Author: Matthew Dahlitz

The Impact of Machines on Jobs

At the “AI and the Future of Work” summit at MIT in November of 2017, MIT President L. Rafael Reif echoed the fears of many working Americans when he said that “72% of of Americans say they feel worried about a future [in which] robots and computers can do many human jobs. It’s clear to almost everyone that deep change is happening. For most people it’s not clear how to respond.” The event also featured speakers such as Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt who believes that AI will make workers more productive, give us personal assistants, leading to more productive...

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The State of the Future 19.1

In the recently published report The State of the Future 19.1 (a publication of The Millennium Project, an international participatory think tank established in 1996) the question was asked “How can scientific and technological breakthroughs be accelerated to improve the human condition?”. In the report, that can be found at, the authors cite a number of breakthroughs, accelerated by increased computational power and the synergy between various science disciplines. They say that the advances being made now will “make the last 25 years seem slow compared with the next 25”. The report cites the following breakthroughs as significant:...

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Robotic advances at the University of Tokyo

Engineers at the University of Tokyo have constructed two humanoids that successfully replicate human-like movement during physical activity. The robots, named Kengoro and Kenshiro, can perform multiple push-ups, crunches, stretches and other whole-body exercises – feats not possible for earlier versions of human-mimicking bots to perform. Kengoro and Kenshiro’s developers say the humanoids may help researchers better understand how humans move during athletic sports, aid in the development of artificial limbs and whole bodies, and advance the design of crash-test dummies. Below are some other videos from the University of...

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Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems

IEEE Releases Ethically Aligned Design, Version 2 to show “Ethics in Action” for the Development of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (A/IS) A key driver for ethical technology development, IEEE invites industry and expert input on Version 2 of Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced the publication of the second version of Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (EADv2). Adding emphasis to the launch of EADv2, The IEEE Global...

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Orb Composer

One of the more exciting developments for me personally as a composer is not so much the deep learning systems as an expert system called the Orb Composer. Developed in France by Richard Portelli, the system is like an orchestrator in a box, and a bit more. Richard fell in love with classical music when he was 18. Captivated by the richness of the music he set about studying scores while listening to the music on CDs. He analyzed the musical forms, deconstructing the compositions to learn about the structure and the language of the master composers—a pastime not...

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