Robot ‘ALTER-EGO that knows everything about you a reality in just 20 years’

Robot ‘ALTER-EGO that knows everything about you a reality in just 20 years’

ALTER-EGO: Microsoft predict ‘digital assistants’ which know everything about us The tech giant’s president Brad Smith and its executive vice-president Harry Shum have written about how artificial intelligence will transform the world in future.

And the co-authors of the Future is Computed have delivered a stark warning for how technology companies that develop AI might not be best to decide how it works for society.

Shum has talked about how a “digital assistant” which knows your every move is the next step forward.

He said: “I think predicting the future is always hard, but one thing Brad and I firmly believe is that the ultimate form of AI is a digital assistant —a digital assistant that really understands you, and with your […]

Lifelike Robots Made in Hong Kong Are Meant to Win Over Humans

Lifelike Robots Made in Hong Kong Are Meant to Win Over Humans

FILE – Hanson Robotics’ flagship robot, Sophia, is pictured in Hong Kong, Sept. 28, 2017. Founder David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines.” HONG KONG —

David Hanson envisions a future in which robots powered by artificial intelligence evolve to become "super-intelligent genius machines" that might help solve some of mankind’s most challenging problems.

If only it were as simple as that.

The Texas-born former sculptor at Walt Disney Imagineering and his Hong Kong-based startup Hanson Robotics are combining AI with southern China’s expertise in toy design, electronics and manufacturing to craft humanoid "social robots" with faces designed to be lifelike and appealing enough to win trust from humans who interact with them.Hanson, 49, […]

Robot Writing, AI, and Marketing: It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Robot Writing, AI, and Marketing: It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Picture if you will, dear reader, the marketing apocalypse, a place where human-powered engines are less and less relevant and we are facing a new dawn: robot writing, triggered email campaigns, automated social scheduling and responses, ways to track users wherever they go.

Oh, hang on. Isn’t that . . . ? the future is here Yeah, it is. We would say welcome to the future, but that scares an awful lot of people. Case in point: all these stories about the robots coming to take our marketing jobs. There is legitimate worry in our industry today, and with good reason. AI and marketing are a perfect mix; so much of what we do involves crunching data and analytics. Surely […]

Sex robot will decide if you’re a good person (and then it will get horny)

Sex robot will decide if you’re a good person (and then it will get horny)

She’s judging you (Picture Getty) Sex robot fans might have imagined that their lifeless plastic lovers would always be up for a good time, day and night – but that might not actually be the case.

The creator of the alarmingly busty Samantha sex droid is working on an AI update which means the robot will decide if you’re a good person – which increases it’s sex drive.

So owners may actually have to ‘chat up’ their sex robots rather than just plugging them in and getting down to business.

Samantha’s creator Dr Sergi Santos told Inverse, ‘The algorithm I designed allows for all of that relatively easily. I think it can be adapted easily to do all these things but I […]

GM will make an autonomous car without steering wheel or pedals by 2019

GM will make an autonomous car without steering wheel or pedals by 2019

General Motors plans to mass-produce self-driving cars that lack traditional controls like steering wheels and pedals by 2019, the company announced today. Its a bold declaration for the future of driving from one of the country’s Big Three automakers, and one that is sure to shake things up for the industry as the annual Detroit Auto Show kicks off next week.

The car will be the fourth generation of its driverless, all-electric Chevy Bolts, which are currently being tested on public roads in San Francisco and Phoenix. And when they roll off the assembly line of GM’s manufacturing plant in Orion, Michigan, they’ll be deployed as ride-hailing vehicles in a number of cities.

“It’s a pretty exciting moment in the history […]

Dawn of the robot era - a look at how our lives will be in 2040

Dawn of the robot era – a look at how our lives will be in 2040

TECHNOLOGY Dawn of the robot era – a look at how our lives will be in 2040

Gene-editing could revolutionise healthcare as we know it today. Photo / 123RF How will technology change our lives over the next two decades? Science reporter Jamie Morton looks at four areas that may look vastly different by 2040. Our jobs

Some studies have suggested half of jobs in the US are at risk of being replaced by computers and algorithms in the next 20 years.

Others have put that proportion at just a tenth.But it’s without doubt that robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will have made a profound impact on workplaces as we know them by the time 2040 rolls around.Even within […]