Will artificial intelligence bring us utopia or destruction? Last year, a curious nonfiction book became a Times best-seller: a dense meditation on artificial intelligence by the philosopher Nick Bostrom, who holds an appointment at Oxford. Titled “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies,” it argues that true artificial intelligence, if it is realized, might pose a danger that exceeds every previous threat from technology—even nuclear weapons—and that if its development is not managed carefully humanity risks engineering its own extinction. Central to this concern is the prospect of an “intelligence explosion,” a speculative event in which an A.I. gains the ability to improve itself, and in short order exceeds the intellectual potential of the human brain by many orders of magnitude.
In July, news headlines blared that robots passed a “self-awareness” test. Naturally, the articles made the semi-joking references to Skynet and robot overlords that seem to accompany every minor development in robotics or artificial intelligence. Missing from the coverage was any thoughtful discussion about what it means for a robot to pass a self-awareness test.Typically, artificial intelligence “breakthroughs” don’t live up to the press release.
Thomas Frey, a futurist from the DaVinci Institute in the United States predicts that by 2030 people will rely on billions of drones and sensors to live. Every time you download a mobile app you eliminate a piece of a job – welcome to the future of a careerless society.
The career ladder will be replaced with new technology and people will no longer count on a job for the rest of their lives, he said. In 2030, the average person will have rebooted their career six times because things are moving so quickly.”
Frey is in New Zealand this week speaking with the agriculture sector and government agencies in Wellington about the future of jobs and new technology.
“Commons refers to the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. These resources are held in common, not owned privately.”
There is a time, a place and a customer base for pseudonymous cryptocurrency. For regulated financial institutions, other types of shared ledgers -- those whose validators are legally accountable for certain terms of service -- may provide unique utility. Why the sudden interest in "blockchains" and "distributed ledgers"? After all, much of the technology and ideas used by Bitcoin, Ethereum and even Git, the open-source system for managing software updates, have been around for more than a decade. Public-key cryptography has existed since the mid-70s. Consensus algorithms such as PBFT and DLS used in distributed computing and distributed databases have likewise been under development and in production environments for decades.
The DT crew is back again, this week to discuss the latest in bio-clothing, NASA's nutty EmDrive thruster, Reddit's foray into TV, and Circle with Disney, which is a lot cooler than it sounds, we promise.
The world is changing faster than you might realize.
Many emerging technologies that you hear about today will reach a tipping point by 2025, according to a recent report from The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society.
90% of the population will have unlimited and free data storage by 2018.The first robotic pharmacist will arrive in the US 2021.1 trillion sensors will be connected to the internet by 2022.10% of the world's population will be wearing clothes connected to the internet by 2022.The first 3D-printed car will be in production by 2022.The first implantable mobile phone will become commercially available in 2025.The first government to replace its census with big-data technologies by 2023.10% of reading glasses will be connected to the internet by 2023.80% of people on earth will have a digital presence online by 2023A government will collect taxes for the first time via blockchain 2023.90% of the global population will have a supercomputer in their pocket by 2023.Access to the Internet will become a basic right by 2024.The first transplant of a 3D-printed liver will occur 2024.
The Innovation Group is preparing to release its second annual Future 100 report, featuring original analysis and insights on 100 key trends and cultural shifts to watch in 2016. New this year, we’ve created a video preview of the report, which offers a visual sample of the most compelling trends in the year to come: …
The future will be here before we know it. Many emerging technologies that you hear about today will reach a tipping point by 2025, according to a recent report from The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society.
The council surveyed more than 800 executives and experts from the technology sector to share their timeline for when technologies would become mainstream.
From the survey results, the council identified 21 defining moments, all of which they predict will occur by 2030.
Here’s a look at the technological shifts you can expect during the next 14 years.
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.
The world is changing fast. Faster than any time in the human history. For example, it took fifty years for one in four Americans to adopt electricity. Then, it got faster. It took thirty years for the same number to utilise the radio. Then, even faster. Eighteen years to “accept” the colour TV. Thirteen years for […]
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