Jobs for the Droids
A nice piece in the Financial Times looks at four recent books that touch on automation and the future of work.
Yelp is Using Image Search to Change How It Finds You a Bar
Here’s an interesting example of how deep learning could change the way we access information online. Yelp is using the AI technique to recognize the contents of photographs of bars and restaurants to help customers find the right place to have a beer or a bite.
Farm Robot Learns What Weeds Look Like, Smashes Them
A device developed by Bosch can be trained to recognize weeds and then crush them using what is described, rather ominously, as “a ramming rod.” It’s all part of a broader trend of robots moving into new, more complex areas of agriculture.
Humans Prefer Flawed Robots, Study Finds
In work that could perhaps help shape the personalities of future robotic helpers, a team at the University of Lincoln in the U.K. found that people prefer robots that display forgetfulness or emotions to ones that are impassive and infallable.
This News Writing Bot Is Now Free for Everyone
Automated Insights, a company that provides robot-written reports for AP and Yahoo, has now made its service available to anyone. Thankfully the prose created by its system is still rather basic, but it’ll be interesting to see how it is used.
DeepMind’s cofounder: Generative AI is just a phase. What’s next is interactive AI.
“This is a profound moment in the history of technology,” says Mustafa Suleyman.
What to know about this autumn’s covid vaccines
New variants will pose a challenge, but early signs suggest the shots will still boost antibody responses.
Human-plus-AI solutions mitigate security threats
With the right human oversight, emerging technologies like artificial intelligence can help keep business and customer data secure
Next slide, please: A brief history of the corporate presentation
From million-dollar slide shows to Steve Jobs’s introduction of the iPhone, a bit of show business never hurt plain old business.
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