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Jun 29, 2015

No, an AI Did Not Just “Lash Out” at Its Human Programmer 

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A slew of articles are claiming that an “exasperated” artificial intelligence snapped at its programmer during a conversation about morality and ethics. Sadly, it’s another example of the media overselling the capabilities of simple chatbots.

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Jun 27, 2015

Who Will Own the Robots? — David Rotman | Technology Review

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI

“These are long-term trends that began decades ago, says David Autor, an MIT economist who has studied ‘job polarization’—the disappearance of middle-skill jobs even as demand increases for low-paying manual work on the one hand and highly skilled work on the other. This ‘hollowing out’ of ­the middle of the workforce, he says, ‘has been going on for a while.’ Nevertheless, the recession of 2007–2009 may have sped up the destruction of many relatively well-paid jobs requiring repetitive tasks that can be automated.” Read more

Jun 26, 2015

Does AI Keep You Up at Night? Ask a Tech Visionary Anything

Posted by in categories: futurism, neuroscience, robotics/AI

Are you the kind of person who spends a lot of time pondering when machine learning will finally give us humans a run for our money? Or exactly how the technology behind a pulse simulator works? We had a feeling you might be. So what other questions or ideas about the future of technology keep you up at night? This is your chance to have them answered/discussed by two leaders in the field of future tech: Brain Games host and futurist Jason Silva and Matt Grob, CTO of Qualcomm and holder of more than 70 patents relating to wireless communication and cell technology.

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Jun 26, 2015

Let’s Shape AI Before AI Shapes Us — G. Pascal Zachary | IEEE Spectrum

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“Dark fantasies, however, distract attention from more urgent questions. How will AI affect employment, especially higher-paying work? When will robot writers and artists alter the way humans consume creative content? Who will be held accountable for accidents when humans are no longer in the decision or action loop? Instead of ‘wolf’ criers of the Musk sort, humans need a serious discussion about new norms and practices that will shape and govern AI.” Read more

Jun 23, 2015

Micro-tentacles for tiny robots can handle delicate objects like blood vessels

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism, nanotechnology, robotics/AI

We are quickly approaching the point at which medical (and industrial) nanotech lives up to the hype!

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Jun 23, 2015

Google DeepMind Teaches Artificial Intelligence Machines to Read — arXiv | Technology Review

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“A revolution in artificial intelligence is currently sweeping through computer science. The technique is called deep learning and it’s affecting everything from facial and voice to fashion and economics. But one area that has not yet benefitted is natural language processing—the ability to read a document and then answer questions about it…Today, that changes thanks to the work of Karl Moritz Hermann at Google DeepMind in London and a few pals. These guys say the special way that the Daily Mail and CNN write online news articles allows them to be used in this way.” Read more

Jun 20, 2015

The “dreams” of Google’s AI are equal parts amazing and disturbing

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“American sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick once famously asked, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? While he was on the right track, the answer appears to be, no, they don’t. They dream of dog-headed knights atop horses, of camel-birds and pig-snails, and of Dali-esque mutated landscapes.”

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Jun 18, 2015

A Robotic Dog’s Mortality

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Mourning Aibo.

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Jun 18, 2015

Artificial Neural Networks Can Day Dream–Here’s What They See

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, robotics/AI

Do androids dream of electric sheep? The day dreams of A.I. Neural networks.

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Jun 17, 2015

What sins of the future are you committing right now? — By David J. Hill SingularityHub

Posted by in categories: ethics, robotics/AI, time travel

Odds are you’re a decent, upstanding person. You abide by the laws, pay taxes, and don’t rock the boat. You value security but not at the expense of privacy. Like the majority of people around you, you’re driven by self interest but not to the detriment of others. And if someone is clearly in need, you’ll try to help them, if you feel you can make a difference.

In other words, you’re a moral human being…or so you think. Read more

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