Archive for July, 2015

A New Relationship of Man and Machine (video)

A couple of weeks ago, our CEO Gerd Leonhard did a presentation at the London Business School Global Leadership Summit on the new relationship of man and machine. The presentation was part of a session with Rohit Talwar, CEO of Fast Future Research and Gray Scott, Founder

Flickr is using Deep Learning to auto-tag images

Shortly after unveiling its updates to build bigger and faster neural nets, now Nvidia explains in a blog post how it helped Flickr build its “Magic View” auto-tagging feature that can sort through all of the 11 billion images on its servers.

The Futures Agency YouTube Channel

Check out our new The Futures Agency Channel on Youtube. A selection of the best videos and interviews of our speakers, including Gerd Leonhard, Rohit Talwar, Glen Hiemstra, Ross Dawson, Yuri Van Geest, Rudy De Waele, Simon Torrance and many more. The channel is updated regularly

Forces of nature: Biomimicry in robotics

Bioinspired devices are helping robotics engineers to solve many problems Excellent article on how robotic engineers try to copy the abilities of living beings, providing fruitful ground for bioinspired technologies. Nature just does things better than humans. It is a galling fact for engineers, but

Interesting New Futurist Book: A Dangerous Master

We live in an age where a machine can target, shoot, and kill without the physical involvement of a human; guns can be printed in private homes; and supercomputers can conduct thousands of financial trades in milliseconds. From combat drones to nanotechnology, 3-D printers to

Interview with Facebook AI Director Yann LeCun

Great interview with Facebook Artificial intelligence Director Yann LeCun on IEEE Spectrum. Artificial intelligence has gone through some dismal periods, which those in the field gloomily refer to as “AI winters.” This is not one of those times; in fact, AI is so hot right

Can You Run A City Based On Happiness?

Here’s an interesting article on how a city can learn more about its citizens by using data analytics. The results are always surprising! Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Project is the result of two years of work and a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The goal was

The age of the cyborg has begun – and the consequences cannot be known

Interesting interview by The Guardian with Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling Sapiens – a big history narrative of human civilisation, from how we developed from hunter-gatherers to how we organise our society and economy today. The author says that the future of life on Earth is now,

Robotics and the law: When software can harm you

Recent headlines declaring “Robot Kills Man in Germany” are examples of growing news coverage about the impact of robots on society. This is the subject of a new law review article by a University of Washington faculty member. Twenty years in, the law is finally