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theatlantic’s Johnny Five is Alive with:
IBM’s Watson—the same machine that beat Ken Jennings at Jeopardy—is now churning through case histories at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, learning to make diagnoses and treatment recommendations. This is one in a series of developments suggesting that technology may be about to disrupt health care in the same way it has disrupted so many other industries. Are doctors necessary? Just how far might the automation of medicine go?
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A telling statistic: For the first time ever, there are more varsity robotics teams than there are boys’ varsity hockey teams in the state. There are 156 high school boys’ hockey teams and 180 robotics teams, up from 153 last year, according to the Minnesota State High School League.
While boys’ and girls’ high school basketball teams remain the most common with more than 400 teams each, no other sport or activity has grown as quickly as robotics, which began with just two teams in 2006 and will likely surpass 200 soon.
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Damn, good-for-nothing, butler robots.
Kam Gan, a Chinese immigrant living in San Francisco, may not have ever thought it possible to go into engineering as a career. But an after school program in robotics has inspired her to envision an education — and eventually a job — in this male-dominated field.
theatlantic welcomes our new overlords:
This new generation’s children are going to have something even cooler coming their way in terms of in-class technology: robots. Robotic technology is advancing to the point that kids in select classrooms the world over are being taught to build their own robots on a simple level, and the technology is only going to grow from there and give kids a new outlet for learning. Besides, what kid wouldn’t want their own robot?
Today’s infographic from onlineschools.com shows how robotic technology is advancing and how it will hopefully be integrated into learning in the not-too-distant future.
It probably is no surprise to most that much of online traffic isn’t human. Hacker software, spam, or innocuous data collection from search engines all get their slice of the bandwidth pie. But what might surprise you is exactly how much…
Kennedy. On the moon. Riding a robot unicorn. WITH A LIGHTSABER.
Taking a deeper look at the stories the children created, the survey found that unlike many adults who see technology as separate from humanness, it seems that “kids tend to think of technology as fundamentally human: as a social companion that can entertain, motivate, and empower them in various contexts.”
While this dreamy perspective is partially the result of childhood imagination (something kids from any generation can have), it is clear that kids are eagerly anticipating new ways that tech can enhance their lives.
Sure, it’s easy to dismiss how children look forward to the future and dream without inhibitions, but that’s exactly what some of the greatest innovators of our time have done. Children don’t just react, they imagine, and that’s why this study can’t be overlooked.
It is easy to both draw these implications too far as well as dismiss them for the reason that there are many examples of the opposite. I think there really are deep implications of this for the future and that the rate of accelerating technology development these young generations are grown up in will have profound implications for how these young people are shaped.
Sherlock Holmes + Robocop = Victorian Detroit has never been safer
This is amazing - Honda’s ASIMO has been upgraded and unlocked bartender mode. He can also run at 9kph and hop on one or both “legs”.
At the University of Chicago’s new library, 70 students have summer jobs filling a chilly subterranean bunker 50 feet beneath the main reading room. Their mission: Load a million volumes into a machine-dominated warehouse that most library patrons will never see.
“You feel like you’re feeding this giant robot,” says Victoria Lee, an anthropology major who earns $11.15 an hour stuffing bound journals into steel bins. Ms. Lee’s insatiable robot is a computer system that directs mechanical cranes to store those bins in giant stacks and retrieve them when patrons request their contents.
“Quite possibly perfect for @gjmueller”