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MIT’s Daniela Rus is leading a robotics revolution

MIT’s Daniela Rus is leading a robotics revolution | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Daniela Rus’s morning is packed. My arrival appears to come as a bit of a surprise, as she readies herself to enter the gauntlet of wall-to-wall meetings. She considers the situation for a moment before inviting me into her office, where a group of students are already patiently waiting to talk self-driving cars. “You can’t report about any of the findings,” Rus says with a smile. “But you can come in.”

Rus has allowed me to sit in for a packed morning of team meetings. It’s a generous gesture, but more to the point, it’s the only way to manage some face-to-face time with the head of MIT’s groundbreaking Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Library (otherwise known as CSAIL). It’s a non-stop job, heading up the largest lab on MIT’s Cambridge, Massachusetts campus and, from the looks of it, Rus never rests. “There’s no time for an interview,” she explains, as we settle into the meeting. “Maybe during lunch.”

Inside the office, a half-dozen students are seated in a circle around a coffee table. There’s an award of some kind and an upside-down, 3D-printed robot with six legs standing up straight in the air — though both have mostly disappeared beneath piles of paperwork. 

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The Technological Future of Surgery - The Medical Futurist

The Technological Future of Surgery - The Medical Futurist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The future of surgery offers an amazing cooperation between humans and technology, through which surgeries reach high levels of precision and efficiency.
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Where machines could replace humans--and where they can’t (yet) | McKinsey & Company

Where machines could replace humans--and where they can’t (yet) | McKinsey & Company | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The technical potential for automation differs dramatically across sectors and activities.

As automation technologies such as machine learning and robotics play an increasingly great role in everyday life, their potential effect on the workplace has, unsurprisingly, become a major focus of research and public concern. The discussion tends toward a Manichean guessing game: which jobs will or won’t be replaced by machines?

In fact, as our research has begun to show, the story is more nuanced. While automation will eliminate very few occupations entirely in the next decade, it will affect portions of almost all jobs to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the type of work they entail. Automation, now going beyond routine manufacturing activities, has the potential, as least with regard to its technical feasibility, to transform sectors such as healthcare and finance, which involve a substantial share of knowledge work.
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The New Rules of Robot/Human Society

As technology speeds forward, humans are beginning to imagine the day when robots will fill the roles promised to us in science fiction. But what should we be thinking about today, as robots like military and delivery drones become a real part of our society? How should robots be programmed to interact with us? How should we treat robots? And who is responsible for a robot's actions? As we look at the unexpected impact of new technologies, we are obligated as a society to consider the moral and ethical implications of robotics.


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EU move to bring in AI laws, but reject robot tax proposal

EU move to bring in AI laws, but reject robot tax proposal | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The European Parliament has voted on a resolution to regulate the development of artificial intelligence and robotics across the European Union. Based on a raft of recommendations drafted in a report submitted in January to the legal affairs committee, the proposed rules include establishing ethical standards for the development of artificial intelligence, and introducing an insurance scheme to cover liability for accidents involving driverless cars.

"The EU needs to take the lead on setting these standards, so as not to be forced to follow those set by third countries," the parliament announced in a statement. The members specifically noted that legislation is urgently needed to manage the speedy introduction of driverless cars in order to legally clarify responsibility in the case of accident.
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12 robots that could make (or break) the oceans

12 robots that could make (or break) the oceans | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
An industrial revolution is unfolding under the seas. Rapid progress in the development of robotics, AI, low-cost sensors, satellite systems, big data and genetics are opening up whole new sectors of ocean use and research. Some of these disruptive marine technologies could mean a cleaner and safer future for our oceans. Others could themselves represent new challenges for ocean health.

The following 12 emerging ocean technologies are changing the way we harvest food, energy, minerals and data from our seas.
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Rise of the Machines: The Future has Lots of Robots, Few Jobs for Humans | WIRED

Rise of the Machines: The Future has Lots of Robots, Few Jobs for Humans | WIRED | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Martin Ford   The robots haven’t just landed in the workplace—they’re expanding skills, moving up the corporate ladder, showing awesome productivity and retention rates, and increasingly shoving aside their human counterparts.

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