Links of the day:
An Open Letter on the Digital Economy — “Will robots eat our jobs?” Asks a group of academic and Silicon Valley bigwigs. “Uh….maybe? So we should scramble to rearrange our whole society first” they answer. (More MPRA coverage to come on this.)
Beyond Automation — Thomas Davenport and Julia Kirby argue in the Harvard Business Review that it’s time to cyborg up to handle the automated future: “We could reframe the threat of automation as an opportunity for augmentation.”
Stereo Vision for Bots — ZDNet reports on a new start-up that claims to have a low cost solution to giving bots stereo vision. If they’re right, drones with depth perception, vacuums that dance around coffee tables, and live 3d renderings of complex environments may not be far behind.
And of course, nobody’s day would be complete without a link to this compilation courtesy of IEEE Spectrum of robots falling down at a recent DARPA challenge for emergency-worker bots.