Despite multiple warnings from James Cameron, to me robots never seemed too scary. Of course, this is coming from a guy who just gave way too much money to Amazon over the last two days for slightly marked down "smart" products he didn't need. But on the whole I'm not too afraid of the robot apocalypse. Which is a roundabout way for me to say, bring on the robot umpires. At the Atlantic League All-Star Game last week, TrackMan used its Doppler technology to track the ball in motion and rule on balls and strikes. The call was relayed to the home plate umpire, wearing very stylish Air Pods, and he made the call. He could overrule it, but generally went with what his computer overlord told him. John Connor is rolling over in his grave. At least, I think he's dead. Who can keep track of the Terminator timeline anymore. Again, I think this is very exciting. As technology advances, not only does it improve but it becomes more affordable. With the current shortage of officials across all … [Read more...] about Carifio: It’s time to bring on the robot umpires
Ollie robot review
The British Chamber of Commerce People and Leadership Group held the second in a series of quarterly breakfast workshops for this year, on Wednesday 12 June, at the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology. In a session entitled “Workplace of the future: the robot says you still have a job,” participants were engrossed in an hour of high tech enlightenment and exploration. Together with supporting coffee and croissants, participants considered what the increasing deployment of artificial intelligence will mean for us all, both socially and at work. Drawing from their different backgrounds and experiences, Lene Pedersen, Andrew Notter and Dr Keith Amoss presented examples of fascinating developments in the diverse areas of hospitality, recruitment and defence. The fourth industrial revolution is well underway--and bringing with it significant change. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are revolutionising our lives. Any historian reviewing major … [Read more...] about Workplace of the future: robot says you still have a job
Mario Draghi steps down as president of the European Central Bank this fall, and Bank of Finland Governor Olli Rehn just so happens to have a vision of what needs to come next. Despite being the man with a plan for the ECB, the frequently tweeting governor is still coy about whether he is the person to deliver it. With Europe divided between north and south over what economic recipes are required to steer the Continent back to robust growth, speculation is mounting that the 57-year-old Finn could emerge as a winner of the game of thrones for top EU jobs, which has kicked off ahead of next month's European Parliament election. The former two-time European commissioner (as well as top-flight footballer) is calling for a research project to review the ECB’s monetary policy strategy, including a reappraisal of the hallowed 2 percent inflation target. Rehn also argues that there should be less onus on central bankers to revive European economies by tinkering with … [Read more...] about The ‘perfect’ ECB president should be … Olli Rehn?
Lara Feigel 13 April 2019 9:00 AM 13 April 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Machines Like Me Ian McEwanCape, pp.306, £18.99 What kind of loyalty do we owe a robot we’ve paid for — one who exhibits a convincingly human kind of consciousness? Less loyalty than we owe to our own children? But what about to someone else’s child? And do we commit murder if we destroy him? These are the questions facing Charlie when he spends his inheritance on a robot called Adam. Charlie is a trained anthropologist with an enthusiasm for computers who hopes to give his life meaning by experimenting in ‘electronics and anthropology — distant cousins whom late modernity has drawn together and bound in marriage’. He and his girlfriend Miranda join forces in programming Adam with a personality, playing at parenthood as they create a new quasi-human. ‘We aimed to escape our mortality, confront or even replace … [Read more...] about Toy boy: Machines Like Me, by Ian McEwan, reviewed
Robot Wars champions Apollo and Eruption are ready to battle live in Burgess Hill this month. Featuring many of the stars of the hit BBC2 show, Robots Live! returns to the Triangle Leisure Centre on Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31, as part of its latest UK tour. Joining Apollo and Eruption will be Gabriel and Behemoth, as well as the show’s ‘house robots’. These machines will keep control of the 110kg heavyweights. Goliath weighs in at about 1,000kg and stands five feet tall. The robot is capable of rolling over a car with his powerful crushing arm and tracked drive. Alongside him will be BattleAxe who weighs a mere 130kg and looks after the 13.6kg featherweight robots. All of the action is housed safely in a purpose-built, 6,000kg arena, which features The Pit, a floor flipper and two giant hammers that can be controlled by audience members. The arena is also equipped with a 120kg ‘drum of destruction’. Dave Young, captain of Team Apollo, said: … [Read more...] about Robot Wars champions ready for battle in Sussex