Can a robot be racist?

Posted by Mike Walsh

9/20/16 12:00 PM

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The tragic shootings in Dallas ended dramatically with the unprecedented use of a robotic device to kill Micah Xavier Johnson, a suspect involved in the incident. Although far from sophisticated, the improvised use of a bomb-disposal unit in this way raises an important question: how far should society go in permitting the use of lethal robotics and drones by the police?

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The self-driving car that learned to play go

Posted by Mike Walsh

9/20/16 11:35 AM

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There is a wonderful turning point in the movie ‘Fresh’ (1994) when 12-year-old Michael, surrounded by violence, drug dealers and ghetto enforcers, applies his father’s chess lessons to eliminating the forces that oppose him. Games are more than mere pastimes; they are frameworks for thinking. That is also why they make great teaching tools for humans and machines alike.

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Unsafe at any speed

Posted by Mike Walsh

9/20/16 11:25 AM

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Statistics are evil things. I learned a new one today: on average, one person dies for every 94 million vehicle miles traveled in the United States.

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Your body is the interface

Posted by Mike Walsh

9/19/16 2:49 PM

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When Tim Cook introduced the Apple Watch, many hoped it might do for wearable computers what the iPhone did for smartphones. And yet, great design aside — our ever expanding armoury of smart watches, smart rings, augmented eyewear, wireless earbuds, connected bracelets and fitness trackers — all seem to scream for a more elegant solution. We have hit Peak Tech, while somehow missing peak productivity along the way.

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The 5 things every CEO needs to know about the Cloud

Posted by Mike Walsh

7/21/14 7:00 PM

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The Cloud is not a trend or a fad. Nor is it simply Silicon Valley’s flavour of the month. It has become, in fact, a fundamental part of the engineering that drives the world. Our entertainment, our social networks or our communication systems would simply not work without Cloud technology. Unfortunately the strategic importance of the Cloud today also means that it is no longer a subject purely for your technology teams. Whether it be transforming how you engage your customers, how your teams work or how quickly you can bring to market new services - the Cloud is a business revolution that no CEO can ignore.

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