Thursday, September 20, 2018
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by William Sachiti, Academy of Robotics

Have you ever wondered how an autonomous vehicle sees? How it manages to navigate its way around obstacles and avoid pedestrians – even if one runs out in front of it?

To teach an autonomous vehicle to do all these things, we need to start by gathering huge quantities of data. To do this a data gathering car is used.

Data Gathering Speedster

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018
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by Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, Alexandra Whittington and Helena Calle, from Fast Future

Cortana. Siri. Alexa. One of the subtle strategies designers use to make it easier for us to integrate AI into our lives is “anthropomorphism” –  the attribution of human-like traits to non-human objects.  However, the rise of AI with distinct personalities, voices, and physical forms is not as benign as it might seem. As futurists who are interested in the impacts of technology on society, we wonder what role human-like technologies play in achieving human-centred futures.

For example, do anthropomorphized machines enable a future wherein humanity can thrive?  Or, do human-like AIs foreshadow a darker prognosis, particularly in relation to gender roles and work?  This article looks at a continuum of human-like personas that give a face to AI technology.  We ask: what does it mean for our collective future that technology is increasingly human-like and gendered?  And, what does it tell us about our capacity to create a very human future?

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Monday, August 13, 2018
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 10:00 am

Hugo Tilmouth
    
Hugo Tilmouth is an award winning Entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of ChargedUp. He has a background at the intersection of clean tech and startups.

In this conversation, Hugo talks about ChargedUp. ChargedUp is a network of dispensing stations that allows users, for a small fee, to borrow a battery pack from one location, charge their mobile device and return the battery to another location. All the batteries are recharged using 100% green energy. Located in restaurants, cafes, transport hubs, sports stadia, and tourist attractions; users will never be far from a ChargedUp station.

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Friday, July 27, 2018
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by Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, Alexandra Whittington and Helena Calle, from Fast Future

In many places summer means electrical grids working overtime to keep cooling and ventilation systems going.  In less developed parts of the world, temperatures will reach levels where people will die.  Our comfort and survival depend on our ability to continue to power the planet.  But energy resources are not equally distributed.

Many see this situation being addressed slowly over the next fifty years – too late for those without reliable energy supplies. But what if we embrace a fundamental shift in thinking? In our book, The Future Reinvented – Reimagining Life, Society, and Business, we explore alternative, surprising, and unexpected scenarios of how we might change the path to the future.  To look at the reinvented future of energy, we use these perspectives, and explore four scenarios which draw on a workshop our team designed and facilitated at the Finland Futures Research Conference in Tampere, Finland in June 2018.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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By Gus Bartholomew, Supplycompass

With the number of consumers putting ethics and sustainability at the top of their list when purchasing from a brand, and with the number of brands describing themselves as ‘sustainable’ or ‘ethical’ on the rise, more brands are asking themselves the how they can create a genuinely ethical brand. With terms like ethical, sustainable, conscious, responsible, transparent and organic often being used interchangeably, it can be confusing to know what word is right.

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Friday, June 8, 2018
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by Dean Anderson, Gamestatix

It won’t be too long before it’s possible for every player to make a living just by playing video games, writes Dean Anderson.

Playing games is a fun, rewarding and transportive experience for millions of people. However, gaming is rarely seen as anything more than an enjoyable hobby. Yet, if you’ve ever tried to complete Dark Souls, nail every challenge in Myst, or just get the better of Mike Tyson in Punch Out!! on the NES, you will understand the skill and dedication it takes.

Having a true passion for something means knowing it inside out – becoming an expert – and this a worthy skill, particularly if this knowledge is used to improve the art itself.
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Monday, January 8, 2018
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By Dave Millett, Equinox

2017 gave some exciting new telecoms products including the iPhone 10 and for example, people from the UK were allowed free roaming in Europe.

Looking at the big picture for 2018 clearly the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence will place increasing pressure on our technology infrastructure wherever in the world we are.  Though some countries are better placed than others!

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Monday, August 14, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 8:45 am

Technological changes are defining the world of 21st-century business. They are also prompting questions about the future of work and how we can navigate to the ‘next horizon’.

How businesses respond to these challenges and exploit the benefits of smart technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), will be a key contributor to success going forward.

Roles that have been traditionally thought of as requiring a high-level human intellect are now being automated – thanks to AI. Whilst this undoubtedly boosts efficiency, decision makers must be mindful of how this may impact brand identity and user experience.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 1:28 pm

Did you know that a new Office 365 feature requires the Windows 10 Creators Upgrade? Why? That’s because this new feature that lets you add 3D models in Office files such as PowerPoint presentations uses a feature set that’s installed as part of the Windows 10 Creators Upgrade. This is the same feature that lives within the Paint 3D app that comes as part of the Creators Upgrade.

Want to know more? Here’s a small FAQ, and a list of the new features.

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Friday, January 2, 2015
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 4:45 am

Android is frequently updated, and new releases of the Android OS are typically released as often as twice or thrice in a year. Each such release or version is given a name. Google follows an alphabetical order when naming the new versions, but it makes it more fun by naming these after confectionery food items!.

Even though the names are fun, that does not mean that the releases themselves are just fun. Each new version of Android comes with more efficient features and bug fixes that make smartphones and tablets more usable than ever.

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