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Aug 9, 2017

Tillerson allays fears after Trump’s N. Korea ‘fire and fury’ threat

Posted by in category: military

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has sought to allay fears of a military confrontation with North Korea after President Donald Trump warned he could unleash “fire and fury” on the pariah state.

Tillerson defended Trump’s comments but said there was no sign that the threat level from North Korea had changed and that Americans should “sleep well at night.”

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Aug 9, 2017

An artificial intelligence researcher reveals his greatest fears about the future of AI

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

As an artificial intelligence researcher, I often come across the idea that many people are afraid of what AI might bring. It’s perhaps unsurprising, given both history and the entertainment industry, that we might be afraid of a cybernetic takeover that forces us to live locked away, Matrix -like, as some sort of human battery.

And yet it is hard for me to look up from the evolutionary computer models I use to develop AI, to think about how the innocent virtual creatures on my screen might become the monsters of the future. Might I become “the destroyer of worlds,” as Oppenheimer lamented after spearheading the construction of the first nuclear bomb?

I would take the fame, I suppose, but perhaps the critics are right. Maybe I shouldn’t avoid asking: As an AI expert, what do I fear about artificial intelligence?

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Aug 9, 2017

Your phone is trying to control your life

Posted by in category: mobile phones

Whether you’re killing time in line at Starbucks or scrolling through an endless meme stream on Twitter, your smartphone is trying to seduce you. Former Google employee Tristan Harris felt something needed to be done to combat tech designers’ relentless efforts to influence our behavior. Special correspondent Cat Wise talks to Harris as part of a collaboration with The Atlantic.

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Aug 9, 2017

Ray Kurzweil reveals plans for ‘linguistically fluent’ Google software

Posted by in categories: engineering, Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI

Smart Reply (credit: Google Research)

Ray Kuzweil, a director of engineering at Google, reveals plans for a future version of Google’s “Smart Reply” machine-learning email software (and more) in a Wired article by Tom Simonite published Wednesday (Aug. 2, 2017).

Running on mobile Gmail and Google Inbox, Smart Reply suggests up to three replies to an email message, saving typing time or giving you ideas for a better reply.

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Aug 9, 2017

María Blasco: Las claves del envejecimiento. Hacia la extensión de la Longevidad

Posted by in categories: cryonics, life extension

La directora del CNI acude al International Longevity and Cryopreservation Summit para poner sobre la mesa el trabajo que lleva años realizando sobre los telómeros y su implicación en la extensión de vida.

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Aug 9, 2017

When is the correct time to eat a banana: green or yellow?

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Aug 9, 2017

Does Intelligence Make You Lazy? Here’s What the ‘Need for Cognition’ Test Reveals

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Do you get antsy when there’s nothing to do? Although this sample size is too small to draw a definitive conclusion, it’s a pretty interesting study to read.

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Aug 9, 2017

Smartglass can fade from translucent to opaque in a second

Posted by in category: futurism

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Aug 9, 2017

Volvo Trucks Emergency Brake Even In A Curve

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Aug 9, 2017

This is the world’s fastest electric hypercar

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation