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We, Robot: A Vision of What’s to Come

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… chores.

Alas, at the time of writing, I am still without a robotic aide. Although the use of robotics in manufacturing processes and other fields is growing, artificial intelligence has not nearly progressed to the level many science fiction writers predicted. One of the key sticking points is robot vision.

While naturally the details of robot vision technologies are complicated, the bare bolts are roughly analogous to the way we ourselves see – with an eye and a brain. First, you …

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If Your Job Stinks, Go With the Flow

Posted on by Santtu Parikka

… gives them the freedom to make the work more enjoyable.

Even with developments in computers and robotics, it seems likely that there will always be jobs in society that nobody wants to do. Whether this job is cleaning a sewer or washing dirty diapers, just because the unfortunate souls who get their hands dirty know what makes a job flow, it is probably impossible for them to make their tasks rewarding. For these people, spending a few minutes crowdsourcing every day may be one way they can …