What is the self-driving craze in mobility really about? Improving road safety (something not yet proven or quantified) or creating a framework where control can finally and fully be ceded from users and transferred for all perpetuity to an increasingly concentrated and faceless capital and intellectual property-owning elite?
- Angela Nagle on identity politics and puritanical internet purges
- Nouriel Roubini outlines the 2020 recession risk
- Will Davies on populism, data and experts.
- Robert Kaplan on jobs, oil and credit
- Mithril Capital's Ajay Royan on the next growth frontier
- Banking culture since the crisis
- Weak spots and worries in the global financial system
- The most complicated debt restructuring in history
- Yanis Varoufakis on “radical Europeanism”, erratic Marxism and... Pamela Anderson
- Alphachat on immigration: This time is (mostly) like the others
- Our Bond villain technocracy
- Is the eurozone fixable?
- Could climate change spark the next financial crisis?
- Mehrsa Baradaran on “opportunity zones”
- The math wizard who became a customer loyalty scheme guru
- Alphachat is back! Vol 2.
- Alphachat is back! Vol. 1
- Jim Millstein discusses the financialisation of America
- Alphachat is on hiatus this week
- Benn Steil explains the Marshall Plan
Notes for today’s show:
The Pentagon wants to spend billions prepping for the next stage in warfare that it believes will be defined by advances in artificial intelligence and autonomy. US deputy secretary of defense Robert Work said on Monday that the 2017 fiscal budget request will likely ask for $12-$15bn for wargaming, experimentation and demonstrations to test out the military’s theories on AI and robotics “in human-machine collaboration combat teaming”, as detailed below. The vision of the military future that Work put forth? Motherships of drones releasing little baby drones from the air and the sea, infantrymen and women sporting exoskeletons and wearable electronics loaded up with combat apps, and lone mission commanders directing swarms of unmanned vessels to carry out operations.
We don’t know when the Amazon Prime Air drones will go live, supposedly buzzing over our heads to deliver packages in under thirty minutes, other than in the “not too distant future” promised by Jeremy Clarkson. But one thing that’s already here is the inevitable combination of buzzwords: the ‘Uberization of drones.’
A passage from chapter 2 of Robot Futures, Illah Nourbakhsh’s excellent introduction to the near and distant future of robotics applications: Smog is a portmanteau that combines the natural and the artificial; fog simply reduces visibility, but when smoke and haze mix together, then quality of life decreases: runners cough, tennis players’ lungs burn, and asthma cases in children bloom.