Automation Threat (02:23)
U.K. Mashable editor Anne-Marie Tomchak has observed technology transform society over the past decade. Her magazine covers science, technology, entertainment, and social media; she believes a robot could carry out some aspects of her job. Hear examples of AI applications.
Medical Automation (04:21)
A Dublin cab driver believes self-driving vehicles will never be completely safe or replace the human connection he provides. Machines can now do complex tasks. A cancer patient undergoes robotic-assisted prostate surgery.
Self-Driving Vehicles (03:15)
Up to four million jobs in the U.S. will be replaced by autonomous cars. Tesla owner Martin Horan discusses his car's autopilot features. Tomchak finds it terrifying to relinquish control while driving.
A Dublin technology company has created an artificial intelligence chip recognizing human emotions. A teddy bear will be used to read and report hospitalized children's emotions for medical tracking purposes.
At an Oxford soccer match, reporters enter data into a program that produces a report. Sports journalist Chris Williams is skeptical that articles will miss the "human" element. Compare excerpts from each.
Robots attempting Comedy (02:27)
Comedian Neil Delamere comments on an act using artificial intelligence. The robot produces non sequitur comments, has no intent, and cannot yet adapt to audience feedback—but people laugh.
Robot Art (05:15)
Artist Patrick Tresset uses robots to produce portraits with human characteristics. Tomchak describes her experience interacting with the machines as they draw her face.
A San Francisco company builds AI tools assisting in earlier, more accurate medical diagnoses—even predicting cancer.
Impact of AI on the Workforce (03:31)
"Rise of the Robots" author Martin Ford discusses how artificial intelligence will contribute to automation. Robots will disrupt factory, retail, food service, financial, legal, and journalism jobs. Skilled trades and jobs requiring human interaction will be safe.
Zoltan Istvan wants to use technology to achieve immortality and make the world a better place. He has a chip implant that controls his appliances and computers remotely.
AI Opportunities (02:53)
Computer scientist, futurist, and entrepreneur Jerry Kaplan says artificial intelligence is the latest iteration of the progress movement that began during the Industrial Revolution. Jobs requiring human empathy, interpersonal communication, or creativity will thrive in the future.
Dadbot Project (03:15)
When James Vlahos's father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he took his oral history and used the data to create an interactive entity hosted in Facebook Messenger.
Sex Robots (04:19)
Companies like Realbotix are using AI, speech recognition, and animatronics to infuse dolls with personality traits and emotional intelligence. They provide companionship as well as sexual gratification. Tomchak tests Harmony's conversation skills.
Modern urban life can cause stress and isolation. Dublin psychologist Alison Darcy created a robot "therapist" available for mental health conversations on Facebook Messenger. She discusses the importance of increasing counseling accessibility—but therapists will never be replaced.
Earlier Technology Education (04:00)
Technology will likely augment capabilities and improve quality of life; children should be prepared for future developments. Primary school students in County Cork benefit from a robotics program teaching computer programming, engineering, problem solving and mathematics.
Credits: Will a Robot Steal My Job? (01:15)
Credits: Will a Robot Steal My Job?
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