I am sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.

These were the words of HAL (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer) to astronaut David Bowman in Arthur C. Clark’s novel ‘2001: A Space Odyssey (1969). As with many science fiction books, it takes a while before futuristic concepts become reality. In this case the onboard HAL 9000 computer concludes that the crew of the spacecraft is […] Read more »

Rise of the Machines Part 5: The Final Frontier

In discussing the advance of robotics we tend to concentrate on machines that carry out a seemingly for ever increasing variety of manual tasks: think of flipping burgers, mowing the lawn, vacuum cleaning, dispensing food, medicines or manufacturing cars, boats, things etc. It is just the beginning. Industrial robots were the first to arrive and […] Read more »

Rise of the Machines Part 4: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

In our series on the future work we watch the development of innovative robotized functions hitting the market. So far we covered the robotized prison guard, burger flipper, order pickers and cars as innovations where robot technology redefines an existing function. But innovations that really captures people’s imagination are drone based appliances; for the sake […] Read more »

The Ethical Machine Versus The Ruthless Samaritan

In TV series “Person of Interest” protagonist Finch has built a software system that is capable of predicting crime by combining artificial intelligence (AI) with access to all kinds of public and private data. He has designed the machine code in such a way that it values the life of individuals. The Machine has been […] Read more »

Fast Food 2015: French Fries as a Service

  Back in the days, a (semi-) professional football players post-football career was not as easy as it is now. After their active football career many went back to whatever trade they learned at school: plumber, electrician, clerk, etc. Some had the gift of ‘seeing’ the game and became coach or trainer. And there was […] Read more »