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Humanity is at the cusp of an era of pure wonderment. Our everyday lives are laced with incredible technological advancements that, not so long ago, were considered the stuff of science fiction. When science fiction turns to science fact Science fiction has always played a vital role in the construct... Read More
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is influencing everything from photography to gaming, home entertainment, education and autonomous vehicles. AI is also reinventing the way we shop. AI has the potential to impact many industries, from healthcare to manufacturing. The University of Waterloo is just one of many companies and institutions that has... Read More
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On March 2, a tech journalist posted a video he pulled from a Jibo Owners Facebook Group. It was heartbreaking to watch the little “social robot” announce that his servers were about to be shut down and he would not function any longer. He even thanked his human owners for... Read More
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Growing automation and artificial intelligence (AI) have raised concerns over employment, with fears that more jobs will be replaced by smarter machines. Market research firm Forrester forecasts that “knowledge engineering” will factor into 10 percent of enterprise jobs. One-tenth of startups will have more digital workers than human ones, but... Read More
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The global mining industry, which generated $600 billion in revenue last year, long ago left pickaxes and panning behind. Now, the business of extracting value from far below the earth has gone high-tech. Global consulting firm BDO predicts that by 2020: Autonomous trucks at mine sites will boost mining output... Read More
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Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are introducing massive changes across the global economic landscape. AI is now the basis for a wide range of mainstream technologies including medical diagnosis, financial accounting, factory assembly, and self-driving cars. According to MIT economists, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, postindustrial economies are... Read More
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The further integration of automated processes and machines in our workforce is an inevitable future, but even robo-geeks would admit that their enthusiasm might not be shared by all. The future of human-machine co-existence requires the consideration of direct and indirect implications on a societal and singular level.  These concerns... Read More

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