Flying Drone Taxis will be here this summer

Who said it would never take off…

What place better than Dubai to get something like this off the ground quickly. We were thinking that we’d start to see people carrying drones around soon but I much admit I didn’t think this summer would be on the cards. It will be interesting to see how this experience pans out. Check out this video that gives you some insight into how it might work.

Types of AI explained – interesting stuff!

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Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI Are Going to Decimate Middle Class Jobs

An incredible article from Futurism.com. We keep hearing that jobs are going to go, Stephen Hawking is suggesting that it’s going to be far more reaching an issue that we thought previously. What will certainly be interesting is how the continual and almost exponential rise of the Entrepreneur will help the prepare us and economy and communities for these changes.

If you haven’t created multiple income streams for yourself already then now is the time!…

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Artificial intelligence and increasing automation is going to decimate middle class jobs, worsening inequality and risking significant political upheaval, Stephen Hawking has warned.

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In a column in The Guardian, the world-famous physicist wrote that “the automation of factories has already decimated jobs in traditional manufacturing, and the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend this job destruction deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative or supervisory roles remaining.”

He adds his voice to a growing chorus of experts concerned about the effects that technology will have on workforce in the coming years and decades. The fear is that while artificial intelligence will bring radical increases in efficiency in industry, for ordinary people this will translate into unemployment and uncertainty, as their human jobs are replaced by machines.

Technology has already gutted many traditional manufacturing and working class jobs — but now it may be poised to wreak similar havoc with the middle classes.

A report put out in February 2016 by Citibank in partnership with the University of Oxford predicted that 47% of US jobs are at risk of automation. In the UK, 35% are. In China, it’s a whopping 77% — while across the OECD it’s an average of 57%.

And three of the world’s 10 largest employers are now replacing their workers with robots.

Automation will, “in turn will accelerate the already widening economic inequality around the world,” Hawking wrote. “The internet and the platforms that it makes possible allow very small groups of individuals to make enormous profits while employing very few people. This is inevitable, it is progress, but it is also socially destructive.”

He frames this economic anxiety as a reason for the rise in right-wing, populist politics in the West: “We are living in a world of widening, not diminishing, financial inequality, in which many people can see not just their standard of living, but their ability to earn a living at all, disappearing. It is no wonder then that they are searching for a new deal, which Trump and Brexit might have appeared to represent.”

Combined with other issues — overpopulation, climate change, disease — we are, Hawking warns ominously, at “the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity.” Humanity must come together if we are to overcome these challenges, he says.

Stephen Hawking has previously expressed concerns about artificial intelligence for a different reason — that it might overtake and replace humans. “The development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” he said in late 2014. “It would take off on its own, and redesign itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

Source: Futurism.com

80% of IT Jobs are going to be replace by automation – what do this mean for you?

With 80% of IT jobs being predicted to be replaced by automation, if you’re in the IT world, what does this mean for you? Where do you go in terms of a career?

Futurism.com is it’s recent article discussed the issue and highlights that:

  • Computing pioneer, Vinod Khosla, envisions a future where Artificial Intelligence will take over 80 percent of IT jobs.
  • IT professionals are not the only white collar workers who Khosla sees as replaceable; they join doctors, lawyers, and accountants on the growing list.

Download my free ebook on the top 5 tech trend to find out a full list of jobs to be affected.

Uber’s Self-Driving Truck Makes Its First Delivery: 50,000 Beers

Walt Martin is kneeling, legs folded behind him, butt resting on his heels. “I’ve got to practice my yoga,” he says, clearly joking. Never mind that we’re in the cab of an 18-wheeler cruising through Colorado at 55 mph and Martin was, until a moment ago, the guy at the wheel.

Maybe he was feeling cocky. After all the truck, outfitted with $30,000 worth of hardware and software from San Francisco startup Otto, had just hours before made the world’s first autonomous truck delivery. You’d think so momentous an occasion would have involved something more glamorous than 50,000 cans of Budweiser, but there it is.

The drive was as mundane as the beer in the trailer. At 12:30 am, after leaving the brewery in Fort Collins and merging onto Interstate 25, an Otto driver punched a switch labeled “engage,” and, once sure autonomous mode had, in fact, engaged, climbed out of his seat. He buckled the safety belt behind him, to keep the warning chime from driving him crazy as the truck trundled 120 miles south to Colorado Springs.

Don’t worry. Otto, which Uber bought last summer for roughly $680 million, doesn’t want to put Martin or anyone else out of work.

Its technology works only on the highway, where it doesn’t have to deal with tricky variables like jaywalking pedestrians, four-way stops, or kids on bicycles. It maintains a safe following distance, and changes lanes only when absolutely necessary.

And unlike Tesla’s Autopilot, Otto’s system offers true ‘Level 4’ autonomy. Once the rig hits the interstate, it is entirely capable of the job at hand, letting the human deal with paperwork, thumb her phone, or even catch a few Z’s.

“The technology is ready to start doing these commercial pilots… Read more here

We’re taking to the skies – Uber 99 page plan!

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VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) could be here quicker than we every thought possible. Is it even conceivable that we could be flying around in these vehicles in 10 years from now? We Uber seems to thing so. Here is their 99 page while paper on how they plan to do it. https://www.uber.com/elevate.pdf

Now you might be thinking ‘hang on a minute, we haven’t even got driverless cars yet’. Things are definitely moving fast. The automation that driverless cars will bring will take us closer to this new kind of transportation becoming a reality.

The autonomous revolution

This is a great infographic that explains the scale of the change that the Autonomous Revolution will bring.

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Source: Futurism.com

The next 10 years in Automotive Infographic

This is great and gives an interesting angle on where it’s heading. I still think things are moving more quickly than that. We shall see.

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Source: http://futurism.com/images/car-tech-forecast-the-next-10-years/

Car sharing from $6-8 an hour

The concept of car sharing has really taken off this year with GM and Toyota investing in the space.

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GM’s Maven leases new Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC vehicles for $6 to $8 per hour, which includes insurance, fuel, and unlimited 4G data. GM views Maven as a way to give potential customers test drives in the newest models, which it typically loads with options. Current Maven selections include Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, Tahoe, and Volt, GMC Acadia and Yukon, and several Cadillac models. GM states that more than 11,000 Maven members have driven more than 23 million miles with over 12,000 reservations since the service started earlier this year. Lyft drivers can also rent Maven vehicles by the hour. In addition to L.A., Maven is also available in Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Washington, D.C.

For GM and Toyota, they are responding to the potential reduction in the cost of motoring which is around the corner and hedging their betsagainst a future when individual car ownershipmay be less common.

Check out what’s coming to a kitchen near you sometime soon…

If you like #tech in your kitchen, you’ll love this. A glimpse of the kitchen of the future!