Posts Tagged ‘robotics‘

Are women better off in the age of robots and automation?

The age of the robot worker will be worse for men, the jobs that are least vulnerable to automation tend to be held by women. Interesting insight in this The Atlantic article on the jobs that will disappear in the coming age of robots, in which

How Technology will Impact our Future? Keynote Presentation by Rudy de Waele (video)

In our series “The Futures Agency Speakers Videos“, here’s a keynote presentation of digital transformation strategist Rudy de Waele on the future impact of technology on business and society at #ECOC14 (http://www.ecoc2014.org/). A condensed overview of foresights in the area’s of the Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Cities,

Interview and Podcast with Rudy De Waele on The Future of Work

These days, everyone’s talking about digital transformation. It seems that everything that can be digitised is being digitised – this affects the workplace too. But what are the main technical trends that really matter? And what have HR professionals and executives got to do with

NAO Robots shows self-awareness

A robot allegedly demonstrates basic self-awareness while attempting to solve a classic logic puzzle. Researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute AI and Reasoning Lab in New York adapted the classic inductive reasoning puzzle known as The King’s Wise Men and posed the problem to a

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

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