Taxing Robot Labor

Bill Gates asks if we should tax robot labor like humans. Automation in its different forms is transforming nearly every job from entry level to professional. The next decade will bring this force to the top of the agenda for both business leaders and politicians. Whether or not you agree with Gates, the time is now to start debating some messy paths forward. 

AI & Culture Year in Review and Outlook for 2017

In 2016, Artificial Intelligence (AI) became a mainstream phenomena via self-driving cars, virtual assistants and a host of other augmented products & services. Simultaneously, the debates over AI in daily life gained fresh urgency as unemployment and underemployment due to automation became a global hot topic. For once, what a new technology meant to people was as important as what a new technology could do. 

Cyborgs & Social Machines

No character better captures our hopes & fears about the future than a cyborg, a living organism that is simultaneously flesh and technology. We're already well advanced with eyeglasses, pacemakers, titanium hip joints and cultured skin. What might an AI-powered world bring?

Whitewater, AI and the Martial Arts

Humanity is navigating a wicked set of cultural & technical rapids over the next 15 years unleashed by Natural Language Processing, AI and the Internet of Things. We are weaving human culture directly into machine code and vice-versa. We must re-think how we process change. Martial Arts offers a potential model. 

Who is Served by AI?

From now until 2030, the elderly and pre-school children will be at the epicenter of massive change in healthcare & education fueled by artificial intelligence. Their needs will force designers to create the most intuitive and natural situations while simultaneously being among the most vulnerable populations for manipulation.