background preloader

Future

Facebook Twitter

Robotic Nation (3) Robotic Freedom. If you have read the articles entitled Robotic Nation, Robots in 2015 and Manna, and if you have looked at the many robotic news items on this page, then you may be coming to a new realization. We are standing right now on the threshold of the robotic era. Once robots start arriving in the job market in significant numbers—something that we will see happening within a decade or so—they have the potential to dramatically change the world economy. At least 50 percent of the people working in the American job market today are working in people-powered industries like fast-food restaurants (McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, etc.), retail stores (Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Target, Toys "R" Us, etc.), delivery companies (the post office, Fedex, UPS, etc.), construction, airlines, amusement parks, hotels and motels, warehousing and so on. All of these jobs are prime targets for robotic replacement.

In 2003 we are seeing the deployment of automated checkout lines in stores all across the U.S. And: Automation: A look at exactly how robots will take your job. Follow us on Twitter @NAAIJ Like us on Facebook NAAofIJ You may have heard of or seen recent reports that 50% of the Global Workforce is destined for the unemployment line. Most of those reports are based on an article out of the MIT Technology Review entitled Report Suggests Nearly Half of U.S. Jobs Are Vulnerable to Computerization. That article is making such informed claims based on data from a study out of the University of Oxford Engineering Sciences Department, A copy of which I’ve obtained, Which examined no less than 702 detailed occupations and assessed the likelihood those jobs would be made obsolete in the near future, Or as they call it the “probability of computerization using a Gaussian process classifier” As much fun as sifting thru probabilities is, You really need to do no more than look at the world around you to see that Automation is coming, Full steam ahead.

If you’ve seen one driverless car, You’ve seen them all. McDonalds Self-Order Touch Kiosk Walmart Self-Checkout. New Material Sucks Water From the Air and Stores It. As the changing climate pushes arid regions around the world to become drier, many are asking how we will continue to provide enough water for the people and crops in those areas. Some Rice University researchers decided to look at how desert animals have adapted to their waterless conditions.

Take the Namib beetle. It sucks water out of the morning fog by facing into the wind and opening its wings, which consist of a combination of water-loving bumps and water-repelling troughs. The bumps pull water droplets from the breeze and collect them, until they become large enough to fall into the troughs. The troughs quickly get rid of them by propelling them into the beetle’s mouth. Inspired by the beetle, the researchers decided to incorporate a similar system in a set of carbon nanotubes a few nanometers across and about a centimeter long. The forest absorbed 80 percent of its weight in water over 13 hours in humid air. Web. Bitcoin: How the digital currency is changing everything. Bitcoin Today, the single most prominent, and telling, feature of bitcoin is its massive controversy in the media. Not a single day goes by without an article or televised mention about its dangers, risks, and dubious mainstream appeal.

Many in the mainstream seem set in their beliefs that bitcoin is a fad, or even worse a ponzi scheme, and is destined to fail. Yet when was the last time a ponzi scheme attracted global attention and prominent venture capital investment? Since when has a fad incited the simultaneous and largely hostile reactions of governments across the globe? Why did other payment technologies like PayPal or Western Union apparently fail to meet the requirements to be discussed in virtually every central bank on the planet, yet cryptocurrency is being so thoroughly scrutinised?

This is because bitcoin as a technology isn’t just challenging business models, or even an entire industry. Bitcoin the currency Reacting to Big Data Decentralized applications Via CoinDesk. Technology and jobs: Coming to an office near you. INNOVATION, the elixir of progress, has always cost people their jobs. In the Industrial Revolution artisan weavers were swept aside by the mechanical loom.

Over the past 30 years the digital revolution has displaced many of the mid-skill jobs that underpinned 20th-century middle-class life. Typists, ticket agents, bank tellers and many production-line jobs have been dispensed with, just as the weavers were. For those, including this newspaper, who believe that technological progress has made the world a better place, such churn is a natural part of rising prosperity.

Although innovation kills some jobs, it creates new and better ones, as a more productive society becomes richer and its wealthier inhabitants demand more goods and services. A hundred years ago one in three American workers was employed on a farm. Today less than 2% of them produce far more food. Remember Ironbridge Why be worried? The problem is one of timing as much as anything. No time to be timid. The age of artificial intelligence is here - San Diego Technology. Computers can now learn from their mistakes and this will turn the digital world into a new era in 2014, according to the N.Y.

Times print edition today. The vision of artificial intelligence is now real. The first commercial version of the new kind of computer chip is scheduled to be released in 2014. Not only can it automate tasks that now require painstaking programming — for example, moving a robot’s arm smoothly and efficiently — but it can also sidestep and even tolerate errors, potentially making the term ‘computer crash’ obsolete. This all relates to the technology that would come when systems are self-aware; systems that perceives their environments and takes actions to maximize their chances of success. A new generation of artificial intelligence systems will perform some functions that humans do with ease: see, speak, listen, navigate, manipulate and control.

Instead of merely being programmed to do a series of steps, algorithms have been applied. Tens of billions of potentially habitable, Earth-size planets in our galaxy, say astronomers. Artist’s representation of the “habitable zone,” the range of orbits where liquid water is permitted on the surface of a planet. The authors find that 22% of Sun-like stars harbor a planet between one and two times the size of Earth in the habitable zone.

(Credit: UC Berkeley) One in five stars in our galaxy like the Sun have planets about the size of Earth and a surface temperature conducive to life, astronomers at UC Berkeley and University of Hawaii, Manoa now estimate. The estimate was based on a statistical analysis of all the Kepler observations of NASA’s Kepler space telescope of the 200 billion stars in our galaxy. Given that about 20 percent of stars are Sun-like, the researchers say, that amounts to several tens of billions of potentially habitable, Earth-size planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. “It’s been nearly 20 years since the discovery of the first extrasolar planet around a normal star. Earth-size may not mean habitable Transiting planets A census of extrasolar planets. Much-Hyped, MOOCs Maneuver Toward Version 2.0.

Since then-Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun opened his Fall 2011 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence course to tens of thousands students around the world, there has been a lot of interest and excitement surrounding MOOCs, or massive, open online courses. Thrun went on to found a for-profit online university, Udacity, with the backing of some of Silicon Valley’s most influential investors. Two of Thrun’s former Stanford colleagues launched a competitor, Coursera, with the support of the granddaddy of all venture capital firms, Kleiner Perkins. Not to be outdone, the most prestigious universities on the East Coast set up the nonprofit edX. It seemed clear that the future of education would be in MOOCs. And who wouldn’t want to make lectures given by the best teachers at top universities available online to students in developing countries and poor and remote parts of the United States?

But what really matters is how well those who finish MOOCs learn the material at hand. Competing for the World Largest Infrastructure Project: Over 100 Million Jobs at Stake. Elon Musk and Daryl Oster, competing for what could become the world’s largest infrastructure project When Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, mysteriously leaked that he was working on his Hyperloop Project, the combination of secrecy, cryptic details, and his own flair for the dramatic all contributed to the media frenzy that followed. Leading up to this announcement was his growing anxiety over California’s effort to build a very expensive high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco with outdated technology. While the Musk media train was picking up steam, several reporters pointed out a similar effort by Daryl Oster and his Longmont, Colorado-based company, ET3, to build a comparable tube transportation system that was much further along.

Indeed both are working on what will likely be the next generation of transportation where specially designed cars are placed into sealed tubes and shot, much like rockets, to their destination. Transportation Trends Getting ET3 Started. Russell Brand May Have Started a Revolution Last Night. The next big market for data and connected devices? Agriculture. Between efforts to eat more food grown locally, a younger generation of farmers and cheaper component-farming is getting an infusion of data and technology.

Most of us know about the connected cows, where the milking operations are governed by connected sensors and algorithms that determine how long to milk and cow and which cows need milking. But it’s not just dairy farmers upgrading their technology and connecting their fields: it’s vinters, soybean growers and wide assortment of agricultural interests. Alicia Asin, the CEO of sensor-making company Libelium, said in a recent interview that 18 percent of her company’s €3 million (about $4 million) in sales this year came from agricultural buyers. By the way, you can see Asin speak at our Mobilize conference in San Francisco on October 16 and 17.

DIY for the farming guy Libelium gear. Ola Smarts co-founder Brett Norman said the company has tried to keep the value proposition really clear. Data gets down and dirty. Graphene — as thin as an atom and 200 times stronger than steel — is the world’s new ‘wonder material’ Untitled. The Huge Growth of MOOCs Threatens America's Great Public University System.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com/3dfoto June 18, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. In a college-level course about social justice issues, you can often find students sitting in a circle discussing society’s inequalities with one another. But in Harvard professor Michael Sandel’s JusticeX class, a massive open online course (MOOC), tens of thousands of students watch Sandel lecturing on, among other things, affirmative action, income distribution, same-sex marriage and property rights all from their laptops. When philosophy professors at San Jose State University were encouraged to have their students take Sandel’s MOOC, they were strongly against their students taking an online course in justice. “The move to MOOCs comes at great peril to our university,” the letter said, “We regard such courses as a serious compromise of quality of education and, ironically for a social justice course, a case of social injustice.”

The Huge Growth of MOOCs Threatens America's Great Public University System. Technology and job destruction. Brynjolfsson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and his collaborator and coauthor Andrew McAfee have been arguing for the last year and a half that impressive advances in computer technology—from improved industrial robotics to automated translation services—are largely behind the sluggish employment growth of the last 10 to 15 years. Even more ominous for workers, the MIT academics foresee dismal prospects for many types of jobs as these powerful new technologies are increasingly adopted not only in manufacturing, clerical, and retail work but in professions such as law, financial services, education, and medicine. They believe that rapid technological change has been destroying jobs faster than it is creating them, contributing to the stagnation of median income and the growth of inequality in the United States.

And, they suspect, something similar is happening in other technologically advanced countries. Productivity increases but jobs do not increase. Scientists Able To Slow Aging In Mice By Modifying The Brain’s Hypothalamus. [Source: Wikipedia] When we age, all parts of our body deteriorate over time. But while aging as a whole might be an accumulation of disparate processes, scientists have long wondered if it might be controlled by some central location in the body. Researchers have now uncovered an area in the brain about the size of an almond in humans that wields powerful control over the body’s aging process.

By manipulating a single substance secreted by the hypothalamus they were able to extend the lives of mice. The work opens up the possibility that the hypothalamus may be an important target in treating age-related diseases such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s. The hypothalamus controls a number of hormones that influence development, growth, metabolism and reproduction. The lifespan of untreated, normal mice ranged between 600 and 1000 days. Another substance important for whole-body aging is gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), which is important for our reproductive systems. Age of Technological Disruption. "All of the structures that we use to run the world today— our civics, our politics, our legal systems, healthcare, education— are all structured for a world 100 or 200 years ago, not for the world of today.

So we think we're in for a lot of disruption," says Salim Ismail, founding director of Singularity University. ReasonTV's Tracy Oppenheimer caught up with Salim at the 2013 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, CA to discuss crowd funding, the next steps in technological expansion, and how we've entered the age of an information-based environment. "It's happening across industries.

The first few were newspapers, music, and electronic publishing. Those were the first three domains to be fully information-enabled. Now were moving to cars being information-enabled," says Salim, "we're turning everything in to a computational basis. " If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on ycombinator or StumbleUpon . General Fusion on track for Demonstration of Net Gain Equivalent Plasma Compression this year. There is a 19 page presentation from 2012 that updates the progress of General Fusion General Fusion is trying to make affordable fusion power a reality. • Founded in 2002, based in Vancouver, Canada • Plan to demonstrate proof of physics DD equivalent “net gain” in 2013 • Plan to demonstrate the first fusion system capable of “net gain” 3 years after proof • Validated by leading experts in fusion and industrial engineering • Industrial and institutional partners • $42.5M in venture capital, $6.3M in government support General Fusion intends to build a three-meter-diameter steel sphere filled with spinning molten lead and lithium.

Super-heated plasma would be injected into the vortex and then the outside of the sphere would be hit with 200 computer-synchronized pistons travelling 100 meters per second (200 mph) The resulting shock waves would compress the plasma and spark a fusion reaction for a few microseconds. An Inconvenient Era. 220 Story Sky City Gets go ahead to start construction in June 2013, so it should complete by the end of 2013. Patent Filing Claims Solar Energy "Breakthrough" Claim: New Packing Material 100% Recyclable AND Removes CO2 From Air. GE to mass-produce critical jet engine part use 3D printing | News. Clean Energy Investments Expected To Triple To $630B Per Year By 2030.

World’s Largest Solar Towers To Be Built For California Solar Project. US Department Of Energy Funding Projects To Make Electric Cars Cheaper. Rooftop Solar Revolution May Now Be ‘Unstoppable’, Report Finds. FarmedHere: Largest Indoor Vertical Farm Opens In Chicago. Scientists await new worlds as CERN collider is refitted. Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing. Scientists Clone Previously Extinct Frog. Nike+ FuelBand and Google Glass: what next for the 'quantified self'? | Technology. World's 9th Most Powerful Supercomputer Won't Cure Cancer, But Will Find Oil Super Fast. Next Big Future: Open online courses expanding and a completely online course university targets 1 year tuition of $1500 or less.

College student invents gel that halts bleeding. Deutsche Bank Predicts Solar Markets Will Be Self-Sustaining By 2014. This Could Be The World’s First 3D-Printed Car. Our Energy Predicament in Charts.