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Urban Innovation Predictions For 2017

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

What does this year hold for the urban innovation agenda in the UK? Like many others, I completely failed to predict the Brexit vote or the Trump Presidency. But I'm having another go at the crystal ball gazing this year because I still think it's useful to speculate about - and prepare for - the future. So, here are my five predictions for UK cities in 2017.

A Japanese Insurance Firm Is Actually Replacing Its Workers With Artificial Intelligence

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Tech

A Japanese insurance firm is set to replace 34 workers with an artificial intelligence (AI) system, lending weight to fears that robots will decimate ...

Video: Might #AI Save, NOT Destroy Us?

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Tech
Shivvy Jervis

For each episode of the series, I try to go out on the field and talk to everyday citizens about their most pressing questions to do with the topic we're covering. In this case, a significant amount of people wanted to know if machines could behave ethically, think independently and critically, be used ethically.

2017: Rise Of The Drones, Failure Of The Government

Darren Jones | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK Tech
Darren Jones

The position of the Government therefore needs to be that of an interventionist state - not of the type of generations gone by, but of a strategic, risk sharing state - advocating the policies required for the future, instead of trying to apply the old rules to the new economy.

Zeroes And (Young)Ones: The Future Of Technology In The Classroom

Claire Stead | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

The days of chalkboards and dusty textbooks in classrooms are long gone. Over the past two decades, technology has slowly crept into the classroom, changing the way students study and access information, and also opened up a whole new world of resources for teachers to utilise.

Pakistani Student Osama Reflects On How Studying In London Enabled Him To Unlock His Full Potential

James Farrell | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Tech
James Farrell

Computing student Osama Rama discusses his passion for robotics which brought him to London. Shortlisted for the Mayor of London's International Student Innovation Award for his robot, Oizuu, Osama is doing a masters course in Computing and AI at Imperial College London.

The Robot Economy: A Caution

Ryan Browne | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Tech
Ryan Browne

While concerns about trade and outsourcing may be genuine, our world leaders will soon have to come to terms with the increasing decline of human productivity output, as the prevalence of machines - which provide much cheaper and more effective solutions for companies around the world - poses a deeply unsettling challenge to the way we model our society.

The Future Of Room Service Is Robots

Malminder Gill | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Malminder Gill

Following the trademarks of other delivery robots (AKA: drones), delivery innovations like Relay come equipped with mood lighting, touch screens, and even the ability to operate lifts on their own

Sex Robots With 'Lifelike' Genitalia Are Arriving In 2017

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Tech

A robotics expert has predicted that sex robots will reach a whole new realm of realism in 2017. David Levy claims that this new generation of robot w...

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes Of Human Rights Trials, Study

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Tech

An artificial intelligence (AI) system can predict the outcomes of cases at the European Court of Human Rights to a 79% accuracy, a study found. It’...

Automation: Why Robots Won't Take Our Jobs And Ruin The Global Economy

Roger Bou | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Tech
Roger Bou

Although the introduction of robots to the workforce may ultimately make many jobs redundant, more roles will be created that enable people to develop further professionally. The jobs that are most susceptible to automation are those that are predictable, repetitive and don't require a great deal of social intelligence.

The Royal Navy Is Testing A Robot Army In Scotland Right Now

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Tech

The Royal Navy has begun a massive training exercise involving a huge number of unmanned vehicles in the air, on the surface of the sea and underwater...

High Tech Robot Needs Playground Power To Suceed

Andy Robertson | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Tech
Andy Robertson

We try out a wide variety of robotic toys in our family which vary greatly in both cost and performance. Over the last few years we've enjoyed products like the Sphero remote controlled robot ball at one end of the price spectrum and simple wind up robots at the other.

How The IoT Can Make The World Of Healthcare Smaller - And Fairer

Roger Bou | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Tech
Roger Bou

Of all the areas in which the Internet of Things can revolutionise the world, in my eyes one of the most exciting - with the potential to help some of the most vulnerable people on a massive scale - is healthcare.

What Is A Bot?

Fergus Weldon | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Tech
Fergus Weldon

Ask anyone in the tech industry what the next big thing is and they are very likely to say bots, artificial intelligence or machine learning. Recent advancements in innovation across multiple industries and disciplines have created mass interest, and major investment, in bots - but what exactly are they and what is their full potential?

Why We Must Embrace, Not Fear, The Rise Of Artificial Intelligence

Andy Hood | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Tech
Andy Hood

The implications of artificial intelligence, or "computer systems able to perform tasks requiring human intelligence", have been a discussion point ever since the term was coined back in the 1950's and it continues to generate both wonder and unease in equal measure.

Chinese Inventors Create 'World's First Personalised Family Robot'

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Tech

Ever since Czech writer Karel Čapek proposed the idea in 1920, people have dreamed about owning a robot that can make domestic life easier. Yet nearl...

Meet The World's First Autonmous, Soft Robot: A Tiny Octopus

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Tech

American scientists have engineered the first self-contained, soft robot – an octobot with eight gas-powered arms. Moving without batteries or wires...

The Robot Will See You Now

Helen McRae | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Tech
Helen McRae

The challenge is to get the balance right and leave the user feeling as though they have had a human experience. And, crucially, to avoid falling into the 'uncanny valley' through creating a bot that feels creepy by attempting to emulate humanity.

State-Of-The-Art Robotic Hand Given To Kid Who's An Aspiring Footballer

SWNS | Poorna Bell | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Tech

An eight-year-old aspiring footballer who was born without a left hand is set to receive a state-of-the art robotic hand in the colours of his favouri...

This Japanese Robot Is Proof That Mankind Is Doomed

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Tech

Japanese scientists have managed to create the world’s creepiest robot, able to make decisions completely of it’s own accord without any human int...

Meet Hadrian X: The Robot That Can Build An Entire House In Two Days

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Tech

Robots are great aren’t they. When they’re not making cocktails on cruise ships they’re picking up boxes or (trying) to save lives. Well now you...

Don't Be Scared, But Robot Surgeons Are Actually As Good As Humans

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Tech

Robots are as proficient as their human counterparts at performing surgery, a new study has revealed. The trial found that prostate cancer patients wh...

These Tiny Shape-Shifting Microrobots Could Perform The Next Generation Of Operations

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Tech

Tiny shape-shifting robots developed by scientists in Switzerland could perform the next generation of operations. Researchers at EPFL and ETHZ desig...

Humanity, You're Fired!

Adam Hamdy | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Tech
Adam Hamdy

"The market has decided this is my stuff," won't work for much longer because there soon won't be enough people with jobs to support a market. The next phase of the history of stuff might be, "We all get the same stuff," but that sounds suspiciously like socialism, which can't possibly be right...