Microsoft just released a fully functional, Terminator-style HUD for HoloLens

This is surely what Augmented Reality and the HoloLens have been invented for?

If you’ve grown up following the Terminator series then now is the time you get to live out your fantasy as a terminator! Get yourself a Microsoft HoloLens and then simply follow these instructions from Microsoft.

This is not just a graphical representation of a HUD.

Not only does HoloLens make for a realistic augmented reality (AR) mockup of the T-800 Terminator’s visual field, but the interface can be hooked up to Microsoft Cognitive Services to analyze objects in the physical space.

It can even use face detection. Basically it actually functions.

Really, this is a great way of getting some great PR on AR. If that makes sense. I’ll certainly be giving it a go!

 

New Boston Dynamics Robot is Terrifying Science Fiction Brought to Life

There are some really impressive (although some would say scary) developments in Robotics going on at the moment. Things are moving fast.

Click here to view the Boston Dynamics’ agile new robot Handle is six feet tall, has two front legs and a pair of hind wheels, and can travel roughly 15 miles on a single charge. With its impressive flexibility and balance, Handle is a striking example of how far we have come in the field of robotics.

Here is another couple from the same company. Impressive developments!

Types of AI explained – interesting stuff!

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Is the AI apocalypse a tired Hollywood trope, or human destiny?

“Why is it that every time humans develop a really clever computer system in the movies, it seems intent on killing every last one of us at its first opportunity?

In Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL 9000 starts off as an attentive, if somewhat creepy, custodian of the astronauts aboard the USS Discovery One, before famously turning homicidal and trying to kill them all. In The Matrix, humanity’s invention of AI promptly results in human-machine warfare, leading to humans enslaved as a biological source of energy by the machines. In Daniel H. Wilson’s book Robopocalypse, computer scientists finally crack the code on the AI problem, only to have their creation develop a sudden and deep dislike for its creators.”

Read more on the great article from Digital Trends where they look at AI, where we are right now and what’s coming up.

There is some great stuff about Deep learning and AI Art and also an interesting interview with Elon Musk!

Fascinating Reading!!

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

Looks like we’re getting older again…

We all know that the average life expectancy has gone up signicantly over the last century and this has already had quite an impact.

If we continue at the same rate then we’ll all be living to 100 years old during this century. Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan have launched an ambitious project last September that aims to make the world disease free within their children’s lifetime. Biohub, a $3-billion investment project of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, has been working towards this goal.

Personally, I think this is going to happen even more quickly than this. With the advances in Robotics, AI and 3D Printing, we could see our lifespan increase significantly over the next 20 to 30 years.

What do this mean for our retirement plans? We you better have a big one!! You’ll need it to last 30 more years than you’ve planned!

Zuckerberg: By 2100 We Will Have Cured Most All Diseases

In Brief
  • In a recent Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg shared a photo Biohub’s science team, and commented on some of the group’s goals.
  • According to Zuckerberg, life expectancy has increased by 1/4 year for each year in the past century. If we just continue that progress, average life expectancy will be about 100 by the end of this century.

Read more: 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.

Is Universal Basic Income a Viable Solution? Another Country is Giving it a Shot

The case for universal basic income (UBI) has been made by financial experts, economists, government officials, and tech moguls, alike. So far, except in the case of Finland, all the talk about UBI has mostly been talk. That’s all about to change now, with Ontario, Canada preparing for its own pilot basic income program in 2017.

The concept behind the pilot was laid out in a paper written by Hugh Segal, former senator and special advisor to Ontario. For Segal, UBI presents a better alternative to a welfare system he describes as “seriously demeaning.”

During the three-year test program experts would, “gather quantitative and qualitative data through access to administrative records, questionnaires and interviews, making aggregate data/preliminary results available broadly and transparently,” says Segal. He believes that supplemental income should be set at $1,320 a month ($1,820 for people with disabilities) for it to be effective. “The objective behind this endeavor should be to generate an evidence-base for policy development, without bias or pre-determined conclusion,” he adds.

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Poverty and automation

Though not the first, Segal believes that Canada’s program can add to the growing body of research about UBI. “The opportunity to learn from and engage with these other initiatives should not be overlooked, nor should approaches being tested elsewhere be necessarily re-tested here,” Segal writes. As mentioned, Finland was the first to have successfully tested UBI.

UBI programs are being developed in Utricht in the Netherlands, Kenya, and in India. There have also been unsuccessful attempts, like in Switzerland, where people voted against a UBI program last June.

Segal sees UBI as a means to keep people out of poverty. “Testing a basic income is a humane and useful way to measure how so many of the costs of poverty (in terms of productivity, health, policing, and other community costs, to name only a few) might be diminished, while poverty itself is reduced and work is encouraged,” he writes. But apart from this, it can also serve to facilitate the job transition automation is expected to create in next decade.

Source: Futurism.com

Scott Belsky’s 5 Forecasts For The Future

I’ve recently read the article from Scott Belsky, from Goldman Sachs and Adobe fame, where he talks about what we are already expecting and the what’s next.

Interestingly he sees that current situations is that we already expect self-driving cars, wearable hardware, a connected home, and augmented reality. These are given!

But what next? He’s started looking at what new problems will we be struggling with? What will kill us? What will connect us?

Here are his top 5 ideas.

  1. Social media will become passive.
  2. Our (augmented) reality will be a land grab, and always be under attack from brands.
  3. Interfaces will compete with the technology underneath.
  4. Autonomous vehicles in cities will become a public utility.
  5. We will transcend “tragedy of the commons” with technology that aligns self-interests with community benefits.

Read here for more details.

 

This Year’s Nobel Prize-Winning Invention Could Basically Make Us Immortal

The Nobel Prize in chemistry doesn’t get nearly as much attention as the ones that go out for peace or literature — especially this year, when the latter was controversially awarded to songwriter Bob Dylan. Amidst all the Dylan hubub, what nobody noticed is that this year’s Nobel-winning chemists pretty much just unlocked the key to immortality.

More specifically, this trio of scientists has developed “the world’s smallest machines” — molecules that can produce mechanical motions to perform specific tasks, like wipe out disease or damage from the body. It’s a big deal, and great news for anyone angling to live forever.

These motorized machines are 1,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair

The scientists have spent three decades developing these nano-machines, amassing quite the diverse collection of super-advanced functional mini-bots along the way. They’ve engineered nano-sized versions of elevators, motors, and yes, even a four-wheel-drive car — all constructed from individual molecules that are 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. The chemical reaction that gets them to move is assuredly complex, but essentially all you need to do is add a little heat to excite the electrons inside each molecule. Easy peasy.

They’ll completely change how we treat disease and prolong our lifespan

Once they’re sophisticated and precise enough, these mini-machines have the potential to upend modern medicine as we know it. Forget dosing yourself with antibiotics when you get an infection, or going through chemotherapy to rid yourself of cancer. Instead, doctors could prescribe tiny bots that have been specifically engineered to target your plagued cells. Once deployed, they could deliver medicine or even perform microsurgeries — removing diseased tissue, or mending damaged bones.

Once disease can so easily be eradicated from our bodies, and we can proactively address every potential problem area, we’ll reach a point in which the human body doesn’t decay at the same rate. The average human lifespan could extend well past what we’ve ever considered possible — that is, unless the scientists are right and we max out at 115 no matter what.

Obviously, the technology has a long way to go

The technology is still very immature — in fact, when announcing the winners, the Nobel Prize committee actually compared the molecular motor at its current stage to that of the auto industry in the 1830s. There’s quite a way to go to make these things safe and capable of doing what we want them to with precision.

That’s not to say we won’t see benefits from this sort of technology in our lifetime. Winning the Nobel Prize has put molecular machinery in the spotlight, exciting researchers and, more importantly, the institutions that fund them. Thanks to that, we may see advancements at a much faster clip than is being forecast.

Source: Thrillist.com