Month: August 2017

Captain Kirk

MEET CAPTAIN KIRK (James T. Kirk) WHY? Yes…we really mean THAT Captain Kirk…from the original Star Trek. In 1968 an episode called “The Ultimate Computer” aired. The M-5 system was designed to handle all ship functions without human assistance, not unlike the self-driving vehicles of today. But, of course, something went awry. At first, Kirk resisted the machine (like many of us do when faced with new technology). But the real human error emerged when the M-5’s inventor, Dr. Richard Daystrom, refused to believe that the machine needed some fine-tuning before it was given total control. In fact, because...

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MEET PEPPER WHY? Pepper the Robot (no gender specified) seems to be all over, having lived in Japanese homes and greeted customers at Pizza Hut and a hospital in Belgium. Pepper also hung out and danced with attendees at this year’s Collision Conference in New Orleans and dispensed cocktail recommendations at an AI Summit in Hong Kong. The humanoid droid was designed to collaborate with humans and respond to voice, motion, and other signals. The “robot as greeter” trend is in its early stages but, according to Bonnie Riggs, a restaurant industry analyst (NPD Group) quoted in Market Watch:...

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