Robot Police Officer

It seems that a week does not go by without someone announcing a new robot. This week it is India in the news with the Kerala Police swearing in its first RoboCop named KP-Bot—the first in the country. With the stated aim of introducing technology into policing, the KP-Bot will greet visitors and direct them to different places, set up … Read More

Robot Reporters

We’ve focused on Robot News Anchors and Robot Educators. This week, we move to Robot Reporters, as many newspapers have turned to AI tools. Bloomberg uses Cyborg, to help reporters with articles on company earnings reports. Robot reporters have produced of articles on minor league baseball for The Associated Press, high school football for The Washington Post and earthquakes for … Read More

Robotic Educators

Our last trend email introduced the idea of robotic news reporters as the world’s first AI News Anchor made its debut In China. Today, we move to the education sphere  and introduce the idea of humanoid robotic educators with the example of a humanoid robot that gave a lecture in a West Point Philosophy Course. A teacher with a robotic … Read More

Robotic News Anchors

Well, each week, more robots seem to appear, and this week was no different. The world’s first AI News Anchor made its debut In China. An English version of the AI anchor, essentially a clone of a real anchor, opens with an introduction to the new news service feature. “Hello everyone, I’m an English artificial intelligence anchor. This is my … Read More

CRISPR’s Potential to Cure 13 Diseases

As we pointed out in earlier 2030 Trend emails, CRISPR-Cas9 mediated gene therapies are poised to revolutionize medicine. Using the CRISPR system, researchers can precisely edit any target DNA locus – a feat that was not achievable using other gene editing tools. The possibility to edit a disease mutation to correct genetic errors creates opportunities for treating conditions that have long … Read More

Blockchain Impact

What is Blockchain? To be Future Fluent, another term we need to understand is “Blockchain.” Blockchain is best known as the backbone technology for the digital currency bitcoin; it is an encrypted, digital ledger of public records organized into groups of data called blocks and distributed over networks. Blockchain is a type of decentralized database that allows everyone in a … Read More

CRISPR Ethical Concerns

We have looked at the CRISPR gene editing revolution and gene editing in food, but we can’t leave this topic without exploring the real ethical concerns that come with CRISPR. (For an animation which depicts the CRISPR-Cas9 method of genome editing, see this YouTube video created by the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pp17E4E-O8&feature=youtu.be CRISPR creates cuts in … Read More

CRISPR Gene Editing in Food

More on CRISPR—This time we’re looking at gene editing in food. Recent research involving CRISPR gene editing demonstrates how we can make tomatoes more nutritious and flavorful, the groundcherry a more commercially viable crop, and optimize the taste of your favorite beer. Globally, plant scientists are aiming to bring back the nutritious and delicious tomatoes of the past. Turning to … Read More

CRISPR Revolution

If you do not know about the revolution that CRISPR has ignited, you should.  CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) is a relatively recent discovery in the history of biotechnology. But, not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. Biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium … Read More

AI for Good

To end the week, we are moving from AI and Bias to the other side of the coin: AI for Good. Altruistic applications of AI are emerging in multiple sectors including education, health, law and the environment. AI’s main advantage over humans is its ability to detect incredibly subtle patterns within large quantities of data and to learn from them. … Read More