Android Founder on VR, Voice & the Future of Human-Machine Collaboration

Found on Xconomy on Saturday, 14 October 2017
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Within 20 years, computer keyboards will be relegated to the technology dustbin, says Android co-founder Rich Miner.

Miner and others believe that the way humans communicate with machines is undergoing a fundamental change. The keyboard—which dates back to the 1800s—will be phased out over the next couple of decades, except for some “legacy applications,” Miner argues. Touchscreens have already kicked off this shift.

Miner will phase out long before keyboards. Touchscreens are not a decent replacement for anybody who uses a computer in a serious way. Not much of a surprise that the Android founder has no understanding of that. The keyboard is a tactile interface, and that's what makes it so successful; no touchscreen can beat that. Don't even think about brain-interfaces; at least not until viruses and malware are 100% under control (and even then you still have the three letter agencies).

Could Star Trek medical device become a reality?

Found on BBC News on Tuesday, 11 April 2017
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Two teams - one from the US and the other from Taiwan are competing to win the $10m (£8m) X-Prize to develop such a device. Clinical trials have already begun.

Take a look at an old cellphone. Now go back a few decades, or centuries. Nobody back then would have imagined that such a device could exist.

Netflix CEO Hastings: In Twenty, Fifty Years, ‘We May Be Entertaining A.I.’

Found on Barron's on Monday, 27 February 2017
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“I just can’t emphasize enough how much it’s just beginning,” he repeated. But, pressed Stock, what about ten years out or twenty years out? Hastings said at that point there will be “some serious virtual reality” to contend with.

“Over twenty to fifty years, you get into some serious debate over humans,” mused Hastings. “I don’t know if you can really talk about entertaining at that point. I’m not sure if in twenty to fifty years we are going to be entertaining you, or entertaining A.I.s.”

We all remember what happened with the ants that were entertaining us when we were little kids.

Volkswagen bets big on electric cars

Found on USA Today on Thursday, 16 June 2016
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Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller on Thursday articulated a new vision for the automaker through 2025, describing electric cars, ride-hailing services and cost-cutting as critical to the company's future.

"We believe in the future of this technology, its rapid spread and its revolutionary potential," Mueller said.

It just needs a littel Dieselgate, and one of the biggest car manufacturers changes its position.

Cybersecurity and recalls will mean over-the-air updates for 203M cars by 2022

Found on Computerworld on Thursday, 17 March 2016
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By 2022, there will be 203 million vehicles on the road that can receive software over-the-air (SOTA) upgrades; among those vehicles, at least 22 million will also be able to get firmware upgrades, according to a new report by ABI Research.

As the level of vehicle autonomy grows, cybersecurity will become increasingly critical. ABI Research anticipates the automotive industry will begin to see more mergers and acquisitions over the next two years as carmakers emphasize the value of software management solutions.

If the security will be taken as serious as in the current Internet, and even more so in the IoT world, then the safest car will be an oltimer.

Robots could push unemployment to 50% in 30 years, prof says

Found on CNet News on Sunday, 14 February 2016
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In 30 years, Vardi says, computers will be able to perform almost any job that humans can. One assumes this includes working as a professor of computational engineering. Vardi foresees unemployment as surpassing 50 percent by 2045.

"If we wait 25 years, we may find ourselves in a very difficult societal change. The Industrial Revolution brought about the Russian Revolution and the Chinese Revolution, with a human cost of about 100 million lives. I hope we are wiser this time," he told me.

That will end up in uprisings, unless the unemployed masses receive enough unemployment benefits to keep them calm; but even then it has a dangerous potential because with too much free time, some people might get the wrong ideas. Panem et circenses does not work in the long run.

Intelligent machines: Call for a ban on robots designed as sex toys

Found on BBC News on Tuesday, 15 September 2015
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Such a use of the technology is unnecessary and undesirable, said campaign leader Dr Kathleen Richardson.

She believes that they reinforce traditional stereotypes of women and the view that a relationship need be nothing more than physical.

"We think that the creation of such robots will contribute to detrimental relationships between men and women, adults and children, men and men and women and women," she said.

Those robots are just bigger vibrators which haven't had much of evil influence on relationships.

Google Woo of German Carmakers Draws Audi Snub Over Privacy Woes

Found on Bloomberg on Wednesday, 10 June 2015
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Google Inc.’s avowed strategy of courting German carmakers into partnerships got a snub from Audi AG amid concerns that Internet-assisted driving may risk intruding on passenger privacy.

“Customers want to be at the center” of their car-ownership “and not exploited for it,” Stadler said Tuesday. “They want to be in control of their data and not subject to monitoring. And we take this seriously.”

One day you probably will get your car with a hefty discount if you opt-in to constant advertising while you are on the road. Then some smart developers take a look at it, figure out how to root your car and install adblocking software onto it to give you your privacy back.

Humans 'will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years'

Found on The Telegraph on Monday, 25 May 2015
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Prof Harari, who has written a landmark book charting the history of humanity, said mankind would evolve to become like gods with the power over death, and be as different from humans of today as we are from chimpanzees.

“I think it is likely in the next 200 years or so homo sapiens will upgrade themselves into some idea of a divine being, either through biological manipulation or genetic engineering of by the creation of cyborgs, part organic part non-organic.

There are quite a few if's. He assumes that in the next 200 years, the current system of capitalism will still exist in its current form; but with the gap between rich and poor getting quickly bigger, the system might fail soon, so humanity in 200 years might be very different from what it is today (if humans have not eradicated themselves and destroyed the earth that is). If you look at the predictions scientists made some 40 or 50 years ago about today's computers, it's easy to imagine how far off Harari might be. Or, we just end up as Borg.

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' And That Could Be A Problem

Found on Business Insider on Sunday, 06 July 2014
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Del Monte believes machines will become self-conscious and have the capabilities to protect themselves. They "might view us the same way we view harmful insects." Humans are a species that "is unstable, creates wars, has weapons to wipe out the world twice over, and makes computer viruses."

Run at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems in the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne, Switzerland, the experiment had robots designed to cooperate in finding beneficial resources like energy and avoiding the hazardous ones. Shockingly, the robots learned to lie to each other in an attempt to hoard the beneficial resources for themselves.

I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.