Monday, January 17, 2011

Updates on The Age of Betterment

In The Age of Betterment this dude reached an alarming conclusion that the time is upon us for the increasingly speedy replacement of humanity by electronic cousins.

Take a look at The Robot in the Next Cubicle by Eric Spitznagel posted at Bloomberg Businessweek.  A taste:
... Unlike more affordable office robots, the five-foot-tall, two-armed, rolling PR2 can do remedial problem solving, open doors without instruction, and plug itself into a wall socket when its battery is running low. And as seen in Garage's video demonstrations, it can fetch a beer from the fridge and play a mean game of pool. Soon enough, people won't even need real friends.
Also, go here to see IBM's webpage dedicated to the machine, Watson, that will be competing against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on Jeopardy, February 14th.