The Future of the Entertainment Industry

by Benjamin Stecher Automation will force most people out of a job and society will eventually be forced to adopt some form of universal basic income. What then? What are people going to do when they no longer have to work? Initially it seems like a nice problem to have as it will free people to …

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How to Build a Self-Conscious Machine

by Hugh C. Howey The coolest thing in the universe Artificial intelligence is here now. In laboratories all around the world, little AIs are springing to life. Some play chess better than any human ever has. Some are learning to drive a million cars a billion miles while saving more lives than most doctors or …

Riding Shotgun with Autonomous Vehicles

by Rohit Talwar and Alexandra Whittington Bold predictions and skeptical challenges abound regarding the speed with which autonomous vehicles could emerge. The evangelists believe we could see a rapid evolution from ‘level 1’ function specific automation of tasks - such as stability control - through to ‘level 4’ fully self-driving vehicles. Indeed, in early 2017 …

State of the World in 2050

by Ian Pearson Some things are getting better, some worse. 2050 will be neither dystopian nor utopian. A balance of good and bad not unlike today, but with different goods and bads, and slightly better overall. Health We will have cost-effective and widespread cures or control for most cancers, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and most other …

The 5 Most Important People Shaping Our Future

by Benjamin Stecher Demis Hassabis Head of Google Deepmind. The development of Artificial Intelligence will likely have the largest impact on our future and the team at Deepmind spearheaded by Demis seem to be the closest to getting to genuine AI. Elon Musk SpaceX, Tesla, OpenAI, Solar City, Gigafactories, Hyperloop, colonizing mars, autonomous vehicles, beaming …

Will AI help determine the future of families?

by Alexandra Whittington Agricultural societies had large families with many children; industrialization introduced the nuclear family. Are we beginning to experience the first stage impacts of a new technological revolution on family structures? The world’s human population should reach about 10 billion by 2050. Despite the implied growth of around a third from roughly 7.5 …