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Mar 23, 2017

One in Four Think Robots Would do a Better Job Than Human Politicians, Survey of U.K. Consumers Finds

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transhumanism

Check out this new Newsweek story:…2724?rx=us #transhumanism

A quarter of the 2,000 survey participants said robots would do a better job than humans.

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Mar 23, 2017

Mysterious equipment spotted on SpaceX drone ship at Port Canaveral

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI, space travel

Stephen Marr had his suspicions when he photographed a mysterious piece of equipment atop SpaceX’s drone ship at Port Canaveral on Monday.

“I knew there was something different there,” Marr, 34, said.

So he did what any lover of space and social media would do: He posted it online. Reddit users quickly propelled Marr’s clear, high-resolution photo to the top of the website’s SpaceX community and so began discussion that the object was likely a highly anticipated robot that would interact with Falcon 9 first stages.

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Mar 23, 2017

Luna, the Most Human AI Prototype to Date, Wasn’t Built By a Tech Giant

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This AI hates racism, retorts wittily when sexually harassed, dreams of being superintelligent, and finds Siri’s conversational skills to be decidedly below her own.

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Mar 22, 2017

​Pegasystems helping CommBank, Sprint leverage AI for customer retention

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Pegasystems CTO Don Schuerman believes organisations need to implement pragmatic artificial intelligence technologies just like the Commonwealth Bank and Sprint to avoid getting swept up in the AI hype.

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Mar 21, 2017

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space, supercomputing, sustainability, transportation

I can conceive that in saner circumstances, Tesla Model X might never have come to be. But the strongest blades are forged in the hottest fires, and for those that survive the heat, something very special is born.

Model X is special in a way that the automotive industry hasn’t been able to conceive in a very long time. It is an all-electric SUV that can seat up to seven people with bucketloads of cargo space to spare. It is a sporty all-wheel drive car that can throw instant and ungodly amounts of torque at the tarmac. It is a serene cruiser with its silent drive and breathtaking panoramic windshield. It is, in essence, an eight-eyed falcon with a supercomputer brain that dreams of a future of fully autonomous driving. And I had to have it.

As a Model S owner, I had already experienced and enjoyed more than a year of zero emissions Tesla driving. I knew what great things the car was capable of. I’d felt the thrill of instant torque, I’d fallen in love with the one-foot, regenerative braking driving experience, and I’d been chauffeured up and down the M1 by my very own Autopilot. Where the Model S presented itself as an all electric car — a subtle statement and proof of concept about a future of green but powerful motoring, Model X presented itself as a bold vision for what a car could be, if its only blueprint were imagination.

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Mar 21, 2017

Automation Coming to a Restaurant Near You

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

Mar.20 — Fast food giants have placed big bets on technology with the aim of getting a competitive edge, with both well-known and upstart restaurants getting in on the action. Bloomberg’s Kaitlin Meehan has more.

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Mar 21, 2017

Say hello to Waymo (audio-described)

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

This video is audio described for the visually-impaired. The original version can be found here:

Waymo—formerly the Google self-driving car project—stands for a new way forward in mobility. In 2015, we invited Steve Mahan, former CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center, for a special ride. Steve had ridden in our cars in the past—first accompanied by a test driver in 2012 and then on a closed course in 2014. This time was different. Steve experienced the world’s first fully self-driving ride on public roads, navigating through everyday traffic with no steering wheel, no pedals, and no test driver. See highlights of Steve’s ride:

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Mar 21, 2017

10 people to follow if you want a career in AI

Posted by in categories: ethics, robotics/AI, space

Want a career in AI and robotics? One of the best ways to enrich your knowledge about the sector is to follow these AI influencers.

March of the Machines

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Mar 21, 2017

Software Tools Target ADASs and Self-Driving Cars

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More applications are requiring ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 functional safety certification—such as ADAS and self-driving cars—and software tools are following suit.

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Mar 20, 2017

Can a Robot Run for President? Zoltan Istvan on the Transhuman Movement and Liberty

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, governance, robotics/AI, transhumanism

Here’s a new 40-minute podcast interview I did with site Lions of Liberty. Lots of transhumanism in it.

In today’s episode of Lions of Liberty, Marc welcomes in the founder of the Transhumanist Party and 2018 Libertarian candidate for the California Governorship, Zoltan Istvan!

In the show, you’ll hear:

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