Festo’s Box [for Techdrive.co]

on April 9, 2015 at 8:35 am

There’s no doubt that robotics are the future.

With how frequently I’m derailed into a hyperactive discussion on the unreal possibilities of the near future, I almost become redundant. But we really are on the cusp of a new age with an unprecedented array of discoveries ushering in the period of the machine.

It’s easy to get involved in the chatter of the autonomous car. Autonomous cars will forever change the way we function as a society. Something that doesn’t get much light but could make just as significant an impact however, are autonomous bugs.



Meet the bionicANT. These mechanical insects are designed not only based on the bodies of ants, but on the intelligence. Swarm intelligence is the idea that multiple devices can come together and work seamlessly in sync to execute more challenging tasks. Much like an ant, the bionicANT is designed to be a single piece programmed as a unit to work with it’s counterparts to perform a task on hand. With a radio transmitter on their uni-body they’re able to speak to each other. Each is equipped with a stereo camera and two sensors allowing them to intuitively be aware of the space around them which they can then use to grab things with their pincers. Their six legs are powered by piezo technology to move and a wireless network to function.

eMotionButterfly and FlexshapeGripper

The eMotionButterfly moves remarkably like the real thing. They use infrared sensors to avoid crashing into objects or each other and can be programmed to follow a direct flight path.

While the FlexshapeGripper uses the same idea behind a chameleon’s tongue to grab objects. Using a rubber reverse suction method to pick things up.


Festo’s robots designed with actual animals and insects in mind are intended to perform labor intense tasks. They hope that by using inspiration from life around us they can create robots that work well but also perform naturally and blend well into our environment.

The German robotics company, although like most other robotic companies, is aiming to change the workforce, is at least doing so in a very delightfully inspirational way.

The Rise of Drones [for Techdrive.co]

on April 12, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Drones are taking over, and we better be ready for it.

Drones are more prominent than ever. It seems like it was just an unbelievable rumor we heard not too long ago being whispered in the streets. That was until Amazon announced that it would be utilizing drones as a new delivery service.

Amazone Drone Delivery

Amazon’s Drone Delivery Service

On April 8th Amazon’s request to begin testing it’s new model of drone in the U.S. was quickly approved by the FAA(Federal Aviation Administration). It’s previous model, which is now outdated and has been improved significantly, had taken 6 months of anxious waiting in uncertainty. This is huge news for Amazon Prime users, because it means that same day shipping by air is just dawning on us.

Drones that herd sheep

Drones in the delivery service aren’t the only areas we can expect them to be surfacing however. A farmer in New Zealand has been using Drones to herd sheep. Michael Thompson is a 22 year old farmer who built a quad-copter that flies and herds his sheep in a fraction of the time that it used to take.

Drones that work for insurance companies

AIG just recently decided it would be a better option to use drones instead of people when inspecting roofs. A drone could fly up and inspect the area avoiding any injury. AIG’s drones are still operated by people from a close distance because requiring approval for an unmanned air vehicle would take awhile via the FAA.

You can pretty much bet on drones becoming standard in the next few years. They’ll be operating around us frequently. This could cause new precautions and new adjustments on people’s parts to get used to the idea of a robot flying above us with a job.

Drones are here to stay and they already have more uses than you’d think. 

Leaks about Gooogle’s Phone Service and New Batteries [for Techdrive.co]

on April 14, 2015 at 10:36 am

Google’s been inching towards a phone service for awhile now.

Google’s Phone Company

March 2nd 2015 Google confirmed that they would be entering the phone market with a “project Nexus for carriers” of sorts. The idea is that Google uses the Nexus phone line as a standard that Android can use to model by. So project Fi, as reported by Android Police, or previously code named Project Nova would be the example for carriers.

This is a great idea on Google’s part. As they’ve done with Fiber, Google is offering a service that is modeled in a way that doesn’t take advantage of the consumer and provides it’s services more closely tailored to the user experience. Fiber has created a ripple of unease for major cable companies by giving people what they actually want.

The unofficial Nexus 6 firmwire image leaked an unfinished version of Project Fi. The name of the app leaked is called Tycho. As you’ve probably noticed by now, Google tends to use multiple code names before launch, but if all of this means anything, it’s likely to suspect that “Nova” refers to the phone service, and “Fi” could be a reference to Fiber.

The APK(application image) was given a teardown by Android Police and inside they found menus to pay your phone bill, evidence of a monthly plan focused on paying per gigabyte of data and even the logo: nexus2cee_ic_launcher1

Google’s carrier service would use open wifi signals well as T-Mobile and Sprint towers and would focus mainly on data packages.

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In other news, it seems Google doesn’t have enough under it’s belt with how much they have their hands in. Which makes sense when you consider that they named the company based on the idea that they could provide a googol of possibilities(googol is 10x more than a million.). Nonetheless they are working on a new battery possibility on top of everything else.

Google’s New Solid State Battery

Google’s X Labs has openly stated that they’re in works of creating multiple solid state batteries for products such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj is leading the project in hopes of outdating Lithium batteries we currently use and replacing them with advanced, much longer lasting solid state ones.

They’ve been studying batteries and brainstorming ideas since early 2012. Google aims to use their new battery on projects that require a long lasting battery life such as their SelfDriving Cars and Google Glass. They even need batteries for their nanoparticle project intended to detect diseases.

Not only would they be longer lasting, but safer to use. Using solid electrodes could mean that they would be able to be placed in people’s bodies for medical reasons, such as implants. They would also be less likely to explode or overheat.

Apple, IBM and Tesla have all attempted to increase the battery’s performance but only improved it mildly.

Google enters two new markets with already promising details and we should be excited to see what comes from it.

Android Auto V. Auto Mate [For TechDrive]

Android is a vast platform and in just the past year it’s spread to an array of platforms including Android Wear, Android Tv and now Android Auto.

Android Auto, unlike most apps on your phone, doesn’t have the goal of keeping a submersed, interactive UI. Instead, it’s quite the opposite. Android Auto intends to keep you focused on the road with as little distraction as possible.

The creative new interface remains somewhat familiar. After connecting your device to compatible cars [see http://www.android.com/auto/ for a list of companies ] it will take over the display in your dashboard.

Android Auto looks much like a blown up simpler version of Google Maps. You can tap the speaker button, or use a compatible button on your steering wheel, to speak. Audio commands such as, “Find me directions to Yosemite National Park.” or “Where can I find the nearest Starbucks?” will trigger a response from the lovely Google Now voice and show a list of results sorted by distance.

On the bottom is a very minimalistic dashboard with five on screen buttons. Maps, Phone, Home, Music and Dashboard. The Music icon also acts as a drop down menu that you can use to get to other apps compatible with the system you have on your phone.

Overall the experience of Auto is smooth, and beautifully designed in Google’s Material structure. It’s easy to use with minimal distraction. Unfortunately Google Now’s voice controls, although work well most of the time, is still a little slow and I found myself focusing just a little too much on making sure everything was working the way it should. Then again, this is the case for all my devices, including Android Wear. Voice controls are the best they’ve ever been but aren’t as smooth as I’d like them to be quite yet.

Third party apps such as Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio are available and working with Auto already. They aren’t too much different than the standard UI so that they don’t distract, but have just enough of a unique touch that you really feel like you’re in a new app. And conveniently Auto seems to work really smoothly with the cars functions such as the rear camera.

juwtz5ztnwdlxkh9th6z   Auto Mate is a clone of Android Auto designed to be usable on a tablet or phone for people without displays built into their car. It feels and looks a lot like Android Auto but it’s still in beta and it shows. The app is still a bit buggy and unless you have a phone app on your tablet with data it won’t have a lot of the features you’ll need. The Map button on the Auto Mate UI links you over to the Google Maps app which then directs you with turn by turn navigation. This feature is not the worst part of the clone, but instead quite useful and appreciated. It’s the music button that lacks significant quality. Instead of having a display that shows the album artwork or even a title of who you’re listening to, the audio only is streamed over from the Google Music app. The developer did manage to get the suggested locations nearby and voice controls to work pretty smoothly however. For an app in beta created as a low end alternative, AutoMate is a good option.

Overall Android Auto is a great experience and will be in numerous cars coming out in the next few years. The best part, and the feature that sets it apart form Apple’s rival, CarPlay, is that Auto is stored on your phone and can be used in any car with a display and a USB port. 

Long Beach ePrix Preview [for TechDrive]

Long Beach ePrix Preview

on April 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm

Miami Recap

The fifth race of the Formula E season was in the warmly sunkissed Miami. The energy was wonderful and there was three newcomers Tonio Luizzi, Scott Speed and Loic Duval, who all did wonderful. Duval was even close to getting into the top 10.

Sam Bird was right up front until he lost energy on lap 20 and fell back. He finished the race in spot 8. Bird is an exciting racer with a lot of will, but this time had pushed just a little too hard.
Scott Speed, who’s name suits oh so well, is the only American of the bunch and has shown a really impressive effort. There’s no doubt he could win race 6 with Miami under his belt as experience, Speed has that much more reason to do it right this time.

Prost, who ended up taking home first, later exclaimed between panting of excitement that he was taken by surprise at how strongly Scott Speed kept on his tail.

what does this mean for Long Beach?

Speed can very well take this one with just a little tweaking to his previous effort. He is definitely proving to be a great threat to the rest of the drivers. Prost will have to prove that he can keep consistent and stay at the top. He’s proven his ability to keep high scores per race but can he continue to win?

With the excitement of the last race blending with the anticipation of the next, we’re sure in for a good ride. 


Bird at the Formula E [for TechDrive]

Bird at the Formula E

on April 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Bird: “Everyone will know this one [Long Beach track] a bit better,” as quoted by Current-E, “We can understand the tarmac quite well because it’s been run before.” 


Sam Bird is a British driver with an exceptional track record currently driving for Virgin. He debuted in the Formula BMW and came 14th overall for the season, winning second in the Rookie Cup. Ultimately, he came in 4th in the Formula BMW world final in 2005, and 4th in the Formula Renault series in 2006. Since then Bird has participated in the Formula Three Championship in 2007, the GP2 series in 2010 – 2011 and the World Endurance Championship in 2014 where he placed second over all for the GT cars in the GTE Am class. In case that’s not impressive enough, ladies are also swooning over him.

e_racing_car_virginLet’s talk about the machine Bird gets to ride like a spacecraft into another dimension. The single passenger concrete rocket is packing a maximum power of 200kw(270bhp). It has a carbon/aluminum honeycomb chassis, and a Kevlar body structure. Virgin’s machine has a five speed sequential gearbox and a traction battery system with a Rechargeable Energy Storage System. This sculpted piece would be the most amazing ride of your life.

Sam Bird and his partner in speed,  Jaime Alguersuari have taken to youtube and various other networking sites to run their campaign for a fan boost in the race. Not all sports fans agree that a little extra boost in points from the popularity of the driver is relevant to a race, but regardless, Bird and Alguersuari instead have decided to utilize the extra feature and play the game they’ve come to win.

It’s needless to say, the Formula E eprix in Long Beach is hosting a quality team of racers. But in case you can’t take my word for it…

“Looking at that grid, there’s not a single name that you could say is not a top driver,” Bird admires the roster, “I can’t think of another grid, anywhere else, that boasts that many good drivers. It’s a great advertisement for Formula E.”


The Furious Formula E

The Furious Formula E

on April 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm

A weekend of jam-packed racing action is ahead of us.


Formula E is the new FIA eprix and the world’s first electric only racing series. Going on from September 2014 to June 2015 and competing in 10 of the world’s leading cities. 10 teams with 2 drivers each create an exciting circuit racing experience. Formula E’s fully electric cars establish an example for clean energy and sustainability. The race challenges drivers, engineers and mechanics to create technology that’ll last well into the future vehicle market.


Long Beach is the 6th round of the season, right in beautiful sunny south California along the coast. Using the well known Long Beach track would be a comforting advantage for the racers who have been on the circuit for IndyCar many times before, but with a few tweaks making the track shorter and more suitable for the quick and torque prone Spark Renault, adds an edge that may require a safety car to guide and limit the speedsters for safety. With a seven turn track, the tension will stay hot and adrenaline high.

The race takes place on April 4th 2015 marking the half-ish point in an 11 race season. At 2.1km with 7 turns and a start line adjacent to the marina, we’re in for an exciting race.


It Costs $60 Dollars to Hack Your Car [for TechDrive]

It Costs $60 Dollars to Hack Your Car

on April 2, 2015 at 4:39 pm

The CANtact is a Raspberry Pi like computer for hacking cars. 

It’s no surprise that as cars become high tech, they also become easier to hack. This is a reality we’ve come to accept as our world gets digitized. However this doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to prevent hacks. The CANtact’s aim is primarily to strengthen Automobile Manufacturers focus on hack prevention.


The CANtact

Eric Evenchick has created the CANtact in efforts to raise awareness to the public and major car companies about just how easily you can hack a car. By attaching the $60 credit card sized computer to your laptop and the other to a network port under the car’s dashboard the user gains access to the CAN bus which is a collection of connected computers that control everything from the automatic windows, windshield wipers to even the brakes.

What for?

The gadget isn’t intended for any malicious conduct even though it’s remarkably affordable and easy to use. Evenchick’s intentions are to create an open source product that will inspire users to play with the user friendly interface and create hobbyist who are encouraged to expose and help fix a car’s vulnerabilities.car-hacking-4

Even the software is open sourced and easy to use, automated to do much of the work on it’s own. Using Unified Diagnostic Services (CAN protocol that mechanics use to communicate with Electronic Control Units) programmers can write directions with Python’s coding language. Although not much coding exist quite yet for this system, Evenchick is excited to see how providing a platform for young hobbyist can encourage not only preventative hacking tests but codes that could change the way we interact with our cars all together.

But why?

Evenchick’s was inspired by researchers Miller and Valasek’s findings that cars internal dashboards lacked serious protection. Their demonstrations led to Massachusetts’ senator Edward Markey demanding answers from major car companies about the security holes in their systems and ultimately revealing that out of 20 well known automobile companies, only 7 used third party security auditors for their vehicles and even those can be compromised.


The CANtact could potentially be a product that would strengthen the security for cars by educating the public on the inner workings of CAN bus systems.

You can purchase a CANtact at http://cantact.io/ for $59.95, USB and OBD-II cables not included.


How Drivers Will Have to Rethink Their Jobs [for TechDrive.co]

With the world of automobiles getting more aware of itself, it’s become imperative that at some point, the thousands of drivers using driving as a job will have to rethink the way they make themselves valuable to their employers. It’s easy to consider the endless possible negative scenarios that could be born from the era of driverless cars, but if we chose to be active in the transition, I believe, and you should too, that there could be many positives. Self driving cars could open up possibilities we perhaps haven’t even thought of. I could hear the exasperation leaving the mouths of many Americans as they read the next line.

What if I told you, there will be a time when families only have one car?

One car that took the kids to school in the morning then came back and drove Mom to work. What if the car could take your teenager to the local Starbucks to meet up with their friends while you grocery shopped and you knew it would show up in time to pick you up and take you home?  In fact there’s professionals who believe that people won’t own cars at all, but instead will use taxi services as a main source of transportation.

And what does this mean for society?

A world with fewer cars would lower pollution levels. It could free up traffic jams and provide people with extra time to do things they might not have time to do while driving. Like catch up on the book they’ve been waiting to read or prepare themselves for the days work. Although I’ve exhausted this page with questions already, I’ll ask the most important one.

Why couldn’t we still have drivers?

Uber is a really successful startup that if you haven’t heard about by now, you’ve probably been living under a rock. It’s the new generation’s taxi. I’ve spent a significant amount of time in Uber and there’s been plenty of drivers who have developed really neat ways of standing out. A really nice lady the other day had caramel apple lollipops in her cup holder for her guests. Some have water bottles or are adamant about getting you to choose your own tunes and this is the answer to driverless cars.

I asked a few Uber drivers about what they thought on the subject and received various answers. Most responded in the same way. A mixture of mild grief that they would possibly lose Uber as a source of income and acceptance that this is where they saw the world heading.

One driver, Steve replied, “The only chauffeured cars that will stick around might be high-end ones. Where the driver is more than just a driver, but a sort of concierge who caters to the riders every whim. That’s something a driverless car can’t do.”

Drivers would most likely still be needed in cars to be able to hit the emergency button in case of any malfunctions. They’ll need to be well skilled with car maintenance, able to replace tires and quickly fix issues and like with all businesses their focus will turn to great customer service. How can they make the experience unique and enjoyable? They’ll chat with you about the area you’re exploring or maybe set a relaxing mood to allow you to enjoy the ride. Drivers who evolve into a useful tool will ultimately survive.

Whether we realize it or not, we’re losing a sense of human touch. We’re being surrounded by media and living in code. As our lives entwine with the digital we’ll long for a sense of self. We’ll need a warm expression and we’ll realize just how important having a person behind the wheel or maybe even sitting with us will make a huge difference in our day. I urge Uber and Lyft to consider using their drivers in newer more productive ways that could improve the service as opposed to going completely driverless and I’m completely positive there will be companies that utilize the driver in newer more creative ways.

So drivers don’t lose faith. I ask, that instead, we get more creative. We find reasons to add value to our work, and to utilize our new tools to reinvent the world we live in.

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The Responsibility of Technology

                                                  The Responsibility of Technology

           Imagine entering a taxi. You do not have to state your destination because it was already entered via your phone, and it does not matter if you have a card or cash because you will pay with a fingerprint. Most noticeably it is not necessary to have a driver. The car drives on its own. These are all forms of tech presently existing, and a future that is a couple years away tops. The tech industry is growing rapidly, and threatening the american workforce, allowing major power companies to avoid paying for labor, removing social properties from everyday life and making our world much less secure.

The American workforce has been in danger and it increases as tech advances. Many jobs have already been taken over by software or machines, often those jobs that created the middle class and has resulted in a large wealth gap. Assistants and accountants who dealt with numbers all day, have been slowly replaced with spreadsheet programs. Automated manufacturing in which robots stand at assembly lines building devices instead of people who can’t keep up with the efficiency and low cost of the machines. Wasilly Leontief, a prized economist, states:

“The role of humans as the most important factor of production is bound to diminish in the same way that the role of horses in agricultural production was first diminished and then eliminated by the introduction of tractors.” (par. 9)
In all areas of labor and data crunching, automation has taken over, leaving the technological age as a strong reminisce of the industrialized era’s destruction of farming, only this time, possibly worse.
The undesirable truth is that using computers is far cheaper than paying for workers. In many ways replacing our workforce with robots is not much different than creating factories to take over farms, and outsourcing to lower labor costs.

     The Sydney Morning Herald, a online news source published an article about the suffering economy and Apple. The tech giant has possibly neglected responsibility to it’s founding country. Aditya Chakrabortty writes:

      Apple is a byword of everyday sleekness. Yet there is another way of viewing the company. Focus instead on the way it does business, and all those iPhones, iPods and iPads aren’t just exemplars of design and user-friendliness: they are devices that destroy western jobs. And they do so needlessly, because if the California-based giant manufactured its goods in America rather than China, it could still make profits that would be the envy of every other US business. (par. 3)

      Apple is one of the biggest tech companies in the world. It has products that are dominating in every continent, and it originates in the state of California. However, the unemployment rate has been higher in America recently than it has been since the great depression. Apple is a huge resource, and beneficiary for the U.S. but it loses all of the benefits because Apple would much rather pay $0.14 an hour to chinese workers. In much the same lights Amazon recently expressed that it wanted to replace much of it’s workers with robots. (Lobosco p.1)  This may seem like a revolutionary advancement for Amazon, but it’s devastating to the workforce. Robots require maintenance and building, but compare that to an hourly rate for workers and a robot is far cheaper than a human employee. Robots have no need to eat, or feed their families. They won’t require transportation to and from work or new clothes to come to work in. Amazon has vocally stated that using machines could free up time for workers, creating a world where people could do other things, and let the machines do what they don’t want to. This portrait of a dystopian future is poorly fleshed out. Without jobs, it’ll be impossible for anyone to do anything let alone survive.

      Prime examples of how technology has taken over jobs are as such; Assembly line workers are a liability and require training for each task, while assembly lines that use robots can program robots to perform different tasks without much effort, and are less time consuming to replace. Grocery stores have reduced the cost of labor by investing in self checkout machines, which require only one employee to monitor eight registers. Many delivery companies have started testing drone deliveries. Drones can deliver goods much faster and avoid any traffic delays, making the delivery man inefficient. Netflix provides a service that has not only eliminated movie rental stores completely but has endangered cable companies as well.  Uber, a quickly rising startup uses an application to summon a driver who can provide a ride much like a taxi. This service has drastically affected the work of taxi drivers by stealing much of their revenue. However, even Uber drivers, though short lived, will be in danger of losing work soon.

      Google recently started testing self driving cars for cities. These cars use sensors and a camera to determine where the lines in the road, and the cars around it are. It drives without any need for someone behind the wheel. Google has stated that the use of self driving cars would make the streets safer. Exemplifying that humans are the cause of accidents 95% of the time, due to physical or emotional distraction, intoxication, or simply poor decisions. (Ulanoff, par.5) What google has neglected to mention is how this may affect lives of drivers of taxis, rigs that carry supplies across the country, and bus or train drivers.

       If you’ve ever worked a job that required social interaction you might have witnessed the next scenario. You’re attempting to communicate with someone but they’re distracted by their device. Perhaps they’ve received a text message, or they are swiping away at possibilities on dating apps such as Tinder. They’re contemplating a response but can’t seem to find the words, so instead send a GIF. ( a 3 second soundless video) that expresses in a snippet, what they are feeling. Their response from the person on the other side is an emoji ( a small illustration of a facial expression or symbol). Meanwhile, you have asked the standard, “How may I assist you,” numerous times and have received zero feedback from your techno-lost peer. This is common today. The over stimulation of people by their gadgets has reduced the ability to socialize. We result in wordless babel, sending each other pictures that only suggest an idea of what we may be wanting to say, all in all making socializing more of a detective game than a connection. (Depaula, Pg1) Jobs that require human interaction, social services, or psychological connection are the only ones that machines can’t take from humans and yet it seems that even that is at risk. As people start to interact differently, they connect seldomly and their ability to suggest advice is substituted with artificial intelligence. “Hey, Siri” may become the words we use while phoning for assistance instead of having an employed assistant who can run errands for us.

       The much more daunting area however, is the realization that security is sacrificed as technology advances. Celebrities sued Apple for the holes in it’s security after multiple private photos were stolen from their Cloud Storages. (Moscaritolo, Pg1) Google has even been forced in several companies to stop providing people’s information at their request, and the President is banned from using iPhone because it isn’t secure enough to protect the President from important details being released. (Musil, pg.1)

     As we shift towards technology we sacrifice privacy. Jobs aren’t only being taken by machines but at risk because vital information is so easily leaked. Target recently endured a large lawsuit, being hacked and leaving many of it’s customers at risk while information from credit cards was stolen. The CEO of Target,  Gregg Steinhafel, lost his job after 35 years with the company because of the breach, but also because the company suffered from online shopping and delivery convenience.(ABCnews pg.1) As society switches from a dependence on physical real estate to comparing costs of products in store with products on Amazon, or Ebay, the store begins to suffer. After the breach, Steinhafel caved under the pressure of a falling company.

      The constant changing of the world because of the tech industry is evident as to why major tech industries continue to dip their hands into many areas of business as a form of security. Facebook, which started as a social network, recently bought the Oculus Rift, a advanced product in virtual reality, and even bought out What’s App, an instant messaging application very popular worldwide, to eliminate competition with it’s Messenger app. Google which originally began as a search browser, has invested in mobile phone and tablet technology, computers, tv boxes, robotics, car systems, smart home automation, and of course, self driving cars.

     Ultimately, there lies the question that should be asked much more often. Does the control these tech giant companies have on the world because of how significantly their products change our way of living create a responsibility to it’s consumers? Apple and Google have the ability to change our lives completely, and so far it hasn’t been entirely for the better, but it can be. These companies reflect a power that is so great, it is impossible not to insinuate great responsibility. With how much these companies make in all the areas they invest in, it wouldn’t be far fetched to imagine them providing simple well paid and beneficial jobs for people. If Apple built it’s products in the U.S. not only would it be contributing immensely to the economy but it would provide work for many americans. If Google created jobs that could be replacements for the ones losing jobs to it’s services then it could be more beneficial than conflicting.

      Technology is a mere tool provided to make  your life easier, but shouldn’t replace People. People are important, because you can provide an emotional and wise response to your work. These are the jobs we need. These are the companies that need to be started up. A future where technology doesn’t eliminate the need for social human workers, or cripple the sense of security but instead elevates the workforce by providing a more successful, less time consuming workforce. Now reimagine the future. You’re exiting the taxi and entering a building that has censored doors which open as you approach them. You’re greeted by a woman who asks about your ride and offers you a drink. This is your job. You work less hours a day but make more than what a typical person would a decade before. This is because the amount of work that one person would do is now divided and shared by three, while technology is used as a tool, to help us do our jobs better.


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