Chris Dixon on competing with Internet giants for budding AI and VR talent

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VC Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz thinks it's a lot harder to predict financial cycles than it is to see a new computing platform coming down the pike. As he noted in a recent post, new cycles tend to begin every 10 to 15 years; assuming the 2007 introduction of the iPhone kicked off the last wave, we're fast heading toward the Next New Thing. Or things, technically, according to Dixon, who we caught up with yesterday. Among the trends that Dixon is watching closely, he says, are virtual reality, augmented reality, IoT, wearables, drones and cars. Not that it'll be easy to make money off these newer technologies.


Obama warns of the danger of AI wiping out jobs

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In an interview with Wired Magazine, Obama spoke of redesigning the social compact and starting a conversation around fair wages. He cited teachers as being underpaid, and called for a reexamination of what we value, and what we'll pay for. Obama addressed basic income, a proposal for all citizens to receive a government stipend in order to meet their costs of living. The idea has gained recent support among some futurists and economists, given concerns over how technology will eliminate jobs and impact salaries in coming years. "Whether a universal income is the right model -- is it gonna be accepted by a broad base of people?


Video Friday: Marvin Minsky, Submersible Drone, and SLAM on a SnakeBot

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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by a society of mindful bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. Marvin Minsky, the AI pioneer and MIT professor, died on Sunday in Boston. Dr. Minsky, an IEEE Life Fellow, made numerous seminal contributions to the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics, exploring, among other things, how a better understanding of human cognition could lead to advances in machine intelligence, and vice versa.


Google says robots are going to be bigger than search

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Machine learning is the hot new thing in Silicon Valley. In an interview with the Times, Google cloud executive Urs Hölzle predicted that the business of renting out machine learning capabilities will one day overtake the company's advertising revenue. To put that in perspective, search ads made Google an eye-popping 16.4 billion in profits in 2015. Machine learning is a branch of computer science where algorithms can train themselves in pattern recognition. Crucially, it doesn't require a programmer to orient the algorithm to what works or doesn't work in a given domain -- it can learn on its own.


Obama warns of the danger of AI wiping out jobs

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President Obama joined a chorus of those warning of the potential downsides of artificial intelligence. In an interview with Wired Magazine, Obama spoke of redesigning the social compact and starting a conversation around fair wages. He cited teachers as being underpaid, and called for a reexamination of what we value, and what we'll pay for. Obama addressed basic income, a proposal for all citizens to receive a government stipend in order to meet their costs of living. The idea has gained recent support among some futurists and economists, given concerns over how technology will eliminate jobs and impact salaries in coming years.