Friday Futures: how to control your robot, blockchained Pokemons

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: how to control your robot; blockchained Pokemons; better IoT device tracking; big data is bad for our health; python caves; and a futurist’s thoughts on AI.

MIT wants to control robot mistakes with the flick of a finger

A new system spearheaded by researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) aims to allow users to instantly correct robot mistakes with nothing more than brain signals and the flick of a finger. Read more…

OMG – now they put Pokemon on a blockchain

In the latest version of taking something that works just fine and putting it on a blockchain because … well, just because, you can now participate in a Pokémon game as long as you’re willing to pay in crypto to do so.. Read more…

The ‘things’in the IoT are moving too fast to track accurately

The advent of 5G means there may soon be too many IoT devices for a centralized hub to reliably track. That’s why researchers are looking for new ways to keep track of them all. Some are focusing on hardware, others are looking at software, but the goal is the same: know where every device in the system is at all times. Read more …

Guess what, with big data and health, the sample size may be badly wrong

When it comes to understanding what makes people tick – and get sick – medical science has long assumed that the bigger the sample of human subjects, the better. But new research suggests this big-data approach may be wildly off the mark. Read more…

CDC scientists are in python caves looking for the source of the Marburg virus

In 2008, the CDC’s Brian Amman found himself in Python Cave, which – apart from pythons – houses a population of roughly 50,000 Egyptian fruit bats. Scientists believed they could be carriers for Marburg virus, and they were studying the bats’ behavior to try to understand how the disease spreads from animals to humans. Read more…

Is this one possible future for data storage?

The development of high-density data storage devices requires the highest possible density of elements in an array made up of individual nanomagnets. The closer they are together, the greater the magnetic interactions between them. Read more…

Worth a watch: here are Futurist Gerd Leonhard’s latest thoughts on AI. Watch now…

(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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