Gizmos & Gadgets: Zip Drones to Deliver Drugs in Costa Rica

October 24, 2016 – Remote villages and towns in Costa Rica will be getting prescriptions delivered to them by drones beginning next year. The program is being operated by the ... Continue Reading →

The 21st Century: Our Journey to Immortality or Extinction

October 15, 2016 – It is the Ides of October and I have resolved after seven years of writing this blog to attempt a synthesis of much of its content into a book which will bear ... Continue Reading →

California First to Give Autonomous Vehicles Equal Rights to the Road While Ford Tests “Snowtonomy”

October 1, 2016 – Autonomous vehicles are now acceptable on California roadways with the signing of a new state law this week. And unlike any other jurisdiction, California is ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Ghost Minitaur Robot Goes Through its Paces

September 25, 2016 – The video of Ghost Robotics new Ghost Minitaur is a little creepy. It can reach up and turn door knobs. It can climb chain link fences (see image below) and ... Continue Reading →
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Stanford University Study Looks at AI Impact on Urban North America: Life in 2030 Part 2

September 7, 2016 – Envisioning the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on North American urban life in 2030, the Stanford University study described in a previous post, also ... Continue Reading →
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Stanford University Study Looks at AI Impact on Urban North America: Life in 2030 Part 1

September 6, 2016 – Artificial Intelligence or AI includes a constellation of technologies including computer vision, machine learning, natural language processing, neural networks ... Continue Reading →
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Demonetizing Our Living Costs – Peter Diamandis Talks About Technological Socialism

July 18, 2016 – In the latest email I received from Peter Diamandis, founder of the Ansari XPrize he talks about the rapid demonetization of the cost of living. What does that ... Continue Reading →
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American Space Program Celebrates the 4th of July with Juno at Jupiter

July 5, 2016 – It was close to midnight on July 4th when the spacecraft Juno traveling at a speed of 265,000 kilometers (165,000 miles) per hour completed an engine burn that ... Continue Reading →
AI and human values

The Key to Artificial Intelligence is Finding a Way to Program it for Human Values

June 14, 2016 – Artificial intelligence (AI) can be found everywhere these days in the computing world. If you use Google search you are accessing an AI tool. Watson, IBM’s ... Continue Reading →
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Are Smart Robotics and AI Advances Paving the Way to a Dehumanized Society?

May 24, 2016 – Today’s first-time guest blogger is Douglas Siclari. Siclari is CEO of the Siclari Studio of Art and Design. With over 15 years in the 3D arts and multimedia ... Continue Reading →