An Era of Mass Automation

A report from Price Waterhouse and Coopers (PWC) divides the impact of modern technology on the labour market into three distinct temporal sections. Firstly, the Algorithmic Wave, between our current moment and the ‘early 2020s’. This will see the ‘automation of simple computational tasks’ and will mainly impact ‘data-driven sectors such as financial services’ . […]

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution

“We need a shift to a new system that will allow us to meet the basic needs of every human on the planet, that will live within planetary means, that will be fairer, and that will be focused as its key goal not on growth per se, but on maximising human well-being. History tells us […]

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The Era of the Empath

Poppy Crum’s talk from April of this year discusses in 12 short minutes the possibilities inherent in a technology that can read and understand our ‘chemical signatures’; our biological tells. It is rare in life for humans to fully or efficiently convey their feelings and emotions to one another. Often because they may not understand […]

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1. Take the Bone from the Bag

In our first episode of The Special Relationship we discuss AI, automation, and the potential impact of these technologies on the future of society. This podcast is still a work in progress. If you have any feedback on this draft or if you would like to contribute to the show please don’t hesitate to get […]

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Kurzweil Predicts

Imagine being smart enough that you not only have your own wikipedia page, but your predictions on the future have their own wikipedia page. Now that’s the dream. As well as being an author, computer scientist and inventor, Google’s technical director Ray Kurzweil can be considered an optimistic futurist. Handily for a futurist, he’s very […]

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AI and the Unanswered Questions

1) What happens when machines pass the Turing Test, or further still, the point of Singularity? 2) How do we ensure the compliance of a machine that we don’t understand? 3) Can we realistically ensure the long-term survival of humanity in the age of super-intelligent AI? 4) If we can, how should human society, politics […]

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