Azeem's take on Disruption - issue #5

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April 19 · Issue #5 · View online
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Note from Azeem: This newsletter is in Alpha test, so I am trying a couple of different approaches this week. Please also take a moment to complete the feedback form.
Experimenting with
  • light editorialisation & grouping of the links
  • eliminated the ‘builder’s notes’ section (which was for practitioners)
  • pulling a few more practical, non-future stories in,such as Netflix.

Happy Birthday Moore's Law!
Moore’s Law is 50 today! Yes, 50 years ago Gordon Moore’s key paper, he outlined the exponential growth if transistors (with concomitant growth in computing power), was published. Can the law still hold?
Moore's Law hits 50, may not see 60
Graphene nanoscale spintronics may extend Moore's Law
Dept of consciousness & intelligence (real & artificial)
New structural MRI imaging of the brain has demonstrated that we can predict generalised intelligence with a very high degree of accuracy just by looking at MRI scans. An older piece of work, which I think is important to reference, shows dogs exhibiting similar types of conscious awareness to (human) children raising ethical questions about their rights. And switching to artificial intelligence, a great profile of Geoffrey Hinton, the Canadian professor who made breakthroughs leading to ‘deep learning’.
Accurate IQ prediction from structural MRI
Brain scans show that dogs are as conscious as human children
Deep learning and the revolution in artificial intelligence
Department of robotics (caring ones & how to kill them)
‘Caring robots’ tackle one of the few areas we generally agree humans currently beat robots: empathetic nurturing roles. A new super-cool personal drone is released; and Matternet launches an autonomous drone delivery service. At the same time, the military wants lasers to destroy all these drones if they go rogue.
The rise of caring robotics
The 3D Robotics Solo may be the smartest drone ever
Matternet launches autonomous drone delivery system
Navy wants anti-drone laser trucks
Dept of education, work, opportunity & progress
Robots are getting smarter. They can now outperform even a McDonald’s burger flipper. Today we see job growth only in so-called “non-routine” jobs. The rise of the bots points to increasing shifts in (un)employment. At the same time, Harvard Business School Professor (& Priest of Capitalism) Michael Porter argues economic development needs social progress- prompting increasing calls (even from ardent non-socialists) for minimum income guarantees for humans. The challenges for educating a workforce for this world of AI are manifest, as the essay below identifies.
Is your job ‘routine’? If so, it’s probably disappearing
The Future has lots of robots, few jobs for humans
Educating humans in an age of artificial intelligence
Why Social Progress Matters by Michael Porter
Dept of disruption (Netflix. Wow!)
This could easily be called “watch how Netflix takes over the world.”
Netflix vs HBO - watching exponential growth in action
Netflix prices are affected by local piracy rates
Stockmarket loves it
Dept of the quotidian weirdness
Smart toilets and smart remotes: the home of 2020 will have more than 500 smart devices.
In-flight wi-fi could be hacked and so poses a threat to aircraft (overblown fear designed to funnel research funds into military programmes. Real threat as GW, Vincennes & MH17 has shown are old technologies with people breakdowns.)
In the age of Meerkat and Periscope, a profile of JenniCam, one of the original live cammers who has shuttered her stream.
Whistling has been disrupted by mobile phones. Who would have thunk it.
Keep your car keys in the freezer or risk losing your wheels.
Smart toilets to smart remotes: the explosion of smart stuff in homes
In-flight Wi-Fi is a 'direct link' to hackers, warns US report (Wired UK)
JenniCam: Jennifer Ringley’s webcam years well and truly over
Demise of whistling in Britain is blamed on smartphones and headphones
Keeping your car safe from electronic thieves
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