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Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance will use IBM’s “Watson Explorer” in the first days of 2017 to replace 34 of its insurance claim workers. According to their press release, the AI will consider injuries and their treatment, the patient’s medical history, as well as the hospital records themselves to determine insurance payouts. In their official press release, they claim that automating this process will expedite service to their customers, increasing productivity by 30%.
KEND wrote:In the UK there are plans to build surveillance devices into everyday appliances such as refrigerators so police can go to a crime scene and not bother to collect fingerprints all the evidence is stored somewhere. I cant imagine living in such a world.
everything wrote:I suppose AI nanotech is the scariest scenario we've discussed so far.
That scene in The Minority Report (SPOILERS BELOW in case you've never seen this movie) ....
where the spider like bots come to find Tom Cruise ... well why are they so big he can see them and why should water throw them off? kind of stupid I suppose. These bots taking over from humanity could just be essentially invisible to the naked human eye. Boy, it's been fun ruling this 3rd rock from the sun while it lasted I guess.
Technophobia began to gain national and international attention as a movement with the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. With the development of new machines able to do the work of skilled craftsmen using unskilled, underpaid men, women, and children, those who worked a trade began to fear for their livelihoods. In 1675, a group of weavers destroyed machines that replaced their jobs.
By 1727, the destruction had become so prevalent that Parliament made the demolition of machines a capital offense. This action, however, did not stop the tide of violence. The Luddites, a group of anti-technology workers, united under the name “Ludd” in March 1811, removing key components from knitting frames, raiding houses for supplies, and petitioning for trade rights while threatening greater violence. Poor harvests and food riots lent aid to their cause by creating a restless and agitated population for them to draw supporters from.
The Luddites were a group of English textile workers and self-employed weavers in the 19th century that used the destruction of machinery as a form of protest. The group was protesting the use of machinery in a "fraudulent and deceitful manner" to get around standard labor practices. They were fearful that the years they had spent learning the craft would go to waste and unskilled machine operators would rob them of their livelihood.
KEND wrote:The lessons of history tell us that it will be yet another way in creating a docile non thinking populace totally dependent on , we hope, a paternalistic state. There will still be people who reject it but they will become few and far between. Looking further into the future what if it is decided that humans are occupying too much space and need to be culled.
For now, the increase in robotic employment at Amazon is only outpacing actual people by a narrow margin — 50%, as opposed to 46% more humans, according to The Seattle Times. Human awareness and dexterity still prevent us from becoming a redundant part of these processes… for now, as white collar insurance claims agents are being replaced with AI and the development of self-healing synthetic muscle that could make robots as graceful as any person.
When Amazon acquired Kiva Systems for $775 million in 2012, they immediately began implementing the squat automatons into their network of massive warehouses. The 16 inch, 320 lb. machines can carry more than twice their own weight and have taken over a sizable chunk of transport and packing tasks.
Snork wrote:Another attack vector to be wary of, with these voice-activated gadgets:
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