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Quotes of the week: VR surgery, voices in the walls, & the robot phone

“I think I'll take Mark Zuckerberg seriously when he gives up all of his private security, moves out of his posh neighborhood, and comes live in a modest neighborhood near a border town.”

- Katrina Pierson, spokesperson for Donald Trump, after Zuckerberg expressed his concern over “fearful voices calling for building walls”


“The surgery could not happen in the US because of strict privacy laws. The regulatory laws do not run in parallel with technology. [So I] really applaud the UK for allowing this.”

- Rafael Grossman, the first surgeon in the world to use Google Glass while performing a live surgery, on live surgery in VR


“Korea’s packed-in population makes most technological solutions a little easier to implement.”

- Andrew Braun’s personal perspective on being an expat in South Korea


“Skipping wireless charging seems like a mistake.”

- IDG Connect’s Kate Hoy on the new Huawei P9


“I don’t think this will be a major hit.”

- Ace Research Institute analyst Ace Hideki Yasuda, on Sharp’s new RoBoHon robot phone


“More concerning is the perceived lack of seriousness in Tesla's approach to developing the HMI for autonomous systems…safety-critical systems such as Autopilot are not appropriate areas for such experimentation.”

- Strategy Analytics analyst Derek Viita on Tesla’s Mario Kart Easter egg


“If we spend too much of our attention focusing on Terminators and Skynet and the end of humanity … we may end up throwing the baby out with the bathwater,”

- Chris Bishop, director of Microsoft Research, on why the benefits of AI to society could be lost if the focus remains on doom-mongering


“On paper they are technologically possible, but making such devices a commercial reality for consumers is still at least a decade away.”

- Strategy Analytics analyst Ville-Petteri Ukonaho on Samsung and Google’s efforts to create smart contact lenses


“How do we teach robots when it’s OK to say no?”

- Matthias Scheutz, Professor at Tufts University, on the technical challenges of teaching robots to disregard human commands


“The idea that the skies will become so congested with drones that drones will basically be somehow guided to avoid other drones and have safe passage for skies just isn't an issue.“

- Jay Bergman, CEO & Co-founder of Verifly on why there are more pressing areas of regulation needed when it comes to drones


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