Colin_WebRobots are becoming an integrated part of daily life. My name is Colin Lewis, a Behavioral Economist who provides research and advisory services in automation, robotics and artificial intelligence and their impact on society.

Robots will eventually pervade all areas of activity, from education and healthcare to environmental monitoring and medicine. The broad spread of the future impact of robotics technology should not be underestimated.

Fast-paced and disruptive innovation is becoming increasingly institutionalized and ubiquitous — fundamentally changing the way we work, play and communicate. By tracking trends impacted by automation in social, technological, economic, environmental and political arenas I hope to be able to provide a greater understanding of how to take advantage of new technologies to improve our lives. I will do this by researching the impact of behavior, economics and culture on the future whilst exploring the interactions between technology and society… in that respect, this blog is not about describing the world, it’s about exploring ideas.

One heuristic I use when deciding what to write is to ask myself: Will at least 100,000 people care about this topic three years from now?

Whilst there are concerns about technology and automation displacing many from the workplace I have an optimism for the future and believe the attempt to better the world for all humanity is hidden somewhere within the automated robotic economy.

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 9.45.07 AMThe unique number of visitors to this blog — high of 38,845 in one day, show the incredible importance of this topic and its potential societal impact.

Robotenomics.com content has been described by CNN as the “go to place” for robotics and the economy, regularly featured in the Financial Times, Bloomberg, O’Reilly Media, ForbesQuartzInc Magazine, Business Insider, MIT Technology Review, described by famed economist and Professor Brad De Long as a must read, and is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, It has also been discussed and written about by the Chairman of the BBC, European Parliament Ministers, by national governments and others.

If you wish to know more about my work helping corporations, financial institutions, universities and government to take advantage of data science and the robot economy, send me an email — colin (@) robotenomics.com

My goal, through this blog, is to help the reader (and me) understand the why of robotics. Often in robotics it’s kind of like the answer is 42, but you don’t know whether that came from 7 x 6 or 2 x 21 or 3 x 14. Since 42 is the number you need, there’s no reason to care about its possible factors. I disagree — when we know the factors we understand the answer. This is one area that concerns me with A.I. and Robotics — you may be getting great answers, but you don’t understand why — only the computer does — and that’s really dissatisfying!

Understanding the factors is not easy — Robotics and A.I. is full of different pieces — like a junkyard, full of sharp bits of rusty metal, in which children happily play. Many interesting things are unexpected, but not all unexpected things are interesting or surprising. I like to explore the junkyard and turn it into products and data with real value. 

Personal motto: Apophenia — making connections where none previously existed (overcoming the human tendency of seeing patterns where none actually exist).

My spare time is spent with my loved ones, where we walk our two dogs, Lucky a Golden Retriever and Sherlock an English Springer Spaniel — together we typically cover 12 to 16 km’s each day.

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4 thoughts on “About”

  1. Colin, do you get a lot of replies that it may not take decades? I was just wondering about your thoughts about the idea of accelerating technology that seems to be popular right now.

    • Good point Dan. I think we are in the early stages (let’s say below the knee on the S curve) or early phase of the Kondratiev wave. I think in the next decade we will see far more advances from cognitive computing (a personal Watson in our smartphones) which will mark a major change in how we interact with technology and how it impacts our decisions as individuals and businesses.

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