In a post titled “Why automation means we need a new economic model” former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explains why our current version of capitalism is becoming increasingly dysfunctional. He starts by comparing the numbers of employees in companies now with the numbers in the past: “At its prime in 1988, Kodak, the iconic […]
Via Engadget: “A Daimler-built autonomous truck can now legally operate on the highways of Nevada. Gov. Brian Sandoval has officially granted the “Freightliner Inspiration Truck” a license for road use in the state, making it the first of its kind to navigate public roads in the US.” Read more…
The N.Y. Times has begun a six-part multimedia series titled Robotica about the effect robots are having on “way we do business and conduct our daily lives.” This first part examines the Chinese government’s rush “to develop and deploy a wide variety of robots for use in thousands of factories.”
In his TED Talk Paul Tudor Jones II said: “… we as a society have come to view our companies and corporations in a very narrow, almost monomaniacal fashion with regard to how we value them, and we have put so much emphasis on profits, on short-term quarterly earnings and share prices, at the exclusion […]
Andrew Keen is not keen on the internet and where it’s taking us. Keen has taken on the conventional wisdom that the internet is a democratizing force lending power to the little guy and disrupting the old school “bad guys.” A strongly opinionated polemic, the passion of the converted believer is palpable in his writing. […]
What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis.
In this TED Talk computer vision researcher Fei-Fei Li describes major advances in the ability of computers to recognize objects in photos. At the same time, she recognizes current limitations. One important point she discusses is a change in the strategy for creating smart algorithms. Instead of software engineers trying to codify all the rules […]
Thomas H. Davenport, writing in the Wall Street Journal, says: [The legal profression is] “on the verge of a major transformation involving automation and the use of technology to make intelligent legal decisions. The legal profession, already suffering from an excess of supply over demand, could be decimated unless lawyers embrace smart machines much more […]