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Intelligent computer systems will replace the need for human-operated jobs
Thu May 14 2015, 13:43

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) will be responsible for the next industrial revolution, experts in the field have claimed, as intelligent computer systems replace certain human-operated jobs.

Four computer science experts talked about how advances in AI could lead to a “hollowing out” of middle-income jobs during a panel debate hosted by ClickSoftware about the future of technology.

“It’s really important that we take AI seriously. It will lead to the fourth industrial revolution and will change the world in ways we cannot predict now,” said AI architect and author George Zarkadakis.

His mention of the “fourth industrial revolution” refers to the computerisation of the manufacturing industry.

If the first industrial revolution was the mechanisation of production using water and steam power, followed by the second which introduced mass production with the help of electric power, then the third is what we are currently experiencing: the digital revolution and the use of electronics and IT to further automate production.

The fourth industrial revolution, which is sometimes referred to as Industry 4.0, is the vision of the ‘smart factory’, where cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralised decisions.

These cyber-physical systems communicate and cooperate with each other and humans in real time over the Internet of Things.

Dan O’Hara, Senior Lecturer in English, New College of the Humanities, explained that this fourth industrial revolution will not be the same kind of “hollowing out” of jobs that we saw during the last one.

“It [won’t be] manual labour replaced by automation, but it’ll be the hollowing out of middle-income jobs, medium-skilled jobs,” he said.

“The industries that will be affected the most from a replacement with automation are construction, accounts and transport. But the biggest [industry] of all, remembering this is respective to the US, is retail and sales.”

O’Hara added that many large organisations’ biggest expense is people, who already work alongside intelligent computer systems, and this area is most likely to be affected as companies look to reduce costs.

“Anything that’s working on an AI-based system is bound to be very vulnerable to the replacement by AI as it’s easily automated already,” he said.

However, while AI developments in the retail space could lead to the replacement of jobs, it is also rather promising at the same time.

Mark Bishop, professor of cognitive computing at Goldsmiths, highlighted that AI could save businesses money if it becomes smart enough to determine price variants in company spending, for example, scanning through years of an organisation’s invoice database and detecting the cheapest costs and thus saving on outgoings.

While some worry that AI will take over jobs, others have said that they will replace humans altogether.

John Lewis IT chief Paul Coby said earlier this year that the blending of AI and the IoT in the future could signal the end of civilisation as we know it.

Coby explained that the possibilities are already with us in terms of AI and that we ought to think about how “playing with the demons” could be detrimental to our future.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak added to previous comments from Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk with claims that “computers are going to take over from humans”.

Woz made his feelings on AI known during an interview with the Australian Financial Review, and agreed with Hawking and Musk that its potential to surpass humans is worrying.

“Computers are going to take over from humans, no question. Like people including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have predicted, I agree that the future is scary and very bad for people,” he said.

Source Link: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2408538/artificial-intelligence-will-create-the-next-industrial-revolution-experts-claim#

“Keep your nose to the ground and your eyes to the sky!”

Watch the incredible video of legendary rapper Tupac perform with Snoop Dogg more than 15 years after his death.

 
Return: Fans of the rapper were overwhelmed by the hologram
                                                     Return: Fans of the rapper were overwhelmed by the hologram
                                                   

Legendary rapper Tupac Shakur was brought back to life with a giant hologram at Coachella.

The deceased hip-hop star performed a song by himself before collaborating with Snoop Dogg, who was headlining the massive California festival.

Together they sang Come With Me, Gangsta Party and Hail Mary – a song that Tupac has never performed live and was released after his death more than 15 years ago.

Tupac, who was shot dead in Las Vegas in 1996, looked remarkably lifelike.

A hologram of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur at Coachella
                                                    Conspiracy: Some people believe that Tupac is still alive
                      

Bare-chested and wearing a pair of jeans that looked circa 1995, the famous ‘Thug Life’ tattoo was seen clearly across his front.

The high-tech 3D image of the late star, which cost a reported $10 million, was used by Mariah Carey to perform five simultaneous concerts across Europe last year.

A hologram of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur at Coachella

Unveiled: Tupac performs Hail Mary for the first time

The hologram left everyone in disbelief with Katy Perry, who is at the festival, posting on Twitter: “I think I might have cried when I saw Tupac.”

And the late rapper was one of many special guests who joined Snoop on stage.

Dr Dre and Eminem turned up to perform Forgot About Dre, I Need a Doctor and Till I Collapse.

A hologram of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur at Coachella

Final goodbye? This could be the last time we see Tupac perform

Warning: Bad language in video below:

Article Source Link: http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/going-out/music/tupac-returns-at-coachella-with-snoop-dogg-796455

JP

“Keep your nose to the ground and your eyes to the sky.”

This week the U.S. military took one step toward making the freakish humanoid robots of Arnold Schwarzenneger’s Terminator films a reality. For real. Thank heavens there’s friendlier (and tastier!) bot news, too.
 

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Bot Vid: DARPA’s New Pet Is Petman

DARPA just announced its most recent Robotics Challenge, a “game” that solicits innovative solutions to hypothetical future war problems. Mere moments later … it announced a winner! What gives? Well, since the new Challenge was for humanoid robots, and DARPA is funding a hugely advanced Terminator-like machine from Boston Dynamics called PETMAN….it’ll be of no surprise to learn PETMAN is the winner. To celebrate, there’s a new PETMAN video to send Arnie-like chills right up your spine.

Bot Vid: Sushi Bot

Sushi is an art–just check out the astonishingly charming film Jiro Dreams of Sushi for proof–but it’s also a delicious kind of food with global popularity, prompting mechanization of the delicate production process to suit the mass market. Cue Suzumo company’s new SushiBots, which can kick out up to 3,600 maki rolls an hour, all with the reported subtle touches that a human would apply, without cutting so much as a grain of rice.

Bot Vid: Shapely Balls

Once considered by the world’s thinkers to be the “perfect” shape, a sphere is evidently a pretty ideal form for many obejcts to take, because it can roll and smoothly be transported through chutes and pipes as well as being structurally strong. Now there’s a bot that borrows the sphere aesthetic and marries it to a standard hexapod walking system to make a compound machine that can maneuver using three different modes dependent on terrain and user requirements. It’s called MorpHex.

Bot News

Robots to protect the Titanic. Concerned that the effects of nearby shipping and tourist deep-dive vessels visiting the site are causing the wreck to rapidly degrade, the original discoverer of the Titanic’s broken body on the floor of the Atlantic ocean, Robert Ballard, is now proposing that a fleet of deep-sea robots permanently “man” the location. They would paint the vessel with anti-fouling paint so that bacteria wouldn’t eat any more of its iron skin and also monitor human visitor missions to make sure they don’t touch the wreck or damage it in any way. As of now, the 100 year-old shipwreck is a UNESCO-protected heritage site.

Did NASA’s robot find life on Mars in 1976? The robot Viking missions were a striking and powerful symbol of our early successes in space exploration, landing on the distant surface of Mars in the mid-’70s and returning photographs and science data from Mars that were the most revelatory ever about its makeup and life-bearing potential. At the time scientists concluded its experiments designed to search for the evidence of life drew a blank. But now new analysis of the data (which survives as printouts) has suggested that there really was evidence of complex behavior indicative of life in the soil samples the doughty little robot investigated. And if we want proof, the University of Southern California team suggests, all we need to do is fly a sufficiently powerful microscope to Mars…and we’d see microbes.

UAVs get a new launch trick. Utah Water Research scientists have looked at the rather tricky question of how best to launch surveillance drones into the air, and have come up with a fabulously biblical solution: A slingshot launch system. Their bungee-slingshot UAVs are being used to map the environment. 

Bot Futures: Robot production line workers

The ongoing, sticky mess involving worker conditions in Foxconn’s plants in China has this week resulted in almost unprecedented access for a journalist to the iPad production line. What we see is a highly human-centered process, but with countless pieces of machinery assisting almost every step of the assembly:

We know that Western public condemnation of worker conditions has pushed Apple to make unmatched efforts to improve the situation (even though much of the “condemnation” may be a little misplaced, particularly when it comes to worker salaries of “$14 a day,” due to misunderstanding global currency economics), but it’s definitely evident that the production line jobs are tedious and repetitive to the nth degree. That’s something Foxconn’s CEO has pledged to change, by augmenting his factories with still more robotic assistance.

But the rise of China as a manufacturing force for all sorts of goods, not just electronics, may actually change the local and global stage of robotic workers. That’s partly because of rising wages, which make 24-hour-reliable robots more efficient employees, partly due to the improved perfection a robot can achieve, and partly due to international criticisms of Chinese working conditions. Kuka robots, Europe’s most successful maker of industrial bots, is now reported to be building a Chinese hub…making 5,000 robots a year in the nation instead of the 1,000 or so it was making just two years ago. Other robot firms across the EU, in Japan, and the U.S. are also predicting rapid growth in China’s demand for robot production line units, and this rush is pushing the global market value of industrial robots skyrocketing to about $41 billion by 2020. China may swifty outpace Japan and South Korea as the most robotized nation.

Which is both good news and bad news for Chinese workers. What if the robots don’t just displace workers from tedious or dangerous roles into ones where humans excell and robots’ can’t match just yet (such as quality assurance) but displace them out of work? And then there’s a bigger question of the rise of robotic workers across the world. Some vocal Apple critics demaned that it reposition its manufacturing facilities in the U.S.–but can you picture a future where Apple did this, but peopled its floors with thousands upon thousands of robot workers, rather than fleshy ones? This could get complicated for the Teamsters.

Article Source Link: http://www.fastcompany.com/1830837/this-week-in-bots?partner=gnews

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The chance of modern day Robocops being called in to help with American crimes is seeming more likely, with US police forces being told they can request battlefield robots produced by the Defence Logistics Agency (DLA) over the last decade.

Defence Agency delegates told a conference in Washington last week that any police or homeland security department with a counter-terrorism or anti-drug mission may be eligible to get its very own robot.

Dan Arnold, a regional manager of the agency’s Disposition Office, says that ‘hundreds’ of war-hardened robots will be donated to police departments.

The likeliest robotic police recruits are ground robots, used for tactical surveillance or for explosives-handling.

The robots most likely to be used are those such as the Throwbot, a small robot which can be thrown by troops around corners to expand their fields of vision.

Robots such as the PackBot and Talon machines, which have become central to bomb disposal in Afghanistan and other war zones, may also come into use by security departments.

 
Miami-Dade police are already piloting a spy robot for the skies, developed by the Pentagon

Miami-Dade police are already piloting a spy robot for the skies, developed by the Pentagon

The Defence Logistics Agency says it is not sure yet which robots it will be donating to which forces, because it will depend, in part, on a surplus of particular robots in military depots.

‘At this time, DLA Disposition Services does not know which robots in particular will be deemed excess as that decision is being made by the Army,’ said Lieutenant colonel Melinda Morgan, a Defence Department spokeswoman.

‘The item manager for these robots, located at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, will determine which models can be declared excess based on operational requirements and sufficient numbers of newer models presently in stock,’ she says.

Octavia is a firefighting robot which has recently been revealed by the US Navy

Octavia is a firefighting robot which has recently been revealed by the US Navy

Miami-Dade police already fly a 14-pound (6.3 kg) spy robot developed for the Pentagon.

The pilotless aircraft is small enough to fit in a backpack and can be launched at a moment’s notice, making it a key tool in tight situations.

Developed by aircraft manufacturers Honeywell, the drone is a solution to deal with siege incidents when hostage-takers barricade themselves in a building.

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Research Laboratory has recently been testing Octavia, a fire fighting robot designed to work alongside a human team.

The Navy says the robot is built for ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ damage control, but still needs ‘some fine tuning’.

Robots that ‘bleed’ like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator have come one step closer to reality.

Scientists have created a plastic ‘skin’ that oozes red blood when cut.

It can also ‘heal’ itself, building tiny molecular bridges inside in response to damage.

The red ‘blood’ might sound like a pointless Halloween novelty – but the idea is that the ‘skin’ can warn engineers that a structure such as an aicraft wing has been damaged.

The material could provide self-healing surfaces for a multitude of products ranging from mobile phones and laptops to cars, say researchers.

When cut, the plastic turns from clear to red along the line of the damage, mimicking what happens to skin.

It reacts to ordinary light, or changes in temperature or acidity, by mending broken molecular ‘bridges’ to heal itself.

U.S. scientists told how they created the material at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting in San Diego, California.

Lead researcher Professor Marek Urban, from the University of Southern Mississippi, said: ‘Mother Nature has endowed all kinds of biological systems with the ability to repair themselves.

‘Some we can see, like the skin healing and new bark forming in cuts on a tree trunk. Some are invisible, but help keep us alive and healthy, like the self-repair system that DNA uses to fix genetic damage to genes.

‘Our new plastic tries to mimic nature, issuing a red signal when damaged and then renewing itself when exposed to visible light, temperature or pH changes.’

The material could flag up damage to critical aircraft structures, said Prof Urban. A decision could then be taken whether to replace the component or ‘heal’ it with a burst of intense light.

Scratches on vehicle fenders could be repaired the same way.
Prof Urban’s team is now working on incorporating the technology into plastics that can withstand high temperatures.

 
 
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By Christina Ng

Mar 20, 2012 11:32am
 

Nokia Patents Vibrating Tattoo, Lets You Feel Alerts

 
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(Image credit: United States Patent and Trademark Office)

Finnish cell phone maker Nokia has filed a U.S. patent application for a magnetic vibrating tattoo that could wirelessly connect to a mobile device and alert users of phone calls, texts and battery status–all via vibration.

The apparatus comprises “a material attachable to skin, the material capable of detecting a magnetic field and transferring a perceivable stimulus to the skin, wherein the perceivable stimulus relates to the magnetic field.”

Diagrams in the patent show examples of the small, square gadget as applicable to a user’s arm, abdominal area or fingernail.

For those wary of an actual tattoo, the patent says the device could potentially be stamped, sprayed, attached with adhesive tape, applied as a decal or even drawn on.

The object could emit different vibrations for “an alert of a message, indication of an incoming call,  indication of a body part in proximity of the electronic device, indication of information displayed on the electronic device, indication of a launch of an application and indication of a least a portion of a displayed image.”

A magnetic field originating from the electronic device would connect to the tattoo device.

The electronic devices may include a cell phone, laptop, music player, tablet, a wrist or neck warn electronic device or a game console, according to the patent.

While the patent does not explain the benefits such a device could provide, one can imagine that it could eliminate the stress of situations where phone ringing is frowned upon—church, theater, work—and the vibrate setting often leads to missed calls. Conversely, the device could lead to an even more intimate, and not necessarily healthy, with cell phones that would become truly omnipresent.

Nokia didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the patent.

Article Source Link: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2012/03/nokia-patents-vibrating-tattoo-lets-you-feel-alerts/

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Much Kudos to dutchsince for his incredible work:

This is profound and disturbing.  There was a “drill” planned for March 20, 2012 in Mexico for a 7.9M earthquake “simulation”…. also on a separate note.. Barack Obamas daughter was at the epicenter on spring break:  WTH is going on?!

Watch the video here:

link to original image as it came to me from fellow researcher Debi Simon (on facebook)

http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/4526/55750935693923623911500.jpg

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Verified via SEVERAL news releases in early march.. this one below is from March 2, 2012 (translated and original links below)

http://www.oem.com.mx/elheraldodechiapas/notas/n2451316.htm

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://www.oem.com.mx/elheraldodechiapas/notas/n2451316.htm&ei=tU9pT-mDJYfpsQLT4J2TCQ&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CHkQ7gEwBw&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dmega%2Bsimulacro%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3D4fD%26sa%3DX%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26biw%3D1920%26bih%3D898%26tbs%3Dqdr:m%26prmd%3Dimvns

El Heraldo de Chiapas

March 2, 2012
PEPE GALLEGOSAs part of preparations for the next megasimulacro March 20, state authorities of Civil Protection (CP) performed exercise tests before a cabinet to simulate the response to a contingency situation, an earthquake measuring 7.9 degrees on the scale Richter.The Institute of Computer practiced evacuation, meeting in a meeting, and revisions in the infrastructure of the building, said the local unit.He explained that “in the hypothesis of an earthquake of Richter 7.9 °, this exercise was installed immediately the State Emergency Committee, which is made up of members of the three levels of government to the attention of an emergency.”He noted that the difference between an exercise and the mock cabinet, is that the former does not moving any resources, and the other is organized in a cabinet which simulates the response activity that integrate all the emergency.He noted that the State Emergency Committee is a unified coordination group in order to consolidate all operational elements relating to health and emergency management to the restoration of Strategic Services.”To meet the requirements of the affected population in case of a contingency emergency the State Committee is divided into 14 groups, which work in a coordinated and efficient to deal with adverse events,” he added.These guidelines were issued by the General Coordination of Civil Protection Department of the Interior in September last year, which is applied in countries on the issue of cutting-edge prevention against earthquakes, as in the case of Japan, “concluded the report of Civil Protection.

 

here is the google search I did for the terms to find this story:

https://www.google.com/search?q=mega+simulacro&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a#q=mega+simulacro&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=wfD&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvns&source=lnt&tbs=qdr:m&sa=X&ei=rU9pT5z_JYeQsALUwpybCQ&ved=0CA0QpwUoBQ&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=d1857f3f4c67b98e&biw=1920&bih=898

here is another different site showing the same announcement .. this one from March 13, 2012:

http://lavozdelnorte.mx/chiapas/15091.txt

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://lavozdelnorte.mx/chiapas/15091.txt&ei=HmRpT7jcKYiCsgKU7uWkCQ&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CEAQ7gEwAQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dmega%2Bsimulacro%2Bmarch%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26biw%3D1920%26bih%3D898%26tbs%3Dqdr:m%26prmd%3Dimvns

Newspaper La Voz del Norte - Journalism of Truth: The government of Chiapas is ready for the mega drill

The government of Chiapas is ready for the mega drill
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Gazette on 13 March, 2012 9:41:00

As part of the Third Meeting of Cabinet authorities of the 3 orders of
government are prepared to carry out the Mega Drill to
be held on March 20 at about 12 o'clock.
Having made the installation of the "State Committee
Emergencies, "Federal, State, municipal and
Civil Associations held the last meeting of Cabinet with the aim
provide a structure in the control and coordination of resources in case
of a contingency situation.
As a special guest at this workshop was attended by the
Director General of Centro seismic recording instrumentation and AC (CIRES)
Juan Manuel Espinosa Aranda who performed in conjunction with the working group
communications a presentation on the seismic alert system, which
collects data and is used to develop prevention schemes
case of earthquakes.
For the realization of this workshop were installed 14 sets of
work in each instance where a representative delegated and which will act as
link to meet the requirements for the completion of the Mega
Mock.
Through the State Emergency Committee was set up a coordination group
unified in order to consolidate all operational elements relating to
care and emergency management to restore
strategic services.
Note that the Mega Drill will be the perfect setting for
test the work of this committee, which will allow us to evaluate the
current status of the State Civil Protection System to meet a
contingency situation.
In this exercise involving staff from the Ministry of Defence
National Secretary of the Navy, Federal Police, Ministry of Communications
and Transport, Civil Aviation Directorate General, National
Telecommunications, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of the Field,
Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment and History Nature,
Secretary of Transportation, Red Cross, Fire Department, among many others.
In the event attended by over 100 institutions and units of
three levels of government throughout the state of Chiapas, with the sole
purpose of continuing the work to implement the Mega Drill
on 20 March at 12 o'clock hour.
In this framework were announced management strategies
public to carry out the Mega Drill with Earthquake Scenario
Richter 7.9 °, which referred the action to be taken each
dependence and the methodology of work in case of an emergency.

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Secretary of Defense (william cohen under bill clinton — testified before congress) warning of this being a possibility…

http://www.defense.gov/Transcripts/Transcript.aspx?TranscriptID=674

Q: Let me ask you specifically about last week’s scare here in Washington, and what we might have learned from how prepared we are to deal with that (inaudible), at B’nai Brith.

A: Well, it points out the nature of the threat. It turned out to be a false threat under the circumstances. But as we’ve learned in the intelligence community, we had something called — and we have James Woolsey here to perhaps even address this question about phantom moles. The mere fear that there is a mole within an agency can set off a chain reaction and a hunt for that particular mole which can paralyze the agency for weeks and months and years even, in a search. The same thing is true about just the false scare of a threat of using some kind of a chemical weapon or a biological one. There are some reports, for example, that some countries have been trying to construct something like an Ebola Virus, and that would be a very dangerous phenomenon, to say the least. Alvin Toeffler has written about this in terms of some scientists in their laboratories trying to devise certain types of pathogens that would be ethnic specific so that they could just eliminate certain ethnic groups and races; and others are designing some sort of engineering, some sort of insects that can destroy specific crops. Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.

So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations. It’s real, and that’s the reason why we have to intensify our efforts, and that’s why this is so important.

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The russians took CREDIT for the Japan tsunami and earthquake.. view that here:

how to MAKE and earthquake:

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