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The Week That Was: Consumer Technology (15/02/19)

15th February 2019

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Draw me like one of your robot girls

The world’s first humanoid robot portrait artist has been created and is able to draw and paint from sight. Ai-Da is the brainchild of art impresario Aidan Mellar and uses a camera to ‘see’ her objects, responding without human intervention, isolating her subject from the background, interpreting it and drawing by hand. Should be an interesting change from Instagram selfies!

Tudder: Finding the cow of your dreams

Created by a Hampshire-based farming start-up, a new mobile app ‘Tudder’ is set to help famers find breeding matches. Much like our old-favourite Tinder, the app will show pictures of cattle from 43,000 UK farms with details of their age, location and owner. Moo-ve over Cupid!

Are men in danger of being left behind due to their emotional intelligence?

Although the modern-age panic, ‘will robots take my job?’ has dealt a blow to women in the workplace, with 78% of those working in AI being men and machine based learning tending to come from historical data, the FT has reported that it is important to remember – as machines become better at many cognitive tasks – the skills they are relatively bad at will become more valuable. This includes problem-solving, empathy, negotiation and persuasion which, historically speaking, are skills that have been more identified with – and encouraged in – women.

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