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Robots become more flexible and sensitive – the next generation

Robots become more flexible and sensitive - the next generation

GelSight sensors is a new technology for robots that have been developed at MIT. It uses physical contact with objects to provide a detailed 3D map of its surface. Thereby it can determine what the object is. By putting the GelSight sensor on the grippers of the robot’s arm it can also determine the hardness of the object it touches and chooses the right object in a collection that looks similar. These skills are crucial… Continue reading

The future of work in a world with robots

The future of work in a world with robots

Even if something technologically feasible does not mean it will be generally adopted. Innovation does not matter, more than to early adopters, if the new solution does not start from and adapt to human prerequisites. Feng Li, Professor of Information Management at Cass Business School writes the following about future work: “Robots, AI and other technologies are very good at certain tasks but this does not mean they can replace humans.  My guess is, some… Continue reading

Screen time has no impact on Teen’s Well-being, new research

Screen time has no impact on Teen’s Well-being, new research

In a massive study both in-depth and in-scope from Oxford University, the hypothesis of that long screen time is leading to psychological problems for teens are proven a myth. This contradicts several studies that have been published during recent years that have formed the basis for public and political discussions. In the Oxford study, these studies are proven to rest on weak methodological foundation including often with a too low number of participants in the… Continue reading

Robots teach itself to Grasp objects and Interact

Robots teach itself to Grasp objects and Interact

Baxter Robot Grasps objects A human baby very fast learns to grasp different objects in unstructured environments. Until now this has been a complicated and very slow task for robots. Lerrel Pinto and Abhinav Gupta at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has taken up this challenge and invented the Baxter robot. The general purpose was to create a robot that interacts with everyday objects in an intelligent way. In order to make this happen Baxter… Continue reading

LifeLong Personalized Learning to fight technological unemployment

LifeLong Personalized Learning to fight technological unemployment

Personalized Learning The term includes adaptive edtech to tailor lessons and assignments to individual students. In order to adapt education to the student’s personal learning style with a focus on the strengths and weaknesses. This thereby will give the possibility to refine individual talent and at the right level train the weak spots. In a speech to the Trade Union Congress in London, Andy Haldane that is Chief Economist at the Bank of England talked about… Continue reading

European Time Machine project to reinvent the past for the benefit of business

European Time Machine project to reinvent the past for the benefit of business

European Time Machine is one of six proposals that received funding in a large-scale research initiative from the European Commission. The project focus on using historical big data to design and visualise the historical development of cities across Europe. Amsterdam is one of many cities that now are following in steps of pioneers like Venice and Lausanne to develop a time machine for their city. 3D reconstructions of the city The technology is based on… Continue reading

AI that thinks more like a Human is on the way

Children’s abilities in focus for the next generation AI

Artificial intelligence is not at all smart. As a matter of fact, a three-month-baby is much smarter than any AI-system, which is something that researchers at MIT have acknowledged. The team has started exploring the fundamentals of human intelligence. With the aim to in the first step “reverse-engineer human intelligence”. Then in the long term to build a machine that learns like a baby and in the next step like a child. To accomplish this… Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence and its ability to improve healthcare

Artificial Intelligence and its ability to improve healthcare

As artificial intelligence is making its way into society, research on the consequences of the development is lagging behind. Artificial intelligence can improve our lives if we use it properly. But for this, we need to know what we can benefit from the systems and what the weaknesses are. Technology should support us, not alienate. Below follows some great examples of benefits with AI within healthcare. AI to improve healthcare and medical diagnosis Research from… Continue reading

Rethink millennials habits on storytelling and shortcuts

Rethink millennials habits on storytelling and shortcuts

Large-amounts of short information-chunks are overflowing us. Meaning and understanding are breached in favour of shortcut demands. The development of the digital world is in this line of thinking just another step in the development of the industrial society’s mass-production and mass-media. Where quantity always is more important than quality. Besides new technology especially younger generations, New Millennium Learners, are often criticised to be the main driving force of this development. However, it is time… Continue reading

Perspectives on Humanities Science in a tech-savvy development

Perspectives on Humanities Science in a tech-savvy development

In natural science, a lab is a common part of the education to experiment, explore, calculate, ask and answer questions in a trial and error mode. But in the humanities sciences, this form of learning by doing pedagogy is very rare. Since before the breakthrough of digital technologies the humanities science “lab” was generally the library. Now in the digital age, a great example of taking advantage of the new possibilities are the Experimental Humanities… Continue reading