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Augmented reality has penetrated various sectors like education, manufacturing, retail, and healthcare. It was often overlooked in the sports domain by businesses as well as consumers, yet not anymore. The use of augmented reality in sports is bringing about significant changes in the way people consume and enjoy sporting events. It also provides valuable insights to professional players and coaches. This helps in improving their performances significantly. Businesses can capitalize on the vast market…

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Roger Bootle is not afraid to think and say unconventional things. He is that rare phenomenon: a professional economist who thinks that Brexit is a Good Idea. Indeed, he belongs to a group called Economists for Brexit, now renamed as Economists for Free Trade, which argues for a no-deal Brexit. Whatever you think of that, the economics consultancy that Bootle founded, Capital Economics, has been very successful financially, and in 2012 it was awarded the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize, the second most…

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a market is full of hype, with vendors, customers, and press all speaking breathlessly about the capabilities for AI in general and their offerings specifically. Likewise, blockchain is also a widely hyped market, with technology providers and customers claiming all sorts of capabilities that may or may not be possible. Combining AI and blockchain then must be double the hype? On the other hand, AI is providing real, tangible value in many myriad ways we talk about every…

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Beware, we are told. Automation is coming, pant the breathless pundits warning of AI.-induced job loss. Ratcheting up the fear meter, presidential candidate Andrew Yang recently sounded the alarm for unprecedented employment gutting — not just among blue-collar professions, but white-collar jobs, too. Meanwhile, renowned studies paint a gloomy picture, one in which rapid A. advances kneecap our middle-class dreams, sapping the hopes of young people who are left to wonder: Will there be a job for me when I…

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The AI-Enabled Future COGNILYTICA The AI-Enabled Future The pace of artificial intelligence continues inexorably forward. Every day we see the continued development of new technologies, new applications, and greater investment in AI, machine learning, and the host of cognitive technologies. While we might be able to easily see how some of these technologies will be implemented in the short term, what does the future hold for the widespread adoption of AI? In the 1980s, the emergence of portable phones…

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I've never really thought about how important personalized medical care is until I was diagnosed with breast cancer myself - it gets real personal real quick. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and also my anniversary of being diagnosed and now cancer-free! So, I felt it appropriate to focus on AI developments in early detection. I am healthy, active and do not have the gene for breast cancer. Matter of fact, on the human medical doctor prediction scale it was a 3% chance my abnormal mammogram…

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ZACKARY DRUCKER - THE GENDER SPECTRUM COLLECTION In the past few years, the lack of diversity in the technology startup ecosystem has become a well-known point of rightful criticism. The collective voices of women, people of color and LGBTQ founders and VCs has given this issue national attention, as well as exciting solutions.  Thanks to leaders like Backstage Capital to SoGal Ventures and other firms, investors and organizations, diversity in tech is not only becoming more common but also finally…

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L1ght is Using AI to Keep Kids Safe DEPOSITPHOTOS ENHANCED BY COGWORLD TWEET THIS With increased connectivity comes increased concerns - especially for parents with children that are active online. L1ght has developed a platform utilizing deep learning to analyze text, images, video, voice and sound in real-time as it aims to define the “Anti-Toxicity” category. With increased connectivity comes increased concerns - especially for parents with children that are active online. Parents obviously…

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KUMAR SRIVASTAVA Insights into AI in Finance This article is based on a podcast interview from 2018. Many banks and financial firms are investing in AI and seeing a positive return from applying AI throughout their operations. AI-based systems are helping to make more informed, safer and profitable decisions. However, with any technology that's used in a heavily regulated industry, there are challenges and pushbacks to adoption. Bringing AI Innovation to Financial Services Kumar Srivastava, former VP…

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This post was developed in collaboration with Dr. George Tomko, Inventor, Biometric Encryption and Smart Data Agents. We live in an age of increasing centralization that pervades all aspects of our culture. In today’s world, centralization equates to control; centralization equates to power. Centralization gave rise to bureaucratic institutions where decisions, borne by a few, ran through a hierarchical structure. This ensured a system where one authority determined how systems were run and how…

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Matt Gardner, St Louis Blues MATT GARDNER One of the most immediate ways that organizations are seeing value in artificial intelligence is in the use of chatbots and conversational interfaces, one of the seven fundamental patterns of AI. Chatbots have been in use for decades, but only recently have they had sufficient intelligence to handle conversations with a wide range of vocabulary, accents and conversational styles. Now we have chatbots that can be developed to engage in very diverse interactions…

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Startups and judges sharing – Innovation Space – ITU Telecom World 2019 PHOTO CREDIT: ITU The UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World completed its World Awards 2019 measured on the dimensions of the idea, business model, and innovative use of ICT (Information, Communication Tech), social impact, scalability, presentation pitching skills, and team. As a judge, I was able to obtain insights into this amazing experience. Winners are announced in several categories, and then an…

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Is AI Making More Good Than Harm? Is AI Doing Any Good at All? Researchers, entrepreneurs and policy-makers are increasingly using AI to tackle development challenges. In other words, using AI for a greater good is a real thing. Several studies and prototypes have been run to prove the value of AI in high-impact fields such as healthcare (Chunara et al., 2012; Caicedo-Torres et al., 2016; Pathak and Kumar 2016; Robertson and DeHart 2010; Waidyanatha et al., 2013) or environmental issues (Tehrany et al…

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Global non-profit OceanMind uses AI to detect illegal and unregulated fishing, which helps authorities protect ocean life and promote sustainability. PHOTO: COURTESY MICROSOFT The AI for Good movement founded by the UN ITU AI for Good Global Summit (#AI4G) is having reverberations into powerful responsibility. AI4G has more than 150 projects in its AI repository. I’m providing my perspective on these programs where I’m donating time to many of them, including Microsoft, and thus have deep insights.…

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Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry with Bryant Barr on stage at Disrupt | MARTINE PARIS It's not every day that an NBA great funds your company, shows off your swag at the NBA Finals, tweets about you to his 13.7 million Twitter followers, and pulls you on stage at Disrupt SF, one of the most popular tech startup events of the year, but that's exactly the dream that SnapTravel co-founder Hussein Fazal is living these days. “Since we launched two years ago, we've booked over a million nights and now have…

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Deep Medicine to stand the test of time ALEX ZHAVORONKOV “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction,” Bill Gates Since the massive public shows of artificial intelligence capabilities pioneered by IBM’s DeepBlue outperforming a human chess player and Watson beating human players in Jeopardy, the word “artificial intelligence” started making headlines. Many of these…

1 month ago
Joseph Gordon-Levitt at Disrupt SF TECHCRUNCH At Disrupt SF, a leading startup tech conference taking place this week in San Francisco, machine learning took center stage as actor and entrepreneur Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Snowden, Inception, Looper, 500 Days of Summer) addressed concerns over the data-mining practices of the social media titans. Gordon-Levitt was at the show to promote his startup, HitRecord, a crowdsourced production company he founded in 2004 to facilitate creative collaboration among…

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PHOTO BY YENDER FONSECA FROM PEXELS In recent years, autonomous vehicles have moved from a fanciful science fiction topic to actual reality, with real cars driving on real streets with real people inside. However, as per usual with technology, when concept meets reality, things never go as intended. In particular, this past year has seen multiple fatal incidents involving autonomous vehicles at a range of levels of autonomy, from Tesla’s AutoPilot, which is nominally a Level 3 autonomous vehicle (read…

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Mark Zuckerberg introducing Facebook Horizon at OC6 FACEBOOK In a stunning reveal at Oculus Connect 6 (OC6) this week, Mark Zuckerberg presented a first look at Facebook Horizon, a social VR experience coming to the Oculus Quest and Rift platform in 2020. Zuckerberg introducing Facebook Horizon at OC6 FACEBOOK With Pixar-like graphics, the Horizon trailer showed a sunny wonderland of endless adventure for exploring one's authentic self. "In Horizon, you're going to be able to build your worlds and…

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You're at a conference. If you're properly prepared, you've made sure that you have a box of business cards with nice shiny graphics, embossed letters and no doubt a witty or profound saying on the card. If, on the other hand, you're someone like me, that box of shiny cards is sitting on your bedside table at your house, where you put them while you were packing everything else and then promptly forgot about. Your house is now sixteen hundred miles away, and so you're forced to cadge everyone else's cards…

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Do we have the necessary technological, investigative, and prosecutorial capabilities and partnerships to effectively chase outlaws in cyberspace? Introduction Digital data is a goldmine and is rapidly becoming a criminal commodity. Irrespective of whether the data is personal, financial, corporate, academic, or governmental, all data is a target. Digital data gives access to bank accounts, credit cards, and more and allows for the fraudulent establishment of new lines of credit. It can also grant access…

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The future of photography is increasingly through the remote eyes of drones. GETTY Every hour, more videos and photographs are taken today globally (some one hundred million) than were taken in the history of photography from the dawn of the daguerreotype in 1839 to the advent of the first cell phone camera (on a Nokia phone) in 2002. The advent of charge-coupled devices, tiny light sensitive electrodes capable of gathering light without the cumbersome, awkward process of chemical baths of silver iodide…

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Mapping forests with Microsoft AI SILVIA TERRA At the UN Climate Action Summit that took place on September 23 in New York City, Microsoft flexed its muscle as the world's most valuable company by showing that going green is as good for profits as it is for the planet. Having operated as carbon neutral since 2012, the trillion-dollar tech giant announced plans to add new grant partners to its Microsoft AI for Earth program and has shared its AI toolset and APIs with the Github developer community.…

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In the last few years, the computer scientists and entrepreneurs who fuel Silicon Valley have gone through a bewildering series of transformations.  Once upon a time, they were ostracised nerds.  Then they were the lovable geeks of the Big Bang Theory TV show, and for a short while, they were superheroes.  (In case you’re wondering, geeks wonder what sex in zero gravity is like; nerds wonder what sex is like.)  Then it all went wrong, and now they are the tech bros; the anti-heroes in the dystopian saga…

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The Seven Patterns of AI COGNILYITCA From autonomous vehicles, predictive analytics applications, facial recognition, to chatbots, virtual assistants, cognitive automation and fraud detection, the use cases for AI are many. However, regardless of the application of AI, there is a commonality to all these applications. Those who have implemented hundreds or even thousands of AI projects realize that despite all this diversity in application, AI use cases fall into one or more of seven common patterns. …

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Robots have transcended the realm of sci-fi fantasy and are now making revolutionary waves in several industries. Industries that deal with complex, life-threatening tasks have been enjoying tremendous benefits from robots. From being controlled by a human operator to now being fully autonomous, robotics has vastly grown. Equipped with cutting-edge technologies, some robots today are designed such that they closely emulate human intelligence, in one form or another. Due to this, we see the use cases of…

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Increasingly, voice assistants from vendors such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft and others are starting to find their way into a myriad of devices, products and tools used on a daily basis. While once we might have only interacted with conversational systems on our phones, dedicated desktop appliances, or desktop computers, we can now find conversational interfaces on a wide range of appliances and products from televisions to cars and even toaster ovens. Soon, any device we can interact with will…

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The term "artificial" doesn't do the next generation, with the attitude of "how we will get things done," justice. Artificial refers to a machine doing the work rather than a human, and the “Augmented Intelligence” might be more appropriate. Many agree that repetitive tasks and to-dos should be done by someone other than humans. Take a robotic vacuum, for example. As I write this, I am vacuuming or should I say Ivan is vacuuming. It has an intelligence of where it has covered and what areas of my home…

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Big Data is the unexpected resource bonanza of the current century.  Moore’s Law driven advances in computing power, the rise of cheap storage and advances in algorithm design have enabled the capture, storage, and processing of many types of data previously that were unavailable for use in computing systems.  Documents, email, text messages, audio files, and images are now able to transform into a usable digital format for use by analysis systems, especially artificial intelligence.  The AI systems can…

2 months ago
Leveraging AI and IoT for environmental sustainability can help maximize our current efforts for environmental protection. According to a 2018 report by Intel, 74% of 200 business decision-makers in environmental sustainability agreed that AI would help solve environmental problems. Using IoT and AI for Reducing E-waste Millions of electronic devices are discarded without proper disposal. Billions of dollars are wasted every year for proper disposal or recycling of used parts of discarded devices. To…

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Facebook's hexapod, Daisy, learning to walk MARTINE PARIS On the rooftop of the building that houses the Facebook AI Research (FAIR) lab in Mountain View, California, there is a boot camp for robots where the sun beams down on Daisy, a hexapod who is learning how to walk on a dirt jogging path. Her foot has become stuck in mulch as she struggles to wrestle free. A team of Facebook AI researchers eagerly looks on, watching to see what she will do next as she moves forward with the curiosity and…

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Nowadays just about everyone understands the importance of data. And when it comes to AI, the more data the better. Data can be an incredibly valuable and powerful tool and it’s growing at an exponential rate. In just the past two years, 90% of the world’s data was created and companies need to store more data than ever before. Questions about privacy, security, and data governance including access are being asked by organizations.  For many years the traditional formula for service on the internet was,…

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Social media has become such an integral part of marketing that it's easy to forget about how different a paradigm it is. Because of that, a great number of people who focus on marketing often fail to understand how it differs from other forms of online content, and as such develop strategies that are a waste of energy, time and money. Ultimately, it all comes down to cards ... specifically data cards. The data card goes back to well before the computer age. By the mid-19th century, the price of printing…

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TWEET THIS Too many people confuse RPA and AI. In fact, they have nothing to do with each other. Automation is not intelligence. The future of process automation lies with cognitive tools that autonomously discover, manage and optimize processes Artificial intelligence is being applied to a broad range of applications from self-driving vehicles to predictive maintenance. Some of the more mundane, and even boring, applications are focused on helping improve automation of back office…

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Have you ever noticed your friends being tagged automatically after you upload a group picture? Well, that’s how facial recognition technology works. Though the technology has now gained widespread attention, its history can be traced back to the 1960s. Woodrow Wilson (Woody) Bledsoe, an American mathematician and computer scientist, is one of the founders of pattern and facial recognition technology. Back in the 1960s, he developed ways to classify faces using gridlines. A striking fact was, even…

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Taryn Southern TARYN SOUTHERN Nothing is more human than creativity. Humans have the ability to think, process and create original and beautiful poetry, literature, works of art and music. In particular, music is a powerful art that is as core to the human experience as communicating. However, recently, artificial intelligence has increasingly been making headway into some of the more creative pursuits, and music in particular. While currently humans are only capable to create music from scratch, it’s…

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Enabling Sustainability in Circular Fashion THREDUP Fresh on the heels of a $175 million raise, thredUP is poised to capitalize on the growing $24 billion second-hand market through its use of artificial intelligence to bring efficiencies and scale to every area of its operations , while fueling the circular fashion trend among traditional retail brands with the launch of its “resale as a service” offering. The company’s mission is to inspire a new generation of shoppers to think second hand first,…

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The idea that AI will conjure up an apocalyptic, robot-ruled future, where mechanical overlords govern humans is an extremely low probability event, even in the very distant future. In fact, not only are AI-driven interventions accelerating business outcomes – but AI is also helping nations around the world find new avenues for enabling positive social outcomes for their people. For all the evolution and development of humanity and technology over the years, our world still faces pressing systemic…

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The advent of online shopping has massively reshaped the retail industry. However, this doesn’t mean that brick-and-mortar retail is dead. Many people still prefer to visit retail stores over online shopping. These people want to try out products such as clothes, furniture and cosmetics before buying them. And, at retail stores, customers do not have to wait for shipping or pay extra shipping costs. Also, retail stores make shopping experiences more human compared to online shopping, which is appreciated…

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The business of communicating the happenings of society might seem to be something entirely human-centric. After all, what do machines care about what happens in the news? However, the journalism industry as a whole is highly dependent on technology. From ways of communicating instantly with news sources and content generated first-hand in image, video and text form, to the publication of content across an ever-increasing array of channels, technology is core to making the news and journalism industry…

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The new economy does not look like the old one. In many respects, we're seeing the true emergence of the reputation economy that had its vogue about ten years ago. In the economy that held sway through much of the twentieth century dictated that success came largely by having deep-pocketed investors and the ability to thread the gateways - in music, in art, in literature, even in life. There was always a middleman or three, and their function existed primarily to be paid their pound of flesh so that they…

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Are we closer to unlocking the secrets of evolution and perhaps extinction? Introduction The feasibility of framing and formulating the singularity of nature has proved impossible to accomplish scientifically so far. The reason behind that is it was difficult to connect and merge biology with physics. However, with the newfound realization that biology can be ultimately traced to its very origin by merely reducing evolutionary biology to cell-cell signaling, the role physics plays in biology is finally…

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Lolita Taub is a force of nature - or perhaps more accurately, a force in technology. Growing up, she was told “tech is not for girls,” and in recent years, “VC is not for women.” However, these comments only further drove Taub to demonstrate that women, in fact, belong everywhere. Taub recently joined the Catalyte team as Chief of Staff. Catalyte uses artificial intelligence to identify individuals, regardless of background, who have the innate potential and cognitive ability to be great software…

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Professor Diane Coyle, leader of the Wealth Economy Project GETTY IMAGES Pity the GDP — the Gross Domestic Product. It is one of the hardest working statistics in government policy today, a single number that sums up the entirety of a country's productive capabilities. It is ubiquitous, quite often used to provide a country's economy compared to other economies when it comes to rallying the troops. Yet as a statistic, it is surprisingly poor as a means of actually measuring what it is supposed to…

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For decades, technological innovation has been revolutionizing businesses, offering them innumerable long-term benefits and growth. Now, these technologies are set to transform structures that form the foundation of cities and their development. Comparing the buildings of the present to what they were even a few years ago will show massive changes. Modern buildings are more than just four walls and a roof. Building walls now even have ears and eyes, all thanks to digital technologies. According to studies…

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When it comes to addressing the future of the artificial intelligence industry, few people are caught in the middle of every change and shift than academics pushing forward leading research at universities. Steve Kuyan of NYU and FutureLabs is at the crossroads of the future of academic research in AI is well as the business implementation side. He recently shared his unique insights and perspectives on what we might expect from the industry going forward. As AI continues to gain popularity due to its…

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Time-shifting the Generations Bloomberg has lately been running a superb series about the generations growing up in the shadows of the Millennials. Go read it, though read mine as well, as I've been watching the emergence of this particular generation for a while, and disagree with a few of the conclusions that the Bloomberg articles make. First, a question of timing. The whole notion of generations came about due to the work of two sociologists — William Strauss and Neil Howe, in the 1991 book…

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When you combine the words data and mining, you might think IT and technology-focused initiatives aimed at extracting value from data in the enterprise. But sometimes we mean applying the power of data and intelligence to the actual mining industry, where the primary value being extracted are resources from the earth. Even in this very physical of industries, artificial intelligence and machine learning are being applied to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, environmental and safety concerns, and…

3 months ago
There are 879 Opportunity Zones in the state of California alone. BRANDI IBRAO Opportunity zones have the potential to unlock an entirely new class of investors and bring high-tech, high-return AI companies to lower-income communities to create jobs in and move the capital to areas of poverty. For investors in startups focusing on advanced technology such as AI that might take decades to develop, exit or go public, opportunity zone investment provides an amazing, low-risk opportunity.  The…

3 months ago
Technology is transforming how we communicate love and closeness, it also carries enormous potential to help us in developing deeper emotional and personal connections. AI specifically, has shifted what we think is possible with sex, adding more options for those who have a difficult time with intimacy. Unfortunately, due to systemic bias in technology, current developments in AI and intimacy tend to not reflect the needs of women.  This is where the categories of femtech and sextech come in. Femtech…

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Madison Bregman, CEO of GirlZ MADISON BREGMAN One of the central challenges of knowing one's market is having an idea about what matters to people at specific ages. Millennials have been beneath the proverbial microscope for some time now as they have graduated from college, entered the workforce and in many cases have started families. The next generation (Generation Z if you follow the Strauss and Howe designations) extends roughly from the early 1990s to the Great Recession starting in late 2008. I…

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By Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Ph.D.  |  July 24, 2017 Is the Robocalypse upon us?, asked MIT economist David Autor in his presentation at a recent Forum of European central bankers.  His presentation was based on a paper co-written with Utrecht University economist Anna Salomons.  “Is productivity growth inimical to employment?,” they asked in the paper’s abstract.  “Canonical economic theory says no, but much recent economic theory says maybe  - that is, rapid advances in machine capabilities may curtail…