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Robots won’t take your job, but automation might

Robots won’t take your job, but automation might | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it

“Many of us will live to see the day where we have physical, non-human colleagues,” says Matt Beane, a researcher at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Beane’s research addresses what he calls “The Avatar Economy”, where remote workers operate robots. Such robots are already used for tasks which require highly skilled labour and physical presence but where it’s either too dangerous or extremely expensive to use human beings. Aerial and ground-based robots were used in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, for example, to help assess system and structural integrity and evaluate demolition plans.
According to Beane, the next wave of robotic workers will be in retail, security and remote supervision of manufacturing operations. Telepresence robots like those made by DoubleRobotics (and their human operators) will help you to find the right TV in a retail store or allow an operations supervisor in Chicago to do quality control on an assembly line in Shanghai.


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NewBees - YouTube

“ NewBees -- The future is already here www.robobees.info If we carry on with chemically intensive agriculture model, it is quite possible that we may affect o...”
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BMW's 'Mini' to unveil augmented reality driving goggles in China

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“ Mini, BMW's Britain-based small-car subsidiary, will unveil a fun new concept at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month. But it's not a new car. It's, basically, a cooler version of Google Goggles. For starters, these actually look kind of like goggles, as in the kind World War I fighter pilots used to wear. Style matters since these aren't meant meant only to be worn inside your Mini Cooper. If you've ever driven to a destination and then not known where to go once you got out of your car, Mini's Augmented Vision Goggles have an app just for that. Navigation prompts displayed inside the goggle's lenses will guide you, step by step, right to the front door. Likewise, if you forget where you parked your car, the goggles can guide you back. Once you're in the car, the goggles will show navigation and other information like your speed and the speed limit for the road you're on. Even as the driver turns his head, data is always shown at a consistent spot just above the steering wheel.”
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Reversible USB Type-C finally on its way, alongside USB 3.1’s 10Gbit performance | ExtremeTech

Reversible USB Type-C finally on its way, alongside USB 3.1’s 10Gbit performance | ExtremeTech | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
“After more than a decade of fighting with USB's relentlessly superpositioning cables, a new cable standard is finally coming to market.”
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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, January 13, 2:08 AM

It's about time some standardization is coming to tje cable connection "circus."  I'm tired of having a collection of USB cables that work on some devices  and others that don't.  Aloha, Russ.

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Cool sport tech gadgets to keep you in shape

Cool sport tech gadgets to keep you in shape | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
“If you want to monitor your fitness progress, track your power and speed, or listen to music while swimming, then these gadgets are for you”
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Listen Up! Hearable Computing Is the Next Big Thing! - Datamation

Desktop. Mobile. Wearable. What’s next?

In the movie “Her” (starring Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams), the lead character falls in love with a Siri-like virtual assistant.

The only difference between Siri and “Her” is that the movie version is simply more advanced -- as advanced as such assistances will inevitably get. It’s only a matter of time before Siri, Google Now, Cortana and others can all pass the Turing test.

In the movie, Joaquin Phoenix's character develops what he believes is a satisfying relationship with the virtual assistant entirely through a Bluetooth earpiece that fits almost entirely into his ear. He puts it in his ear and forgets about it. He talks, the assistant listens. The assistant talks, he listens. They have conversations.

If you can imagine sufficiently advanced A.I., you can imagine that this interface to the world of computers and the Internet is just about all you would need. Think about what you do with computers -- browse the Internet, do social networking, make calls, buy things, schedule meetings, maintain contacts, create business reports -- it could and I believe will be handled almost entirely by talking to a virtual assistant.


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California Startup, Tribogenics, Develops Smart Phone Sized Portable X-ray Machines

California Startup, Tribogenics, Develops Smart Phone Sized Portable X-ray Machines | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
A Southern California startup called Tribogenics is using a new method of producing X-rays, fleshed out by Darpa-funded research at UCLA, to make X-ray machines more robust and portable.

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Wearable technology - challenges and opportunities - Tnooz

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In light of this, over the past six months our team at SITA Lab has done the earliest research into the use of wearable technology for the air transport industry.
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A first look inside Google's futuristic quantum lab

A first look inside Google's futuristic quantum lab | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it

In May, Google launched the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab with hardware from the Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave and technical expertise from NASA. It was an ambitious open research project aimed at exploring both the capabilities of quantum computer architecture and the mysteries of space exploration — but in the months since, they've stayed quiet about exactly what kind of work they've been doing there.Tomorrow, they're breaking the silence with a brief short film, set to debut at the Imagine Science Films Festival at Google New York. The film takes a look at various researchers working on the project, as well as the computer itself, which has to be operated at near-absolute-zero temperatures. Researchers hope the quantum architecture will eventually be used to optimize solutions across complex and interconnected sets of variables currently outside the capabilities of conventional computing. That could allow for new solutions in computational medicine or help NASA to construct a more comprehensive picture of the known universe. "We don't know what the best questions are to ask that computer," says NASA's Eleanor Rieffel in the video. "That's exactly what we're trying to understand."


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The Future of Advertising: 'Pay-Per-Gaze' Is Just the Beginning

The Future of Advertising: 'Pay-Per-Gaze' Is Just the Beginning | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
Advertising is going to change more in the next 20 years than it has in the last 100. If you need proof of that, just look at the patent Google was granted Thursday for a Google...

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, August 17, 2013 10:36 AM

I am sure that many of you have seen this on Mashable yesterday.  For me, the key takeaway is that the technology can measure your pupil to determine if you are interested in the advertising.  The is is such a huge advancement.  In theory, there probably isn't a reason why they couldn't measure body temperature as well to give other types of feedback to Google.  It is a whole new world.
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Tooth Sensor Watches for Bad Oral Habits - IEEE Spectrum

Tooth Sensor Watches for Bad Oral Habits - IEEE Spectrum | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
A tooth sensor can detect chewing, smoking, coughing and other mouth motions

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A tiny tooth sensor can detect whether a person is deviating from a diet or stuck on a smoking habit. The capability to monitor mouth motions may help physicians keep track of a patient's progress or allow a patient to better understand his or her health habits.

The sensor's accelerometer, in combination with machine learning software, will detect and distinguish between chewing, smoking, coughing, or speaking, according to New Scientist. The device's inventors at National Taiwan University in Taipei glued prototypes onto eight people's dentures to show the system could accurately recognize what the wearer is doing almost 94 percent of the time.

Working prototypes of the tooth sensor used wires to connect to a power source and a data-logging device—an awkward arrangement for human testers. But inventor Hao-hua Chu and colleagues envision the tooth sensor eventually being powered by a micro-battery and transmitting data wirelessly via Bluetooth to a smartphone. They also hope to embed the device inside artificial teeth that can be easily removed and customized for each individual.

The tooth sensor could perhaps track dental health habits as well—that is, if researchers can fine-tune the machine learning software. Trevor Johnson, a vice-chair of research at the Faculty of General Dental Practice in the UK, told New Scientist that the sensor might help monitor teeth grinding or clenching.


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Microsoft wins patent on wearable device that transfers data through your body | Digital Trends

Microsoft wins patent on wearable device that transfers data through your body | Digital Trends | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
USPTO just granted Microsoft a patent for a device that securely transfers data through your finger (or other body part) to another machine like the Xbox.
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Cradle turns smartphone into handheld biosensor - Science Daily (press release)

Cradle turns smartphone into handheld biosensor - Science Daily (press release) | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
Cradle turns smartphone into handheld biosensor Science Daily (press release) "We're interested in biodetection that needs to be performed outside of the laboratory," said team leader Brian Cunningham, a professor of electrical and computer...
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New IBM project puts Watson to work in customer service

New IBM project puts Watson to work in customer service | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
Watson, the powerful computer that rose to fame as a Jeopardy! contestant in 2011, has proved remarkably versatile since then. After a stint fighting cancer, Watson will soon be taking on the less...
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A Pair Of Robot Arms Could Make You Dinner

A Pair Of Robot Arms Could Make You Dinner | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
“ The 2011 MasterChef champion Tim Anderson has a new apprentice--a robo-chef. “It’s the ultimate sous-chef,” Anderson told BBC News. “You tell it to do something--whether it’s a bit of prep or completing a whole dish from start to finish--and it will do it.” We’re already giving robots weapons, so why not let them take over our homes too? The London-based company Moley Robotics is demonstrating their new robot chef prototype at Hannover Messe, an annual trade fair for the industrial technology. The robot’s first dish will be crab bisque. According to the company, the mechanical chef, which incorporates 20 motors, 24 joints and 129 sensors, learns how to cook by watching a plain old human chef, whose movements are turned into commands that drive the robot hands. Moley hopes to eventually create a product that can do everything from preparing the ingredients to cleaning up the kitchen, and include a built-in refrigerator and dishwasher. The idea is to support the robot with thousands of app-like recipes, and it would allow owners to share their special recipes online. Can robo-chef handle the complexities of cooking? Rich Walker, whose company Shadow Robot designed the machine, thinks it can overcome challenges like deciding when beaten eggs have peaked. “Something would change; we would see it in the sensor data. Maybe something gets stiffer or softer,” he said. “We should be able to sense that and use it as the point to transition to the next stage of the cooking process.””
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3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection « NextNature.net

3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection « NextNature.net | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
“ Nowadays 3D printing is increasingly used for medical purposes and body upgrades to design devices, implants, and a variety of customized prosthetics, from a 3D printed face, to a skull, and even organs. In the future we may look at the world with new – artificial, 3D printed – eyes. Italian research studio MHOX is working on EYE, a 3D bioprinted sight augmentation. The project envisions the removal of the natural visual system and its replacement with a digitally designed 3D printed one. The original retina would be replaced by a new artificial network, able to offer enhanced vision, WiFi connection and the possibility to record video and take pictures. In the hope of curing blindness and healing conditions, giving better vision, the 3D printed eyes are expected to be available by 2027. The eyeballs will be constructed with the use of a bio-ink that contains the cells required to replace those found in natural eyes. Once the original pair of eyes is surgically removed, researchers plan on connecting the 3D printed one to a deck inside the head, which would allow the eyes to be inserted. “We envision that the link between the deck and the EYE will be based on attractive forces between the tissues more than mechanical joints” MHOX designer Filippo Nassetti explains. “To replace the EYE the user only has to put it in position inside the skull, and the tissues of the Deck and the EYE connect automatically”.”
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FlexCharger: The World's Most Versatile Charger

“FlexCharger is a all-in-one charging station that allows simultaneous charging for multiple smart devices including True Wireless Charging and Charge 'n' Move function. Almost…”
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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 7, 8:01 PM

If you use a variety of media that requires frequent charging (smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc), then this is a product worth considering.  Excellent video introduction to the "Flex Charger.""  Aloha, Russ.

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Listen Up! Hearable Computing Is the Next Big Thing! - Datamation

Desktop. Mobile. Wearable. What’s next?

In the movie “Her” (starring Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams), the lead character falls in love with a Siri-like virtual assistant.

The only difference between Siri and “Her” is that the movie version is simply more advanced -- as advanced as such assistances will inevitably get. It’s only a matter of time before Siri, Google Now, Cortana and others can all pass the Turing test.

In the movie, Joaquin Phoenix's character develops what he believes is a satisfying relationship with the virtual assistant entirely through a Bluetooth earpiece that fits almost entirely into his ear. He puts it in his ear and forgets about it. He talks, the assistant listens. The assistant talks, he listens. They have conversations.

If you can imagine sufficiently advanced A.I., you can imagine that this interface to the world of computers and the Internet is just about all you would need. Think about what you do with computers -- browse the Internet, do social networking, make calls, buy things, schedule meetings, maintain contacts, create business reports -- it could and I believe will be handled almost entirely by talking to a virtual assistant.


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Augmented-reality contact lenses to be human-ready at CES

Augmented-reality contact lenses to be human-ready at CES | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
While Google works to bring a polished Glass device to market, wearables startup Innovega is taking head-mounted displays a step further: contact lenses that interact with full HD glasses. Read this article by Nick Statt on CNET News.

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ITS.OneCampus's curator insight, January 5, 2014 7:56 AM

Hmmm, interesting!

zemac's curator insight, January 6, 2014 1:41 PM

melhor que o google glass?...

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Docomo Shows Glasses That Translate Foreign Languages Right In Front Of Your Eyes

Docomo Shows Glasses That Translate Foreign Languages Right In Front Of Your Eyes | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
If Star Trek or Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy have the right of it, language will be a negligible barrier when we begin fraternizing with aliens.

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8 myths about wearable tech - CNET (blog)

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Understanding what this market is -- and is not -- is critical for electronics and tech companies as they consider how to capitalize on this opportunity.
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Humans, Cyborgs, Posthumans: Francesca Ferrando at TEDxSiliconAlley

“ In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TED...”
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News: Microsoft patents Xbox head-mounted display - ComputerAndVideoGames.com

News: Microsoft patents Xbox head-mounted display - ComputerAndVideoGames.com | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
Xbox One: A Microsoft patent for a "head-mounted display device" has been discovered, once again suggesting the platform holder intends on augmenting the Xbox experience with gaming glasses technology.
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Microsoft IllumiRoom Living Room, Interactive Kinect Projection demo @ Siggraph 2013

Stay tuned to ElectricTV for more new news soon! And be sure to visit us @ http://www.electrictv.com/ "llumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system that augments t...
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The Next Fifty Years In Technology: Here's What's Coming!

The Next Fifty Years In Technology: Here's What's Coming! | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
What will the next fifty years bring in the world of social media, mobile, robotics and more?

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Arie Baan's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:18 AM

Not directly related to virtual teamworking this time, but this infographic is a good opportunity to reflect on those areas that could have the greatest impact on the new ways of working together, and how we can prepare for them.

Mussalon koulu's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:50 AM

"Vaatimattomia" visioita. Millaiseen tulevaisuuteen kasvatamme lapsia?

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Kinect 2 Full Video Walkthrough: The Xbox Sees You Like Never Before

Kinect 2 Full Video Walkthrough: The Xbox Sees You Like Never Before | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
The new Kinect is kind of awesome. Just by the numbers, it's a huge upgrade. You can see (most of) the full walkthrough we saw just a bit ago here at Microsoft's Redmond campus in the video above. Parts are jaw-dropping.
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