“Consumers are statistics. Customers are people.”–Stanley Marcus
The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show is underway in Las Vegas. Considering the 180,000 attendees, perhaps we should be calling it the Statistics Electronics Show, per Stanley Marcus
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CES 2019–Robots are everywhere at CES in Las Vegas. Chinese firm Ubtech introduced two humanoid robots. USA Today provided a CES robot overview, which it calls the robot revolution.
–In spite of Ubtech, one source reports that Trump’s trade war has cooled many Chinese tech firms on CES.
Bell’s Nexus flying taxi.
–It’s not exactly a flying car, but an Uber partner, Bell, introduced a vertical takeoff and landing flying taxi at CES. For more on flying cars an VTOL check out Seeking Delphi™ podcast #27 from November of last year.
–It’s not electronics, but it is cool new biotechnology and possibly one of the most impressive things on display at CES 2019. Impossible Foods, introduced it’s all veggie Impossible Burger 2.0, and critics are calling it virtually indistinguishable from beef.
–In a keynote address, Ford CEO Jim Hackett outlined ambitious plans for automotive connectivity to enable autonomous vehicles, encourage ride-sharing, and reduce congestion. More on these subject is available in Seeking Delphi™ podcasts #26 (connectivity in autonomous vehicles) and #28 (intelligent traffic control).
Walking Car? Take a hike!
Automotive–Heard enough about electric, autonomous, and flying cars? Check out this: a walking car, from Hyundai. (OK, this concept was unveiled at CES, too, but it really deserves its own category.)
Quantum Computing–IBM revealed a 20 qubit quantum computer that will be it’s first commercial entry into the field. Still more from CES. Honestly though, consumers may ultimately benefit from the fruits of quantum computers, but they are not likely to own one. Relevent background is available from the Seeking Delphi™ SXSW 2018 minicast #3 with whurley.
Security/Facial Recognition–A new survey conducted by the Center for Data Innovation finds that most Americans are OK with the government using facial recognition technology. This is especially so when applied to airport security.
“I would love to have a robot at home.”–Hugh Jackman
“I think I’d take a human butler over a robot one.”–Tom Felton
Robot butler? Maybe. Robot sommelier? No thanks.
But right on cue with last weeks podcast #23, with robot psychiatrist Joanne Pransky, this week’s news is full up with robots. (See a YouTube link to the Pransky interview at the bottom of this page).
While you’re reading about all this week’s future-related news, don’t forget that you can subscribe to Seeking Delphi™ podcasts on iTunes, PlayerFM, or YouTube (audio with slide show) and you can also follow us on Twitterand Facebook
Robots/Voice Assistants–A new survey by the Brookings institute finds that even while many Americans are OK with Alexa and Siri, 61% are uncomfortable with robots in the home. The afore-mentioned Joanne Pransky takes issue with the survey’s methodology, even while she attempts to explain the problem.
—An AI-equipped robot named CIMON has been launched to join the international space station aboard the SpaceX Dragon Cargo Capsule. It’s the first Ai-equipped machine ever to be launched into space.
Bye bye ASIMO
—Honda has announced the retirement of their famed robot, ASIMO. They’re shutting him (her? it?) down to focus their robotic technology on more practical uses such as elder care and disaster relief.
Cybersecurity—The future of security in the digital world might lie in the realm of a quantum random number generator. According to IEEE Spectrum, it may be the only was to generate truly random numbers.
Energy– UK-based Tokamak Energy has heated plasma in a to a record 15 million degrees Celsius (27 million Farenheit). They say this could lead to commercial nuclear fusion by 2030. Let me know if you see Bigfoot or a unicorn first.
Space/NASA–NASA has again delayed the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, now scheduling the launch for 2021. Cost overruns–bringing the total expenditure estimate to $9.7 billion–may threaten the continuation of the project.
Bioprinting/Biotechnology–3D printed implantable organs may be getting closer to reality. Tech crunch reports that a startup company in a San Francisco biotech incubator is leading the way.
Seeking Delphi Podcast #23–A Conversation with Joanne Pransky, The World’s First Robotic Psychiatrist®
(TO BE CONTINUED)
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