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The World’s First Flying Taxis Will Take to the Skies in Five Months
...“The autonomous aerial vehicle exhibited at the World Government Summit is not just a model. We have already experimented (with) the vehicle in a flight in (the) Dubai sky. RTA will spare no effort to launch the AAV in July 2017,” shares director general of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Mattar Al-Tayer.
...The EHang 184 quadcopter can travel on a programmed course at 100 km an hour (60 mph) at an altitude of 300 meters (1,000 feet), the authority said in a statement.
What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism
...With the rapid advances in AI technology driven by cheap computing power, Prakash sees Heliograf moving beyond mere grunt work. In time, he believes, it could do things like search the web to see what people are talking about, check the Post to see if that story is being covered, and, if not, alert editors or just write the piece itself.
...The Post, like every other major news organization, is looking to tap new revenue streams, and it’s reportedly in talks to license out its CMS to clients like Tronc, a consortium that includes the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and dozens of other regional papers. As those newsrooms struggle with dwindling resources, it’s not hard to imagine a future in which AI plays a larger and larger role in creating journalism. Whether that’s good news for journalists and readers is another story.
Microsoft President Calls for A “Digital Geneva Convention”
A recent speech delivered by Microsoft president Brad Smith at the RSA conference in San Francisco marks a historic first—a call for a “Digital Geneva Convention.”
“We suddenly find ourselves living in a world where nothing seems off limits to nation-state attacks,” Smith said at the conference, citing famous cyber attacks such as the Sony Pictures Entertainment hacking in 2014, intellectual property theft by China in 2015, and the more recent allegations regarding Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US presidential election.
The Cute Robot That Follows You Around and Schleps All Your Stuff
...Gita, a round rolling robot that can carry up to 40 pounds of cargo for miles at a time. Rather than get you from A to B as fast as possible, it’s meant to get you there more easily. More than that, Gita is a way to begin to explore what the world looks like when humans and robots share the sidewalk. And, hopefully, to make that idea seem a little less scary.
originally posted by: kosmicjack
a reply to: JinMI
I would imagine there are social and political implications too.
I read an article about how when it finally happens - it will happen fast. Like how the cellphone tech changed in the blink of an eye and look at how that is still screwing with society.
originally posted by: Abysha
originally posted by: JinMI
Doesn't that all fall into: www.abovetopsecret.com... ?
...This subject involves politics, sociology, and of course technology. It's all intertwined in a way that doesn't really fit in any of the current forum categories.
It would be nice to have a forum for this as it will only become greater in the coming years, sure it could get put under Science and Technology, but a fourth industrial revoloution will being about new socio-economic structures as well as affect how society as a whole functions.