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How Robots Helped Create 100,000 Jobs at Amazon

How Robots Helped Create 100,000 Jobs at Amazon | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Accelerating technology has been creating a lot of worry over job loss to automation, especially as machines become capable of doing things they never could in the past. A recent report released by the McKinsey Global Institute estimated that 49 percent of job activities could currently be fully automated—that equates to 1.1 billion workers globally.

What gets less buzz is the other side of the coin: automation helping to create jobs. Believe it or not, it does happen, and we can look at one of the world’s largest retailers to see that.

Thanks in part to more robots in its fulfillment centers, Amazon has been able to drive down shipping costs and pass those savings on to customers. Cheaper shipping made more people use Amazon, and the company hired more workers to meet this increased demand

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11 New Jobs in the Future of Healthcare and Medicine – Part II. - The Medical Futurist

11 New Jobs in the Future of Healthcare and Medicine – Part II. - The Medical Futurist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

As I am certain that the huge waves of technological change transform the medical professional palette; based on the current and prospective trends in digital health technologies I envisioned what potential new professions could appear in our lives. Don’t miss the first part of the list!

If you have an idea about another new job of the future, please let me know and I will keep on improving the list.

1) No one knows what disease are you suffering from? Ask a healthcare navigator!
2) Healing will be joy and fun with gamification specialists
3) Augmented/virtual reality operation planners for the success of every surgical intervention
4) Reducing suffering and alleviating pain through professionally designed VR therapies
5) With the rise of nanosolutions, nanomedical engineers will be in huge demand
6) Do you have trouble with sending data from your home sensors to your smartphone? Ask an internet of healthy things connector!
7) Do you have trouble in getting from A to B in the healthcare jungle? Hire a patient assistant!
8) End-of-life therapists will prepare patients for death
9) Does your cyborg neighbor complain constantly about his life? Send him to a cyborg therapist!
10) Health data analysts wanted for making sense of big data!
11) People with paralysis will get help from brain-computer interface designers!

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AI and the Next Industrial Revolution - SERIOUS WONDER

AI and the Next Industrial Revolution - SERIOUS WONDER | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable,” says digital visionary Kevin Kelly — and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound impact on nearly everything we do. Kelly explores three trends in AI we need to understand in order to embrace it and steer its development. “The most popular AI product 20 years from now that everyone uses has not been invented yet,” Kelly says. That means that you’re not late.

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Here’s What Happens to Tech in 2017 (Unless 2016 Was All a Dream)

Here’s What Happens to Tech in 2017 (Unless 2016 Was All a Dream) | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Donald Trump takes office at the end of the month, and the great uncertainty begins. But that didn't stop us from predicting what will happen this year.
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21 technology tipping points we will reach by 2030

1. “90% of the population will have unlimited and free data storage by 2018. 

2. The first robotic pharmacist will arrive in the US 2021. 

3. 1 trillion sensors will be connected to the internet by 2022. 

4. 10% of the world’s population will be wearing clothes connected to the internet by 2022. 

5. The first 3D-printed car will be in production by 2022. 

6. The first implantable mobile phone will become commercially available in 2025. 

7. The first government will replace its census with big-data technologies by 2023. 

8. 10% of reading glasses will be connected to the internet by 2023. 

9. 80% of people on earth will have a digital presence online by 2023. 

10. A government will collect taxes for the first time via blockchain 2023. 

11. 90% of the global population will have a supercomputer in their pocket by 2023.

12.  Access to the internet will become a basic right by 2024. 

13. The first transplant of a 3D-printed liver will occur by 2024. 

14. By 2024, more than 50% of internet traffic to homes will be from appliances and devices. 

15. 5% of consumer products will be 3D printed. 

16. 30% of corporate audits will be performed by artificial intelligence by 2025. 

17. Globally, more trips will be made using car-sharing programs than privately-owned cars by 2025. 

18. Driverless cars will account for 10% of all cars in the US by 2026. 

19. The first AI machine will join a corporate board of directors 2026. 

20. The first city with more than 50,000 people and no traffic lights will come into existence by 2026. 

21. By 2027, 10% of global gross domestic product will be stored using blockchain technology. 

The world is changing faster than you might realize..

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Only a cash-strapped public sector still finds ‘smart’ technology sexy | Evgeny Morozov

Only a cash-strapped public sector still finds ‘smart’ technology sexy | Evgeny Morozov | Futurewaves | Scoop.it


Sunday 11 September 2016 0
The irony must be lost on Silicon Valley: Uber, a company run by an unabashed admirer of libertarian novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, is increasingly touted as the saviour of American public transport systems, establishing partnerships with many municipalities to offer a parallel, privately run alternative.

The likes of Mark Zuckerberg already rule the media. Now they want to censor the past
Some local governments already offer impressive discounts to their citizens who use Uber; why, after all, spend all this taxpayer money on infrastructure upgrades if one can simply hand it over to Silicon Valley firms? Others consider outsourcing particular functions – like the transportation of the disabled mandated by law – with Uber being the most obvious candidate to benefit.

Uber’s foray into public services is part of a broader trend of technology firms pitching their services to cash-strapped municipalities and governments. They do so in the hope of convincing local authorities that the company’s superior ability to gather, analyse and act on data would yield tremendous savings for the public sector, while stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Kevin Kelly | 12 Inevitable Tech Forces That Will Shape Our Future | SXSW Interactive 2016

In a few years we’ll have artificial intelligence that can accomplish professional human tasks. There is nothing we can do to stop this. In addition our lives will be totally 100% tracked by ourselves and others. This too is inevitable. Indeed much of what will happen in the next 30 years is inevitable, driven by technological trends which are already in motion, and are impossible to halt without halting civilization. Some of what is coming may seem scary, like ubiquitous tracking, or robots replacing humans. Others innovations seem more desirable, such as an on-demand economy, and virtual reality in the home. And some that is coming like network crime and anonymous hacking will be society’s new scourges. Yet both the desirable good and the undesirable bad of these emerging technologies all obey the same formation principles.
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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2016: Robots That Teach Each Other

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2016: Robots That Teach Each Other | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

What if robots could figure out more things on their own and share that knowledge among themselves? 

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3D Printing Aims to Deliver Organs on Demand

3D Printing Aims to Deliver Organs on Demand | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Dying patients could someday receive a 3D-printed organ made from their own cells rather than wait on long lists for the short supply of organ transplants. Such a futuristic dream remains far from reality, but university labs and private companies have already taken the first careful steps by using 3D-printing technology to build tiny chunks of organs.


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Kristy Schofield's curator insight, September 28, 2013 6:31 PM

so strange!

Joshua Zemanek's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:07 PM

After reading this article, I thought that creating organs instead of taking them from donors would be so much more efficient in the world today. The only problem is that we are very far from doing so. However, we already have people creating the first steps to creating functioning artificial organs. This would very efficient and helpful for people with major health problems. The furthest they've made it was by building tiny chunks of organs, but that's still revolutionary. My connection to the U.S. is that with the number of accidents in our country, this could help with a ton of medical problems people experience.

Saghit Rethmeier's comment, October 4, 2013 9:29 AM
This is amazing, Its crazy that out techonology is advanced enough to be able to do this. Im interested to see how far it will be taken and what possibilitites there are in the future.
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The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle Class

The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle Class | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

.IN FEBRUARY 1975, a group of geneticists gathered in a tiny town on the central coast of California to decide if their work would bring about the end of the world. These researchers were just beginning to explore the science of genetic engineering, manipulating DNA to create organisms that didn’t exist in nature, and they were unsure how these techniques would affect the health of the planet and its people. So, they descended on a coastal retreat called Asilomar, a name that became synonymous with the guidelines they laid down at this meeting—a strict ethical framework meant to ensure that biotechnology didn’t unleash the apocalypse.

Forty-two years on, another group of scientists gathered at Asilomar to consider a similar problem. But this time, the threat wasn’t biological. It was digital. In January, the world’s top artificial intelligence researchers walked down the same beachside paths as they discussed their rapidly accelerating field and the role it will play in the fate of humanity. It was a private conference—the enormity of the subject deserves some privacy—but in recent days, organizers released several videos from the conference talks, and some participants have been willing to discuss their experience, shedding some light on the way AI researchers view the threat of their own field.

The rise of driverless cars and trucks is just a start. It’s not just blue-collar jobs that AI endangers.
Yes, they discussed the possibility of a superintelligence that could somehow escape human control, and at the end of the month, the conference organizers unveiled a set of guidelines, signed by attendees and other AI luminaries, that aim to prevent this possible dystopia. But the researchers at Asilomar were also concerned with more immediate matters: the effect of AI on the economy

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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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Tim Wu: ‘The internet is like the classic story of the party that went sour’

Tim Wu: ‘The internet is like the classic story of the party that went sour’ | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
In his sobering new book, the influential tech thinker charts the history of the attention industry, namely enterprises that harvest our attention to sell to advertisers
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Notes from Technicity 2016: Building smarter cities

Notes from Technicity 2016: Building smarter cities | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Technicity 2016 was an opportunity to gage Toronto’s progress towards the goal of a digital, connected, smarter city.

In the world of Information Technology in 2016, everything is moving very quickly. This year both the IoT and Blockchain technologies seem to have stolen the spotlight away from cloud computing, in comparison to last year.

The conference consisted of two keynote speeches, one short presentation and six panel sessions. All the sessions were, in my opinion, interesting and informative.

It was especially interesting to note that the terms cloud computing, IoT and smart city did not dominate the debate – the focus was on business and the impact of change.
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The Astonishing Healthcare Tech of the Future Is Arriving

The Astonishing Healthcare Tech of the Future Is Arriving | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

This week in San Diego, Singularity University hosted its annual Exponential Medicine conference. The conference aims to connect the dots between healthcare disciplines and cutting-edge tech by convening medical practitioners, technologists, entrepreneurs, and over 80 expert speakers from the field.
There’s still considerable work to be done to create more effective healthcare systems in the US and worldwide. That said, at the conference we learned about incredible progress we can both celebrate and focus on moving forward.

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Books: The Inevitable

Books: The Inevitable | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Dit bericht werd geplaatst in Boeken door Marco Derksen OP BLOG KONEKSA MONDO. https://koneksa-mondo.nl/
I"n zijn boek The Inevitable schetst Kelly 12 trends die voor altijd de manier van communiceren, leren en werken zal veranderen: 
1. Becoming: Moving from fixed products to always upgrading services and subscriptions 
2. Cognifying: Making everything much smarter using cheap powerful AI that we get from the cloud 
3. Flowing: Depending on unstoppable streams in real-time for everything 
4. Screening: Turning all surfaces into screens Accessing: 
5. Shifting society from one where we own assets, to one where instead we will have access to services at all times. 
6. Sharing: Collaboration at mass-scale. Kelly writes, “On my imaginary Sharing Meter Index we are still at 2 out of 10.” 
7. Filtering: Harnessing intense personalization in order to anticipate our desires.
8. Remixing: Unbundling existing products into their most primitive parts and then recombine in all possible ways.
9.Interacting: Immersing ourselves inside our computers to maximize their engagement 
10.Tracking: Employing total surveillance for the benefit of citizens and consumers 
11.Questioning: Promoting good questions are far more valuable than good answers 
12. Beginning: Constructing a planetary system connecting all humans and machines into a global matrix".
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The ultimate guide to 3D technologies

The ultimate guide to 3D technologies | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
We’ve been hearing about how 3D and “holograms” will become an integral part of lives for a long time.

It infuses our pop culture, and from Panasonic’s first commercialized first 3D TV system in 2010 to our present day fascination with VR/AR, it has become more and more of a focus for both our imaginations and reality. The real world is not flat after all, so why constrain ourselves to experience the digital world on a flat screen?
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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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