Friday Futures: AI doubts, black holes, and 1917 predictions

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of  The Future from around the web. This week: AI knows when yr lying and doubts itself; we could see a black hole soon; quantum computing game changer; CES madness; and what futurists in 1917 thought the future looked like.

AI will soon be able to tell if you are lying …

Researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD) have developed the Deception Analysis and Reasoning Engine (DARE), a system that uses artificial intelligence to autonomously detect deception in courtroom trial videos. Read how…

… And it will also doubt whether it’s made the right decision

Researchers at Uber and Google are working on modifications to deep-learning frameworks that will enable them to handle probability. This will provide a way for the smartest AI programs to measure their confidence in a prediction or a decision by knowing when they should doubt themselves. Should you read more? …

2018 could be the year we actually see a black hole

Albert Einstein predicted the existence of black holes in his theory of general relativity, but even he wasn’t convinced that they actually existed. And thus far, no one has been able to produce concrete evidence that they do. The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) could change that. Discover more…


Here is what quantum computing really is, and why it is a game changer

That nebulous quantum future became one step closer this November, when top­-tier journal Nature published two papers that showed some of the most advanced quantum systems yet. Here’s the interview…

CES keeps the Internet of Silly Things alive

The world’s greatest gadget pageant, the Consumer Electronics Showcase, kicked off in Las Vegas this week. And as the show wraps up, the new gadget announcements are getting weirder. Smart toilets! Robot butlers! Jet shoes for kids! Fake fingernails that measure your UV intake! It’s all here …

Retrospective: what were the predictions of the future a century ago?

People in the early 20th century were hopeful about the future innovation might bring. Futurists of the early 1900s predicted an incredible boom in technology that would transform human lives for the better. They were more accurate than you might think …

(Compiled by Alex Leslie, edited by John C. Tanner)

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Alex was Founder and CEO of the Global Billing Association (GBA), a trade body focused on the communications sector. He is a sought after speaker and chairman at leading industry conferences, and is widely published in communications magazines around the world. Until it closed, he was Contributing Editor, OSS/BSS for Connected Planet. He is publisher at DisruptiveViews.

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