Today’s Tech Sightings:
A study commissioned by the White House earlier this year to look into the potential impact of artificial intelligence has concluded the technology holds much promise. But the writers also caution that strong vigilance is needed, saying the Obama administration believes “it is critical that industry, civil society and government work together to develop the positive aspects of the technology, manage its risks and challenges and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to help in building an A.I.-enhanced society and to participate in its benefits.” President Obama also talked about AI and robots with MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito and Wired’s Scott Dadich.
A report out of the British Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee has determined the government has no strategy to develop the skilled workforce needed for automation and artificial intelligence. The report also warns that more should be done to address the social and ethical problems related to the use of robots.
The International Federation of Robotics expects demand for service robots already working in hospitals, farms and warehouses to rise within the next three years. The personal and domestic robot market is growing the fastest, with demand increasing for robotic vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers and window cleaners.
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