The pipeline to the future doesn’t carry the jobs of the past

The ruckus over the Kinder Morgan project is a good reminder that the economic conditions we once enjoyed are on the way out

The pipeline to the future doesn’t carry the jobs of the pastWhile the opinion writers and politicians are venting about expanding the Kinder Morgan pipeline for diluted bitumen to the West Coast, it might help to consider some history. We didn’t arrive at this shout-fest without making diverse tracks from previous experiences, and most of us are old enough to think back over a few previous…

Just another disruptive technology? The future of Artificial Intelligence

Almost every new and disruptive technology arrives with a fanbase claiming it will revolutionize life on Earth. Artificial intelligence is no different

Just another disruptive technology? The future of Artificial IntelligenceThe tech worker is on the front lines of a major breakthrough in work productivity and business performance: artificial intelligence (AI). The role of AI in the future of almost every industry is practically a given. Business and technology analysts the world over have agreed that AI will have an impact across all industries. For…

20 robotics and connected devices that could impact our lives

How the next wave of disruptive technologies will change our notions of ‘normal’

20 robotics and connected devices that could impact our livesIf we could time travel five, 15, or 20 years into the future, what would we see? It doesn’t take a team of futurists to imagine a continuing evolution of intelligent, robotic, connected, digital, and social technology innovations persisting for decades to come. Automated, smart, digitised, and autonomous are some of the design qualities likely…

Ten shocks that could overturn our world

Future factors and potential disruptions that could have a truly transformative impact on life, society, government, the economy, and business

Ten shocks that could overturn our worldThe world is becoming increasingly aware that there is no such thing as ‘normal’ any more. Some say this near immunity to large scale shocks started with the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, Donald Trump’s election as U.S. President, and the revelations about fake news on social media influencing voters and elections around…

Beware the coming superintelligence of machines

Machine learning is still in its infancy but it won't be long before humans are forced to deal with some very real issues related to artificial intelligence

Beware the coming superintelligence of machinesBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist This old joke is getting a new life: “Do you believe there’s intelligent life on other planets?” A witty respondent says, “I sure hope so, there’s so little of it here on Earth.” This can be repurposed for a discussion of artificial intelligence…

Artificial intelligence opens the door to a resurgence in the humanities

The good news about AI’s ascent is that the humanity might be shocked back into universities

Artificial intelligence opens the door to a resurgence in the humanitiesI wouldn’t want to be a prophet. Prophesy’s a tough profession. If not attacked, beaten or burned, the prophet’s ignored, shunned and hated. All for having something important to say. So don’t treat what I have to say about how universities will respond to artificial intelligence, or AI, as prophesy. At issue is how AI…

5 tech services that can help your business

There are all sorts of tech tools that can help businesses, and that can save you a ton of time, money, and resources

5 tech services that can help your businessIn the digital age, business is becoming more and more about perfecting efficiency and being the quickest to the punch. Just about every business is up online, or is using the internet to grow their business as much as possible. It often becomes a lot to manage, which is why business owners are enlisting the…

Starting from scratch: how artificial intelligence can build itself

A computer that can think and reason like a person would have an enormous impact on every aspect of our world

Starting from scratch: how artificial intelligence can build itselfPlaying good games should be a test of intelligence. Planning, strategizing, and learning moves and counter moves are all gaming skills we associate with complex human thinking. DeepMind’s Alpha Zero AI system offers a significant breakthrough in this field. The impact of its generalized game learning system will be substantial. Although many people claim that…

Future work: intelligence everywhere but few humans on the job

The next decade will see unprecedented changes in the workforce. Jobs will vanish and new jobs won’t at all resemble those they replace

Future work: intelligence everywhere but few humans on the jobWe need to start preparing for a jobless future, in which only a small number of people use machines to manage all work. Machines are taking over jobs at an accelerating pace. Society is beginning to feel the impact of massive automation. Most troubling? The kinds of jobs that machines will take over: all of them.…

The AI tipping point much closer than you think

The self-play, self-training concept of the AlphaGo Zero software provides a glimpse into the future of artificial intelligence

The AI tipping point much closer than you thinkThe self-play, self-training concept of the AlphaGo Zero software provides a glimpse into the future of self-defining artificial intelligence (AI) systems. So how and when will AI exceed human capacity? While some believe that the processing power already exists to achieve this, the software that would function at this level has not yet been invented.…