Building a Better Bot

An Interview With Dr. Angelica Lim About the Future of a More Social Robot I had the opportunity to watch Dr. Angelica Lim speak at the FITC FutureWorld conference in Toronto this past summer. Maybe it was because of her positive enthusiasm about the future of robotics, or maybe it was due to her equally…

Play To Transform

Will Playing Make AI More Human? On March 15, 2016, Google’s AI program, AlphaGo, beat world champion Lee Sedol four-to-one in one of the most complex strategy games ever devised – the ancient Chinese game of Go. Since that historic match, Google has released a new version of its AI agent, called AlphaGo Zero, which…

The Frontier Within (Part 2): AI Innovations in Healthcare

This post was originally published on the Digitally Cognizant blog. It is the second post in a series on “Digitizing the Human Body.” See Part 1 here. AI and advanced machine learning promise to reinvent healthcare, a sea change heralded by numerous AI-driven innovations, pilot projects, products, and techniques. In fact, the use of AI in the life…

The Frontier (Part One): Digitizing the Human Body

This post was originally published on the Digitally Cognizant blog. It is the first post in a blog series on “Digitizing the Human Body.” Populating the human body with powerful technologies is no longer just the domain of sci-fi. Existing and emerging technologies are rapidly ushering in an era of human augmentation, self-regulation, automated diagnosis and treatment, and…

From Artistic to Artificial Intelligence

The Emergence of the Creative Machine Creativity has long been perceived to be immune to falling under the dominion of machines. However, this is changing fast. Machine learning and big data now enable intelligent systems to be used in many creative fields, such as music production or the culinary and visual arts. Even though we…

On the Origin of Things

In 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species and described the means by which populations evolve—that environmental pressures naturally select the individuals best suited to their habitat to procreate. Culminating from this work was a phylogenetic tree of life, graphically illustrating and describing the relationships between the species of the world and how…

Hierarchy of Possibilities: Designing Smart IoT Products

In simplifying complex systems that involve humans, frameworks such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs are often used to model product and service features based on various predetermined scenarios. Such frameworks are often taken out of context of their original proposition, and lack empirical evidence. For example, Maslow originally proposed his hierarchy as a set of…

The Present and the Possible: FutureWorld 2017

FITC recently hosted FutureWorld, a one-day event in Toronto where leading roboticists presented their perspectives on the recently possible, and their visions for what the future could look like. And, as artificial intelligence and robotics move out of research labs and into our daily routines, it’s undoubtedly time to ask questions about what’s on the horizon. The…

The Industry of Immortality Rising

Currently in the BETA stage, ETER9 is a social network that relies on artificial intelligence to communicate with and through your Counterpart – a virtual self that lives, learns, interacts, and posts content online, even when you’re not around. A more autonomous bot-like version of yourself, if you will. Users can also adopt existing or…

Artificial Desire: Build Your Own Partner

A cursory search of the all-knowing internet will reveal that I am far from the first person to write about this topic. In fact, in addition to countless books, articles, videos, video games, and preachy religious websites, this past November even saw the First International Congress on Love and Sex With Robots, featuring such panels and presentations as “robot…