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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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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, 4:56 AM

Hmmm, interesting!

zemac's curator insight, January 6, 10:41 AM

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 5:18 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 2:50 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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Star Wars robots still superior to ones robotic experts working on one earth

Star Wars robots still superior to ones robotic experts working on one earth | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
WHEN it comes to matching Star Wars, real world robotics experts have a bit to go before they can claim that these are the droids we've been looking for.
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Nokia Morph Concept (long)

Morph is a concept demonstrating some of the possibilities nanotechnologies might enable in future communication devices. Morph can sense its environment, is... (Riktigt häftig konceptvideo om framtidens #mobiltelefoner av Nokia.
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Your data is your interface

Your data is your interface | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it

We all view the world differently and on our own terms. Each of us use different words to describe the same book, movie, favorite food, person, work of art, or news article. We express our uniqueness by reviewing, tagging, commenting, liking, and rating things online. Taken together, all of this data can be viewed as a reflection of ourselves.

But on Amazon, Facebook, Youtube, IMDb and Yelp our unique interpretations and descriptions of the world are trapped inside separate boxes. The things I love on one service don’t apply to the next app that I download. By isolating my unique contributions, these services make my personal data “small” instead of “big.”

Less data leads to lower quality user experience. There’s no consistency or continuity between different apps and environments. Every time I create a new profile or download a new app I feel like I’m starting all over again. At first I’m reduced to a stereotype who needs to sign in to see irrelevant content or meaningless ads. Fragmented data and inconsistent algorithms provide noise instead of signal.

My interfaces to information are not optimized for me.


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PlasmaBorneElectric's comment, April 18, 2013 6:58 AM
great article
Dr.VR MANOJ's curator insight, April 18, 2013 8:53 AM

This is a slightly wierd article but offers a lot of postmodern insight !

luiy's curator insight, April 19, 2013 4:39 AM

What will be the next big thing, a great paradigm shift that follows “Portal,” “Search” and “Social Feed”? Will it be a service or a device that safely unites my scattered personal data and provides a better, more accurate interfaces to the world around me...


— by understanding who I really am?

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Turn a Printed Page Into a Touchscreen With This Brilliant Concept

Turn a Printed Page Into a Touchscreen With This Brilliant Concept | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
Realizing that the oft-promised 'paperless office' may never actually come to fruition, researchers at Fujitsu are working on a backup plan that gives printed documents similar tablet-like touchscreen functionality.
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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 7:36 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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Microsoft's IllumiRoom is 'a coffee table projector for next-gen consoles'

Microsoft's IllumiRoom is 'a coffee table projector for next-gen consoles' | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
New details arrive ahead of computer conference
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New Microsoft Patents Advance their Work on Smart Eyewear - Patent Bolt

New Microsoft Patents Advance their Work on Smart Eyewear - Patent Bolt | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
In March 2012 we posted a report titled "Microsoft Invents Projector Eyewear for Xbox & Beyond," that first introduced us to Microsoft's work on projector eyewear for both casual and gaming wearable computing.
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No, Google Glass Won't Create Cyborg Nation | Endless Innovation | Big Think

No, Google Glass Won't Create Cyborg Nation | Endless Innovation | Big Think | The Futurecratic Scoop | Scoop.it
Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like Google Glass was the new “It” technology – a technology so cool that it was suddenly socially acceptable to show up with these augmented reality glasses at fashion events and even the Oscars.
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