Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Technical Jobs & the future of jobs

Why it’s time to prepare for a world where machines can do your job

Radical changes in employment patterns are on the way as artificial intelligence takes on many routine, repetitive tasks currently performed by people

There are some things that machines are simply better at doing than humans, but humans still have plenty going for them. Here’s a look at how the two are going to work in concert to deliver a more powerful future for IT, and the human race.

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For decades movies have warned of intelligent machines taking our lives while ignoring a more plausible near-future threat: that they will take our jobs.

A growing number of economists and artificial intelligence researchers are recommending that societies prepare for a world where large numbers of jobs are automated.

If they’re right, t...

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Meet your robot colleague: The advance of collaborative robotics

In tomorrow’s workplace, machines and people work side by side to get the job done.

Nice colleague. Cheerful beautiful delighted woman sitting at the table and using  laptop while the robot standing with papers nearby

Nice colleague. Cheerful beautiful delighted woman sitting at the table and using laptop while the robot standing with papers nearby

Workplaces where humans labor side by side with robots and other automation systems will become more common in the years ahead, and one of the trends fueling these types of environments is the advancement of collaborative robotics.

With collaborative robot applications, humans and robots can occupy the same workspace at the same time while the system is in automatic mode, said Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the umbrella association for Robotic Industries Association, Advancing Vision + Imaging, and Motion Control & Motor Association...

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The first fully soft autonomous robot is an octopus & how it works video

Harvard researchers 3D printed an autonomous robot that demonstrates the advantages of soft robots. Just like an octopus, the robot is strong and dexterous enough to grasp objects.

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Close your eyes, and picture a robot. It’s probably hard and angular, with jerky movements that have inspired dancers for decades. But robots can also be flexible, squishy, and graceful. Researchers at Harvard have created the first autonomous robot that is completely soft. Its design is inspired by the octopus — a creature that is known for its strength and dexterity.

The octopus’s qualities are ideal for modern robotics, which require more flexibility than the hulky machines that have dominated industrial settings for more than half a century...

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POLISH SCIENTISTS & this video say This Tiny, Soft Worm-like Robot Was Inspired by A Caterpillar

The adorable robot moves when exposed to light.

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Caterpillar micro-robot sitting on a finger tip.

A new robot created by physicists at the University of Warsaw is significantly more impressive than it looks. The tiny translucent strip of elastic polymer is only a little over a centimeter long, but its capable of moving forward, climbing a slope, squeezing through small cracks, and carrying ten times its weight.

Though other soft robots of this type have been built before, building them at the scale of nature has been difficult. Because of the molecular pattern of its material, known as Liquid Crystalline Elastomers or LCEs, the caterpillar-inspired bot moves when it is exposed to green light and lasers...

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Amazon patent proposes using lamp posts as drone docking charging stations

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Using the docking station, Amazon’s drones could come down to recharge ahead of the next leg of their journey.

Lamp posts are a popular resting place for tired birds, but our feathered friends may soon find themselves with a little competition for these convenient perches. Amazon has been awarded a patent for a drone docking system that would see its flying delivery robots come down to recharge on structures like street lamps and power poles before continuing onto their final destination.

Amazon filed the patent back in November 2014, describing a multipurpose system of docking stations that can be networked with a central control point and a fleet of drones. This came almost a year after the e-commerce giant first revealed its plans to deliver items in 30 minutes by autonomous dron...

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US Army embraces tethered drones into its unmanned aerial fleet

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A tether provides the drone with the power needed for long endurance flights.

Drones have become an immensely powerful (and controversial) tool in and over the battlefield, but with limited flight times they can only watch over enemies for so long. Lately, the US Army has been exploring tethered versions that could help plug some holes in its military strategy, and has now placed an order with drone-maker CyPhy Works for a wired aerial vehicle that could provide an eye in the sky for days at a time.

We first heard of CyPhy Works and its Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) system, the drone in question, in 2012. The design has evolved to now include six rotors instead of the original four, but its capabilities remain largely the same.

The system starts with a gr...

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711 STORE USA RENO NEVADA EMPLOYS A DRONE FOR FOOD & DRINKS DELIVERY

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A chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee, Slurpees and candy were packed into a purpose-built container and carried autonomously by a Flirtey drone.

A fully fledged drone service dropping items off across the US is a ways off yet, but the concept has now edged a little closer to reality with 7-Eleven carrying out the nation’s first drone delivery to a customer’s home. The retailer teamed up with drone startup Flirtey to complete the shipment, whose flying robot was loaded up with Slurpees and other snacks to give convenience store a new kind of meaning.

The deliveries began at a 7-Eleven store in Reno, Nevada, a state where Flirtey has set up shop with an office at the University of Nevada, looking to grow its technology at one of just six federally approved drone testing sites in the ...

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Highlighting Teal – the world’s fastest production drone with brains as well as brawn

Teal drone: streams vision back to a phone, tablet or VR headset in 720p (Credit: Teal Drones)

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A Utah-based company is launching what it claims is the world’s fastest production drone. Capable of 85 mph under favorable circumstances, the Teal is a powerful, lightweight quadcopter that streams vision at 720p and has a powerful onboard computer to run advanced applications that could eventually include machine learning algorithms.

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Teal is a quirky design that doesn’t neatly fit the camera drone or racing drone categories, although it can probably fulfill both those briefs at a pinch.

Its camera can film in 4K at 24fps, but it doesn’t hang below the drone on a gimbal, instead relying on electronic stabilization similar to what some of the Parrot drones use...

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Video shows Lehmann launching future-proof, modular drones for professionals

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Lehmann Aviation’s new L-A series offers models tailored for mapping and agricultural applications (Credit: Lehmann Aviation)

Drone technology has changed rapidly over the past decade and France’s Lehmann Aviation is looking to help professional drone users future-proof their UAVs with what the company claims is the world’s first modular design in its latest line of drones.

In the past, Lehmann has offered higher-end UAVs designed with photography and mapping applications in mind, even for users with little flying experience. But the company’s new L-A series ups the ante with a line of drones designed for an array of field assignments, ranging from mapping to mining, construction and precision agriculture.

The new line of drones includes the base model LA500 and models outfitted spe...

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Mine-hunting drone has the makings of the world being a safer place

Massoud Hassani inspects one of the Mine Kafon Drone prototypes (Credit: Mine Kafon)

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Designer and entrepreneur Massoud Hassani hopes to rid the planet of its estimated 100 million buried land mines within 10 years. That’s why several years ago, he developed the Mine Kafon – a device that rolls across minefields like a tumbleweed, tripping mines as it goes. While it’s a clever idea, he still wanted something that works faster. To that end, he is now developing the Mine Kafon Drone.

Currently in working prototype form, the drone takes the form of a custom-made multicopter that can be equipped with different tools. It’s designed to seek and destroy mines in a three-step process.

First, equipped with a camera, it flies over the minefield in a grid pattern to create a 3D map of the ar...

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Look out London: Amazon drone delivery trials to kick off in the UK

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Amazon approached the UK government last year to enquire about trialing its drone delivery technology.

Amazon has found itself a new ally in its plans to get the Prime Air delivery service off the ground, today announcing a partnership with the UK government to commence trials using its autonomous drones. The agreement will enable Amazon to test out the technologies behind its drone delivery service, an audacious plan that it first announced in December of 2013.

It has been slow-going since Amazon’s initial big reveal of its drone intentions, with regulators in the US giving the e-commerce giant little room to move when it comes to conducting real-world trials, let alone actually implementing the service on any scale.

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) introduced

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Super quick follow-me camera drone uses artificial intelligence to be a better cameraman -Watch videos

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The Staaker drone’s artificial intelligence is designed to give this automatic aerial cameraman an edge over the competition (Credit: Staaker)

Ever since that notorious Lily drone video went massively viral back in 2015, scores of companies have been scrambling to build super-portable, automatic, follow-me camera drones.

The latest to cross our desk is the Staaker, and it has a few tricks up its sleeve that could set it apart from the crowd.

Like many of these things, it’s controlled not by a traditional R/C unit, but through a GPS tracker that can be strapped onto your wrist, or wherever else is appropriate. Controls appear minimal – while you can fly it via the buttons on the tracker, it’s designed to operate mainly in one of several follow modes.

These include a simple follow,...

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