencies the right to track and possibly destroy unmanned aircraft over certain domestic facilities and events. .A draft bill would let agencies and law enforcement monitor drone radio communications to determine if the aircraft is a threat to a “covered operation” or facility in the U.S. Link


World’s first robot cop begins duty in Dubai, is way less cool than you’d think

The world’s first robotic cop has joined the Dubai Police. According to Reuters, the automated officer was built by a Barcelona-based robotics company and is part of a government program to supplement all its lazy, sleepy, illness-prone human cops with machines that look like a training dummy mounted to the top of a carpet cleaner. Link


Robots are coming for priests’ jobs, too

The Guardian is raising the question with a story about a robot priest in Wittenberg, Germany. The robot, aptly named BlessU-2, provides blessings in five languages and recite biblical verses, according to the Guardian’s report. Link