Two-thirds of Americans believe robots will soon perform most of the work done by humans but 80% also believe their jobs will be unaffected. Robots will destroy our jobs – and we're not ready for it.
Modern robots are very capable: They can carry heavy loads, jump higher than Olympic champions, walk over rough ground, save lives, protect, and destroy. Smart, useful, dangerous — robots are all that and more. In this post we highlight ten amazing robots that either serve humanity right now or are getting ready to. Top 10 robots ready to take over — or close to it!Read more
By 2018, there could be 1.3 million robots in factories globally. That's 1.3 million machines at risk of being hacked. From baristas to pizza chefs, automation is quickly taking over the economy, expected to kill off 6 percent of all US jobs by 2021. Factories that make your phones, cars and planes already depend primarily on machines to automatically put together devices.
Humans can't keep up with a robot's pace, strength and durability, but at least they've got machines beat on cybersecurity. A series of tests conducted by Politecnico di Milano and cybersecurity firm Trend Micro found that factory robots have weak network security.Read more
Robots with inadequate security could be hacked and cause physical harm or be used to spy on unsuspecting owners in the near future. Researchers released a report warning that consumer, industrial and service robots in use today have serious security vulnerabilities making them easy targets for hackers or accidental breaches.
In a review of 10 robots, which ranged from home, business, and industrial, IOActive said the risks ranged from insecure communications, authentication issues, weak cryptography and missing authorization. Experts said robots suffer from many of the same security shortcomings of as IoT, medical devices, smart cars and plush toys.Read more
Robots are taking human jobs. But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies’ use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment. It’s a striking position from the world’s richest man and a self-described techno-optimist who co-founded Microsoft.
Gates said that a robot tax could finance jobs taking care of elderly people or working with kids in schools, for which needs are unmet and to which humans are particularly well suited. He argues that governments must oversee such programs rather than relying on businesses, in order to redirect the jobs to help people with lower incomes.Read more
The prospect of an army of robots marching in unison to launch an attack on an unsuspecting city belongs in the realm of science fiction—as do most images of menacing autonomous machines wreaking all kinds of havoc on civilization. That’s not to say robotics is free from security and safety threats, however.
In fact, experts say the growing use of robots by companies such as manufacturers, retailers, healthcare institutions and other businesses can present a number of cyber risks. There are two primary issues related to security and robotics, says Michael Overly, a partner and information security attorney at law firm Foley & Lardner.Read more
Analyst firm Gartner has revealed the top ten technology trends that it predicts will be strategic for most organisations in 2016. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to the business, end users or IT, the need for a major investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.
Vice President and Gartner Fellow released the company’s “Top Ten Strategic Technology Trends for 2016.” They emphasize the Internet of Things, and smart devices talking to each other, getting smarter and more useful as they do. Through it all, the evolution of digital business is clearly at the heart of what is covered.Read more
Scientists have created a huge, in-depth analysis of what jobs are under threat from robots — with salesmen, chefs and even models all in the firing line.
Researchers have assembled a full list of all the things that robots are good and bad at, and so what jobs they are likely to take. In all, about 35 per cent of jobs are likely to have been taken on by robots in the next 20 years, researchers have said. Some professions — such as therapists, personal trainers and teachers — are safe from the coming robot apocalypse. But those that require repetitive skills, the manipulation of data or manual entering of information could see their jobs taken away.Read more
Apple’s early-adopting, outspoken co-founder Steve Wozniak thinks humans will be fine if robots take over the world because we’ll just become their pets.
After previously stating that a robotic future powered by artificial intelligence would be scary and very bad for people and that robots would get rid of the slow humans, Wozniak has staged a U-turn and says he now thinks robots taking over would be good for the human race. Robots are going to be smarter than us and if they’re smarter than us then they’ll realise they need us. Some of the most high-profile technology pioneers and the greatest minds of science have warned of the dangers of AI.Read more
Artificial intelligence algorithms from Mivar can replace nuclear power plant staff and even creative personnel. The Mivar Company is trying to bring a new generation of artificial intelligence to the market.
Its creators hope to start a revolution in the field of computerized thinking. However, some experts think that the company must first prove that their algorithms are better than existing ones. This is not the first Russian development in the field of artificial intelligence. In 2014, a robot mind named Eugene Goostman was able to fool scientists during a text exchange that it was human.Read more
It was the middle of the day, and my cell phone rang with a local number I didn't recognize. Figuring it was one of my kids calling from a friend's phone to tell me that they had forgotten their cell phone and needed a ride, I answered — and found myself rapidly descending into the uncanny valley.
"Amy" was, in fact, an outbound interactive voice response program running on a server, likely somewhere in a cloud data center. The company behind the call was the latest incarnation of a sweepstakes and magazine subscription scam operation currently known as North American Direct Services, Inc.Read more