The last chapter of Robot Futures talks about concept of technology as a tool for community empowerment; at the CREATE Lab we developed one specific example of such a system for a Coke plant near Pittsburgh, and the Allegheny County Clean Air Now newsletter has a wonderfully detailed article talking about the positive social impact of such empowerment technology in a very real case.
It is so rare for a prediction quoted in the paper to actually get tested…so here is a lucky break in HowStuffWorks on robot waiters in restaurants.
A close reading of Oculus’ terms of service shows that they can fuse information about you that they collect together with other information about you that they purchase from others, all to then create custom marketing to you. And they explicitly state that they will also then collect information (and use arbitrarily) about just how you respond to said marketing! A good article about this, with examples from their Terms of Service, is in Extreme Tech.
We have just announced a program that provides an example of technology directed specifically toward citizen empowerment: a national library program for indoor air quality. The Press Release just went public.
Here is an article just out by Huffpost Tech’s Damon Beres following an interview with me about the concept of mediocracy: The Future of Voting Could be a Dystopian Nightmare.
Thanks so Samuel Gibbs of The Guardian, now we know just what it takes to reverse the trend of human underemployment and human labor to robot capital resource extraction. Mercedes has a new car that is so difficult to assemble that they have reversed trend, replacing robots with people. And they admitted in the article that in fact this new trend safeguards human jobs. What a concept! To find out exactly how tire cap valves cause this, partly, read the original article: Mercedes-Benz swaps robots for people on its assembly lines.
You want to see this- fast forward to 1:30 to see how it feels watching a robot be shoved quite hard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVlhMGQgDkY
The Robots are most certainly coming!