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The future of tech lies in data, privacy and robots

Sarah K. White | Nov. 10, 2015
EmTech 2015, MIT Technology Review's annual conference, focused on the future of technology and what we can expect in the coming years.

But on the flip side, he noted, companies need to understand that the data they capture has significance. Therefore, companies investing in data -- which is most companies these days -- need to consider how they're exploiting that information and also how they're protecting it. Businesses can't just focus on the positives they gain from data capture, Coray warned.

Artificial intelligence at work

Are robots really capable of taking jobs away from human workers? Arturo Baroncelli, business development manager of Comau Robotics, told the audience that "robots are among us, but not much in industry." However, three industries that are early and prolific adopters of robotics are food, fashion and cars. Baroncelli said there is a lot of talk about the future of drones and robots at work, but the focus remains on making robots work with us, rather than against us. Essentially, no one wants to take away your job with a robot, but they would like to make your job easier and safer through artificial intelligence, Baroncelli said.

 

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