World's first 'robot lawyer' overturns 160,000 parking tickets
"The chatbot is the brainchild of 19-year-old British student and self-taught coder Joshua Browder." Of course it is! When I was 19 I was mastering the art of the one hand bra clasp release. Sheesh.
Hat tip: Instapundit
Goodbye accountants! Startup builds AI to automate all your accounting
This seems reasonable. Many functions will be automated, while others will not. I suspect the bookkeepers go first, and the accountants second. Private side accountants will be hardest hit. Small businesses will love this.
Hat tip: Instapundit
25 everyday things made obsolete this century
And it is not getting better!
Google and Amazon are slowly killing the gadget as we know it
Which is one of the reasons technology pricing continues to rapidly decline.
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This Lady Robot Speaks Her Mind
Meh. I have the Amazon Echo, her name is Alexa. Alexa has a much smoother voice interface, and her language sounds nearly human normal. The Hanson robot sounds like a robot from the 50s-60s with some spit and polish. "Danger Will Robinson, danger!" I am always surprised by how good Alexa sounds, and how quickly she responds. Perhaps robots will come with faces in the future, I can't imagine why I would want that, but I am not discounting the possibility.
Hat tip: Instapundit Hanson Robotics’s lifelike robot
Until we eliminate the human driver from the equation there will be no solution to this problem.
The resulting standing wave continues until the traffic coming up onto the wave becomes so light that the wave cannot continue to propagate. In essence, it requires a traffic vacuum to eliminate the standing wave. This is why so many traffic problems seem to have no discernible cause.
The cure to the phantom wave is to eliminate the human from the driving equation. Robots will simply have less of the human error which causes these problems, and so traffic will flow much more smoothly. Even during the initial phase of the self drive car ramp up, the addition of these cars should have a significant and salutary effect on traffic.
We can't wait for the self drive car!
I am old enough to remember when Pong and Space Invaders was going to cause the collapse of civilization . . .
Oculus Rift is going to destroy families and relationships
. . . now it's this pretender to the throne. Meh!
"No, tech is turning out to be the great atomizer, wrenching people apart. I well remember the first time (maybe eight years ago) I saw a couple in a restaurant, clearly on a date, yet each of them gazing longingly into a smartphone instead of addressing the facing person. I thought: Here. It. Comes.
Smartphones today are zapping dates, dinners, conversations and spontaneous meetings so everyone can disappear into his own independent iFog. Another filmmaker, Wim Wenders, foresaw this as far back as 1991, in his unappreciated but brilliant film “Until the End of the World.” In a post-apocalyptic climax, a tech gadget that can record your dreams takes the form of a wraparound virtual-reality headset exactly like the Oculus Rift. Users become addicted to their own interiors, and they begin to wander the land in the headsets, blind to one another, in a lonely daze."
Sure, this will definitely cause the end of the world. Well, right up until the next world ending tech gadget hits the market. One of the few certain things in this life is that things change. The sooner you get used to it, and accept it, the less frequent will be your stays in the rubber room.
End of the world? Really! For this clunky device? Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.