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Jun 2, 2020

How will the pandemic alter research funding?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, employment, finance

As the pandemic’s economic toll grows around the world, some experts fear it could harm science for decades by putting many thousands of researchers out of work and forcing nations to slash funding as they rebuild societies. Others say the pandemic could highlight the importance of science and spur long-term support, especially for basic research, much as the Second World War did.


Financial crises could spell trouble for science budgets but spending could surge in some countries: part 2 in a series on science after the pandemic.

May 30, 2020

The Future of Employment with AI

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Does artificial intelligence jeopardize employment for humans? What will people do when smart robots join the workforce? AI already plays a role in many of our jobs, and if you have ever searched for information online, you have interacted with an AI. If we extrapolate the evolution of search, we can imagine that soon AIs will become even better at helping us learn solutions that have worked in the past and remember what things have failed. In this way, working with AIs can be like having a really smart colleague or expert old-timer on our team. And these AI coworkers can also help us experiment with new approaches because AIs can be creative as well. Their creativity is unlike human creativity, and that uniqueness is its primary value. AIs can also make valuable team members by performing rote tasks that humans are or become bored by. The share of work that AIs perform is likely to shift over time, but I cannot think of a single job or occupation that will not benefit from collaborating with and delegating to AIs. If we reframe our fears about robots taking human jobs, if we can utilize the AI over our shoulder, if we can see AIs as team members, we will find the future of work holds opportunities for all of us.

This video on “The Future of Employment with AI” was commissioned by China Mobile as part of an online course. It is one of 36 lecture videos. A version with Chinese subtitles is available at Citic Migu: http://citic.cmread.com/zxHtml/listenBook/listenDetail/liste…&channel=1

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May 25, 2020

Hurray! Photo

Posted by in categories: employment, engineering, robotics/AI

In our efforts to domesticate Artificial Intelligence and prepare people for future jobs in Africa. We are glad to announce our first Robotic boot camp tagged Introduction to Robotics 1.0. The Artificial Intelligence Hub is training young people between the ages 7 and 20 on Robotic Engineering. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn and be equipped with future skills. Register with the link provided below. https://forms.gle/yTx2obDkSQ5ULTLM9

May 22, 2020

Australian quantum technology could become a $4 billion industry and create 16,000 jobs

Posted by in categories: employment, quantum physics

Quantum technology is not a phrase discussed over kitchen tables in Australia, but perhaps it should be.

Australia’s quantum technology research has been breaking new ground for almost 30 years. Governments, universities and more recently multinationals have all invested in this research.

Quantum technology is set to transform electronics, communications, computation, sensing and other fields. In the process it can create new markets, new applications and new jobs in Australia.

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May 22, 2020

The Air Force’s AI-Powered ‘Skyborg’ Drones Could Fly as Early as 2023

Posted by in categories: drones, employment, military, robotics/AI

The drones would fly alongside Air Force warplanes, doing jobs too dangerous or dull for pilots.

May 20, 2020

Chips are down for artificial intelligence

Posted by in categories: business, employment, information science, robotics/AI

This raises the question of whether AI — defined as algorithms that mimic human intelligence — can deliver on its potential, and when. The answer is crucial because AI could become the ultimate industry disrupter, threatening tens of millions of jobs in Asia as business processes are automated. In addition, AI is the subject of intense rivalry between the US and China.


Unicorns abound but enthusiasm has dimmed. Will AI fulfil its potential?

May 19, 2020

Diary of an Immortal Man

Posted by in categories: employment, life extension, transhumanism

A bit of transhuman fiction. It doesn’t take long.


What would it be like to live forever? Writer Richard Dooling explores this question in this fictional piece from Esquire.

Originally published May 1999. Published on KurzweilAI.net May 22, 2001.

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May 12, 2020

SpaceX Seeks $656,000 From California in Midst of Musk’s Battle

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, employment, space travel, sustainability

(Bloomberg) — Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is seeking almost $656,000 in new funding from California in the midst of the billionaire’s battle over whether Tesla Inc. should be reopening its plant in the state.

SpaceX’s request for funds to train existing workers and hire new ones will go before the state’s Employment Training Panel on May 15, one week after the county that’s home to Tesla’s factory sought to block the facility from resuming operations. The company sued the next day, and its chief executive officer threatened to move Tesla’s headquarters, future programs and potentially its manufacturing out of the state.

Musk, 48, appears to be prevailing in the stand-off. He tweeted Monday that Tesla was restarting production in spite of Alameda County’s order and said that if anyone is arrested, he wanted to be the only one.

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May 10, 2020

The U.S. Navy Wants To Fill Its Fleet With Robo-Ships

Posted by in categories: employment, military, robotics/AI

The U.S. Navy is teaming up with DARPA to develop autonomous, robotic ships that are completely human free. The NOMARS (No Mariners Required Ship) concept, if successful, would be a huge leap over current unmanned surface vessel development efforts. The result could be a warship able to do the tedious, dangerous, and dirty jobs all by itself, keeping human-crewed ships safe from harm—and boredom.

The Navy, struggling to grow the fleet on a flat defense budget, is making a big push into unmanned surface vessels, or USVs. The Navy plans to build ten Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle ships, 200 to 300 foot long vessels displacing 2,000 tons, in five years. LUSV would act as a scout, sailing ahead of the fleet to detect threats early, or floating magazine, carrying a large load of missiles. LUSV would ideally be autonomous, or optionally manned with a small crew.

May 8, 2020

Universal basic income seems to improve employment and well-being

Posted by in categories: employment, finance, government, neuroscience

Finland’s test of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) was flawed in some respects, especially as it was only given to those who were unemployed when it began, but it appears to have had moderately positive results — with higher employment and improved well-being among the recipients. Also notable was that this effect was greater among people who were not native speakers of either of the two major languages in use in Finland.


By Donna Lu

The world’s most robust study of universal basic income has concluded that it boosts recipients’ mental and financial well-being, as well as modestly improving employment.

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