Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

Human beings aren’t just getting greedier, but stupider.

That’s according to Professor Stephen Hawking: and, really, it doesn’t seem like a particularly shocking statement or commentary.

Just simple observation seems to indicate a rapid stupidification process going on all over the place, for a whole host of reasons and manifesting in a whole bunch of different ways.

You see it in society. You see it in people. You see in politicians and political discourse. You see it all across social media. You see in the entertainment industries. You see it in the White House. I’m not even entirely sure when it started to happen – but we appear to be fast-heading towards the comedy-Dystopian future envisioned in the cult movie Idiocracy. (more…)

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If you happened to enter a hotel lobby or some other location and encountered this receptionist, would you sense anything peculiar about her? Or would she pass as normal?

A humanoid robot ‘receptionist’ recently (a year ago is still ‘recently’ to me) unveiled at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, ‘Nadine‘ is able to function in a remarkably human-like manner, is able greet visitors and remember their names, and even remember conversations they have previously had. She shakes hands with visitors, waves them goodbye, is able to smile at visitors, and possesses the human touch of looking into people’s eyes when communicating. (more…)

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A couple of days ago, media outlets in the UK were filled with opinion pieces about the case of a girl who had died from cancer.

The reason a media fuss was made about it was because the young woman had won a legal claim to be allowed to be cryonically frozen upon her tragic, premature death. It is considered a landmark case; and it is genuinely fascinating for a host of reasons. (more…)

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If ever proof were needed that we inhabit an increasingly toxic, divisive climate, and that the modern arena of social media is awash in negativity, hatred and quick-fire BS of an insidious nature, then the incredibly brief saga of Microsoft’s short-lived ‘AI Chat-Bot’ serves as both an amusing and somewhat depressing reminder.

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Eighties kids and film fans have inevitably been getting excited about the arrival of a special, rather iconic date: 21st October 2015.
Why? Because of course it is the date in which Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrive in the ‘future’, as per the unforgettable events of  Back to the Future II.

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So one of the great iconic visions of the future from our youth has become a reality; specifically Marty McFly’s ‘hover board’ from Back to the Future II.
We all remember seeing it in the film (along with that protruding shark hologram; and now we take 3D cinema for granted) and wondering if it would be real life one day. Well, it’s not often something like that actually comes to pass; we’re still waiting for Blade Runner’s flying cars, Star Trek’s transporter pad, and of course I don’t want to go to my grave without having witnessed lightsabers becoming a reality.

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