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  • Programming Hate Into AI Will Be Controversial, But Possibly Necessary Crunch Network

    Programming Hate Into AI Will Be Controversial, But Possibly Necessary

    In the last few years, the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) has been thrust into the mainstream. No longer just the domain of sci-fi fans, nerds or Google engineers, I hear people discussing AI at parties, coffee shops and even at the dinner table: My five-year-old daughter brought it up the other night over taco lasagna. When I asked her if anything interesting had happened in school… Read More

  • The Next 10 Years Of Automation And What It Might Mean For The Job Market Crunch Network

    The Next 10 Years Of Automation And What It Might Mean For The Job Market

    After decades of subtle developments that largely went unnoticed by much of the working world, artificial intelligence has taken center stage in the last 2-3 years as a “hot” technology. From Google’s surge of acquisitions (DeepMind, Boston Dynamics, etc.), to increased venture capital attention, to the safety concerns of Elon Musk and Bill Gates about potentially… Read More

  • When Robots Come To Pray Crunch Network

    When Robots Come To Pray

    A developer colleague of mine recently went on and on about Google Photos. He knew my background in computational neuroscience and thought I would be interested in what Google was doing with deep learning. That night I moved all my iPhone photos from an external hardware to The Magical Cloud, then forgot about it for a week. Read More

  • When The Pentagon Comes Knocking: An Open Letter To Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    When The Pentagon Comes Knocking: An Open Letter To Silicon Valley

    The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, has made two trips to Silicon Valley this year, but has only spoken directly to his counterpart in Russia once in the same period — despite NATO being on its highest possible alert level. That’s how serious the Pentagon is about courting Silicon Valley to bolster defense innovation. Read More

  • Forget Apps, Now The Bots Take Over Crunch Network

    Forget Apps, Now The Bots Take Over

    As the number of mobile apps increases while the size of our mobile screens decreases, we’re reaching the limits of the mobile “OS + apps” paradigm. As an alternative, messaging apps are becoming the new platform, subsuming the role played by the mobile operating system. Just as websites replaced client applications, messaging bots will replace mobile apps. Bots, therefore… Read More

  • If You Watch One Video Of Robots Making A Rope Bridge Today, Make It This One

    If You Watch One Video Of Robots Making A Rope Bridge Today, Make It This One

    As we enter the next era of rope bridge construction we must ask ourselves “Who shall make the next rope bridge?” The researchers at ETH have the answer. Their solution, created in connection with architectural researchers Gramizio Kohler, employs four robots working in sync to drag rope around a frame. The bridge, which can hold over 1,300 kg, was made by having the robots fly… Read More

  • What Steam Engines, Robots And Analytics Have In Common Crunch Network

    What Steam Engines, Robots And Analytics Have In Common

    Are robots going to put us all out of work? That seems to be the question on every click-bait economic article’s mind. The short answer: They aren’t. The long answer: They will change the kinds of jobs we do, just like stone tools, the printing press, the first factories and computers changed how we work. Thinking about how those changes are going to happen and what organizations… Read More

  • Watch This Robot Hunt And Kill Destructive Starfish

    Watch This Robot Hunt And Kill Destructive Starfish

    Dear friends: there is now a robot that can kill starfish underwater by hunting them down and injecting them with poison. The starfish in question is the Crown of Throns Sea Star, a destructive seadweller that has been hurting coral reefs for a while. They are so pervasive that they create massive populations – 100,000 per kilometer – in a few years. So now there’s a robot… Read More