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Envision what it may resemble to live and work in our reality in 2030 and past. Maybe, on account of headways in broadened reality (XR), an umbrella term used to depict vivid advancements that can consolidate the physical and virtual universes, you may have the option to search for another home anyplace on the planet as though you were quite site or head to lunch in some faraway land. By 2022, the XR market is relied upon to reach $209 billion, which is multiple times what it is today. This gigantic development could mean the substances of our 2030 lives are past our creative mind’s capacity to get a handle on.

Different Types Of Realities

Extended Reality(XR)

XR is a rising umbrella term for all the vivid innovations. The ones we as of now have today—enlarged reality (AR), computer generated reality (VR), and blended reality (MR) in addition to those that are still to be made. Every single vivid innovation broaden the truth we experience by either mixing the virtual and “genuine” universes or by making a completely vivid encounter. Late research uncovered that over 60% of respondents trusted XR will be standard in the following five years. To show signs of improvement picture of XR, how about we survey every one of the current innovations that exist today.

Augmented reality (AR)

In aumented reality, virtual data and items are overlaid on this present reality. This experience upgrades this present reality with computerized subtleties, for example, pictures, content, and liveliness. You can get to the experience through AR glasses or by means of screens, tablets, and cell phones. This implies clients are not segregated from this present reality can even now cooperate and see what’s happening before them. The most outstanding instances of AR are the Pokémon GO game that overlays advanced animals onto this present reality or Snapchat channels that put computerized items, for example, caps or glasses onto your head.

Virtual Reality

Rather than augmented reality, in virtual reality, clients are completely inundated in a reenacted computerized condition. People must put on a VR headset or head-mounted showcase to get a 360 – degree perspective on a fake world that tricks their cerebrum into accepting they are, e.g., strolling on the moon, swimming under the sea or ventured into whatever new world the VR engineers made. The gaming and media outlet were early adopters of this innovation; be that as it may, organizations in a few ventures, for example, medicinal services, development, building, the military, and more are seeing VR as valuable.

Mixed Reality(MR)

In mixed reality, computerized and genuine articles coincide and can interface with each other progressively. This is the most recent vivid innovation and is some of the time alluded to as hybrid reality. It requires a MR headset and significantly more preparing force than VR or AR. Microsoft’s HoloLens is an extraordinary model that, e.g., enables you to put computerized objects into the room you are remaining in and enable you to turn it around or interface with the advanced article in any capacity conceivable. Organizations are investigating ways they can give blended reality something to do to take care of issues, bolster activities, and improve their organizations.

 

Applications Of Extended Realities(XR)

There are numerous reasonable uses of XR. Here are a couple:

· Retail: XR enables clients to attempt before they purchase. Watch maker Rolex has an AR application that enables you to take a stab at watches on your genuine wrist, and furniture organization IKEA enables clients to put furniture things into their home through their cell phone.

· Preparing: Particularly throughout everyday life and-demise conditions, XR can give preparing apparatuses that are hyper-practical that will help troopers, human services experts, pilots/space travelers, physicists, and more make sense of answers for issues or figure out how to react to hazardous conditions without putting their lives or any other person’s in danger.

· Remote work: Laborers can associate with the home office or with experts situated the world over such that makes the two sides feel like they are in a similar room.

· Advertising: The conceivable outcomes to connect with planned clients and purchasers through XR will have promoting experts contemplating all the capability of utilizing XR to further their organization’s potential benefit.

· Land: Discovering purchasers or occupants may be simpler if people can “stroll through” spaces to choose on the off chance that they need it in any event, when they are in some other area.

· Excitement: As an early adopter, media outlets will keep on finding better approaches for using vivid advancements.

Disadvantages of XR

Those creating XR advancements are engaging with a portion of the difficulties to standard reception. To start with, XR advancements gather and procedure enormous measures of definite and individual information about what you do, what you take a gander at, and even your feelings at some random time, which must be secured.

What’s more, the expense of executing the innovation needs to descend; something else, numerous organizations will be not able put resources into it. It is basic that the wearable gadgets that permit a full XR experience are chic and agreeable just as constantly associated, savvy, and vivid. There are critical specialized and equipment issues to explain that incorporate however are not restricted to the showcase, power and warm, movement following, availability and basic enlightenment—where virtual articles in a genuine world are indistinct from genuine items particularly as lighting shifts.

As every day passes, we are one bit nearer to settling these issues so we will see a lot more standard utilizations of all XR advancements over the coming years

Reference:https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2019/08/12/what-is-extended-reality-technology-a-simple-explanation-for-anyone/#66f64e4e7249

AI As Danger To Public Road Safety

Impact of Technology on Driving

 

Prepared by: Artem Beregovskykh

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In the past 20 years, technology had a massive impact not only on the business market segments but also on our day-to-day life and the automotive industry is not the exception. With the increased use of technologies and its implementation in the new cars, they became safer, more economical, less polluting and more “independent” than they have ever been. On the other side, drivers became way too reliant on the new systems and in some cases that leads to deadly accidents. This report will focus on the impact of new systems implemented in cars and how they benefit and deteriorate the way we transport ourselves.

 

Automakers are investing the majority of their budgets on improving the safety of their new car models [3]. Several new systems were introduced to reduce the possibility of getting into an accident, let’s look at some of them in a more detailed way. Firstly, the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) approximately 50% of both head-on and rear-end collisions were prevented by this system. Furthermore, the auto manufacturers in North America have agreed that this feature will come as a standard option on new vehicles from 2022 [3]. Second, Blind-Spot warning systems help you changing lanes and avoiding hitting a car in the blind spot have reduced nearly 14% of side crashes [2]. The electronic stability control (ESC) helped to prevent nearly half of the severe accidents involving roll-overs [3]. Adaptive Headlights are turning with your cars wheels allowing you to see what is in front of your car when you are entering a turn and avoiding an obstacle at the curve if it is present [1]. Although, the governments around the world are stiffening the regulations on safety features of new cars a lot of people worldwide are still dying in major crashes.

 

As new cars are becoming more technologically-advanced we expect them to be safer. However, in the USA there was a 50% increase in car accidents from 2015 to 2016 involving deaths and fatalities, which was the biggest annual increase in 50 years [4]. Also, from 2005 to 2008 the rise of telephone usage contributed to the growing amount of car accidents by 28% [9]. In the USA in 2017 texting and driving included 14% of fatal crashes [7]. Another way automakers are trying making public roads safer, is by developing and introducing self-driving systems. On the automotive market, Tesla is seen as the most tech-driven company but there were a lot of complaints from the drivers when Tesla cars were very close to hitting an obstacle when operating under the autopilot if the driver was not strictly following its manoeuvres [6]. However, there were also tragic instances when Teslas were involved in deadly car accidents when the autopilot was turned on. In 2019 Model  Tesla went under a truck resulting in the death of a driver. In the same year, the most expensive model in Tesla’s lineup Model X went into a barrier, caught on fire killing the driver [8]. In the end, people become highly dependent on the new technologies in their cars that they lose the caution and control over the process that increases the possibility of dying or getting serious injuries in a car accident.

 

Although, new cars are safer and more efficient than the old ones there are a lot of things that must be done to prevent future collisions and deadly accidents. Moreover, today’s drivers must be constantly involved in the driving process and control the environment around them, this approach will help reduce most of the crashes. To sum up, I believe that all auto manufacturers  should engage in more deeper research and development of the new systems in cars to reduce the possibility of its failure to a minimum. However, in the near future, I do not believe that cars will be able to operate without the driver’s presence.

 

 

Works Cited

 

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This could help build future AI chips – Artificial synapses


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Researchers in the emergin field of “neuromorphic computing” at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology have built something that might make a huge impact on the advancement of AI.  A magnetically controlled electronic synpase.

Some of you may wonder what a synampse is. MIT News explains it here better than I ever could:

 


“Packed within the squishy, football-sized organ are somewhere around 100 billion neurons. At any given moment, a single neuron can relay instructions to thousands of other neurons via synapses — the spaces between neurons, across which neurotransmitters are exchanged. There are more than 100 trillion synapses that mediate neuron signaling in the brain, strengthening some connections while pruning others, in a process that enables the brain to recognize patterns, remember facts, and carry out other learning tasks, at lightning speeds.”


 

Let’s not get too technical. What is interesting about this artificial synapse, is that it can fire millions of times faster, and use 1000 times less energy than the synapses in your brain. That means that this has the potential to allow us to build super-fast computer chips. These chips work like the human brain and are not limited to binary like digital ones today.

Like the human brain, these chips could efficiently process millions of streams of parallel computations. Today we can only to this with massive super-computer banks. This would make the chips perfect for modern AI and would allow us to solve one of the biggest challenges we have had with AI. Building portable, low-power chips for use in pattern recognition and learning tasks. This has been particularly tricky to reproduce in hardware because of the lack of neural synapse technology.

 

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MIT News writes that their engineers have build a small chip using this technology. In simulation, it can be used to recognize samples of handwriting with 95% accuracy, only 2% less accuracte than existing software algorithms.

There are, however, problems. For example, we have not yet managed to create a large device with this technology, so its future is not exactly clear. Another big problem is that they run at temperatures of 5K, which is way too cold for any practical computin device.

 

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Jeehwan Kim, principal investigator in MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics, says:

 


“Ultimately we want a chip as big as a fingernail to replace one big supercomputer, this opens a stepping stone to produce real artificial hardware.”


 


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MIT News

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Touching the sky with Rirchard Branson

 

A project Virgin Galactic which have been around for 14 years almost hits commercial market.  Sir Richard Branson spent over 1 bn dollars of his own and 300 mln dollars from investors to finally reach an important milestone. Virgin Galactic spaceship 2 reached altitude of over 80 km  which is consider a boarder of space in United States.

Entrepreneur claims he will use his vehicle to get to the space within 3-4 test flights. Over 600 people are already waiting for commercial use of Branson’s project which probably will start in 1 year.

The spaceship (first picture) will take 8 people to the boarder of space 2 pilots and 6 passengers. it will be uplifted thanks to Whiteknight two ( second picture) at the altitude of 15 km and then little spacecraft will start it trusters and get customers to the edge of space.

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Despite the fact Virgin galactic haven’t started yet it already have competition thanks to another giant company which is Amazon. Jeff Bezos have the same ambition of taking people to the edge of space but to the international one which is Karman line (around 100 km). On the other hand Branson accepts that and claims that this area of bussines will have enough space for both of them but not anyone else.

This will change change definitly the turistic market forever and will bring it closer to interplanetar travels.

 

Reference:

https://www.ft.com/content/09ca18e8-ff69-11e8-aebf-99e208d3e521

https://www.ft.com/content/5fab59be-fe99-11e8-aebf-99e208d3e521

https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/13/18138279/virgin-galactic-vss-unity-spaceshiptwo-space-tourism

Google’s Deepmind new AI predicts folding of proteins

The 13th Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction (competition) took place on 2nd of December 2018. Deepmind showed their latest project AlphaFold during this event.

How AlphaFold works ?

First of all this program gets a sequence of amino acids which later on are analysed thanks to neural network and data base. Then it predicts angels of connection of amino acids and the distance between them. At last it creates 3D model (like the ones above ).

In the contest the AI competed with human teams and made the most accurate prediction 25 times ( out of 43 tests ).

Thanks to predicting how proteins fold, in future we will understand diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s or  cystic fibrosis and maybe we will figure out how to cure them. We will also gain more knowleage how different proteins could react to one another  or what physical properties they have.

Project AlphaFold is based on previous Alphas (e.g. AlphaGo) which were mainly AI created to beat humans at games and to learn how AI works. Now this AI will help scientists create new ideas, for example how to improve cures, develop new theories or create new materials made of proteins.

AI just a few years ago was something futuristic but now rapidly developes into everyday solution in different fields of our life.

 

Reference:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/12/google-s-deepmind-aces-protein-folding

https://deepmind.com/blog/alphafold/

Chat-bots – Rise of Machines

 

a chance to get in contact with your clients is a significant way for your business to grow. Chat bots help to handle interactions with customers for e-commerce companies and simulate the shopping that buyers get in a retail store. Now a days chat bots are the hottest artificial intelligence and tend to be included more and more in the systems. In the near future we will be using chat-bots all the time for different goals.

The integration of messaging apps and online shopping allows businesses to utilize applications such as Facebook Messenger, We-Chat, Whats-app, or even voice technology like the Amazon Echo. Customers can chat with AI robot and ask questions, receive customer commands and personalized recommendations, or purchase products all within one channel .  Although this form of AI is far from ready to take over eCommerce it is beginning to see more and more, so lets look at some of the areas where it has been experimented.

  • Marketing and brand boosting

Making money trough chat-bots is difficult, with some exceptions such as Adidas . Them giving out exclusive offers available only through bot messengers was a unique way to drive more interest. . The Chat bot would then contact them exclusively with dates and times. Their ultimate goal was to boost brand awareness and it certainly worked. Within the first week 2,000 people signed-up and their first week retention was 60%, higher than any app they’ve started.

 

  • Customer Service role

Chat-bots that interact via messaging could revolutionize the customer service sector for eCommerce.One reason is the speed with which they can respond to a customer query. Mgage a telecommunication provider from London through a survey found that Chat-bots can instantly & accurately answer up to 90% of the questions they’re asked. This round-the-clock support is unlikely for most businesses using humans due to the cost, so another benefit of Chat-bots is the money they’d save retailers, up to 30% in customer service.

 

  • Engaging Customers and send location offers

Burger King have begun testing a Chat-bot in the US that allows customers to place an order, choose a restaurant and collect from the location. Sending them message with deals, targeting them around the time of the day they would usually order and even location based offers.

  • Reduce steps to a conversion

H&M’s new messenger bot attempts to offer a personalized shopping experience that leads to the checkout. Customers enter a conversation with the bot who will pick-up certain keywords, like colors and garment types, to help guide them to their products. It will recommend clothing, suggest whole outfits and link them to the product page; reducing steps and creating new sales opportunities.

In my opinion Chat-bots can bring up new E-business ideas and encourage customer interaction. it provides the businesses a gateway to understand the customer needs and tailor solutions accordingly Overall it will be a powerful marketing tool in the future.

Sources :

  1.  https://chatbotsmagazine.com/how-chatbots-can-enhance-your-social-media-marketing-strategy-a801ae513faa
  2. https://www.topbots.com/project/hm-kik-bot-review
  3. http://fortune.com/2016/05/18/burger-king-bot/
  4. https://chatbotsmagazine.com/chatbots-for-retail-and-e-commerce-part-three-c112a89c0b48
  5. https://www.livechatinc.com/blog/use-cases-chatbots-ecommerce/

THE FLYING TAXI WILL SOON BE REAL: THE IDEA OF A GERMAN STARTUP

Drones are tired to fly just to take photos and videos. Lately also want to bring the humans on board and they do so thanks to Volocopter VC200. Electric, steering and autonomous driving. It is the taxi produced by the german startup Volocopter, from which the invention is also named. It is a robot helicopter as a giant drone named AAT, acronym for Autonomous Air Taxi. It wants to “make every man’s dream of flying and helping cities solve their mobility problems”.

Real debut for AAT was not far from Jumeirah Beach Park in Dubai. A new page of mobility history has been written. It is the first test of a non-pilot helicopter designed to transform tomorrow’s movements has been completed. The giant drone-like vehicle has two seats, 18 rotos, and is powered by nine batteries. It has a 30-minutes autonomy and reaches a maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour. The vertical take-off model will serve as a taxi, and can be booked through a simple app.

It looks like a vision from the future but Volocopter is already a reality. Last September, the first flight test was conducted in Dubai thanks to an agreement with the local transport authority (RTA). The helicopter flew for 5 minutes, about 200 meters high, without passengers, waiting for all safety measures to be completed. The automated electric drone takes off as a standard consumer drone: vertically, like a helicopter would. This allows it to land in tight spaces, as opposed to requiring a runway. In this first phase, the drone is only running low-altitude flights at a maximum speed of 13 knots (25 km / h), but they are already studying how to take it to higher altitudes and up to 54 knots (100 km / h).

 

The Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan, was on hand to press the launch...

The first taxi of the future, according to forecasts, could come on the market already next year. It is not yet known how much a “run” on Volocopter will cost. To date, the company has raised 25 million euros in investment. Investors include Intel and the Daimler automotive company.

The investor Lukasz Gadowski has already successfully founded and financed numerous enterprises. Gadowski has enormous experience in the fast and global scaling of tech start-ups. “I have been interested in flying cars and following their development for a while. When I saw the Volocopter I got it: ‘‘the flying car has no wheels! What is exciting at Volocopter is not just the magnificent vision but also that which has already been tangibly implemented. Huge ambition with both feet on the ground – a unique combination! In the coming years we can expect a revolution in manned aviation. We at Volocopter will significantly contribute to shaping it!”

CEO of Volocopter, Florian Reuter, claims that the current model is capable of flying based on GPS tracks, and that the company aims to “implement full sense capability” moving forward. Basically this would allow for sophisticated obstacle avoidance and anti-collision measures to be in place, further strengthening the argument for safety. However could result from this invention problems such as regulation of air traffic, identification of areas forbidden to such vehicles and mapping of vehicles. It is also important to ensure the safety of the flights. All this will be not a simple work. In addition, the incompatibility with the current transport market has to be noted. These could claim because a large number of customers might prefer the new market to the traditional one. Currently Volocopter is not yet ready for use. This is due to reliability issues, battery autonomy, low speeds that would lead to preferring the traditional taxi. It’s important to note also the high costs of ‘‘taxiplane’’ installations. How many cities will be able to install and take advantage of this service in a short time? It’s hard to say but surely only a few big cities will be ready to adopt this solution in a shortly time.

The Volocopter in its current form can fly for 30 minutes at a time

However already in 2030 in the most famous of the seven emirates that make up the rich gulf state, the authorities aim at 25% autonomous mobility, between road and air. The price of a vehicle is not very low. The Wall Street Journal reported that the initial price of the Volocopter will be €250,000, the price for the 18-Rotor Electric Helicopter is €600,000 in Crowdfunding and the ultimate goal is for the price to go down. The era of personal flight is only at the beginning but the premise is more than good.

Sources:

https://www.volocopter.com/en/

http://www.businessinsider.com/dubai-flying-taxi-drone-volocopter-test-pilot-unmanned-2017-9?IR=T

https://www.wired.com/2015/06/18-rotor-volocopter-like-flying-car-better/

http://www.thedrive.com/aerial/14642/volocopter-passenger-drone-successfully-takes-dubais-crown-prince-on-5-minute-flight

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/26/dubai-volocopter-passenger-drone-test/

Social Media Influencers – Why they matter

Thanks to the connected world and social media Influencers (SMI); introducing the worldwide and new word-of-mouth type, being today, one of the most effective digital marketing strategy ever created for both small business and larger ones.


Being once unknown to the world, social media influencers are now “icons” in the social media sphere and beyond. Whether they are present on YouTube, blogs, Instagram or other, Social Media Influencers are now everywhere on the internet; creating contains where they communicate and share their personal life, ideas, passion, products experience and many other. Many social media Influencers have gained over time a large and significant number of viewers and followers as well as love towards them from their audience, creating communities that groups members with similar interests. The word “influencer” directly insinuates the power of these individuals towards their viewers which with their advice on products on their channels can result to persuade their audience thanks to their authenticity and built strong truest over the years. Now investing on influencers as a marketing strategy is one of the clever way to market a product and/or brand, from small business to worldwide ones, which on average, the return on $1 dollar invested on it marketing approach is counted at $6.50, resulting to place as well first of the most cost-effective marketing strategy regarding costumer acquisition and which more than half of all 125 marketers answered to believe gaining the best quality kind of customers through their social influencers in comparison to other marketing form. Study found by Twitter and Annalect that 40% of responded claimed to have purchase at least one product thanks to a social media influencer, and which nearly 50% claimed that they believe and rely on product recommendations from influencers before purchasing. No wonder why, among all marketing channel it is the fastest growing market channels online which somewhat 60% of all marketers had for plans to increase their budget on it strategy during 2015/2016 according to Tomoson marketing study. The reason of it digital success is because people truest individuals more than brands themselves and sometimes recruiting a celebrity to represent a brand can be highly costly and out of reach for most businesses, inversely to SMI which result to a great win-win situation for all parties (businesses, potential new customers and social media influencers).
Choosing the right influencer for the right business is as well important. A large and wide audience have both positive and negative aspect where it is good to reach as much people as possible but an analyse of what kind of audience a particular influencer has is crucial. Businesses have to think about the influencer like a real ambassador, where, not only it is important to take in consideration influencer’ popularity level but also analyse if most of it followers match the company’ target consumers. Also, it is important to keep in mind that the influencer chosen, will later on represent the brand, it is therefore important to take into consideration the story of the influencer, how they behave (regularly posts, use hashtags, posts appropriate contains), how they followers respond to their contains etc. Any SMI is not right for a particular business, but, businesses not taking this digital marketing strategy trend seriously should watch out and envisage twice to it decision.

 

 

Sources:

https://blog.tomoson.com/influencer-marketing-study/

http://www.adweek.com/digital/twitter-says-users-now-trust-influencers-nearly-much-their-friends-171367/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2017/08/02/how-to-choose-the-right-micro-influencer-for-your-brand/#776bc9667885

https://blog.hootsuite.com/influencer-marketing/#whatis

 

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What makes Amazon greatest IT-company in the world? A guide to the company of the future

What makes Amazon great?  Why and how the company has become so big?
– Inspirational management? Well-knit team? Company culture? Or innovativeness? Or probably all together?

All those components have led to a unique synergy that drives the company ahead, and innovativeness is probably the main part of the progress.

Being proactive is ain’t easy. Thinking out of the box is a huge skill developed with years, and trained by the experiences. Managing the technology and the change in a fast-developing world is an art. Jeff Besos is an artist who  has implemented numerous successful innovations in the company. Here are the best of them, those who made Amazon one of the leading IT-companies in the world.

Amazon Go

In 2016 Amazon introduced the most advanced shop in the world. Smart shopping is real – no lines, no cash desks. The shop is supported by the application Amazon Go, which allows to do any transaction with the help of the smartphone, just scan the item and put it in the basket. Special technology, called Just Walk Out, automatically detects when the products are taken from or returned to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart.
Currently it is often only for Amazon employees in a Beta program, yet in 2017 it will open to the public.

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First Customer delivery

Amazon is not the first company to use drones as a delivery vehicle, but Amazon is the first to put it into their business strategy, not only  use it as a promotional tool. The very first parcel was delivered in December, 2016. Amazon will continue using drones in the area of Cambridge.

Airship warehouses

In 2014 Amazon has filed a patent for using airship warehouses that would work in tandem with drones to make a delivery. Amazon calls those air stations “Airborne fulfilment centres”(AFc), which are aimed to be used in the times of a high demand (e.g. Christmas holidays) to deliver goods to metropolitan areas using drones. They will be dispatched directly from the AFc, which will make the delivery faster than ever.

What else has Amazon planned for us in 2017? We’ll see. But we can be sure – it’s going to be astonishing.

 

 

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A condom or antivirus? – i.e. the future of sex and not only.

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The world full of robots seems to be really tempting. To be honest when I was a child I loved animated sitcom The Jetsons about the family which lived in futuristic utopia where everything was robotized – even their maid! Next example – Fururama – series about shameless, cigarette-smoker and alcohol drinker robot – Bender – that becomes a best friend of a pizza delivery boy in 31st century. But it’s all about cartoons so far. Let’s get to the more subtle examples. Remember the movie Artificial Intelligence: AI in which Haley Joel Osment was playing a robo-child that was replacing seriously ill real one? THAT WAS SCARY. At least for me the thought that we can freeze our sick children and then replace it by the robot-one was unbeliveble – even if its the most realistic one. But then I started to think that I might be an exception.

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Anatomy of a sex-bot

Nowadays we are surrounded by high-tech equipment. Our smartphones are so smart that they can predict where are we going, what we would like to do on Sunday’s evening and when we should stand after a proper amount of time spent on sitting by the desk. Also producers are not sleeping. They want technology to be as closer to the user as it’s possible. Robots are humanized, software becomes more and more intelligent so why wouldn’t they combine it together to create something next level? There are robotic soccer matches and in a few years there would be a robo olympic games. We are heading into the times of developing very advanced technology and getting so familiar with it that actually sex with robots won’t sound so wierd at all.

Guess which industry contributes most significantly to the developing of technology? Yup, you’re right – the porn industry. It started with popularizing Blue-ray standard and automatic subtittle generation (e.g.: like on youtube). Now boobs are in 3D, VR-sex is avalible where you can change partners, places or even your gender and last but not least – robots. Porn industry gave us more than we think and robo-sex is the future.

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Vision of future prostitures in “AI: Artificial Intelligence”

Coming back to AI movie – remember the character played by Jude Law? – that sexy-robo-man-prostitute which was just like human? Of course it was a Hollywood fiction but we are now closer to this vision than you think. The most human-look alike robots were created for being a.. sex toys. They’re called fembots and their creator is called modern-Gepetto (by the name of Pinocchio creator). It is said that by the 2020 sexbots will be common and by the 2050 they will be using AI and be able to make humans loving them (doesn’t it remind you the movie Her? – I don’t like the whole vision and Scarlet Johansson in general, but if intelligent computer systems had her voice…).

You think that’s crazy? People already confuse reality with its virtual substitute so it’s getting more and more real. But think about the moral aspects of this. Well first of all would it be still cheating? I guess new definition must be set. Human relations or relationships? Would anyone be still interested into looking for their „other half”? What for when you can marry your intelligent sex-bot that satisfies all your desires?

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Is that how future romance/relationship will look like?

The thing is that sex-bot to be fully functional must have AI to work – to analyze what its user wants, how to please him, when to start/stop or raise the tempo. This sphere of humans is really delicate and must be „serviced” very gently – this is why they need AI. But (also basing on the movie fiction) it may have a pretty bad consequences. I don’t want to bring Terminator saga or Matrix one example of human extermination attempt cause they are slightly too drastic but think about movie Chappie. Some guy created a robot with mentality of a child which started to learn/grow among humans and in a very short period of time it became a criminal (of course by a series of unfortunate accidents but still..). It might be too hard to control. But should we control them? I mean we, as human beings, know that there are social rules and laws that we need to obey but as concious creatures we can ignore that and do what we want. Of course it results in possibility to be improsined but we have a choice. Should robots with AI have the same option? Also in Chappie there was another problem – should we treat once launched intelligent machines as a human beings or as a technical equipment like a vacuum cleaner for example? I think THIS is a real problem of a research about AI. We need to think about the problem of responsability of creating such beings because soonly cutting off the power may be treated as murder and in my opinion this is something that humans are not ready yet to handle.

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