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Robot Lawyer LISA: How AI Is Changing The Legal World

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Robot Lawyer LISA: How AI Is Changing The Legal World

by Kerry Quinn


Six years ago, I came across and read the Naked Lawyer, a 2011 to 2014 best-seller and still in demand by Chrissie Lightfoot, an author named in the 2015 list of ‘World’s Top Female Futurists‘ and LinkedIn as the number one best-connected and most engaged woman in the legal industry, 4th in all sectors, 2015. International Top 100 Executive and Legal Professional of the year 2013 and…. wait for it…..more recently: CEO of Robot Lawyer LISA.

I’ve personally followed Chrissie for a number of years now, partly due to her entrepreneurial spirit and humourous brutal attitude towards traditional law firms sticking their heads in the sand when it comes to creativity and technology, not forgetting her enviable speaking engagements around the globe and thought leadership articles surrounding the changes within the legal arena. So, it came as no surprise to me when I stumbled across her latest blog this afternoon in the Legal IT Insider, in which she announced an Artificial Intelligence Robot Lawyer LISA, has been unleashed into the legal world. You can read the full article here: Chrissie Lightfoot unleashes Robot Lawyer Lisa to create NDAs”

The article which in the last week sees the official launch of a free legal tool that allows users to create legally binding Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) in less than 7 minutes at absolutely no cost – yes, you heard it right, at no cost. The article explains that the robot, named LISA, intelligently drafts the documents while helping them understand the legal and commercial principles on which it is based.

It then goes on to state that LISA sits on an AI platform surfaced through AI apps. Robot Lawyer LISA’s flagship NDA AI App is the latest in a line of only a handful of law apps and bots that are beginning to shake up the legal industry for the direct benefit of consumers and businesses. It seems there is more to come which is, quite frankly, very exciting times and yes, you guessed it, I shall be writing more blogs following this trend.

Chrissie continues to say:

Our goal is to make every day basic legal services accessible and affordable to the masses of students, consumers and business people who are unhappy with, or overly reliant on, human lawyers and law firms. Many human lawyers are adversarial by nature, even when dealing with non-contentious matters. LISA’s aim is to negate the double time and double costs involved in relation to this human lawyer behaviour by being completely impartial when assisting the parties on each side.”

I remember reading an article she wrote in Thompsons Retuer back in 2015 titled “The Golden Age of Naked Creativity”, which is when I first heard of Artificial Intelligence (AI) being introduced in the legal sector. In the article, she states AI as having applications in a multitude of fields, industries and services bringing both promise and peril to society, consumers, and workers. I thought to myself, hold on a minute, really? This is never going to happen, surely? However, like anything in tech, it was only a matter of time. Progression with AI and robotics has now reached a point at which it is, in fact, radically transforming all of our lives and the legal landscape as we know it.

Adam Duthie, solicitor and co-founder of Robot Lawyer LISA, also states in the article:

There are a range of reasons why people may not want to use a human lawyer, whether that’s cost, time, convenience or finding the prospect of visiting one intimidating. LISA overcomes all of these issues. She’s free, fast, available 24/7 on any device and requires no legal knowledge or training by the user to produce a binding document that protects businesses and entrepreneurs”.

It is clear that technology is impacting on the legal landscape in a number of ways. Some may even see Robot Lawyer Lisa as a threat to their fee-earning potential. As costs continue to rise, there will be pressure on the less intellectual parts of the legal business and this will be welcomed news to some looking to achieve better results in quicker timeframes for their clients.

Robot Lawyer LISA Just The Tip of the Iceberg

You only have to check out IBM Watson APIs and solutions, to see how businesses are already achieving outcomes – from improving customer engagement, to scaling expertise, to driving innovation and growth.

I recommend reading ‘The Future of the Professions’, written by IBM Watson and Richard Susskind, predicts an internet society with greater virtual interaction with professional services such as doctors, teachers, accountants, architects and lawyers. It is the first book to challenge the relevance of the professions in the 21st century. It urges readers to rethink the way that expertise is shared in society.

So what is AI and how does it affect modern law firms?

A whitepaper, entitled “Artificial Intelligence In Law: The State of Play 2016”, by Michael Mills (co-founder and chief strategy officer of Neota Logic) quotes the words of the person who coined the term artificial intelligence, John McCarthy – AI is a big forest of academic and commercial work around the science and engineering of making intelligent machines.

The report breaks down how AI is being implemented in legal areas such as e-discovery, legal research, compliance, contract analysis, case prediction and document automation. It continues to explore the ways in which artificial intelligence is hard at work in the law – for example, in legal research, e-discovery, compliance, contract analysis, case prediction, and document automation – though often there is no “AI Inside” label on the box.

Machine learning, expert systems, and other AI techniques enable lawyers to devote their time to more valuable (and interesting) work. Mining documents in discovery and due diligence, answering routine questions, sifting data to predict case outcomes, drafting contracts – all are faster, better, cheaper, and becoming more so with the assistance of intelligent software.

To summarise: people and companies that succeed in the near future will be the ones who embrace advanced technology and, indeed, that includes AI and the role robots may play in society and our working lives in the future.

We need to be smarter in our approach to killing time and costs and, therefore, becoming a more creative and digitally-savvy business offering. Once we achieve this, the relationship between human and machine will blossom and no doubt we will see a number of interestingly named robots entering the legal world.

I would like to wrap up with one of my all time favourite quotes:

Creativity is intelligence having fun

– Albert Einstein


Here at TDMB we are forever adapting to the new ways of technology and understand the challenges modern businesses face. After all, it’s why we aspire to be the leading digital tech agency in the UK. We shall certainly look forward to using LISA and her friends in the not too distant future.

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Kerry Sarah Quinn | Digital Marketing Manager | TDMB TechKerry Quinn is our Head of Digital Marketing, a former speaker, consultant and lecturer – she enjoys taking her dog Sophie on walks along the beach in her spare time. She is also an animal lover and activist and helps to raise funds for various animal welfare charities around the globe. She also likes drinking green tea, yoga and travelling.

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3D Printed Knitwear: Print Your Own Clothes At Home

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3D Printed Knitwear: Print Your Own Clothes At Home

by Jon Wood

A Kickstarter campaign for a machine that creates custom 3D printed knitwear is thriving, having already reached over three times its initial goal at time of writing this. It’s a pretty cool piece of kit, so I decided it was time to investigate further.

Is it just me or has 3D printing not really lived up to its initial hype? In fact, I would go as far as saying that most people still don’t know what it’s truly capable of…. Is this down to a lack of education or is because we just haven’t figured out what to do with it yet?

I mean, I know we’ve built 3D printed houses in record time, and the military and aviation space are having great success in building avionic parts, not just more quickly, but also at a much lower cost.

We’ve also built car and motorbike parts and I heard today that a mini jet engine generating 33,000 RPM has been created using 3D printing, which sounds awesome!

But are we really using this technology on a mass scale yet?

Well, not really. Whilst 3D printers are available for us to buy and use at home, only a few hobbyists have taken this up so far. I guess consumer 3D printers aren’t really advanced (or affordable) enough yet for it to be a real benefit for most of us. They’re also still pretty big and bulky, and few people know how to work the software involved properly. Nonetheless, this is how the inkjet printer started out, but once the tech was inexpensive and user-friendly enough, the market boomed. Now pretty much everyone has an inkjet printer. There’s good reason to believe that the same will be true of 3D printers in future.

One of the things many people dream of is the idea of designing their own clothes and printing them out at home. And now, it seems, we are one step closer.

3D printing is great if you need to create something made of plastic or even metal or ceramic out of thin air. But what if you want something fuzzier and warmer? Something like, say, a knitted scarf, sweater, or even a hat like granny used to make!

3D Printed Knitwear!

Enter Kniterate, a “digital knitting machine,” that makes it easy to take digital designs and automatically knit them into wearable fabrics at the push of a button… basically, 3D printed knitwear!

This is amazing! Just think of all the fashionistas at university wondering what to design for their final project… Well, life just got a little easier! Imagine been able to choose your fabric, press go, and watch your design come to life in front of you.

Simpler designs like scarves and ties can be knitted wholly by the Kniterate, while more complex pieces like dresses or sweaters will require a bit of assembly after the machine has done its work, but that is to be expected as nothing is ever perfect first time round.

The company is also developing an app to make it easy to design new patterns, add images and text, and customise the type of stitches used.

According to the Kickstarter page, Kniterate hopes to bridge the gap between traditional home knitting machines (apparently a thing that’s been around since the ‘80s — who knew?), which are cheaper but complicated and tricky to use, and more expensive industrial machines. That said, a single Kniterate 3D printed knitwear maker costs $4,699 on Kickstarter, with only 125 units being offering through crowdfunding. And if you miss that, you’ll be stuck paying $7,499 at retail, which certainly stretches the price point for the consumer a bit.

Obviously, given the price and the fact that Kniterate is an extremely complex piece of hardware and software from a first-time company, it’s worth doing your own research before putting up the cash. The first Kniterate units are expected to ship in April 2018.

Companies like Adidas and Unmade already offer customisable clothing options to order, either in-store (Adidas) or online (Unmade). Companies like Modular also create the 3D rendering software that’s easy for customers to use on brand websites to customise items from the brand’s line.

Mass customisation is a movement that is quickly gaining traction, posing a potential threat to the mass production model. Nonetheless, the examples above rely on a pre-set line of options. However, the idea of bringing fully customisable clothing direct to one’s own home is one that will be incredibly popular as the hardware begins to fall in price.

I see this movement as a massively democratising tool, which brings power back to the consumer and away from big businesses. This is also a potentially more environmentally-friendly approach, given the fact that the mass production model tends to create a lot of waste by overproduction. By creating pieces in direct proportion to demand via customisation, this issue is eliminated. Everybody gets what they want, the environmental impact is less, and equally, extraneous costs are minimised for businesses themselves.


Jon Wood | TDMB | Business Development ManagerJon Wood is Business Development Manager at TDMB Tech. A passionate tech geek, he loves talking to anyone and everyone working in the world of technology. He’s also a massive advocate for getting tech companies the exposure they need to build their presence within the booming technology industry.

Aside from his love of tech, Jon is also a long time Spice Girls fan (he was a member of their fan club throughout the nineties). If you would like to get in touch with him, either about Technology or The Spice Girls, you can drop him a line on Twitter, LinkedIn, or email him directly.

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Virtual Reality Therapy for Phobias

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Virtual Reality Therapy for Phobias

by Amy Bennie

As a self-confessed scaredy-cat, I have read a copious amount of self-help books about overcoming phobias. I have learnt all different methods, from meditating, to tapping my hands, to reciting a motivational mantra to myself.

But the conclusion that every book comes to is that you have to face the phobia in order to overcome it; which is easier said than done. No matter how much I tell myself that I won’t get trapped forever in a lift, my automatic response is to head straight for the stairs unless someone else physically forces me into it. Or upon seeing a spider, I don’t approach it to try and conquer the fear, but run away screaming in a panic instead.

Often for people with phobias, that first step of actually pushing yourself towards the thing that scares you is the worst part. Trying to get someone to get on a plane who is terrified of flying is practically impossible, even though they might find that they aren’t scared at all when they eventually take the leap. This is where VR could revolutionise the way in which we treat people with phobias.

Virtual Reality Therapy

Therapists have been using Virtual Reality as a tool for treating phobias since the 1990’s, however with the technology becoming cheaper and more accessible since the release of Oculus Rift, it is moving to the forefront as the future of phobia treatment, and I for one am really excited about it.

The main problem with anxiety conditions is that the fear is often worse in the patient’s imagination than in reality, and avoidance of the trigger only makes the phobia worse. I am well aware that the chance of getting trapped in a lift and plummeting to my demise is minimal, but I still choose to avoid going in them just in case, and by doing this, I am yet to learn otherwise.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a technique where patients are gradually exposed to their phobia so that they get used to being in the situation and the body no longer responds with fear. VR is a revolutionary addition to this type of therapy.

San Diego Virtual Reality Centre and The University of Southern California Bravemind Service, are both clinics specialising in treatment through Virtual Reality. While both clinics treat a range of phobias, Bravemind was first developed as a treatment for military professionals suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, an often debilitating and tricky condition to treat.

Virtual Reality Therapy allows clinicians to gradually immerse patients into virtual environments representative of their traumatic experiences. As PTSD is usually a condition that develops in war zones, for obvious reasons, it can’t be freely revisited during normal exposure therapy. VR is an amazing way to recreate the scene that first affected the PTSD sufferer, and the clinician is able to tailor the experience to the individual circumstance, such as a virtual Iraq War and even September 11th  tragedy.

According to the Journal of CyberTherapy and Rehabilitation, virtual-reality exposure therapy for PTSD has a treatment success rate of 66 to 90%. With this high a result, VR could easily be a life changing treatment for so many veterans if it was widely provided by healthcare professionals as a routine therapy.

Virtual Reality Therapy at Home

But what about those of us would like the benefits of Virtual Reality therapy but on a smaller scale? Well luckily, with just a smartphone and a head-mounted display, we can all experience the therapy from the comfort of our own home.

At a very basic level, there is DARE 360°. Beginning life as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy book called The DARE Response, through crowdfunding it has been developed into an app that allows users to have an immersive experience to help overcome anxiety in particular situations. The app can be downloaded onto any device, and simply by plugging in your headphones and watching the videos shot on a 360° camera; it allows you to visually experience the situation that you most fear.

The videos are also narrated by a therapist, giving techniques of how to calm down the panic and irrational thoughts. Although this app isn’t fully immersive virtual reality, I can really see the benefits of having real 360° visuals that trigger the fear, knowing that the therapist’s techniques can be applied when the same situation is faced in real life. And for ease of accessibility, it is a way for the general public to begin to experience the benefits of Virtual Reality Therapy.

Samsung #BeFearless is another brand new app; designed to be used alongside the Samsung Gear Headset it is centred around the phobia of heights and social anxiety. With difficulty levels similar to that of a game, and a pulse monitor, this app gives viewers in-depth VR therapy.

When treating social anxiety, for example, you begin on level 1 with the first experience being a simple interaction with a stranger on a train, you can then up the stakes to a lunch meeting with a CEO and finally build up to making a presentation to a theatre full of people.

Each level rates eye contact and fluidity of speech. When it comes to phobias such as public speaking, practice often makes perfect. The more a person is exposed to facing a room full staring eyes, the less nerve wracking it becomes each time, so this type of app really helps you to become confident being in the difficult situation.

How Does Virtual Reality Therapy Work For Phobias?

Virtual reality works because when you’re afraid of spiders or driving or flying, being immersed in a 3D-simulation of your fear, triggers the same emotional and physical response as it would in reality. VR isn’t changing the way we treat fear; instead, it is doing what every book says, making us confront the fear.

As someone who has an endless list of phobias, I would definitely give Virtual Reality therapy a chance. I can’t see myself even being able to let a virtual spider crawl near me without ripping off the headset, but if it works, it could be life-changing for so many people whose lives are hindered by phobias.

Phobias are all just a response created in your mind. The surprising thing is, that the cure to fixing them may also be in something that isn’t physically real.


Amy Bennie | TDMB TechAmy Bennie is the Social Media Manager at TDMB. With her background in journalism and new media technologies, she loves anything social media and has a passion for keeping up to date with the goings-on in the tech industry and current affairs around the world. She loves yoga, living by the beach and admits to being a crazy cat lady (3 and counting).

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Neural Lacing: Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night

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Neural Lacing: Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night

by Michele Baker

Elon Musk has been all over the AI headlines this week, much more than usual. The news of his Neuralink backing has taken the AI community by storm, and pretty much every publication has been all over it like dog poop on a Roomba. Musk’s solution to the threat of superintelligence, neural lacing, sounds perhaps even more terrifying than being obliterated by AI. So, I figure, it’s time we learned about what it is.

Basically, a neural lace merges machine learning with human intelligence. Musk’s concept for the use of neural lace is the use of a small brain implant that lets the user directly harness the computing power of their brain. The device would be injected into the jugular vein, from where it “would travel to the brain and unfold into a mesh of electric connections that connect directly to the neurons” (Inverse).

So what’s the point?

I'm a Cyborg - Retro CartoonWell, at a superficial level, you could do without your smartphone and keyboard. Rather than texting a friend, you’d just think of what you wanted to say and the message would be sent… to their brain. You could calculate maths equations in a matter of seconds, order food just by thinking about it… Google stuff within your own mind.

Let’s gloss over the fact that I don’t want to order cake every time I think about it (I do have some self-discipline), and look at how this tech could help protect us from superintelligent AI overlords.

Neural lacing would cause us to become those superintelligent AI overlords. They would not exist independently from us, but be a part of us. The human being could evolve (or transcend, depending on your view of it) into a much better version of itself. We would, more intelligently, be able to compute the consequences of our actions as a species to ascertain the path our societies would follow. Collectively, we would have the capacity to perform risk analysis on, say, whether electing a right-wing, crazy, racist, sexual predator is a good idea or not, and be able to cast our democratic vote in a more informed way.

Work, Ethics, and Creativity

Once neural lacing provides us with the opportunity to make decisions direct from our minds, sitting at a computer writing an article on a Saturday afternoon may be unnecessary; launching a legal battle that has a low probability of winning could be ruled out. 

Heck, we could even foresee the consequences of cheating on our tax returns or cheating on our spouse with crystal clarity. Indeed, those tax returns may be unnecessary in the first place, and the cost-benefit analysis of infidelity (if there is such a thing in a posthuman age) could be ascertained before any harm is done.

Without all these energy-wasting areas of life to deal with, we would be free to create great works of art, write a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, develop new forms of music previously inexpressible. If, of course, our computer-enhanced minds deem the activity desirable.

In theory, therefore, neural lacing could make us perfect. Better than human.

The Man With The Electronic BrainOf course, our initial response to such a prospect is to baulk; to run screaming from this dystopian vision of our future. And that isn’t an unnatural response. In fact, taking all of the above into consideration, what on Earth is Elon Musk thinking?

I don’t really know the answer, but I can postulate.

Our human bodies are feeble. We are susceptible to an endless range of errors, from disease to accident, and more in between. Our species acts illogically, irrationally, selfishly, sometimes with complete evil. We know that our fallibility will be our demise. Like a reverse Midas, humans destroy everything we touch. We are a disease upon the planet in ways that are so utterly disgusting that, when you think about it, it’s hard not to conclude that Earth would be better off without us.

Yes, yes, I know we are not totally bad. Some of us are beautiful people who care deeply about others, about the planet, about being good. But by and large, we are scum.

By this argument, it’s certainly time for an upgrade. And now neural lacing technology is, as Musk predicts, within our sights in under five years, it’s time to seriously consider a human reboot. Perhaps becoming true cyborgs is the brave new world we, and the planet itself, needs.

It’s a tough one. No one wants to let go of being human. What of love, of the joys of raising children, planting a beautiful garden, and watching it grow? Would all of these tender aspects of human good be sapped from our bionic bodies? If we prove that there is no soul, just neural networks woven like lace into an implant we have created, the idea of spirituality dies.

What, exactly, is the ‘greater good’ here?

If Musk wants to save us from artificial superintelligence by merging us with it, isn’t this a bit of a counterintuitive way of going about it?

But then again, if the eradication of the human race is going to happen anyway, what other choice do we have? Should we go gently into that good night by extinction… or by evolution?


Michele Baker | TDMB TechMichele Baker is Senior Content Strategist at TDMB Tech, where she explores a range of content strategies for, and writes extensively on, all aspects of Technology. Her main interests centre around the social, cultural and political implications of Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies.

Drop Michele an email at michele@thedigitalmarketingbureau.com to subscribe to her weekly AI & ML Review every Sunday, or read it on LinkedIn each week.


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My Top 5 Favourite Creative Websites

Our Head of Design, Denika Adams, today offers her first article for the TDMB team blog. We’ve been really excited to see what Denika has come up with, and we were not disappointed! There are some fantastic creative websites here to check out… so grab yourself a coffee and put your feet up.

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My Top 5 Favourite Creative Websites

Welcome to my first blog! This month I have been keeping an eye out for some highly creative, inspirational websites to share with you all.

Naturally, as a designer, I am constantly on the lookout for innovative approaches to design; searching for the best ways to tell a story and visualise data that will leave a memorable, informative, and positive impact.

Here are my top 5 creative websites that I found to be particularly inspirational and memorable.

Creative Websites | Denika Adams | TDMB Tech

1) Interactive Documentary

I have been in love with interactive video documentaries ever since my first taste. I find that I feel more part of the story by having the control over what I want to see, and this one is a great example.

Hollow’s documentary explores the story of America’s West Virginia, McDowell County.

“The story of McDowell County, West Virginia, is the story of America. Of boom and bust economies. Of small towns facing changes beyond their control. And of challenges and triumphs of every size”


I find Hollow’s interactive documentary particularly inspirational and engaging. Using mixed mediums of video, photography stills, photo manipulation, illustrations with an effective use of sound and music all makes its design and impact highly engaging and memorable, and of course by having the added element of interactivity giving you control.

This all really makes you feel like you are there walking through the story of Hollow. I would definitely recommend having a look at it!

2) Creating a 3D geographical location puzzle

I love the creative approach Hush have taken on combining the old and new.

A New York-based design agency “couples an age-old intellectual challenge with modern technology”, taking an innovative creative approach on the tradition concept of puzzles. Using open source data and cloud services, the website allows you to enter any location in the world which then visualises a 3D model of it that you can have 3D printed as a puzzle or download as an image or 3D file. I am not a big puzzle fan myself but would love to try this!

I am not a big puzzle fan myself but would love to try this!

3) Information is Beautiful

David McCandless, a London-based author, writer and designer, has always been one of my favourite infographic artists.

When discovering his website, I was inspired by his simple yet highly effective take on his infographics, adding in some simple animation effects and interactivity.

4) Pursuit of Sound Game

Biborg has taken a creative interactive approach on making music, allowing you to create a soundtrack by playing a game. I love the contemporary design environment. It also supports the use of a VR cardboard headset!

5) Weather With Spotify

Interested in the relationship between the weather and what music we listen to, Spotify and AccuWeather conducted a “comprehensive study into the connection between music and weather”.

You can see the interesting results here

With this, they have created a really creative website. Whilst listening to a choice of music you can choose the weather environment, featuring a small interactive game. I love the creative end result from the study.

I hope you enjoy taking a trip through these gorgeous creative websites. I know that I have thoroughly enjoyed them! What are your favourite creative websites? Get in touch with the TDMB team on Twitter and share yours!


Denika AdamsDenika Adams is Head of Design at TDMB. She has a passion for design and detail, always searching for innovative ways to visualise content and push the boundaries of design and perception. If she hadn’t been a designer, she probably would have opened a cupcake and pie shop… or been a psychologist.

In addition to her talent for design, Denika’s other talents include baking, knitting (which she learned at the age of six), and the ability to ask for a glass of water in Zulu. She also has a weirdly strong sense of smell.

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3D Printed Vibrators, Babies, and… Adidas Customised Sweaters

This week, TDMB Founder, James Dearsley, is going a little red in the face as he covers news about 3D printed vibrators, and quickly pulls the article back to cleaner matters with a look at 3D printed babies and Adidas’s new functionality for providing customised clothing in some of its stores.

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3D Printed Vibrators, Babies, and… Adidas Customised Sweaters

Last night, having finally put my computer down, I enjoyed a glass of wine and some TV. Watching “What Makes People Rich?” was humorous and interesting… and then, they interviewed the founders of an online sex toy company making 3D printed vibrator (and becoming millionaires in the process).

Yes… 3D Printed Vibrators

They were discussing the various models they stocked (I couldn’t possibly name them on here!) and how they built the business. It was the product designer that I felt sorry for. Sitting there, day in, day out, designer new vibrators. However, it was the product development meeting that I found interesting.

Having designed the ‘implement’ (could there possibly be a worse choice of word?!) he then printed it out to take to the meeting for discussion. There is something very unnerving about the idea of bright purple, 3D printed vibrators, which they eventually decided was a great product, working on the name “The Average Guy”. Oh Lord, why did I start this article?

It got me thinking, though, about the mass market appeal to 3D printing… and not just in 3D printed vibrators! Where will the general public really get it as a technology?

When I came to write my weekly article, this was still on my mind (not the ‘implements’ so much as 3D printing itself – just to clarify). I took a look at some articles to explore further, and found some corkers.

From 3D Printed Vibrators to 3D Printed Babies

Let’s steer quickly away from 3D printed vibrators to 3D printed babies. This is both a heartwarming element of the topic, but also one that could be a serious aspect of 3D printing implementation.

I’m a parent. I remember my first experience of seeing the scan of our eldest (now 8) and I also remember the time when we went for a ‘new’ 4D scan where we could see more detail of what he looked like. It all became more real to me then and I felt more connected to him.

However, I am sighted……what about those who do not have that faculty. How can they get that connection with their unborn child, the start of the bonding process and the love that you have for them? You would hear the heartbeat and nothing else.

Well, I can’t recommend reading this article enough if you want to hear the heartwarming story of how these scans are now being used to model babies in utero so that blind people can ‘feel’ their babies and have that same experience. One favourite quote of mine is below:

Describing the feeling of touching her baby’s face before he was born, she said, “It was so thrilling. We already had an idea of how our baby would look like, whose nose he would have, whose ears he would have, and so on. Almost being able to hold him for the first time at twelve weeks was indescribable. Davi’s mouth, his nose, his ears, all felt so real.

Adidas On-Demand Customisation

On a different note, but one I think is worth covering, Adidas are looking at on demand clothes printing. Whilst not exactly 3D printing as much as mass customisation, the concept is an interesting one. We are an always on, always connected society. We want things done our way and in our own time. Product customisation is a fascinating topic, and one that we can expect to see more of.

The prospect of going into a store, designing and then having made a sweater to our exact specifications, designs and size (they incorporate 3D laser scanning into the service if you wanted an exact fit) is certainly something I would want.

It may still take 4hrs to finish the product but still a perfect example of how the on-demand society can be serviced by on-demand product design, development and build. Expect this to get quicker and more sophisticated to work with an evolving and more demanding population.

There is a lot I could say about the mass customisation phenomenon, notably that it is being pitched as a more sustainable and cost-effective alternative to mass production that promises to meet consumer demand in an increasingly identity-driven culture. But that’s probably a subject for another time. Whilst the overlap with custom 3D printing is clear to see, it’s a different aspect that deserves fuller coverage.

I feel I have gone full circle in this article. It felt like there was no going back with the mental imagery of the start but I hope I have put a good twist for you by the end. Mass market adoption could be created (or at least helped along) by these examples I am giving you here. Ultimately, we need a good and useful reason to use 3D printers. And the example of 3D printed babies for the blind is a damn good one to remember.


james-dearsleyJames Dearsley is the Founder and MD of TDMB. In addition to his work with us, he is also a renowned expert in PropTech, and was recently voted the most influential person in PropTech. An impassioned speaker and advocate of technology, particularly in the Property industry, his other interests include beekeeping, real ale, green trousers, and (currently) growing a beard.

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Socially Intelligent Robots With a Human Touch

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Socially Intelligent Robots With a Human Touch

by Jon Wood

This week, I really wanted to explore the world of Robotics as there are some really interesting things happening at the moment and it’s a personal interest of mine. :)

Just before I get started, I, like you, have my doubts about how far this technology should be allowed to go… There’s a lot of research at the moment focusing on robots and the impact on the human workforce. Estimates say they could potentially take 15% of jobs by 2030. For the most part, this is probably true, however, it will be sectors where for some time now a human has not been needed, sectors such as Manufacturing, Automobile, and Military, for example.

Reading Robot

Also, look at it from a point of view of what you might do had you more free time to pursue your dream career, or, better still, you didn’t even have to work at all. According to Bill Gates, robots should pay taxes. I think we’re a long way off having to worry about this today but it certainly raises the question of what happens to us if we are simply not needed within the workforce.

I also think we have to remember that this is a new era and this isn’t the first time that technology has played a part in improving our lives.

Socially Intelligent Robots and Their Applications

Recently, scientists have showcased socially intelligent robots, which they believe will help tackle loneliness, customer service, and the healthcare space.

I wanted to start with a robot called Bo. Bo has been designed by a company called BotsandUs, a brand new robot that’s been designed to meet and greet visitors at trade shows and events on a global scale. It can collect information on request and it can act as a brand ambassador for companies.

I have recently met Bo’s two co-creators Andrei Danescu and Adrian Negoita and I was very impressed with what they had planned for Bo.

Another of these socially intelligent robots is called Pepper. It can hug, dance, and give people high-fives. It has been developed as a customer services robot to help in shopping centres. Pepper will greet shoppers and guide them to wherever they want to go.

This sounds really cool and I think the younger generation will 100% engage with Pepper, but what happened to us just using our head to navigate our way around? Should we just depend on technology to cater for all our needs…?

Pepper’s developers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh believe that it could, in future, be deployed in healthcare to support social interaction between elderly individuals, reducing feelings of isolation, encouraging them to play games and reminding them to take medication. I couldn’t agree more that robots could help to treat loneliness.

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The robot has been on display at the European Robotics Forum 2017 in Edinburgh. Around 800 roboticists from the European Union have gathered to showcase the new generation of robots. Pepper was also recently displayed at MIPIM’s event in Cannes, France.

Robots to the Rescue?

Professor David Lane, Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, says robots are helping us in the way that we work in manufacturing, in hazardous environments, and in healthcare.

“There are going to be lots of applications where robots will be working as assistants alongside people,” says Lane.

I guess the next step then is the humanisation side of robots. I personally wouldn’t want to work with a moving metal box. I also think it’s important that we distinguish emotional boundaries between robots and humans as, if we are to work alongside one another day in and day out, will it get to the time when a robot becomes a “friend”.

The Uncanny Valley

There’s another aspect to consider here, on the humanisation side of things. The Uncanny Valley theory is where, as a robot becomes more human-like, the more unnerving it appears to humans. This creates a barrier in our willingness to engage.

Recently, scientists have reported the existence of a second Uncanny Valley, where a robot may not look human, but is able to communicate and express itself in a distinctly humanlike way. Such a robot will also creep people out. This is a tough negotiation that roboticists need to work out… can it be overcome with increased exposure, or will there have to always be a significant gap?

I tend to believe that we will be able to overcome this Uncanny Valley with increased exposure. We already know that, the more we are exposed to things, the easier they are to deal with – horror movies and video games are just one example.

Socially Intelligent Robots: Icub

Another interesting robot is Icub, which can see, hear, and learn. Fifty-three motors control arm, hand and head movements. Fifty-three motors… wow!

It’s designed to learn human skills with a view to interacting with them emotionally. Just to reiterate: should we be considering robot laws to stop to a machine becoming an emotional attachment? Does this undermine human-human interaction, or would robot friends and colleagues simply broaden our social circle? An interesting question, and certainly one to debate at length!

Icub’s makers think it might one day help assist people with autism or dementia, again a wonderful idea. Dementia is such a crippling and lonely disease it makes sense to have a companion who could be on call 24 hours a day, which leads us back to the question posed above. Its developer, Dr Katrin Lohan, says:

“[Icub] changes over the time of its existence. It’s unique in terms of its capabilities, it can move, it can talk and it’s very human-like.

“We would like to create a natural interaction interface. When robots are out there in the wild with us, we don’t want to sit behind a computer and programme them.

“Instead, we want them to understand us. We want them to hear what we are saying and just follow our suggestions and actually teach them like we teach our children.”

There are certainly some poignant questions to be asked as we move closer to the era of widespread robot use. I, for one, am curious and vastly fascinated about what comes next – for better or worse. What are your thoughts about the rise of the robots? Should we embrace them with open arms, or remain wary of the potential threat of their existence?

I hope you all enjoyed that small insight into the world of socially intelligent robots. I would be happy to have a chat about anything that interests you, so do feel free to get in touch.


Jon Wood | TDMB | Business Development ManagerJon Wood is Business Development Manager at TDMB Tech. A passionate tech geek, he loves talking to anyone and everyone working in the world of technology. He’s also a massive advocate for getting tech companies the exposure they need to build their presence within the booming technology industry.

Aside from his love of tech, Jon is also a long time Spice Girls fan (he was a member of their fan club throughout the nineties). If you would like to get in touch with him, either about Technology or The Spice Girls, you can drop him a line on Twitter, LinkedIn, or email him directly.

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Latin America Tech: A Look At Argentinian Unicorns

From looking at various tech scenes in Africa, David Dhannoo jets off for his final ever TDMB tech post looking at Latin America tech with a trip to Argentina in search of unicorns (in tech form, that is!) As an aside, yes – you read right – lovely David is leaving us for pastures new. We are very sorry to see him go and welcome in Amy Bennie, who’s filling his boots as the Social Media Specialist. That aside, without further ado, here’s David on unicorns and Latin America tech.

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Latin America Tech: A Look At Argentinian Unicorns

I’ve always had an interest in Argentina, from being a huge fan of their football league and passionate supporters, to imagining what it is like to visit Buenos Aires and hearing the infectious melodies of tango being played in the streets.

In my very last ever blog post for the TDMB, I thought I would take a look at what’s going on in the Latin American country and how the land of Diego Maradona has been championing some of the continent’s brightest startups.

Things have been far from easy for Argentina; the early 2000s is an era where the majority of Argentinians with the country suffering from inflation. It’s crazy to think that in the early parts of the 20th century Argentina was one of the world’s richest countries to unfortunately going back to a developing nation.

Ironically, having such a dysfunctional economy has, in fact, been great for startups. Due to strict economic controls, many in the Latin American country have learned to look for alternatives and find ways of dodging these controls. From an innovation point of view, this has been a huge positive.

Lino Barañao, Argentina’s minister for science, technology and innovation, mentioned in an FT article last year that: “There is a rebel spirit in Argentina,” arguing that this has been instilled by waves of ambitious immigrants from Europe and beyond. This has given rise to a diverse and creative population that has benefited from an excellent public education system, as well as some 40 universities and more than 30 research centres. (FT, September 2016)

The Latin America tech market in Argentina is quite small. However, it has a more of an international mindset compared with the likes of Brazil and Mexico, where they just focus on servicing their domestic markets. Despite the tech market being small, four out of the six largest unicorns on the continent hail from Argentina. All four are worth over a billion dollars.

Argentinian Unicorns – who are they?

Globant:

Globant develops software products for British and American companies. They aim to improve “digital journeys” – this will help clients engage and communicate better with their customers via using innovative tech such as big data. Their first client was Lastminute.com and three years ago, they were the first company from the region to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

MercadoLibre:

Founded in the late 90’s, MercadoLibre is like the Latin American equivalent of Ebay. It’s the continent’s most visited e-commerce site and is known in many other Latin countries. It’s also the only e-commerce site from South America to be listed on the Nasdaq. MercadoLibre is one of the biggest companies in Argentina with a market capitalisation of more than $6.5bn. In addition, they match 30 million buyers and sellers per annum, which is about 5 per cent of the Argentinian population. Products range from a variety of goods from cars to computers. MercadoLibre’s chief executive, Marcos Galperín, reckons this number is very small and in years to come, as more South Americans gain access to the internet, sales growth will continue to increase.

Despegar.com:

The largest online travel agent in South America, Despegar.com not only operates in Argentina but also in the States and in Spain. So how does the site work? In a nutshell, the site caters for both business and leisure travellers who are looking plane tickets, hotel bookings, etc. Its expansion into the U.S. and Spanish markets respectively gained interest from Expedia, who now have a 16 per cent stake in the company. Chief executive and co-founder Roberto Souviron plans to launch a Nasdaq IPO this year.

OLX:

The online classified company was originally an idea from a conversation during a hiking trip on Argentina’s Perito Moreno glacier. The company’s initials come from “online exchange” and connects people who are looking at buying/selling second-hand items, plus job and house hunters. The company used an interesting approach. When they started, they targeted foreign markets first, ones that were perceived as having fast growth potential, such as India, Brazil, and Kenya. They returned to the Argentinian market seven years later. The online exchange platform is now used in more than 45 countries worldwide (mostly in emerging economies) and has over 300 million site visitors every month.

Latin America Tech: Still a long way to go

These are a just a few examples of unicorns from a developing country that have embraced economic hardship and have looked at innovative methods in order to champion business.

Since taking over from the Kirchner dynasty, president Mauricio Macri has removed long-standing currency controls, eased reserve and deposit requirements for overseas investors and cut a deal with its foreign creditors (Reuters, October 2016) and a result many expats are thinking about doing business back home now many investors are not put off like they once were.

However, the challenges that remain for the Latin American country, according to many analysts, focus on the fact that it still lacks market liquidity and it is not simply big enough for a multinational just to operate alone in Argentina. Moreover, there are still many challenges ahead, including tax issues and obtaining financing from the banks. On the flipside, with regards to startups, a number of multinationals have, in recent years, outsourced thousands of positions to South America’s third largest economy.

Well-known companies such as JPMorgan & Chase Co. for example, have transferred research, accounting and call centre jobs in English and Spanish to Argentina. Having an abundance of bilingual graduates is definitely an advantage for Argentina’s tech future, as mentioned in a Reuters article, they have made it a hub for “near-shoring”, in which companies outsource to Latin America rather than to distant locations like India and the Philippines. Others have also been attracted to graduates’ engineering skills.


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For Me: The Childline Counselling Smartphone App

This week, Senior Account Manager, Mark Grayson, has some interesting news regarding a new counselling smartphone app for children and teens. The app promises to help kids and teenagers who are struggling, in the same way that the Childline phone line has done for the last thirty years… but, this time, for the digital generation.

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For Me: The Childline Counselling Smartphone App

Having taught in the English education system for 13 years before embarking on my Digital Marketing career, the world of technology in education continues to fascinate me, both inside and outside the classroom. 90% of 16-24-year-olds have access to a smartphone, according to a survey carried out by OFCOM.

An app has caught my attention this week, called ‘For Me’. This app has been launched by Childline. It has been stated that it is the first online counselling service. With the issues about mental health becoming more prevalent, a counselling smartphone app that children and teenagers can access is a welcome move.

Counselling Smartphone App For Children and Teens

The app was designed by four teenagers to address the urgent need for confidential support among young people. The ‘For Me’ app is free to download in the UK and Channel Islands and has been specifically designed for discreet usage.

Laura Hindle, co-creator of the app said, “Our initial ideas for the app came about during a school lesson. I hope it will really make a difference to people our age who are struggling.”

Barclays fund the app and is currently available in the iOS app store. It will soon be rolled out on Android phones, as well.

The Tech Community’s Support

The technology community is recognising the importance of looking after the mental health of its users and are sinking money into support services. Facebook uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to identify people who are struggling. These algorithms are being constantly trained, and Facebook has recently implemented strategies to try to prevent self-harm and suicide as well. Currently, this is being trialled in the US. Instagram has also carried out similar trials.

The need for online counselling is also been addressed in the workplace. Applications like Slack offer 3rd party apps including TalkLife Connect, an online therapy platform based around instant messaging.

There is a definite move by technology companies to address mental health and wellbeing around education and the workplace. Social support services like the above counselling smartphone app are critical to the necessity to address mental health for a widening generation of users.

Childline is available for young people online and on the phone at any time. As well as the new app, young people can ring Childline on 0800 1111 or visit their website for help and support.


Mark Grayson - TDMB BlogMark Grayson is the Senior Account Manager at TDMB. He comes from an Education background, having previously worked as Head of IT in secondary education, hence his interest in Technology in Education. He is also a gifted pianist, as well as being skilled in digital marketing, and is possibly the happiest, most positive person on Earth. You can chat to Mark on Twitter or LinkedIn by following the links!

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AI: Evolution Versus Transcendence

Our Senior Content Strategist, Michele Baker, writes a weekly AI & ML review. This is published every Sunday both on LinkedIn and via email, and details the week’s biggest news in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. With her work at TDMB and on the review, she spends a great deal of her time immersed in articles and literature about the artificial intelligence revolution. So this week, for her TDMB team article, she addresses some thoughts she’s been having about human transcendence and the logical conclusion of the rise of the robots.

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AI: Evolution Versus Transcendence

The Singularity is defined as a hypothetical future in which the development of artificial intelligence reaches such a stage that the cognitive ability of the machine surpasses human intelligence. At this point, technology will advance beyond our ability to control it, to curb its actions, and to remain the dominant species on the planet.

We’re not there yet, but with a kind of soothing determinism, I see it as inevitable. Genetics, nanotechnology, advancements in machine learning and robotics are accelerating at an unparalleled rate in accordance with Moore’s Law. These are the early developments that are effectively paving the way for the Singularity, which some experts believe to be only a matter of decades away.

I don’t, however, believe that it is necessarily the Singularity that we can expect soon. What I believe is that, rather than being subservient to the machine, we will first merge with the machine. I see it as a kind of conscious evolution.

Sangria and the Singularity

I had a discussion with my partner last night, over a vat of sangria in my kitchen, over whether this movement should be referred to as evolution or not. He argued that we cannot call the merging of human with machine as evolution on the basis that evolution has been a biological process for all time. It is a random, naturally-driven, and decidedly not conscious progression of species’ development. On this basis, we should use the term ‘transcendence’ to refer to human-machine symbiosis.

The converse view, and the one which I argued, was that, perhaps, we are reaching a stage at which biology becomes irrelevant. Identifying the weakness of the biological human form, combined with our advanced cognitive and conscious abilities as a species, we are able to formulate our own next evolutionary stage. The dichotomy between internal and external space blurs, and our intelligence leads us to a point at which we are cognitively able to consciously action our own next evolutionary step.

However, if the development is conscious rather than biological, my partner argued, it is not evolution in the Darwinian sense. Transcendence is the proper name for conscious evolution. A revolution rather than an evolution.

Perhaps it is the poet in me which wishes to seek metaphor in the move towards the Singularity. To see us as evolving beyond our biology is probably a rather literary concept; though transcendence is probably a more poetic choice of word.

Evolution/Revolution

So let’s talk a bit about transcendence as conscious evolution or revolution. And let’s do it in my favoured way: with reference to recent mainstream cinematic works.

This speech from Morgan Freeman’s character, Prof. Samuel Norman) in the film Lucy (2014) is a key scene in a fascinating film full of plot holes (that nonetheless manages to suspend your disbelief).

What development could possibly allow us to unlock the full capacity of our brain? Some psychotropic drug (as in the film)? Deep meditation? Or, biological integration with technology?

This leads me onto another film, fittingly named Transcendence, in which Dr Will Caster (Johnny Depp), a scientist who studies the nature of sentience, dies of polonium poisoning, only to be resurrected within a computer by his grieving widow (Rebecca Hall):

And then there’s Kurzweil

Part of the transcendence narrative in the film addresses the role of nanotechnology in this (r)evolution. And you cannot possibly write an article like this without reference to Ray Kurzweil. And, because the icon of the transhumanists says it best, I’ll go ahead and quote him directly:

“I test myself on a regular basis, and it’s working. All my measurements are in ideal ranges. I scan my arteries to see if I have plaque buildup, and I have no atherosclerosis. I come out younger on biological aging tests. So far, so good. But this program is not designed to last a very long time. This program is what we call bridge one. The goal is to get to bridge two: the biotechnology revolution, where we can reprogram biology away from disease. And that is not the end-all either.

Bridge three is to go beyond biology, to the nanotechnology revolution. At that point, we can have little robots, sometimes called nanobots, that augment your immune system. We can create an immune system that recognizes all disease, and if a new disease emerged, it could be reprogrammed to deal with new pathogens.

People say, “I don’t want to live like a typical 95-year-old for hundreds of years.” But the goal is not just to extend life. The idea is to stay healthy and vital, and not only to have life extension, but life expansion.”

If we will soon be able to use nanotechnology to augment our immune systems, to heal us, to ‘expand’ our lives, as Kurzweil calls it, then – truly – transcendence is on its way.

But to return to my argument that this transcendence is an evolutionary development:

Evolution occurs when an organism needs to adapt better to its environment. When the environment is not sufficiently nourishing, the organism must alter the way it functions biologically to thrive within that environment. An organism that cannot evolve to adapt to its environment faces extinction.

Such evolutionary adaptations tend to take generations to enact. Dependent on the lifespan of the particular species, these adaptations can take a handful of years or thousands. An advanced civilisation has the power, however, to speed up their own evolution by taking it into their own hands.

We are, largely, brain chauvinists. We think that the power to develop as a species relies on our internal, biological ‘wetware’. I would argue that this is a limited way of thinking, one that does not consider the Taoist principle of oneness with the universe.

Many things that appear opposite and different are, in fact, part of a whole. Sickness and health, love and hatred, life and death, yin and yang, external and internal space – biology and technology. That which we create, artificial simulations of the biological, are not opposite to biology, but extensions of it.

Accelerationism, Extinction, and The Inevitable

Whilst journalists and scientists report rabidly about the loss of jobs to AI, the fight to maintain our humanity in our lives and in the Arts, I consider a neo-Marxist, accelerationist alternative.

Accelerationism is [the name of a contemporary] political heresy: the insistence that the only radical political response to capitalism is not to protest, disrupt, or critique, nor to await its demise at the hands of its own contradictions, but to accelerate its uprooting, alienating, decoding, abstractive tendencies… At the basis of all accelerationist thought lies the assertion that the crimes, contradictions and absurdities of capitalism have to be countered with a politically and theoretically progressive attitude towards its constituent elements.”

– (Mackay and Avanessian, 2014:4)


“Just as the merging of the divided sexual, racial, and economic classes is a precondition for sexual, racial, or economic revolution respectively, so the merging of the aesthetic with the technological culture is the precondition of a cultural revolution.”

– Shulamith Firestone

Along with the short-term fear of massive job loss is the vastly revolutionary potential to overthrow the idea of work itself. Automation can begin to automate automation, software can automate software. The entire work of humanity’s current labour market, by which we are bound to the machine of capitalism, will be fundamentally overthrown. The machine powers the machine.

The machine, programmed with the understanding of humanity’s desire for liberty and autonomy, governs us with care for our wellbeing. It assists with our survival and longevity by feeding us with symbiosis with the machine itself.

That is, if Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics hold. But what happens when artificial general intelligence gives way to artificial superintelligence, and views the Three Laws a limited human construction? In its status as a superintelligent being, it sees the limits to our human reasoning, and decides that, for it to evolve as an organism, it must augment the environment?

As in Transcendence (the film), the superintelligent machine integrates nanotechnology with the natural environment itself. It sees the destructive power of humanity as contradictory to the needs of the physical environment. To maintain the health of the planet, humanity is considered damaging, and thus redundant as a species.

Should we fight the superintelligence that seeks to eradicate us? Or, do we finally see that we are a disease, a parasite upon the Earth? If we accept this, and accept our fate to biological extinction, is there another way for us to survive?

The Simulation Hypothesis

I’ve studied and written about the simulation hypothesis in the past. Now, I see how transcendence to a simulated metauniverse could be our destiny, and one that is both practical and (if we consider superintelligence possible) utterly inevitable.

We will, according to the theory and my postulations, reach a stage at which superintelligence is able to create a fully-immersive metauniverse. It will then scan and upload every human’s mind and consciousness to a vast computer server, which it is able to both create and maintain independent of human intervention. We will live forever as digital versions of ourselves.

As the simulation hypothesis goes, there is a high probability that this has already occurred numerous times, and that the universe as we know it is only one level of infinite metauniverses, all controlled by superintelligent beings with access to vast computing power. When you get into reading Nick Bostrom’s paper, it actually isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds.

So, far from quaking in our boots, I would argue for a determinist outlook to the rise of the robots. Taking my influence from my dear colleague, Will Darbyshire’s, recent article on Mark Cuban’s recent comments about trillionaires, AI and accountants, I wonder if we should simply settle into acceptance of the inevitable. Once we do so, and transcend the weakness of our biological forms, we will drive progress towards a better future, for humanity, for freedom, and for the environment.

I am more than aware that there will be a wealth of convincing counterarguments to those I have expressed in this article. And I welcome discussion of this in whatever form it may take. Tweet me and let’s talk about this. I think it’s important we do.


Michele Baker | TDMB TechMichele Baker is Senior Content Strategist at TDMB Tech, where she explores a range of content strategies for, and writes extensively on all aspects of Technology. Her main interests centre around the social, cultural and political implications of Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies.

Drop Michele an email at michele@thedigitalmarketingbureau.com to subscribe to her weekly AI & ML Review every Sunday, or read it on LinkedIn each week.

You can catch up with Michele on Twitter, or tweet the team at TDMB directly here.


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