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Oct 2, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: AI will be TEN TIMES more destructive than nuclear bombs, warns expert

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

I was interviewed by The Express on AI:


WHICHEVER nation develops AI first will completely control the military landscape as the machine has the potential to be ten times as devastating as the nuclear bomb, an expert has warned.

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Oct 2, 2016

Report: Weapons AI Increasingly Replacing, Not Augmenting, Human Decision Making

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, military, robotics/AI

A new survey of existing and planned smart weapons finds that AI is increasingly used to replace humans, not help them.

The Pentagon’s oft-repeated line on artificial intelligence is this: we need much more of it, and quickly, in order to help humans and machines work better alongside one another. But a survey of existing weapons finds that the U.S. military more commonly uses AI not to help but to replace human operators, and, increasingly, human decision making.

The report from the Elon Musk-funded Future of Life Institute does not forecast Terminators capable of high-level reasoning. At their smartest, our most advanced artificially intelligent weapons are still operating at the level of insects … armed with very real and dangerous stingers.

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Oct 2, 2016

This Robot Will Build Houses Out Of Brick

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Construction just got a lot faster 🏠.

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Oct 2, 2016

According To Quantum Mechanics, Reality Might Not Exist Without An Observer

Posted by in category: quantum physics

If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one around to hear it, does it make a sound? The obvious answer is yes—a tree falling makes a sound whether or not we hear it—but certain experts in quantum mechanics argue that without an observer, all possible realities exist. That means that the tree both falls and doesn’t fall, makes a sound and is silent, and all other possibilities therein. This was the crux of the debate between Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein. Learn more about it in the video below.

Does reality exist when we’re not watching?

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Oct 2, 2016

How deep learning allowed computers to see

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is to make computers more similar to the human brain. We want them to speak, understand and solve problems — and now we want them to see and recognize images.

For a long time, our smartest computers were blind. Now, they can see.

This is a revolution made possible by deep learning.

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Oct 2, 2016

Dark energy: Staring into darkness : Nature : Nature Research

Posted by in category: cosmology

The path to understanding dark energy begins with a single question: has it always been the same throughout the history of the Universe?

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Oct 1, 2016

Apple Opens $45 Million R&D Hub For Advanced Tech

Posted by in category: futurism

I really wish them a lot of luck.


Apple opens a $45 million R&D hub in China to develop advanced software and hardware technology, as well as better audio and video equipment and communications.

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Oct 1, 2016

Putin Bans Bill Gates And Microsoft From Russia

Posted by in category: futurism

Not sure if Bill has bothered to visit there in quite a while; however, I do wonder about the MSFT folks in Russia.


City hall switching to local software installed by Rostelecom.

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Oct 1, 2016

Robot customs officers debut in China ports

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, security

Robotic Custom Guards — could this be the answer to all countries problems for border security and police as part of fairness?


NK Technology, Beijing, Oct 2 : Ten robots have started working as customs officers at three ports in China’s Guangdong province, authorities said on Sunday.

They were the first batch of intelligent robots, to be used by Chinese customs at the ports of Gongbei, Hengqin and Zhongshan, Xinhua news agency reported.

The robots, named Xiao Hai, have state-of-the-art perception technology and are able to listen, speak, learn, see and walk.

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Oct 1, 2016

Researchers Identify Neurons Devoted to Social Memory

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Summary: Ventral CA1 neurons in the hippocampus store memories of acquaintances, a new study reports.

Source: MIT.

Cells in the hippocampus store memories of acquaintances, a new study reports.

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