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Glimpses of the Future January 2015

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Did An Amazon Robot Pick and Pack Your Package This Christmas?

After many grumbles about the way it treats its human labour, Amazon has revealed that at 10 of its fulfilment centres based across the United Sates, the Kiva robot mobile fulfilment system has been doing the picking and packing this festive season.

Kiva – the maker of the robots which Amazon bought last year says its bots increase productivity by 2-4 times over other picking methods.

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Glimpses of the Future October 2014

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Cuba Leads The World In Stem Cell Treatments

It is claimed that over 6,000 patients have been treated in Cuba with stem cells, a procedure of regenerative medicine that has been used in this Caribbean archipelago since 2004.

According to the local Granma newspaper, angiology and orthopaedics and traumatology are the specialties with the greatest number of cases treated by this method, which is applied in 14 of the 15 Cuban provinces. Read More

Artificial Intelligence: The Most Important Issue Humankind Has Ever Faced

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The point at which machine intelligence surpasses human problem solving abilities is often referred to as the ‘technological singularity’ (because like a black hole in space, the point is one beyond which we can gather no meaningful information about the future – who can guess what super-intelligence will bring or where it will lead?).

Some of the world’s greatest brains including Professor Stephen Hawking have warned that the creation of strong artificial-intelligence (AI) may become humanity’s greatest achievement but, he suggests, it may also be our last achievement.

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What 4G really means for business

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Futurologist Ray Hammond insists that 4G networks are set to continue having an impact on society that will be far more profound than most people realise. He explains: “4G networks will extend high-speed connectivity through the air to allow businesses of every size to use the marketing, organisational and efficiency opportunities that will make business truly democratic. A small restaurant on the street corner now has the same opportunities to promote itself and attract customers in the super-fast world of 4G as the biggest chain of fast food outlets. The same is true for almost all other types of business.”

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