As robots become part of our everyday lives we will have to program them to make ethical decisions.
Will the household robot you buy in 15 years be a homophobe, misogynist or racist?
If you said "none of the above", ask yourself why we so often forgive these attitudes as "cultural" in some humans, yet if we were to choose a culture our machines should emulate, we'd surely eliminate intolerance.
We're approaching a watershed for our universal moral code, where our species will soon be forced to decide what constitutes our shared values because we'll have to program artificial general intelligence (AGI) to act upon them. ....
A new generation of building systems want to turn dry stats and feedback into information that will guide you through the day.
Who doesn’t believe that the Internet Of Things will emerge as something like Simpatico, the hapless clunker of system that dogs the BBC in fictional documentary W1A?
The idea that real-world objects can be fitted with software and sensors that talk sensibly to each other seems a world away when we’re still untangling cables and trying to get our phones to synch with our laptops.
But at Canary Wharf Group’s Level39, “interoperability” is the dream, not the obstacle. At the finals of the Cognicity Challenge – the future city competition – there is a feeling that “building systems management” is about to reach beyond its cloistered realm into the real world. ....
With the government's controversial proposed anti-terror law set to be passed into law within weeks, some of Bill C-51's most outspoken critics are supporting a "pro-privacy action plan" that calls for an end to warrantless and mass surveillance and more independent oversight.
Americans would rather dream about smart cities than throw money at maintaining existing infrastructure. ....
I understand the widespread fascination with self-driving cars and transhumanist adventures to outer space, and I recognize that these topics make for better clickbait and blockbuster films than tales of standardization and maintenance. I also understand why a book called The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution is a best-seller, but a book called The Maintainers: How a Group of Bureaucrats, Standards Engineers, and Introverts Made Infrastructures That Kind of Work Most of the Time is more likely to exist only as a parody. ...
With the implication of smart grid technology and smart meters comes the rising concern over privacy. Now we have smart cities. A metropolitan area under constant energy and data surveillance. A system that incorporates data from traffic lights, smart cars, smart meters for utilities and public transportation that could be cataloged and be invaluable data online.
The EU, has posted their plan, version 3.0 of its European smart city plan in 2014, providing a listing of smart cities.
Extreme Tech paints an Orwellian depiction of a smart city ...
A century ago, less than 10 per cent of the world’s population lived in cities. The next three decades will see the largest increase in the world’s urban population in human history. By the middle of this century, 6.5 billion people will live in cities, up from 4 billion today. By 2050, two out of every three people on earth will call a city home. Today’s cities consume more than 70 per cent of the world’s energy supply — a figure that will increase over time. ...
Making is political. What happens when city authorities get involved?
In February 2015, city authorities in São Paulo announced plans to open a network of 12 public FabLabs. Following in the wake of an earlier ‘telecentro’ initiative that opened up internet access and digital media to citizens, the FabLabs are meant to bring the tools of digital fabrication to the people, equipping them for a fuller role in what FabLab founder Neil Gershenfeld forsees as a revolution in the decentralisation and democratisation of production and consumption.
São Paulo’s authorities join a range of civic bodies casting an eye over the – potentially – empowering possibilities of FabLabs. ...
Can big data, open data, and real- time measurements of everything get us to such a thing as "evidence based urban design", fact-based city planning, and an approach that thinks long-term instead of in election cycles? In other words, can Smart Cities technology, i.e. the transition from analogue to digital, bring about a more holistic, system-based and scientific approach to city planning? Can a more scientific, data based approach add ess issues of equity? ....
Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen plenty of blue collar jobs outsourced to machines — from auto assembly to customer service. Now, as computers, equipped with artificial intelligence, increasingly take over “information jobs,” tasks that were once reserved for skilled, college-educated white collar professionals are vulnerable. That’s the argument made by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Martin Ford in a new book, “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future.”
He spoke with us for a story that aired on Wednesday on the PBS NewsHour about the economic impact of artificial intelligence. It’s part of a series about the rapid advance of AI and how it’s affecting society.
We asked Ford to give us three examples of white collar jobs that are ripe for automation. Pharmacists, attorneys and one close to our hearts — journalists. All three of these professions have already been transformed in profound ways most of us may not even realize.
What our cities will look like in 50 or 100 years is a bit of an unknown – but one thing we can be pretty sure about is that information and data, new technology, and enhanced communications will sit at the heart of how governments, services, infrastructure, homes and businesses interact in future cities. This will, in part, be a realisation of what we tentatively already know: that there are significant potential benefits in finding ways to work more ‘smartly’. More efficient services can take the pressure off increasingly stretched public budgets; businesses can expand by competing for a slice of the smart cities export market (estimated by BIS to be worth $400 billion by 2020); and data and technology can provide new solutions to age-old challenges such as environmental sustainability and social integration. ...
From TVs that listen in on us to a doll that records your child’s questions, data collection has become both dangerously intrusive and highly profitable. Is it time for governments to act to curb online surveillance?
A new drone camera has been released that allows users to simply throw it in the air and have it follow them around.
The drone is designed to allow people to be filmed without having someone do it for them. It looks to be positioned towards the same people who use Go Pros, mounting them to their head to film snowboarding and other extreme sports, but allows for them to feature in the video themselves.
To use the drone, users simply turn it on and throw it up into the air. From there, it will follow a special transmitter or go in pre-programmed routes.
The drone is waterproof and small, only weighing 2.8 lbs. ...
For years, the internet's biggest players have hoarded your personal data and sold it for billions. Now, a band of angry startups is demanding privacy and aiming to overhaul the social-media business forever.
This tracker provides movement visualization of transit data published by transit agencies and operators from all over the world. The movements are mostly based on static schedule data. Wherever real-time data is available it is also included in the visualization.
In Valladolid I was confronted with uncertainties about the future. We have problems in our society. We all know that when we talk about the Smart Human City, focused on citizens, there is something that seems to go wrong. We need citizen participation in problems, solving them more than creating them.
The Nemesis Machine is designed to alarm visitors about how much data they're giving up to companies like Google.
When George Orwell wrote 1984, surveillance technology was strictly analog. What would 1984 look like if it was written in the world of the Internet of things?
That's the question posed by the Nemesis Machine, a new interactive exhibition by British artist Stanza. Currently on display in Bruges, the Nemesis Machine translates environmental data from sensors placed around London into a dystopian Circuit City. ....
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