Innovation is a word mentioned in almost every conversation about traditional, and modern businesses. True innovation comes from invention Futurist Speaker Nikolas Badminton will look at what true innovation is, highlight the exponential eight technologies that will change the world, and highlight some ‘signals of change’ across industries where Engineers and Geoscientists have a big impact. See more of Nikolas’ insights at
What does it mean for a robot to be self-aware? That’s exactly what this robotics lab is investigating as they embark on a quest towards artificial consciousness. *Please note: The quadruped robot is still a work in progress with results to come in the near future. »Subscribe to Seeker! »Watch more Focal Point | Read More: The Creative Machines Lab at Columbia University “At the Creative Machines Lab we build robots that do what you’d least expect robots to do: Self replicate, self-reflect, ask questions, and even be creative. We develop machines that can design and make other machines – automatically.” The Challenge of Determining Whether an A.I. Is Sentient “It is not easy to determine when an organism is sentient, however. A brief recount of past and present controversies and mistakes makes it clear that human beings are not great at recognizing sentience.” What would it mean for AI to have a soul? “Artificial intelligences (AI) like Siri are less situated than humans to answer questions about religion and spirituality. Existential angst, ethical inquiries, theological considerations: these belong exclusively to the domain of Homo Sapiens. Or so we assume.” ____________________ Imagine living in a world where Westworld or I, Robot was our reality—how long do we have until science fiction becomes real? With continuously advancing artificial intelligence, are conscious robots on the horizon? Researchers have been making huge advances in robotics for decades, but engineers investigating these philosophical questions has not always been a [More]