Don’t Leave AI Up to Corporations

Now that machines are learning to do all sorts of things on their own, from deciding who gets bail to finding new pharmaceuticals, the question is how we can ensure that computers don’t accidentally screw up people’s lives. The results from a new survey conducted on behalf of the Royal Society, a UK-based scientific fellowship, show that at the very least folks want the government to be involved in deciding how AI develops. Indeed, “71% of people feel that the government should play some role in the development of machine…

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The Singularity – Unpredictable future or fake news?

The Register published an article naming the singularity as the 2016’s fake news. Some scientists claim The Technological Singularity will come at one point, when other says we cannot exceed human intelligence, ever,. We can asymptotically approach it, but exceed it. This is also what we say about the speed of light.

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Adding Haptics Feedback for walls and heavy objects in virtual reality using electrical muscle stimulation

“haptics for VR walls” is a work by Pedro Lopes, Sijing You, Lung-Pan Cheng, Sebastian Marwecki, and Patrick Baudisch at the Hasso Plattner Institut. The purpose of the experiment is to determine how to add haptics to walls and other heavy objects in virtual reality. When a user tries to push such an object, our system actuates the user’s shoulder, arm, and wrist muscles by means of electrical muscle stimulation, creating a counter force that pulls the user’s arm backwards. Our device accomplishes this in a wearable form factor. In…

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AeroMobil is ready to launch a flying car that you can actually buy | Inhabitat

We’ve been waiting for flying cars ever since the 1960s – and they’re set to become a viable reality this year. AeroMobil just announced that it is ready to launch its futuristic flying car – and you’ll actually be able to buy one in a few months. The company plans to show off the latest iteration of the car/plane hybrid next week in Monaco, with pre-orders starting later this year. AeroMobil is an integrated aircraft as well as a fully functioning four-wheeled car, powered by hybrid propulsion.     @aeromobil…

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Roborace – The Car designed by Daniel Simon

START TEXT WIRED MAGAZINE: Simon created vehicles for films like Prometheus, Captain America, and Tron Legacy. It’s a fitting CV for a job that involves self-driving race cars. Automakers have started to address the idea of how taking the wheel from humans might change how cars are built, but this takes the extra step of taking the human out of the picture altogether. It’s a very cool-looking future. END TEXT Robocar Concept I: First Media Release END TEXT TOP GEAR MAGAZINE: The dramatic bodywork shouldn’t be too much of surprise…

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Future Cars Will Force Us to Redesign Future Cities | Architectural Digest

react-text: 313 For more than a century, driving automobiles has shaped our behaviors, and that behavior has shaped our cities. But with self-driving electric cars on the horizon, how will architecture and real estate be impacted when the driver is no longer turning the wheel or pushing the pedals? /react-text react-text: 315 It’s a question city planners and architects like /react-text react-text: 317 Gensler /react-text react-text: 318 CEO Andy Cohen are already taking into consideration, as they anticipate how driverless automobiles will affect our surroundings. “Everyone is focused on the…

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An immersive travel in the 23rd century – The Fifth Element full length movie

New York, 23rd century – 2259 to be exact –  the flying cars are self-driven but the density of population force people to live in small boxes in multiple layers, in a strict society.  A cab driver turned unlikely hero in this timeless story in the 23rd century, and a great opportunity for us to visit a vision of the 23rd century, with full of details. In this future world, humanity has wandered out among the stars, spreading the life-energy of the universe and further agitating the dark force, whose time to strike…

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Futuristic visions Overtaken – Google+

Curves, displays, visible technology, don’t you want to sit down as a student and follow this lesson, with the city you can observe through the window? On the futuristic whiteboard, a question. On the student’s touch desks, a red button will help them to confirm their response typed on the touch keyboard. The teacher seems not to have a place in this classroom. However, if AI and robots takes care of many tasks, our children should have more people to teach them. If it is to be a machine instead…

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Negative mass or a fluid that moves forward when pushed back

Washington State University physicists have created a fluid with negative mass, which is exactly what it sounds like. Push it, and unlike every physical object in the world we know, it doesn’t accelerate in the direction it was pushed. It accelerates backwards. The phenomenon is rarely created in laboratory conditions and can be used to explore some of the more challenging concepts of the cosmos, said Michael Forbes, a WSU assistant professor of physics and astronomy and an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington. This bizarre phenomenon will…

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Concept car Vision Next 100 Future technology

German car maker BMW shows developed it concept car Vision Next 100. Such vehicles may be in the next 100 years. Established concept looks really futuristic. If you look at the car carefully, you will notice a recognizable feature of all BMW vehicles. Of course, it is a familiar form of the radiator grille. But everything else – beyond reality. This we used to accustomed see in the of science fiction films. Get at least the windshield, the entire surface of which – It is a display of augmented reality…

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How Technology Will Change The Way We Live In 100 Years – Minutehack

Commissioned by Samsung, the SmartThings Future Living Report paints a vivid picture of our future lives; suggesting the way we live, work and play will change beyond all recognition over the course of the next century. It was authored by a team of leading academics including TV presenter and one of the UK’s leading space scientists, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, award-winning futurist architects and lecturers at the University of Westminster Arthur Mamou-Mani and Toby Burgess, as well as pioneering urbanists Linda Aitken and Els Leclerq. Many of the predictions were influenced…

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The Journey to Mars has a price tag, and it will give Congress sticker shock | Ars Technica

NASA has been talking about its “Journey to Mars” for the better part of this decade now, along with its plans to send humans to the Martian system in the 2030s. One thing the space agency hasn’t done, however, is talk too much about costs. From experience, the agency has learned the woes of giving Congress “sticker shock” when it comes to exploration programs. However, a new report by NASA’s inspector general chastises the agency for not doing so earlier. “Such estimates would help inform other decision makers and stakeholders in…

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Why do Rethink Robotics robots have eyes? — Quartz

You’d never mistake Baxter and Sawyer for humans, though they were designed to work alongside them. Each has programmable robotic arms that swivel and twist at the joints, bright red plastic exteriors, and rigid mechanical movements. And yet, despite not imitating humans otherwise, the robots have eyes. The animated eyes are displayed on what looks like tablet device above the robots’ arms, where a human might expect a head to be. Baxter and Sawyer obviously don’t use the eyes to see or to complete the factory tasks to which they’re…

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Beware the unintended consequences of a robot revolution | Technology | The Guardian

Ask an economist or a technology expert and they will happily tell you that decades of data reliably show automation has created more jobs than it has destroyed. Far fewer of us now work on farms, for example, thanks to super-efficient machines that do the bulk of the work. Such technology has boosted productivity and, with it, living standards. As a result, more people work in leisure industries such as hospitality or hairdressing, serving all those people with higher disposable incomes and more free time. So far so good. And…

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New York City: Architect Aims for Futuristic Skyscraper Named Big Bend | Fortune.com

react-text: 214 A Greek architect has a vision that would reshape New York City’s skyline —a /react-text react-text: 216 U-shaped skyscraper /react-text react-text: 217 that would become “the world’s tallest building.” /react-text react-text: 219 Ioannis Oikonomou /react-text react-text: 221 told /react-text react-text: 222 Business Insider that his firm /react-text react-text: 224 Oiio Studio /react-text react-text: 225 is seeking investments for the building design, currently dubbed Big Bend. The tall, skinny tower would bend in half and will measure to be about 200 feet taller than One World Trade Center, which…

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What is Prospective?

Prospective literally means “under observation”. It can also refer to an event that is likely or expected to happen in the future. For example, a prospective student is someone who is considering attending a school. A prospective cohort study is a type of study, e.g., in sociology or medicine, that follows participants for a particular future time period. Can we predict the future? In futures studies there are various ways of thinking. Different schools of thought think about the future in different ways. The one way is where people say…

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We May Be Able to Build a Rocket That Can Go 99.999% the Speed of Light

A professor has proposed a mathematical theory that could allow us to one day build a photon rocket that can reach at 99.999 percent of the speed of light. Theoretical Spacecrafts Theoretical physics often lifts the sanctions we set on our own imaginations. Whether it’s exploring the possibility of warp drives or understanding the rate of the universe’s expansion, we are quick to explore the unknown on our chalkboards until our tech is ready for our ideas. In a similar deep-dive into the theoretical, a Norwegian professor argues in the…

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Rise of the Machines: We Can Stop Automation From Destroying Society

The widespread adoption of automated systems threatens to further widen the gap between the rich and poor. However, stifling the technology is not the best way to cope with the problem of worker displacement. A Growing Gap Widespread automation has the potential to amplify existing income disparities and produce an unparalleled level of economic inequality. As artificial intelligence (AI) improves and algorithms get more advanced, automated systems can replace more of the workforce, meaning fewer people are needed to generate the same (or greater) amounts of wealth for those at the top.…

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