Amazon hopes to deliver packages via drones in 5 years

Amazon hopes to use autonomous octocopter drones to deliver small packages to customers within 30 minutes,

Amazon says putting the new Amazon Prime Air service into commercial use “will take some number of years as we advance the technology. … We hope the FAA’s rules will be in place as early as sometime in 2015.”

View more to see footage from a recent test flight and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Sunday in a “60 Minutes” interview with Charlie Rose.
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Google’s droids take on Amazon’s drones

Andy Rubin, the Google executive who developed Google’s free Android software, has revealed to The New York Times he is working on a secret Google project to create a new generation of robots.  More on Google robotics efforts in Gigaom.

The goal: improve the efficiency of manufacturing of small electronics — now largely manual — and packing goods in warehouses, and ultimately making home deliveries — perhaps via Google-designed autonomous vehicles.

“Google has recently started experimenting with package delivery in urban areas with its Google Shopping service, and it could try to automate portions of that system,” the Times suggests.

Google executives describe this robotic vision as a “moonshot.” But it appears to be “more realistic than Amazon’s proposed drone delivery service,” opines the Times.

Stephen Colbert begs to disagree: “These Amazon drones are a great idea, and guaranteed to be safe, thanks to all the drone testing we’ve done overseas. I mean, worse-case scenario, a few homes get carpet-gifted with some collateral generosity.”

Meanwhile, Rubin has acquired several robotics and AI start-up companies in the U.S. and Japan, says the paper, including these:

How do you gauge if strong AI is a few years away?

Mr. Kurzweil,

You have for some time predicted human level machine intelligence arriving by 2029.

If four or five years from now we have a computer of ten times the necessary power AND there emerges a well-funded, collaborative effort to simulate a brain on such a machine, would you amend your prediction of the emergence of strong AI?

I guess what I mean to ask is, what developments would you look for to determine that strong AI is only a few years away?

Regards,
Sean

How to Create a Mind

The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

Source: Viking & Penguin — August 27, 2013

Noted futurist Ray Kurzweil unravels the mysteries of human thinking to provide a roadmap to superhuman intelligence in The New York Times best-selling book How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.

The paperback edition is now available at: Penguin Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers.

Author’s website: howtocreateamind.com

Penguin Books, paperback on-sale date August 27, 2013 | ISBN: 978-0-14-312404-7 | $17.00.

“Kurzweil writes boldly and with a showman’s flair, expertly guiding the lay reader into the deep thickets of neuroscience.”
–– The Boston Globe

“It is rare to find a book that offers unique and inspiring content on every page. How to Create a Mind achieves that and more. This is a visionary work that is also accessible and entertaining.”
–– Rafael Reif, President, MIT

No longer science fiction, artificial intelligence has gone mainstream with recent innovations such as IBM’s Watson, the iPhone’s Siri, and Google’s self-driving cars, and research is already underway for the inevitable next step.

In his latest best-selling book, How to Create a Mind, noted futurist and current Director of Engineering at Google Ray Kurzweil examines the …

The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy

Philip Auerswald, author of the Coming Prosperity, is an associate professor and Presidential Fellow at George Mason University.

He is the founding board chair of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is the author of numerous books, reports, and research papers related to entrepreneurship and innovation. He is also an adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative; the co-founder and co-editor of Innovations, a quarterly journal from MIT Press about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges.

TED | An equation for intelligence by Alex Wissner-Gross

TED | What is the most intelligent way to behave? Wissner-Gross explains how the latest research findings in physics, computer science, and animal behavior suggest that the smartest actions, from the dawn of human tool use all the way up to modern business and financial strategy, are all driven by the single fundamental principle of keeping future options as open as possible.

Consequently, he argues, intelligence itself may be viewed as an engine for maximizing future freedom of action. With broad implications for fields ranging from management and investing to artificial intelligence, Wissner-Gross’s message reveals a profound new connection between intelligence and freedom.

Wissner-Gross is a scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He serves as an institute fellow at the Harvard University Institute for applied computational science and as a research affiliate at the MIT Media Laboratory. In 2007, he completed his PhD in physics at Harvard, where he researched programmable matter, ubiquitous computing, and machine learning.

related reading:
profile | Alex Wissner-Gross, Phd
Wikipedia | Alex Wissner-Gross, PhD
io9 | “How Skynet might emerge from simple physics
Physical Review Letters | “Causal entropic forces

Editors,

Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis critiqued this idea in The New Yorker back …

Moogfest 2014

Moogfest is a five day festival dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art and music.

With an experimental lineup of daytime conference programming and landmark nightly performances, we honor the creativity and inventiveness of Bob Moog and pay tribute to the legacy of the analog synthesizer.

This is no ordinary festival. Moogfest welcomes futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, scientists, musicians, and Moog devotees to participate in a conversation that celebrates new technology and creative expression.

Presentations at Moogfest include: 

Futurists Jerome C. Glenn and George Dvorsky
Pioneers of Electronic Musical Instrument Design Herb Deutsch, Dave Smith, Don Buchla, Roger Linn, Tom Oberheim, Malcolm Cecil
Electronic Music Visionaries Laurie Anderson, Keith Emerson, Giorgio Moroder
Filmmakers and Film Music Composers Cliff Martinez, Hans Fjelletad, Jason Amm
MIT Media Lab’s Joseph Paradiso
SETI’s Charles Lindsay
OMNI’s Claire Evans
Make magazine’s Mark Frauenfelder
Sonification researcher Bruce Walker
Writer Forrest Mims

Event Site: Moogfest 2014

Topics: Entertainment/New Media | Singularity/Futures

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