As automation accelerates experts debate Universal Basic Income alternatives

As automation accelerates experts debate Universal Basic Income alternatives

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly sophisticated technologies are bringing about a new revolution in automation that threatens hundreds of millions of jobs, and if unemployment rises governments will need a way to support people who are affected.   In Budapest last week a small crowd gathered to watch Steve Fuller,...

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Lockheed will build America’s next generation of autonomous submarines

Lockheed will build America’s next generation of autonomous submarines

WHY THIS MATTERS It is inevitable that more of the world’s military platforms will become autonomous, and America’s submarines are about to get a huge upgrade.   As part of its plan to turn undersea drones from remote controlled tools and toys into fully enrolled members of the fleet, last...

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World first as drones and robots plant, tend and harvest their own crops

World first as drones and robots plant, tend and harvest their own crops

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It was only a matter of time before robots autonomously grew and harvested their own crops, and now it’s happened.   The Agricultural industry is going through a revolution, whether it’s thanks to organisations like DARPA who are formulating new genetic solutions that can re-vitalise...

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Inside Amazons secret plan to crush retailers with AI fashion designers, stylists and on demand manufacturing

Inside Amazons secret plan to crush retailers with AI fashion designers, stylists and on demand manufacturing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the past year Amazon has assembled the technology it needs to crush retailers in a new way using AI fashion designers and stylists, new immersive reality platforms, and on demand manufacturing, and, in a move that could bring new pain to today’s retail communities,...

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San Fransisco mulls introducing America’s first “Robot Tax”

San Fransisco mulls introducing America’s first “Robot Tax”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the level of automation around the world increases governments are increasingly considering taxing robots, and, more specifically, machines that “automate” human jobs   Artificial Intelligence (AI), robots and other Robotic Process Automation (RPA) tools are now handling more and more of the work that...

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This new sewing robot will put 168 million children out of work

This new sewing robot will put 168 million children out of work

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Making a robot that can sew, and complete an entire garment, is hard, but inventors are now cracking the code and one day they’ll help put illegal sweatshops out of business   The first robot that can sew together a complete item of clothing could put an end to sweatshop...

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Farmers in the future will “shepherd herds of robots”

Farmers in the future will “shepherd herds of robots”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots sat in the doldrums for years without much happening but now, fuelled by AI and advance Machine vision capabilities they’re suddenly coming on leaps and bounds.   The farmworker toiling in a field in Lincolnshire on a recent morning is happy to work nights...

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Russia reportedly re-activates autonomous “Deadhand” AI, plugs it into nuclear arsenal

Russia reportedly re-activates autonomous “Deadhand” AI, plugs it into nuclear arsenal

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s probably time we had a proper discussion about AI and killer robots, that is if the politicians can see beyond the end of their noses…   Ever since Artificial Intelligence (AI) began helped military complexes and defence organisations move the dial on automating their...

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“Inspirational” AI’s will replace teachers in ten years

“Inspirational” AI’s will replace teachers in ten years

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is finding its way into every industry and the education industry isn’t immune, as a result we’re starting to see the rise of intelligent and adaptable AI learning systems that offer each student their own personalised learning experience.   A leading UK education advisor,...

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South Korea introduces the world’s first “Robot Tax”

South Korea introduces the world’s first “Robot Tax”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Experts and governments are predicting that a rising tide of automation will have a dramatic impact on today’s workforce and lower tax receipts, and taxing the machines and robots driving the revolution is becoming an increasingly popular idea.   South Korea has introduced what is...

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Hawaii becomes first US state to pass a bill supporting Universal Basic Income

Hawaii becomes first US state to pass a bill supporting Universal Basic Income

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s hoped that Universal Basic Income will act as a support net for individuals who loose their jobs to automation, and Hawaii’s state legislature now officially support the idea   As automation continues to bite into the global workforce, whether it’s taking jobs on Wall...

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Goldman Sachs is automating IPO’s and finance

Goldman Sachs is automating IPO’s and finance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Organisations in the financial services industry have the money, resources and financial need to automate and increasingly no stone is being left unturned.   Goldman Sachs, and, it has to be said most banks and financial services organisations are on an automation tear at the moment, whether...

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US Intelligence director: “AI will replace 75 percent of spies”

US Intelligence director: “AI will replace 75 percent of spies”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day the world’s best spy could very well be an AI, and that’s bad news for Starbuck’s whose biggest coffee shop is on the NSA campus…   The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and an increasingly connected society has already, according to the UK’s...

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Futurist in London: Behind the scenes at Marketforce’s OpsTechFS 2017 event

Futurist in London: Behind the scenes at Marketforce’s OpsTechFS 2017 event

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The financial services industry is going through one of the greatest transformations since its inception as it tackles not one disruption but three, namely AI, Blockchain and “Digital”   Yesterday, and much to the chagrin of the audience of financial services professionals and executives who...

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Meet the new harvesting robots that can pick 10,000 apples an hour

Meet the new harvesting robots that can pick 10,000 apples an hour

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Jobs that require precision and dexterity have long been protected against automation because robots could mimic the behaviour of humans accurately or fast enough, but now all that’s changing   Harvesting Washington State’s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of temporary farmworkers, but that could all...

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Experts are starting to agree that AI will replace CEO’s

Experts are starting to agree that AI will replace CEO’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you can break a job into roles and tasks you can automate it, and now CEO’s are coming into the firing line…   There’s a saying – if you can describe your job in one sentence then get prepared for it to be automated....

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Amazon is on track be the world’s first fully automated fulfilment company

Amazon is on track be the world’s first fully automated fulfilment company

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The combination of “old school” robotics and new AI and Machine Vision technologies is helping robotics companies automate increasingly complex tasks that were once thought to be the exclusive domain of humans.   By the time you’ve picked your Amazon parcel up off of your...

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World’s biggest meat producer begins rolling out robot butchers

World’s biggest meat producer begins rolling out robot butchers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lower cost robots are increasingly being augmented with advanced AI and that’s accelerating the rate at which human jobs are being automated   Robots, which might get actual rights later this year when the EU votes on the issue, have been improving a lot lately...

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The robo-lawyer that overturned 160,000 parking tickets is helping refugees claim asylum

The robo-lawyer that overturned 160,000 parking tickets is helping refugees claim asylum

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Claiming asylum is difficult at the best of times, and that’s if you’re not in fear of your life and can understand the language, now DoNotPay’s latest bot makes the process less tortuous   The creator of a chatbot that helped to over turn more...

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Darktrace’s new AI automatically stops cyber attacks

Darktrace’s new AI automatically stops cyber attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s are increasingly being deployed to expose and eliminate cyber security threats and now fully autonomous cyber security platforms, that take humans out of the loop, are becoming a reality   With the number of cyber attacks rising exponentially and with many organisations now reporting...

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