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Dec 12, 2017

AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

Artificial intelligence is seeping into every nook and cranny of modern life. AI might tag your friends in photos on Facebook or choose what you see on Instagram, but materials scientists and NASA researchers are also beginning to use the technology for scientific discovery and space exploration.

But there’s a core problem with this technology, whether it’s being used in social media or for the Mars rover: The programmers that built it don’t know why AI makes one decision over another.

Modern artificial intelligence is still new. Big tech companies have only ramped up investment and research in the last five years, after a decades-old theory was shown to finally work in 2012. Inspired by the human brain, an artificial neural network relied on layers of thousands to millions of tiny connections between “neurons” or little clusters of mathematic computation, like the connections of neurons in the brain. But that software architecture came with a trade-off: Since the changes throughout those millions of connections were so complex and minute, researchers aren’t able to exactly determine what is happening. They just get an output that works.

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Dec 12, 2017

Former Facebook executive says the site is ‘ripping apart society’

Posted by in category: futurism

A former Facebook executive has spoken out against the social network he helped to create, saying it is ‘ripping society apart’.

The comments were made by Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth.

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Dec 12, 2017

I interviewed in my home last night for French Public TV, part of a story covering this new documentary “Genius Factory” and the field of modern day #eugenics / #designerbabies, which came out recently on the Documentary Channel

Posted by in categories: education, transhumanism

I’m interviewed in the documentary (which I appear in but haven’t seen yet). Naturally, I support creating super people with science & technology (a main goal of #transhumanism), just not using unethical or exclusionary methods to do so. #GeniusFactory

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Dec 12, 2017

Astronomers to check interstellar body for signs of alien technology

Posted by in category: alien life

Have we just been buzzed by ET?

Green Bank telescope in West Virginia will listen for radio signals from ‘Oumuamua, an object from another solar system.

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Dec 12, 2017

Has human evolution reached its peak?

Posted by in categories: aging, evolution, genetics, life extension

According to a French physiologist, humans have reached the peak of our height, lifespan and physical fitness.

I suspect that from our vantage point (a narrow snapshot of human evolution), we lack sufficient data to arrive this sweeping conclusion. Nevertheless, mainstream media is taking this research seriously.

Dec 12, 2017

Human-AI merger: The pinnacle or demise of mankind? (DEBATE)

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

With machine learning algorithms evolving at an incredibly fast pace, concerns are mounting whether artificial intelligence (AI) is the logical continuation of human history or its demise. RT talked to three experts in the field about the benefits and dangers of AI.

Three AI experts engaged in a debate on RT about the benefits and dangers of rapidly-developing technology and AI.

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Dec 11, 2017

Scientists ‘Inject’ Information Into Monkeys’ Brains

Posted by in categories: education, neuroscience

In an experiment with science fiction implications, neurologists say they taught monkeys to play a game by stimulating their brains with electrodes.

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Dec 11, 2017

Bitcoin Fair Value Calculation

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, finance, government

In an April 2014 article, I demonstrated how one might approach a fair Bitcoin valuation.

  • Original Methodology: What fraction of the daily float
    needed to support daily global commerce will Bitcoin capture?

My methodology was based on the demand that Bitcoin would generate if it displaced a small fraction of cash and credit used for retail and commercial payments around the world. At the time, Bitcoin had a value of USD $450. I estimated that if it captured 5% of global payments, it would have a fair value of about $10,000/BTC (I didn’t complete the calculation—I left that up to the reader. That’s because I was concerned that publishing such a prediction would cause me to lose credibility as an economist and blogger. For what it is worth, I also predicted that a rise to $10,000 would take 5~8 years.

As you might imagine, my friends and family urged me to unload my BTC investment. The April 2014 price of $450/BTC seemed very high to most armchair analysts. After all, thirteen months earlier, it had been just $45.

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Dec 11, 2017

The human race has peaked and will now get worse, scientists confirm

Posted by in category: futurism

Humanity has reached its peak and is now probably in its downfall, according to major new research.

People have long thought of human development as one long process of improvement, going on forever. But we are now running up against the limits of how good we can be, say scientists – and most likely we’ll now just begin to fall again.

The major research review looked at 120 years of data and found that there appears to be limits on our characteristics, like when we die, how tall we can be and how strong we are. We are pushing up against those limits now, the research suggests.

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Dec 11, 2017

The alien-hunting Kepler telescope has discovered something big

Posted by in categories: alien life, robotics/AI

Machine learning drove the breakthrough.

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