Watch Lee Sedol beat Google’s AlphaGo, and the final game

Posted By on March 14, 2016
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In October 2015, AlphaGo became the first computer program ever to beat a professional Go player by winning 5-0 against the reigning 3-times European Champion Fan Hui (2-dan pro). That work was featured in a front cover article in the science journal Nature in January 2016. Watch DeepMind’s program AlphaGo take on the legendary Lee

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Future Trends: Saving the Earth and defeating drug cartels

Posted By on March 11, 2016
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Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, summarizes the top-5 future looking developments and news items that I find to be inspiring, interesting, concerning, or downright strange. Each day he reads through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of. In Future Trends: Saving the Earth and defeating drug

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Archiculture for Archifuture

Posted By on March 10, 2016
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Archiculture for Archifuture looks at a a thoughtful, yet critical documentary at the architectural studio. This 25-minute documentary offers a unique glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of a group of students finishing their final design projects. Interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators help create crucial dialog around the key issues

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The Future of Work: Obama Predicts Humans Replaced by Machines

Posted By on March 9, 2016
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In U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2016 Economic Report of the President to Congress outlines the increasing probability that jobs that pay under $20/hr face a strong likelihood of being replaced by a machine in the future. Read the PDF, page 238-239 An excerpt: To better understand the relationship between automation and wages at the occupational level,

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Nikolas Badminton Discusses the Future of Farming

Posted By on March 8, 2016
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Nikolas Badminton, Futurist, is a regular contributor to Lynda Steele’s CKNW Drive Time show talking about a number of future-forward items from The Future of Work, The Sharing Economy, Privacy, and other items of public interest. In this episode – CKNW, Lynda Steele Show – March 8: Nik Badminton talks the future of farming – Nikolas

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Helping the Visually Impaired See

Posted By on March 7, 2016
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Helping the Visually Impaired See looks at Aipoly, an intelligent assistant app that audibly describes what to people with visual impairment what their are aiming at with their smartphone to help them navigate more easily through the day. It lets your smartphone understand objects, and colors, through artificial intelligence. You can find out more at aipoly.com

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Future Trends: Urban Farm Pods, Home AI, and PostCapitalism

Posted By on March 4, 2016
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Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, summarizes the top-5 future looking developments and news items that I find to be inspiring, interesting, concerning, or downright strange. Each day he reads through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of. In Future Trends: Urban Farm Pods, Home AI, and

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Isolating China and Russia in The New Global Financial Cold War

Posted By on March 2, 2016
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In Isolating China and Russia in The New Global Financial Cold War we see Dr. Michael Hudson discuss how the IMF Changes Its Rules To Isolate China and Russia; implications of the four policy changes at the International Monetary Fund in its role as enforcer of inter-government debts; the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as an alternative military alliance

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Syrian Refugees Pay via Iris Scanning

Posted By on March 1, 2016
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In Syrian Refugees Pay via Iris Scanning we look at when UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visited an iris scanning identification programme during a visit to Jordan, where about 85 percent of the 630,000 Syrian refugee live in cities. The secure biometric programme ensures that the most needy receive the cash assistance they

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