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Canon camera factories to phase out all human workers.
In an effort to cut costs, Canon Inc. has announced they are working towards full automation of digital camera production. The move is likely to be completed by 2015.
While many human jobs will be replaced by robots, a company spokesman maintains that workers won’t be made redundant and can be transferred to different work, although it’s not clear exactly what that would be.
New Logo of Twitter Unveiled
Twitter just announced that they are doing away with their old Twitter logo and are introducing a newer more simplified logo, which is pictured inset. The old logo was the a very similar looking Twitter bird logo but going horizontally, and now with the new bird it’s in “flight” at an angle. Additionally, some older logos had “Twitter” in it or simply a “t” for Twitter. Now Twitter is taking a unified stance on one consistent logo, for which they posted a video below.
Gasp! Thanks To These Startups, Teachers Are Making Money On The Web
For example, Udemy, a web platform that allows anyone to host and take online classes, this morning announced that its top ten instructors earned a combined $1.6 million over the last 12 months.
Full Story: TechCrunch
the Newsweek databeast that almost was…
It will ‘always be’ in our eyes!
Mozilla document points towards one App store for all platforms.
The Mozilla foundation (most well known for Firefox) has released a roadmap showing their hopes for the future of App Stores. Rather than have a single App Store for each platform, the document suggests web platforms could be updated to deliver all Apps to any device or platform via the Web.
While already praising the wide scope of HTML5, it says there are “still gaps to fill”.
The Web lacks standard, consistent ways to find, rate, review, purchase and prove ownership of apps. Mozilla’s goal is to foster an ecosystem that combines the best elements of the Web with the best elements of the app model.
The Web must be made easier to develop for than proprietary platforms.
While an open, standardized platform would be great news for consumers, it’s hard to imagine a world where Microsoft, Apple and Google would all let go of their proprietary (and money making) App Stores, to embrace this open model.
KLM Airlines is giving passengers the power to pick who they sit next to via social media. The opt-in system will display the Facebook and LinkedIn profile pages of each passenger on the flight.
Full Story: Mashable
2012 Conference will explore new “rules of robotics”
As robotics finds its way into more and more consumer technologies, a conference has been planned for April 2012 to explore legal and policy issues relating to robots.
The conference will ““encourage conversations between the people designing, building, and deploying robots, and the people who design or influence the legal and social structures in which robots will operate.”, according to organizers.
Isaac Asimov famously wrote his “Three Lawn of Robotics almost 70 years ago:
- “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- “A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- “A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.”
While Asimov’s laws are generally related to self-aware humanoid type robots, the conference is likely to focus on much more specific issues related to all forms of robotics, including:
- Effect of robotics on the workplace, e.g. small businesses, hospitals, and other contexts where robots and humans work side-by-side.
- Design of legal rules that will strike the right balance between encouraging innovation and safety, particularly in the context of autonomous robots.
- Issues of legal or moral responsibility, e.g. relating to autonomous robots or robots capable of exhibiting emergent behavior.
- Issues relating to robotic prosthetics (e.g. access equity issues, liability for actions activated by conscious or unconscious mental commands).
- Relevant differences between virtual and physical robots.
- Relevant differences between nanobots and larger robots.
- Usage of robots in public safety and military contexts.
- Privacy issues relating to data collection by robots, either built for that purpose or incidental to other tasks.