It's No Myth: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry - Singularity HUB With the unemployment rate falling to 5.3 percent, the lowest in seven years, policy makers are heaving a sigh of relief. Indeed, with the technology boom in progress, there is a lot to be optimistic about. Manufacturing will be returning to U.S. shores with robots doing the job of Chinese workers; American carmakers will be mass-producing self-driving electric vehicles; technology companies will develop medical devices that greatly improve health and longevity; we will have unlimited clean energy and 3D print our daily needs. Connect the Dots: Open-Source Platforms Bring Ideas to Life Quickly Solution providers can bring ideas to life in days and weeks instead of months and years with easy-to-use modular IoT platforms such as Intel® Edison that remove design and innovation complexity. Getting excited about the addition of new and novel sensors to the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions is so easy that we tend to forget that the platforms that allow providers to connect to and process the information from these sensors are just as exciting – in their simplicity. In last week’s edition of Connect the Dots, we discussed some highlights from Sensors Expo, where flexible and stretchable sensors were heralded as the future, and new advances in chemical sensors were shown to solve today’s need for quick and accurate air-quality monitoring. Oddly, given the recent events in Flint, MI, simple and quick water-quality sensor solutions weren’t presented. There’s an idea, but competition is already underway in that area. Putting Prototypes on the Fast Track
When we mourn the passing of Prince but not 500 migrants, we have to ask: have we lost all sense of perspective? Has something gone adrift within the moral compass of our ‘news’ reporting? In the past week, 64 Afghans have been killed in the largest bomb to have exploded in Kabul in 15 years. At least 340 were wounded. The Taliban set off their explosives at the very wall of the ‘elite’ security force – watch out for that word ‘elite’ – which was supposed to protect the capital. Whole families were annihilated. SeeSpace InAiR: The World's 1st Augmented Television by Nam Do, Dale Herigstad, A-M Roussel We have now surpassed the $150K goal to add streaming to the list of features. And if we reach the $200K level, we will also add an Extra HDMI input and Preset Apps to InAiR. Thanks for the continued support for this project. InAiR brings you the world's first Augmented TV experience With InAir plugged in, your TV becomes an Augmented Television. You can turn any ordinary television into a new and wonderful medium, filled with rich and dynamic information from the Web.
Using drones to save lives in Malawi It started with an aeroplane journey back in 2014. "I knew nothing about drones," says Judith Sherman, the head of HIV for the UN children's fund, Unicef, in Malawi. But as she leafed through an in-flight magazine about pizza deliveries by drone in Mumbai, she had a eureka moment.
When Machines Can Do Most Jobs—Passion, Creativity, and Reinvention Rule - Singularity HUB Not long ago, schoolchildren chose what they wanted to be when they grew up, and later selected the best college they could gain admission to, spent years gaining proficiency in their fields, and joined a company that had a need for their skills. Careers lasted lifetimes. Now, by my estimates, the half-life of a career is about 10 years. I expect that it will decrease, within a decade, to five years. Advancing technologies will cause so much disruption to almost every industry that entire professions will disappear. Inflatable Robots by Otherlab: A Walking Robot (named Ant-Roach) and a Complete Arm (Plus Hand) A Pneubot Named "Ant-Roach" : The Inflatable Anteater-Cockroach Robot To quote Otherlab's recent blog post: Here is the Otherlab’s 15 foot inflatable walking robot, the Ant-Roach. We thought this conceptual elephant looked more like a cross between an anteater and a cockroach.
‘Natural’ sounds improve mood and productivity, study finds (credit: iStock) Playing natural sounds such as flowing water in offices could boost worker moods and improve cognitive abilities in addition to providing speech privacy, according to a new study from researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. An increasing number of modern open-plan offices employ sound masking systems such as “white noise” that raise the background sound of a room so that speech is rendered unintelligible beyond a certain distance and distractions are less annoying. “If you’re close to someone, you can understand them. But once you move farther away, their speech is obscured by the masking signal,” said Jonas Braasch, an acoustician and musicologist at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.
Big Hero 6 and the Current State of the Art in Soft Inflatable Robots This weekend a new Disney movie came out in theaters: Big Hero 6. I'm super excited for this movie, and I'm sure it will be awesome! Even better, the main supporting character is a big, soft inflatable robot named Baymax. As long-time readers of Hizook will undoubtedly know, I'm a huge proponent of inflatable robots -- they have challenges, but they're tough to beat in terms of cost and power-to-weight ratio! And while the movie was inspired by some early work from CMU, I think this is an ideal opportunity to look at the cutting edge in soft, inflatable robotics -- which to my knowledge is dominated by an Otherlab spinout: Pneubotics. Read on for details, lots of pictures and videos, and a bonus: Watch my wife take a sucker punch to the gut from an inflatable robot!