Under the skin of Ross the worlds first AI lawyer

Under the skin of Ross the worlds first AI lawyer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lauded as the world’s first AI lawyer the story of “Ross” began with a divorce.     When Jimoh Ovbiagele was 10 years old, his parents decided to separate. His mother started seeking out divorce lawyers, but was quickly halted by the astronomical hourly rates....

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Humanoid ATLAS robot crams millions of years of evolution into two years

Humanoid ATLAS robot crams millions of years of evolution into two years

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robotisists just crammed hundreds of millions of years of natural evolution into just two years.   Boston Dynamics has unveiled a hugely upgraded version of its ATLAS humanoid that is smaller, lighter, and more agile. Furthermore it’s been amazing to see the advancements the team has made...

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Robo-Lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets

Robo-Lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF An artificial intelligence lawyer chatbot has successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets across London and New York for free, showing that chatbots can actually be useful.   Dubbed as “the world’s first robot lawyer”, a title which actually belongs to an American AI called “Ross”, by...

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Rolls Royce plans to deploy fully autonomous cargo ships by 2020

Rolls Royce plans to deploy fully autonomous cargo ships by 2020

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Just like many other forms of transportation cargo ships aren’t immune from the march of technological progress, as such in time they too will become increasingly autonomous and electric.   Rolls Royce and the led Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) believe the future of...

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Robot surgeon STAR bests its human counterparts in world first

Robot surgeon STAR bests its human counterparts in world first

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One step for a robot, one giant leap for robot kind.   In a recent study Oxford University and others estimated that between 35% and 45% of all of todays’ jobs would be automated by AI, robots and, or, software robots (bots) within the next...

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Scientists pull images from peoples minds using AI and fMRI

Scientists pull images from peoples minds using AI and fMRI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Let us salute the end of criminal line ups and berate the loss of our future privacy.   If you only remember one thing about technology then remember this – over time it gets faster and it gets better and for those of you who...

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BAE’s trials a molecular assembler that one day will grow drones in the field

BAE’s trials a molecular assembler that one day will grow drones in the field

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Growing your own products just became a thing.   If you needed to be convinced just how fast technology is progressing then think of this. For Millennia humans have assembled individual, pre crafted components together to make products of every shape and form. In 1986...

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ALPHA AI just changed the balance of global warfare

ALPHA AI just changed the balance of global warfare

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new form of AI demonstrates that humans will be no match for intelligent weapons.   Retired United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee recently went up against ALPHA, an Artificial Intelligence flight combat system developed by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate running on nothing...

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Researchers create a kill switch to terminate rogue AI agents

Researchers create a kill switch to terminate rogue AI agents

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers have a new weapon in the war against the rogue AI’s of the future.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Scientists from Google’s Artificial Intelligence division, DeepMind, and Oxford University are...

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Knupath unveils a new Machine Learning chip architecture

Knupath unveils a new Machine Learning chip architecture

Ex-NASA Chief Dan Goldin has revealed his company KnuEdge, which develops neural chips that follow the principles of the human brain and produces voice recognition and authentication technology It’s not all that easy to call KnuEdge a startup. Created a decade ago by Daniel Goldin, the former head of the National Aeronautics and...

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Bots, disruption and the advent of conversational commerce

Bots, disruption and the advent of conversational commerce

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bots are disrupting businesses and industries by changing the way consumers buy products and services.   Take a good look at the people around you. If Governments and Academics are correct then the jobs of between a third to half of the people you’re looking...

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Google’s Project Magenta wants to be a musician

Google’s Project Magenta wants to be a musician

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Project Magenta will do for music what Google Deep dream does for images.   It’s a long way to Carnegie Hall, but we bet that Google researchers are already thinking of the day when their Artificial Intelligence protege “Magenta” can cut an album that beats...

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The future of jobs and education

The future of jobs and education

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI and other Robo automation tools and technologies become increasingly proficient it is increasingly clear that more and more jobs will suffer the same fate – automation.   Life is a learning experience, or so they say. Broadly speaking educational activities can be split...

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Will Artificial Intelligence really destroy the world?

Will Artificial Intelligence really destroy the world?

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial Intelligence says push the red button but the Ant says “No.”   As I write this article I’m travelling on an Airbus A380-800, one of the most advanced passenger planes in the world but despite the fact we have the technology to operate it...

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Google is making its own custom AI chips

Google is making its own custom AI chips

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of the breakthroughs in artificial intelligence have only been made possible because companies now have access to previously unimaginable amounts of computing power, but now there is an arms race to create the “best” AI infrastructure stack.   Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced today...

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The Creative Machines are coming

The Creative Machines are coming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creativity is said to be a uniquely “Human” gift but while we can argue the semantics it appears that increasingly machines share the same gift, albeit algorithmic rather than chemical.   Many people believe that creativity is a uniquely human trait but what about self...

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Inside OpenAI, the company setting AI free

Inside OpenAI, the company setting AI free

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the formation of OpenAI, a multi billion dollar non profit artificial intelligence research company way back in December and we’re now seeing the results of it. On Wednesday the company released the beta of OpenAI Gym, a toolkit for comparing and developing reinforcement learning algorithms –...

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Gates, Hawking and Musk and thousands more warn against the dangers of AI

Gates, Hawking and Musk and thousands more warn against the dangers of AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The research, development and weaponisation of AI has made experts uneasy about its impact on humanity’s future, by voicing their concerns they hope to prompt a global debate on the future development, proliferation and regulation of lethal, autonomous weapons systems.   Over a thousand high...

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Generation Z, the first immortal generation?

Generation Z, the first immortal generation?

It’s a matter of When, not If we solve Death and Generation Z could be the first generation to experience Immortality in their lifetimes. Today we can reverse paralysis, restore sight, print hearts, eliminate disease and transfer memories, age is a quirk of genetics, nanotech is a game changer and only Darwinism...

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Smart appliances will disrupt banking

Smart appliances will disrupt banking

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s rich, it’s smart and it’s cool – meet your new fridge.   The Internet of Everything, an emerging multi trillion dollar trend that embues a world where everything is connected to everything else and where inert ‘Dumb’ materials and products are embedded with technologies and sensors that make...

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