Robot librarian, lawyer and movie director...

Discussion in 'Intelligence & Machines' started by Plazma Inferno!, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

    No, this isn't a setup for a joke.
    Apparently, these are the occupations that recently became endangered by getting their robot counterparts. Well, at least librarian and lawyer. Robot Scott has still much to learn, according to Sunspring, a short sci-fi movie written entirely by AI.
    Many libraries around the world (at least those using RFID tags in their books) may get some robotic help in keeping books in their proper place, thanks to researchers at Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
    A*STAR roboticists have created an autonomous shelf-scanning robot called AuRoSS that can tell which books are missing or out of place. Many libraries have already begun putting RFID tags on books, but these typically must be scanned with hand-held devices. AuRoSS uses a robotic arm and RFID scanner to catalogue book locations, and uses laser-guided navigation to wheel around unfamiliar bookshelves. AuRoSS can be programmed to scan the library shelves at night and instruct librarians how to get the books back in order when they arrive in the morning.
    This means so far robots would only help librarians with certain tasks, but I wouldn't be surprise to see fully automated libraries and bookstores soon.

    For those thinking of law school, keep in mind that technology may revolutionize the profession before you earn that J.D.
    In the research-driven, labor-intensive legal profession, the age-old question of man vs. machine is being answered as some law firms have begun to use an “artificially intelligent attorney” to research and hash out legal issues – a trend that legal minds predict will displace some human lawyers.
    Called ROSS, the robot lawyer uses IBM’s cognitive computer program Watson to learn from experience to gain speed when answering legal questions, according to its creators. It can read through the entire body of law to return a cited answer, monitor the law to recognize other court decisions that could affect the case at hand, and even glean conclusions from more than one billion legal documents per second, they add.
    Its creation comes on the heels of a 2014 analysis that predicted artificial intelligence will cause “structural collapse” of law firms by 2030.

    Finally, while it's not Oscar worthy material, Sunspring short movie is an interesting experiment, showing how AI deals with bunch of existing scenarios, while trying to make its own.
    You can check it and judge for yourself.
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  3. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

    So your self-driving car can take you from coast to coast. It knows when it needs gas and it can find the nearest gas station. It can pay for the gas electronically. The only human involved in the process is the high school dropout who actually pumps the gas. It seems that the less intelligence required (no offense to gas jockeys), the less applicable automation is - i.e. the lowest-level jobs will last the longest.
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