Researchers have warned that millions of human workers in the US will be replaced by robots over the next few decades, leaving Americans to wonder what areas are at the highest risk. Now, a new map has shown where the most'automatable' jobs are in the nation - and almost every metropolitan area is set to experience a robot takeover. However, it is the low-wage cities like Las Vegas, Nevada, El Paso, Texas and San Bernardino, California that will be hit the hardest – robots are predicted to take more than 60% of jobs in these cities by 2035. A new map has shown where the most'automatable' jobs are in the nation - and almost every metropolitan area is set to experience a robot takeover. The bubble size shows the number of workers employed in the metropolitan areas in December 2016.
Future Today Institute founder Amy Webb has released her annual tech trends report, and much of it focuses on the continuing impact of artificial intelligence. Other trends highlighted by the report include space travel, human gene editing, and a global shortage of data scientists. Webb, a quantitative futurist and professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business, released the report today in a presentation at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Now in its 11th year, the report identifies 225 trends across 20 industries, with roughly 70 of those trends related directly to AI. In 2018, Webb expects the AI cloud and marketplaces for algorithms will continue to grow and the first personal robots will come to market.
Following the tragic deaths of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, during a rally for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile on Thursday night, the Dallas Police Department deployed a small robot designed to investigate and safely discharge explosives. Officers attached a bomb to the robot ad hoc-style -- detonating it and killing the sniper while keeping the investigators out of harm's way. According to companies that manufacture bomb-disposal robots interviewed by The Intercept, none were aware of their bots ever being turned into lethal weapons, though one company acknowledged the robots could be adapted to hold weapons. A spokesperson from Pedsco, a company in Canada that supplies robots to other jurisdictions in Texas, confirmed that he did not "know of any instances of an explosive used to disable a suspect" attached to a robot owned by law enforcement. Pedsco would not comment on its own robots, citing possible confidentiality conflicts with customers, but pointed to instances where explosive ordnance disposal robots had been used offensively, such as a 1993 case where Prince George's County Police Department deployed a water cannon attached to a robot to disarm a suspect hiding in a closet.
"Humans tend to overestimate technology in the short term but underestimate it in the long term," said Tom Foster, editor at large for Inc. magazine, during a panel he moderated on innovations in machine learning at South by Southwest (SXSW) in March. Artificial intelligence (AI) was a recurring theme across panels at SXSW 2018's Interactive Conference held in Austin, Texas. The topic was particularly popular in tracks titled "Intelligent Future" and "Startup & Tech Sectors." Many AI experts marveled at recent advances in the technology while pondering its future. "I've been working in AI for now more than 30 years and in the past eight years there are things that have occurred that I never thought would happen in my lifetime," said Adam Cheyer, co-founder of Viv Labs, during a discussion on innovations in AI.
At the Gigaom Change conference in Austin, Texas, on September 21-23, 2016, Manoj Saxena (Chairman of CognitiveScale), Josh Sutton (Head of Data & Artificial Intelligence at Publicis Sapient) and Rob High (CTO for IBM Watson) talked with moderator and market strategist, Patricia Baumhart, about the next frontier in artificial intelligence and how the race to win in AI will soon reshape our world. Artificial intelligence is a field with a long history starting as early as 1956, but today what we're beginning to see emerge is a new convergence of 6 major technologies: AI, cloud, mobile, social, big data and blockchain. Each of the panelists agreed that as we enter into the next digital frontier, AI will be woven into each of these areas causing a "super-convergence" of capabilities. Saxena predicts that "this age of the Internet is going to look small by comparison to what's happening in AI." It's true. The proliferation of AI creates a new world of application and computation design, including embodied cognition in concierge-style robots that help when we need assistance.