We're all familiar with today's commentary about how AI and robotics will change the work landscape. According to many, in just a few years' time we all will be passengers in driverless cars, and our packages will be delivered to our doorsteps by drones -- and we'll be elbowing robots out of the way to scrape together a living. My guess is that while many jobs will change, and some elements may be automated, they won't disappear. Technology -- whether AI, machine learning or robotics -- will help us be more efficient. Technology will take over certain menial and minor tasks and allow us to concentrate on what only we as humans can do best: innovate.
If you want a glimpse of the future, spend a minute with Joey Hasty – because he's got it in the palm of his hand. "Come here, take a look," he says, pulling a phone out of his pocket. With a few brisk finger taps, the affable associate vice president of innovation and transformation at Royal Caribbean, 45, calls up on his phone the image of the brightly lit, wood-paneled office where he's holding court, and marks a spot on the screen. "This is Richard Fain, our CEO; I'm going to just place Richard right in front of us," he explains. Within a heartbeat, a new person fills the visual reproduction of the room – this one, holding a 3D model of a massive ship.
London Tech Week is finishing up this weekend and though it's not specifically aimed at travel, there's no doubt that technology is going to play a huge role in how we move around the globe in coming years. At the moment it can often feel as if technology hasn't really lived up to its promise. Airline apps are, for the most part, underwhelming and limited in what they can do. Communications about delays and disruptions certainly haven't gotten any better. Navigating a day of travel can sometimes feel more like an ongoing battle against technology (a temperamental check-in kiosk, for example) rather than a sign of how far we've come.
While everyone on the ground is stressing about self-driving cars, the future of flight is also moving more toward autonomous planes, as seen at the 2019 edition of the Paris Air Show. The air show is one of the biggest aerospace events annually and everyone from established names to newer companies showed off concept craft and prototype vehicles. Boeing (yes, the same company reeling from two deadly plane crashes and grounded 737 Max planes around the world) displayed its idea for the autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle, while rival Airbus also floated the idea of pilot-less planes and hybrid and electric passenger jets by 2035. Airbus' Vahana is a small, passenger-carrying electric, autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft, and the company showed a video of the plane in flight during the show, along with a model of the plane. Airbus' all-electric, single-seat Vahana could be pilot-less.
Just like with all transformational technologies, certain jobs and businesses will be transformed, changed, or possibly made extinct. Just like traditional retailers falling to the wayside in the face of e-commerce, or video rental establishments dying in favor of online streaming, companies that are based on humans driving vehicles need to transform and change to stay relevant. For example, with self driving cars the concept of the rental car as we currently know it will change. Local gas stations will no longer need to service the thousands of cars they currently do. There would be no need for auto insurance or at least in its current form.
Several international airlines were diverting planes from flying over the Strait of Hormuz and parts of Iran on Friday, a day after the Iranian military shot down an American surveillance drone and the United States went to the brink of launching a retaliatory strike. The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order early Friday that prohibited all American flights in Tehran-controlled airspace above the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman because of "heightened military activities and increased political tensions." United Airlines said in a statement that it had suspended flights between Newark Airport in New Jersey and Mumbai, India, that typically fly through Iranian airspace after a security assessment. The German airline Lufthansa said in an emailed statement that its planes would not fly over the Strait of Hormuz and that the diversion area was likely to expand.
Artificial intelligence is everywhere: it promises to power fleets of self-driving vehicles, open up endless new business opportunities and even be the key to global power. Amid all the bluster it's easy to lose sight of the genuine opportunity AI provides. The term "artificial intelligence" was coined back in 1956, at the Dartmouth Conference. It was intended to encapsulate the idea that every aspect of learning, or any other feature of intelligence, can be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it. Fast forward 60-plus years: today, AI has become one of the hottest -- and overhyped -- tech concepts on the planet.
Jurisdictions might be on-the-hook for their self-driving car laws that allow autonomous cars and for which might get into mishaps or crashes. Florida just passed a law that widens the door for self-driving driverless cars to roam their public roadways and do so without any human back-up driver involved. Some see dangers afoot, others see progress and excitement. Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, declared that by approving the new bill it showed that "Florida officially has an open-door policy to autonomous vehicle companies." There are now 29 states that have various driverless laws on their books, per the National Conference of State Legislatures: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, plus Washington, D.C. Here's a question that some politicians and regulators are silently grappling with, albeit some think that they have the unarguably "right" answer and thusly have no need to lose sleep over the matter: Should states, counties, cities and townships be eagerly courting self-driving autonomous cars onto their public roadways, or should those jurisdictions be neutral about inviting them into their locales, or should they be highly questioning and require "proof until proven safe" before letting even one such autonomous car onto their turf?
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After the recent New York helicopter crash, many are starting to question the safety of choppers. With Uber Air debuting its helicopter ride-sharing service next month, are helicopters a safe mode for transportation? As Uber forges ahead with plans for a flying taxi service in 2023, other startups are unveiling futuristic air mobility vehicles, suggesting that a Jetsons-like transportation system may be closer than you think. Massachusetts-based Alaka'i Technologies showed an electric human-carrying drone last month that it claims can carry five passengers, and the American-Israeli startup NFT --short for Next Future Transportation -- hopes its new folding-wing vehicle will halve travel times by both driving on the street and flying through the air during commutes. This comes as Uber sets its sights on phase one of Uber Air, releasing a fleet of Uber Copters in NYC over the summer.