The case for taxing robots — or not

The case for taxing robots — or not

Should your Roomba need a W-2?

Probably not, but it’s an amusing thought when debating the more serious topic of whether or not a robot should have to pay taxes — and how to do it.

During the June MIT Technology Review EmTech Next event, two experts argued both sides of the question before an audience at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ryan Abbott , professor of law and health sciences at the University of Surrey, argued in favor of taxing robots, while Ryan Avent , economics columnist for The Economist, argued against the idea. Both agreed there needs […]

Festival of Work: Why job automation is an opportunity, not a threat

Festival of Work: Why job automation is an opportunity, not a threat

Garry Kasparov shared some insight into what the future workplace might involve. Image: CIPD Job automation was hotly debated by speakers at the CIPD’s Festival of Work conference this week, with many agreeing that it will replace many middle-skilled occupations. But this shouldn’t be seen as a threat to the human workforce, as Ashleigh Webber reports.

Until very recently, job automation and the idea that artificial intelligence (AI) would put swathes of the workforce out of work seemed distant concerns. However, with Amazon recently rolling out 200,000 robots across 50 warehouses and two NHS hospitals in London introducing software […]

Driverless trucks: Are you honking mad? Or do you think they can make highways safer?

Driverless trucks: Are you honking mad? Or do you think they can make highways safer?

Starsky Robotics, a San Francisco-based technology startup, is seeking to hire 100 truck drivers so it will have enough qualified to drive trucks remotely when it begins removing humans from its trucks in 2020. (Starsky Robotics / Courtesy) Don’t look now, but that truck coming up behind you could have no one behind the wheel.

With a new law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis set to go into effect July 1 , driverless trucks should be on the road by 2020 according to one operator in the state, and the law doesn’t require state inspections or certifications.

There are a lot […]

Envisioning the future of robotics in the world of business

Envisioning the future of robotics in the world of business

A robot is a machine that is programmed by a computer to carry out different tasks which can be complex or simple in nature. Over the years there has been a positive trend in the robotics technology due to it benefits be it for surgeries or automated assembling of cars. This outward trend has therefore encouraged various big corporations to consider and implement this technology in their operations.

In order to understand and predict the future of robotics, we must first review, albeit briefly, the status quo. A reductionist approach to simplify the intricacies involved in robotics must be used; […]

PTC LiveWorx 2019 – Paul Roehrig of Cognizant on robots, AR, and the great jobs debate

PTC LiveWorx 2019 - Paul Roehrig of Cognizant on robots, AR, and the great jobs debate

Summary: I’m always a sucker for a robots-and-jobs debate. This time, I joust with jobs optimist and future of work expert Paul Roehrig. But Roehrig brought a LiveWorx twist, tying IoT, AI and augmented reality to the discussion. Paul Roehrig of Cognizant at PTC LiveWorx In my day one PTC Live Worx review, I honed in on views from PTC Augmented Reality customers . But it’s really the intersection of technologies (IoT, AR, AI) where the story gets fascinating. Nowhere is that more true than the future of work, a topic that gets a provocative look via the Cognizant […]

The Impact of Developing Innovations in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

The Impact of Developing Innovations in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

In the coming couple of decades, our world will experience numerous progressions and will be very unique in relation to what it is today. One critical factor that affects and changes different parts of regular day to day existence is the fast advancement of artificial intelligence and robotics technology industry.

Researchers, industry experts and conventional individuals express contradicting perspectives about the potential results of the dynamic AI and robotics development. Furthermore, if some believes that brilliant innovations have endless power and tremendous advantages, others are frightened of the conceivable “rise of the machines” and the annihilation of mankind.

The most cynical […]

Watch: Robot Overlord Takeover Isn’t Inevitable

Watch: Robot Overlord Takeover Isn’t Inevitable

Watch: Robot Overlord Takeover Isn’t Inevitable

“Ask Barbara Streisand why she had a beloved dog cloned at great expense. She didn’t buy a robot dog.” G. Pascal Zachary at TFNW 2019 (Sam Gehrke) G. Pascal Zachary, former WW and Wall Street Journal reporter, says everyone needs to calm down. Robots aren’t going to take over the world.

During an at times humorous and wide-ranging talk at TechfestNW in April, Zachary, currently a professor of practice at the Arizona State University and the author of Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century , theorized about how humans will adapt to […]

Are Humans and Machines at War?

Are Humans and Machines at War?

Follow @pisackson Peter Isackson is an author, media producer and chief visionary officer of Fair Observer Training Academy. Educated at UCLA and Oxford University, he …. Read more With robots and artificial intelligence destined to take over the economy, does anyone have an idea of how a truce might end the war between man and machine?

Wired features an article with the title, “Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One.” The author, Matt Simon, reveals in careful detail how Amazon’s robotic factories work today, as seen from the point of view of a human operative. […]

How Emerging Technologies Are Changing the Future of Work

How Emerging Technologies Are Changing the Future of Work

Imagine your workplace ten years from now. Chances are it’ll be very different from today thanks to fast-evolving technologies that are changing the nature of work, the dynamics of the workforce, and the notion of the workplace.

To stay relevant and competitive, you need to understand the impact of emerging technologies on the future of work. You must incorporate these innovations strategically to attract the right talent, increase efficiencies, and improve the bottom line. How the Future Of Work Will Change

Emerging technologies will impact the future of work in these major categories: The Nature Of Work Technologies […]

Don’t fall into the AI doomsday trap

Don’t fall into the AI doomsday trap

If you’re one of the many who see a dark future where the honest working man is replaced by mindless structures of automated metal, where technology has become so advanced that it is no longer under our control, and where the human race is overpowered by evil robots programmed to take over the world, 1) I envy your imagination, and 2) you should probably stop listening to people like Elon Musk. Musk, arguably one of the most highly revered tech-minds of our time, told the National Governors Association in July 2017, ¨There certainly will be job disruption. Because what’s […]