Self-Driving Cars Will Kill People. Who Decides Who Dies?

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To understand the trolley problem, first consider this scenario: You are standing on a bridge. Underneath you, a railroad track divides into a main route and an alternative. On the main route, 50 people are tied to the rails. A trolley rushes under the bridge on the main route, hurtling towards the captives. Fortunately, there’s… Read more »

42% of Canadian jobs at high risk of being affected by automation, new study suggests

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More than 40 per cent of the Canadian workforce is at high risk of being replaced by technology and computers in the next two decades, according to a new report out Wednesday. The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Toronto’s Ryerson University said in its report that automation previously has been restricted to routine, manual tasks. However, breakthroughs in… Read more »

From cowboys to robots: truckers eye uncertain future

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Kings of the road are by turns dismissive and wary of the technology revolution that might one day remove them from their cabs. Source: Toronto Star / Washington Post Date: May 30th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/05/26/from-cowboys-to-robots-truckers-eye-uncertain-future.html Discussion 1) “Anything that’s run by a computer is going to get messed up,” Spell said. “They don’t have no bulletproof software.”   Do… Read more »

Self-driving garbage trucks would cut wasted time

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Source: CNN Date: May 30th, 2017 Link to video: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/future/2017/05/18/self-driving-garbage-trucks-would-cut-wasted-time.cnnmoney/ Discussion 1) Garbage/trash trucks seem like a very logical move for self-driving automation:  they follow a set route at a slow speed and have a human outside the truck.  This is almost like the beginning of when cars first came out and each car had to have a… Read more »

From cowboys to robots: truckers eye uncertain future

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Kings of the road are by turns dismissive and wary of the technology revolution that might one day remove them from their cabs. Source: Toronto Star / Washington Post Date: May 30th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/05/26/from-cowboys-to-robots-truckers-eye-uncertain-future.html Discussion 1) “Anything that’s run by a computer is going to get messed up,” Spell said. “They don’t have no bulletproof software.”   Do… Read more »

The next big thing in construction robotics is building big

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<iframe src=”//www.cbc.ca/i/caffeine/syndicate/?mediaId=930016835781″ width=”460″ height=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Think of it as a souped-up self-driving 3D printer on wheels. It built the scaffolding of this unfinished structure in just 13.5 hours, and all it’s waiting for now is concrete to be poured. While robotics and automation have revolutionized the way factories build cars and computers — helping… Read more »

Rise of the machines: Bank of Canada warns of automation’s side effects

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Policy-makers need to prepare for the negatives like income inequality brought on by conditions that could help workers whose skills are complemented by innovations and those whose tasks are replaced by machines. Source: Toronto Star Date: April 21st, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/04/18/rise-of-the-machines-bank-of-canada-warns-of-automations-side-effects.html Discussion 1) Technology will bring “painful side effects like job losses and greater income inequality.”  What, if… Read more »

Sorry, But Amazon Isn’t Actually Annihilating Retail Jobs

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There is a problem with much of the current rhetoric claiming that the automation of industry is leading to the annihilation of jobs and/or the enslavement of humanity. Source: Wired Magazine Date: March 1st, 2017 Link: https://www.wired.com/2017/03/sorry-amazon-isnt-actually-annihilating-retail-jobs/ Discussion 1) “By 2016 e-commerce comprised just 8.3 percent ($102.7 billion) of the total retail market ($1.2 trillion). While that’s a big… Read more »

Tech’s Biggest Showdown Is Unfolding in Your Living Room

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MICROSOFT IS JOINING Google and Amazon in the race for your home. This week, at an event in China, the venerable tech giant trumpeted the arrival of Project Evo, a sweeping plan to build hardware devices that work a lot like Google Home or the Amazon Echo. Source: Wired Magazine Date: December 16th, 2016 Link: https://www.wired.com/2016/12/microsofts-project-evo-way-living-room/ Discussion 1)… Read more »