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‘Pet translators, implanted fitness trackers and virtual shelves to show off digital downloads of music and TV will be popular tech products of the future, new research claims.

Online retail giant Amazon commissioned the report to mark the launch of its Shop The Future online store of tech products – including 3D printers and augmented reality glasses – having taken predictions from futurists on tech trends in years to come.

Their predictions for new products included communication devices that could understand and translate the different barks and miaows from pets, while the concept of “simplexity” will become part of how people shop – using voice activation and artificial intelligence to make previously complex tasks simple, the report said.’

Read more: Soon we’ll wear fitness trackers INSIDE our bodies: Amazon report on future technology says there could also be devices to translate barks and miaows from dogs and cats 

‘Robots that serve dinner, self-driving cars and drone-taxis could be fun and hugely profitable. But don’t hold your breath. They are likely much further off than the hype suggests.

A panel of experts at the recent 2017 Wharton Global Forum in Hong Kong outlined their views on the future for artificial intelligence (AI), robots, drones, other tech advances and how it all might affect employment in the future. The upshot was to deflate some of the hype, while noting the threats ahead posed to certain jobs.’

Read more: The Future Of Artificial Intelligence: Why The Hype Has Outrun Reality

‘There is a great deal of “utopian research” going on in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) merging with the brain.

Exuberant cheerleaders like Ray Kurzweil are quite confident we are approaching a moment when a computer will exhibit all the power of the human brain.

The definition of “power” in this context is fuzzy. But Kurzweil and others are sure we’re about to uncover the “algorithm” that underlies all brain activity.

They couldn’t be more wrong. Neuroscience has barely scratched the surface of understanding how the brain operates. Cracking the code is not on the horizon.

Most importantly: how would a brain-computer interface work? Hook up your brain to a super-computer, and how does your brain absorb the computer’s data, and how does it make the data known to YOU, the user?’

Read more: Brain-Computer Hookup Equals Mainstream News; The Fatal Flaw In The Human-Computer Interface

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‘As an artificial intelligence researcher, I often come across the idea that many people are afraid of what AI might bring. It’s perhaps unsurprising, given both history and the entertainment industry, that we might be afraid of a cybernetic takeover that forces us to live locked away, “Matrix”-like, as some sort of human battery.

And yet it is hard for me to look up from the evolutionary computer models I use to develop AI, to think about how the innocent virtual creatures on my screen might become the monsters of the future. Might I become “the destroyer of worlds,” as Oppenheimer lamented after spearheading the construction of the first nuclear bomb?

I would take the fame, I suppose, but perhaps the critics are right. Maybe I shouldn’t avoid asking: As an AI expert, what do I fear about artificial intelligence?’

Read more: What An Artificial Intelligence Researcher Fears About AI


David Icke in Amsterdam; Artificial Intelligence is the end of free thought

‘The troops of tomorrow may be able to pull the trigger using only their minds. As artificially intelligent drones, hacking, jamming, and missiles accelerate the pace of combat, some of the military’s leading scientists are studying how mere humans can keep up with the incredible speed of cyber warfare, missiles and other threats.

One option: Bypass crude physical controls — triggers, throttles, keyboards — and plug the computer directly into the human brain. In one DARPA experiment, a quadriplegic first controlled an artificial limb and then flew a flight simulator. Future systems might monitor the users’ nervous system and compensate for stress, fatigue, or injury. Is this the path to what the Pentagon calls human-machine teaming?

This is an unnerving scenario for those humans, like Stephen Hawking, who mistrust artificial intelligence. If your nightmare scenario is robots getting out of control, “let’s teach them to read our minds!” is probably not your preferred solution. It sounds more like the beginning of a movie where cyborg Arnold Schwarzenegger goes back in time to kill someone.’

Read more: Pentagon Studies Weapons That Can Read Users’ Mind

‘Beginning July 12, 2017, the first robot lawyer in the world will be providing free legal counsel across the entire United States. The countrywide availability of the advice-dispensing chatbot follows hot on the heels of its success in Seattle, New York, and the United Kingdom, its country of origin. In those areas, it’s helped overturn about 375,000 parking ticket convictions worth an estimated $10 million in the two years since its inception.

DoNotPay is the brainchild of British entrepreneur and Stanford University undergraduate Joshua Browder. The inspiration behind DoNotPay stemmed from Browder’s own experiences with parking tickets. Speaking to Telegraph.co.uk, Browder explained: “I was the worst driver you can imagine and over the course of months I got about 30 tickets. So I became this accidental witness to the system, I was endlessly copying and pasting documents. As a technologist, I thought, this is the perfect thing a bot can do.”

From providing assistance with parking tickets, DoNotPay’s capabilities have been upgraded to deal with all kinds of legal problems that involve a single-page document. These range from disputes with landlords over security deposits, to credit card fraud, to work harassment.’

Read more: Beat that traffic ticket with the help of the world’s first robot lawyer

‘Mind control technology is far advanced beyond what we know. And, thanks to certain whistleblowers and researchers, what we already know is truly scary. The worldwide conspiracy is all about control, and controlling your mind is one of its ultimate goals. This doesn’t mean just controlling the flow of information into your mind (via censorship and propaganda).

It means literally controlling what you think and feel, piping thoughts and dreams into your mind subliminally (so you’ll never know it’s happening) and even erasing your memories or implanting false ones. The current state of mind control technology is a highly dangerous weapon, and at this stage, the best thing we can do is to become more aware of it.’

Read more: ‘They’ Can’t Read Your Thoughts… Right?

‘The US military’s shadowy research branch, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has outlined a US$65 million plan to develop advanced neural implants connecting brains to computers, in order to treat sensory deficits like blindness. The agency is just the latest body to throw its proverbial hat into the brain-computer interface ring.

In years to come, 2017 may well be remembered as the year when the attempt to merge machines and the human brain went supernova.

In March, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced the creation of Neuralink, and in April, Facebook’s Building 8 division embarked on a project aimed at achieving control of computers via mere human thought.

DARPA’s effort is being carried out by six research teams, including two seeking to restore vision using light-emitting diodes, one to decode speech using “neurograin” sensors, and another using holographic microscopes to detect neural activity that could replace lost vision or act as an interface to control artificial appendages.’

Read more: First Musk, Then Facebook, Now DARPA Wants to Create Brain-Computer Interfaces

‘The rise of robots taking over jobs threatens to further undermine social mobility in Britain by hitting poorer workers the hardest, according to new research.

The report, commissioned by the Sutton Trust, a charity focused on social mobility, warns that 15 million jobs in the UK could disappear due to automation in the next two decades.

It says as workers lose their jobs to robots, ‘soft skills’ such as confidence and communication are set to become more valuable. It predicts this will benefit those from higher socioeconomic backgrounds “who typically have greater opportunities to develop these skills.”

The report said so-called paraprofessional jobs that are “stepping stones to social mobility” are at risk. It predicted that about 280,000 book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks in the UK could be displaced by the shift to cloud-based accounting.’

Read More: Robots set to divide British society, report warns

‘Too often the answer to this question resembles the plot of a sci-fi thriller. People worry that developments in A.I. will bring about the “singularity” — that point in history when A.I. surpasses human intelligence, leading to an unimaginable revolution in human affairs. Or they wonder whether instead of our controlling artificial intelligence, it will control us, turning us, in effect, into cyborgs.

These are interesting issues to contemplate, but they are not pressing. They concern situations that may not arise for hundreds of years, if ever. At the moment, there is no known path from our best A.I. tools (like the Google computer program that recently beat the world’s best player of the game of Go) to “general” A.I. — self-aware computer programs that can engage in common-sense reasoning, attain knowledge in multiple domains, feel, express and understand emotions and so on.’

Read more: The Real Threat Of Artificial Intelligence – Keynesian Dystopia

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