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  • Nevada brothel workers fight back against the rise of 'dehumanizing and dangerous' sex robots [tr]

    09/20/2018 6:14:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 20, 2018 | Staff
    Human sex workers are fighting back against sex robots, claiming they are dehumanizing and could turn users into predators. Three women who work at Sheila's Ranch in Nevada toldThe Sun they were firmly against the new technology, which has created dolls that look like humans, used for sex acts. They say the dolls are dehumanizing, encourage violence against women and promote a lack of empathy in sexual scenarios.
  • Report: Machines to handle over half workplace tasks by 2025

    09/17/2018 8:11:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    AP ^ | April 17, 2018 | Jamey Keaten
    More than half of all workplace tasks will be carried out by machines by 2025, organizers of the Davos economic forum said in a report released Monday that highlights the speed with which the labor market will change in coming years. The World Economic Forum estimates that machines will be responsible for 52 percent of the division of labor as share of hours within seven years, up from just 29 percent today. By 2022, the report says, roughly 75 million jobs worldwide will be lost, but that could be more than offset by the creation of 133 million new jobs.
  • Scientist finds robots become ‘racist and sexist’ on their own

    09/10/2018 6:59:58 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 54 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | Sept. 7, 2018 | Sean Keach
    Robots can develop prejudices like “racism and sexism” all on their own, a shocking new study has found. Artificial intelligence experts performed thousands of simulations on robot brains, revealing how they split off into groups and treat “outsiders” differently. Computer scientists and psychologists from Cardiff University and MIT teamed up to test how robots identify each other.
  • The Pentagon plans to spend $2 billion to put more artificial intelligence into its weaponry

    09/08/2018 7:22:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | Sep 8, 2018, 6:00am EDT | Zachary Fryer-Biggs
    Officials say they want computers to be capable of explaining their decisions to military commanders The report noted that while AI systems are already technically capable of choosing targets and firing weapons, commanders have been hesitant about surrendering control to weapons platforms partly because of a lack of confidence in machine reasoning, especially on the battlefield where variables could emerge that a machine and its designers haven’t previously encountered. Right now, for example, if a soldier asks an AI system like a target identification platform to explain its selection, it can only provide the confidence estimate for its decision, DARPA’s...
  • Labor Day 2040: What Happens When Robots Do All the Work?

    09/03/2018 11:09:34 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 64 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 09.02.18 | Clive Irving
    ... the pilots cited cases where, they argued, the action of pilots had saved an airplane and its passengers when the computers could not have. In at least two of those cases they had a point. In January 2009 Captain “Sully” Sullenberger saved the lives of 150 passengers by making an emergency landing on the Hudson River. And in November, 2010 what would have been one of the world’s worst air disasters was averted when Captain Richard de Crespigny of the Australian airline Qantas managed to get a giant Airbus A380 that had been badly crippled by an exploding engine...
  • Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code

    08/30/2018 7:11:25 AM PDT · by budj · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8-30-2018 | Andrew Smith
    he 18th of March, 2018, was the day tech insiders had been dreading. That night, a new moon added almost no light to a poorly lit four-lane road in Tempe, Arizona, as a specially adapted Uber Volvo XC90 detected an object ahead. Part of the modern gold rush to develop self-driving vehicles, the SUV had been driving autonomously, with no input from its human backup driver, for 19 minutes.
  • Tesla shareholders who sell if Musk takes company private will be big losers for one reason: A.I.

    08/10/2018 11:43:51 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 43 replies
    CNBC ^ | 08/10/18 | Keith Wright
    Tesla is the only company truly advancing AI in its vehicles. Musk made the decision to invest in real-world data analytics early. This leap in technological advancement has left competitors like Alphabet's Waymo, Uber, BMW and GM scrambling in vein to keep pace, and there is a long lineup of companies wanting to partner, including Toyota and Mercedes-Benz. Tesla's early investment and resulting tech have put the company firmly ahead of the pack. To understand how Tesla is unique with AI, you need to understand that Tesla has been collecting billions of miles worth of real-world driving data since 2012,...
  • IBM's Watson reportedly created unsafe cancer treatment plans

    07/29/2018 1:13:12 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 55 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 27 July 2018 | Mariella Moon
    Last year, studies presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting showed that IBM Watson was pretty darn good at creating treatment plans for cancer patients. Turns out, however, that the AI is still far from perfect: according to internal documents reviewed by health-oriented news publication Stat, some medical experts working with IBM on its Watson for Oncology system found "multiple examples of unsafe and incorrect treatment recommendations." In one particular case, a 65-year-old man was diagnosed a drug that could lead to "severe or fatal hemorrhage" even though he was already suffering from severe bleeding. The report...
  • Artificial Intelligence Shows Why Atheism Is Unpopular

    07/27/2018 10:39:41 PM PDT · by blueplum · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 23 Jul 2018 | Sigal Samuel
    ...Another project, Forecasting Religiosity and Existential Security with an Agent-Based Model, examines questions about nonbelief: Why aren’t there more atheists? Why is America secularizing at a slower rate than Western Europe? Which conditions would speed up the process of secularization—or, conversely, make a population more religious? {snip} ….Using a separate model, Future of Religion and Secular Transitions (FOREST), the team found that people tend to secularize when four factors are present: existential security (you have enough money and food), personal freedom (you’re free to choose whether to believe or not), pluralism (you have a welcoming attitude to diversity), and education...
  • Weaponized drones. Machines that attack on their own...

    07/25/2018 5:03:41 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7 25 2018 | Ryan Browne
    - Artificial intelligence has clear positive uses, but it could be used to teach machines to attack people and their computer networks on their own. - Drones and autonomous vehicles could be hacked using AI and turned into weapons - Traditional cybersecurity methods won't know how to cope with new attacks carried out by smart machines.
  • Google Translate is coming out with strange doomsday messages saying Jesus is coming

    07/24/2018 10:43:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 24, 2018 | Rob Waugh
    Perhaps Google Translate knows something the rest of us don’t – because it’s been coming out with some alarming translations which sound like doomsday prophecies. The translations come up in response to misspelled, but innocent, translation queries, often in little-known languages such as Yoruba. Google is rapidly adjusting Translate so the weird translations seem to disappear soon after discovery – but fans keep finding alarming stuff....
  • Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

    07/08/2018 5:03:00 PM PDT · by Theoria · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 July 2018 | Paul Mozur
    In the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, a police officer wearing facial recognition glasses spotted a heroin smuggler at a train station. In Qingdao, a city famous for its German colonial heritage, cameras powered by artificial intelligence helped the police snatch two dozen criminal suspects in the midst of a big annual beer festival. In Wuhu, a fugitive murder suspect was identified by a camera as he bought food from a street vendor. With millions of cameras and billions of lines of code, China is building a high-tech authoritarian future. Beijing is embracing technologies like facial recognition and artificial intelligence to...
  • The challenge of modernity: Os Guinness on the church and civilization

    06/25/2018 5:24:34 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | 2017 | Joseph Sunde
    In a recent talk for the C.S. Lewis Institute, Os Guinness laments, "It isn’t ideas which have caused the main damage to the church,” Guinness says. “Modernity itself has done more damage to the church than all the persecutors put together..." The Chinese church survived the most brutal, vicious, systematic persecution any church has probably ever faced under Mao Ze Dung. And yet now, when they’re not persecuted so visiously….as they’re moving to big cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, the challenge of the church negotiating these big modern cities is actually causing many to fall away. The challenge of negotiating...
  • MIT fed an AI data from Reddit, and now it only thinks about murder

    06/07/2018 4:18:27 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 29 replies
    The Verge ^ | The Verge
    This week, researchers at MIT unveiled their latest creation: Norman, a disturbed AI. (Yes, he’s named after the character in Hitchcock’s Psycho.) They write: "Norman is an AI that is trained to perform image captioning, a popular deep learning method of generating a textual description of an image. We trained Norman on image captions from an infamous subreddit (the name is redacted due to its graphic content) that is dedicated to document and observe the disturbing reality of death. Then, we compared Norman’s responses with a standard image captioning neural network (trained on MSCOCO dataset) on Rorschach inkblots; a test...
  • Google to drop Pentagon AI contract after employee objections to the ‘business of war’

    06/02/2018 6:56:45 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 1 at 6:10 PM | Drew Harwell
    The tech giant will stop working on its piece of the military’s AI endeavor known as Project Maven when its 18-month contract expires in March, a person familiar with Google’s thinking told The Washington Post. Diane Greene, the chief executive of Google’s cloud-computing business, told employees of the decision at an internal meeting Friday, first reported by Gizmodo. Google, which declined to comment, has faced widespread public backlash and employee resignations for helping develop technological tools that could aid in warfighting. The person said Google will soon release new company principles related to the ethical uses of AI. … Project...
  • Google employees resign in protest over controversial Pentagon AI project, report says

    05/14/2018 7:26:39 PM PDT · by bitt · 42 replies ^ | 5/14/2018 | james rogers
    About a dozen Google employees are resigning in protest over the tech giant’s involvement in Project Maven, a controversial military program that uses artificial intelligence, Gizmodo reports. Project Maven, which harnesses AI to improve drone targeting, has been a source of concern for a number of Google employees. Last month, over 3,100 Google workers signed a letter addressed to the company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, asking him to pull the tech giant out of the project. Announced last year, Project Maven is designed to swiftly pull important data from vast quantities of imagery. GOOGLE EMPLOYEES PLEAD WITH CEO TO DROP OUT...
  • Artificial Intelligence Summoning Demons According To Tech Genius – “No One Is Paying Attention.”

    05/14/2018 12:57:03 PM PDT · by davikkm · 34 replies
    IWB ^ | Ruby Henley
    When I watched this video, I had to do a second take. I thought I had misunderstood this man’s words, but I was not mistaken. I am still amazed at what he said to the audience in trying to explain the sinister facets of artificial intelligence. As Elon Musk had said at an earlier time, “we are summoning the demon.” This, too, is amazing to me, as Musk helped to create A.I. I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but Elon has been on the downside of luck recently. He has had accident after accident with his inventions....
  • Google's robot assistant now makes eerily lifelike phone calls for you

    05/09/2018 8:26:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tue 8 May 2018 16.13 EDT | Olivia Solon
    Google’s virtual assistant can now make phone calls on your behalf to schedule appointments, make reservations in restaurants and get holiday hours. The robotic assistant uses a very natural speech pattern that includes hesitations and affirmations such as “er” and “mmm-hmm” so that it is extremely difficult to distinguish from an actual human phone call. The unsettling feature, which will be available to the public later this year, is enabled by a technology called Google Duplex, which can carry out “real world” tasks on the phone, without the other person realising they are talking to a machine. The assistant refers...
  • Here's Why People Now Think 'American Idol' Is Racist(WUT?!)

    04/30/2018 7:12:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 63 replies ^ | 4/30/2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    "Good job at being racist and homophobic, American Idol." Those aren't my words, but they're the sentiments of plenty of fans after Sunday night's Disney-themed episode. After last night's votes were tallied, four of the show's minority contestants found themselves in elimination contention. Ada Vox, a drag queen, Jurnee, an openly gay and black contestant, Michelle Sussett, an immigrant from Venezuela, and Dennis Lorenzo, an African-American male, received the least votes after their performances. Jurnee was the only one to escape elimination. These four contestants were in the bottom because this is "Trump's America," according to some upset viewers.
  • Food Lion to deploy robot associates to 171 stores

    04/22/2018 7:40:33 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 39 replies
    The Produce News ^ | April 20, 2018
    Food Lion has introduced in-store helper Marty the Robot at a store in La Follette, TN. These helpful robots are currently in four Giant/Martin’s stores in Pennsylvania and the brand plans to deploy them to all 171 Giant/Martin’s stores by the end of 2018. These friendly robotic associates have been roaming the aisles of several Giant/Martin’s stores since last year, and now Food Lion is also putting the concept to the test. Marty maneuvers around using advanced artificial intelligence and the same laser imaging technology found in self-driving vehicles. He can perform checks that help the store run more smoothly...