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Machines are set to take over all of our jobs in the near future, author Tim Dunlop predicts. Franck Robichon/EPA

Business Briefing: why the future is workless

Business Briefing: why the future is workless. The Conversation18.1 MB (download)
We need to embrace a future where machines do our jobs for us and the government gives us a basic income as a safety net, author Tim Dunlop says.
Will our digital phrasebook finally be able to handle more than just simple snippets? cybrain/

Has auto-translation software finally stopped being so useless?

Auto-translation software has been pretty frustrating to use. But news of vast improvements to Google's translation software raises the prospect that websites will soon be browsable in any language.
Can machine learning help us find – and reduce – gender bias? Doctor/nurse via

Removing gender bias from algorithms

Algorithms that learn from large data sets can pick up inherent social biases. That could perpetuate the biases, or even worsen them.
What if these two smartphones could share their learning of their user’s behaviour? Flickr/Markus Spiering

What if intelligent machines could learn from each other?

Artificial intelligence gives technology the ability to learn and adapt. But they can learn a lot more if they can share their learning with other smart devices.
Predicting whether a child will commit a crime before their 18th birthday is fraught with problems. Shutterstock/Tomsickova Tatyana

Can we predict who will turn to crime?

Machine learning is being used to see if it's possible to predict whether someone will commit a crime some time in the future. But does this risk condemning people for a crime they haven’t committed?
A robot for an MP – who’d vote for that? Shutterstock/Mombo

Can we replace politicians with robots?

If a machine can write a speech for a politician, why not go the next step and replace the elected human with a programmed robot?
All that computer power will still need a helping hand from our uniquely human expertise. Computers image via

Beyond today’s crowdsourced science to tomorrow’s citizen science cyborgs

Computers are getting better and better at the jobs that previously made sense for researchers to outsource to citizen scientists. But don't worry: there's still a role for people in these projects.

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