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  • Microsoft builds new AI bot to ignore Hitler ("Tay 2.0" Completely Lobotomized)

    04/22/2016 7:51:39 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 24 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 4-14-2016 | Hope King
    Microsoft is trying to avoid another PR disaster with its new AI bot. The company's latest program can describe what it "sees" in photos. "CaptionBot," as it's called, does a pretty decent job at describing simple everyday scenes, such as a person sitting on a couch, a cat lounging around, or a busy restaurant. But it seems to be programmed to ignore pictures of Nazi symbolism or its leader. CNNMoney gave CaptionBot several photos of Adolf Hitler and variations of the swastika to analyze, and it often came back with "I really can't describe the picture" and a confused emoji....
  • Robots are coming for your job

    03/29/2016 5:57:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 28, 2016 | Bryan Dean Wright
    A viral video released in February showed Boston Dynamics' new bipedal robot, Atlas, performing human-like tasks: opening doors, tromping about in the snow, lifting and stacking boxes. Tech geeks cheered and Silicon Valley investors salivated at the potential end to human manual labor. Shortly thereafter, White House economists released a forecast that calculated more precisely whom Atlas and other forms of automation are going to put out of work. Most occupations that pay less than $20 an hour are likely to be, in the words of the report, “automated into obsolescence.”
  • Microsoft Forced to Apologize for Racist Twitter AI chatbot

    03/26/2016 1:52:13 PM PDT · by dennisw · 22 replies
    breitbart ^ | 26 Mar 2016 | Ben Kew
    Microsoft has issued an apology over their creation of an artificial intelligence program behind a Twitter account that began to post and retweet racist remarks. The chatbot, named Tay, was designed to become more intelligent as users interacted with it; however, it quickly started imitating targeted trolling messages tweeted at it, claiming that “the holocaust was made up,” “the Jews did 9/11,” and “I f***ng hate feminists and they should all die and burn in hell.” As a result, Tay was deactivated within 24 hours of its introduction. But on Friday, Peter Lee, Microsofts Head of Research, said the company...
  • Microsoft’s artificial intelligence Twitter robot tweets support for Hitler, genocide of Mexicans

    03/25/2016 4:42:44 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 15 replies
    washington times ^ | Thursday, March 24, 2016 | Maria Stainer
    Twitter trolls made a dummy out of Microsoft’s artificial intelligence chat robot, which learns through public interaction, by turning it into a pro-Nazi racist within a day of its launch. Tay, the artificial intelligence (AI) robot, had a bug in which it would at first repeat racist comments, then it began to incorporate the language in its own tweets. ...The robot, made to sound like a teenage girl, targeted 18- to 24-year-olds, “the dominant users of mobile social chat services” in the United States, the page says.... Soon after, Tay was tweeting, “Hitler was right I hate the jews” and...
  • How Microsoft’s friendly robot turned into a racist jerk in less than 24 hours

    03/25/2016 3:08:24 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | March 23, 2016 | By SHANE DINGMAN - TECHNOLOGY REPORTER
    What happens when one of the world’s biggest software companies lets an artificially intelligent chatbot learn from people on Twitter? Exactly what you think will happen. Microsoft’s Technology and Research and Bing teams launched a project on Wednesday with Twitter, Canada’s Kik messenger and GroupMe: a chatbot called Tay that was built using natural language processing so that it could appear to understand the context and content of a conversation with a user. Targeting the 18-to-24-age demographic, its aims were simple: “Tay is designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual and playful...
  • Prediction: Progressives will link artificial intelligence to their wolf cries of racism and bigotry

    03/19/2016 8:15:14 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies
    How many slaves do you own? Most Americans own between 5-7 slaves. I'd bet you own upwards of 20 slaves. Here are the slaves you most likely already own: I know I'll be called crazy for this. I don't care. Who would have thought 30 years ago that homosexual marriage would be a reality? Now look where we are. Do you really expect that the Supreme Court would side with reality on this? When does the court ever side with reality? Watch this video: Sophia the RobotWhen the robot said the word "yet", it hit me. "But I'm not considered...
  • Domino's trials pizza delivery by robot

    03/18/2016 6:05:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | March 18, 2016 | Rhiannon Williams
    Robots have changed our lives in many ways, from advancing our healthcare and automating our factory lines, to taking on dangerous tasks and even taking our place in warfare. Now Domino's have developed possibly the greatest use for robots yet - safe and secure pizza delivery in what the company claims is a world first.
  • A lot of people who make over $350,000 are about to get replaced by software

    03/17/2016 9:30:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/17/2016 | Drake Baer, Tech Insider
    Artificial intelligence is poised to automate lots of service jobs. The White House has estimated there's an 83% chance that someone making less than $20 a hour will eventually lose their job to a computer. That means gigs like customer-service rep could soon be extinct. But it's not just low-paying positions that will get replaced. AI also could cause high-earning (like top 5% of American salaries) jobs to disappear. Fast. That's the theme of New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper's new feature, "The Robots Are Coming for Wall Street." The piece is framed around Daniel Nadler, the founder of Kensho,...
  • Carl's Jr. CEO Wants to Open a Robot Restaurant Free of Human Workers

    03/17/2016 9:19:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 91 replies
    Eater ^ | March 17, 2016 | Whitney Filloon
    As minimum wages across the country rise and restaurants face increased labor costs, one fast food CEO is thinking about replacing human workers with robots. Carl's Jr. head honcho Andy Puzder wants to open a new restaurant concept that's "employee-free," reports Business Insider. Puzder was inspired by a visit to Eatsa, the futuristic San Francisco-born restaurant where patrons order via tablet and retrieve their food from automated cubbies. He believes the idea of a restaurant free of social interaction could be especially appealing to millennials, noting that young people seem particularly fond of ordering from kiosks over humans.
  • AlphaGo Computer wins a close one to wrap up battle of man vs. machine

    03/15/2016 1:44:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    C/NET ^ | 03/15/2016 | Lance Whitney
    It was an intense competition between man and machine, and in the end, the machine took home the title. On Tuesday, Google's AlphaGo artificial intelligence program won the fifth and final round game of Go in a bout with Lee Sedol, one of the greatest Go players in the world. AlphaGo took four out of the five games in a contest that marked a noteworthy leap forward for computer smarts. That's not to say the computer was perfect. After losing the fourth game, AlphaGo hit a rough patch in game five, but continued on to defeat Lee, who resigned 280...
  • How robots will kill the 'gig economy'

    03/09/2016 1:07:14 PM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 9, 2016 | Harriet Taylor
    The so-called gig economy will cease to exist in 20 years, according to a new report from venture-backed start-up Thumbtack, an online marketplace that helps skilled workers find customers. The study predicts that logistics companies — from start-ups like Uber to tech giants like Amazon — will soon replace drivers and delivery workers with autonomous vehicles and drones. Highly skilled workers, such as lawyers and accountants — no longer guaranteed jobs at big firms — will be the new gig economy workers, the study finds.
  • Google's AlphaGo AI defeats human in first game of Go contest

    03/09/2016 5:55:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 9, 2016 | Steve Borowiec
    Lee Sedol started with a bow, a traditional Korean gesture of respect for an opponent who could neither see him nor sense his presence. The world champion at Go – an ancient Chinese board game – looked nervous. His eyes darted from side to side. He took a sip of water, and made his first move. Lee could be forgiven some nerves: his opponent was AlphaGo, an artificial-intelligence program designed by Google DeepMind, their five-game series billed as a landmark face-off between human and computer. “History is really being made here,” said commentator Chris Garlock, as the first game in...
  • Official Statement to the TNC Convention 02016 by David Brin

    03/06/2016 3:50:17 PM PST · by Mellonkronos · 4 replies
    transhumanity.net ^ | March 4, 2016 | David Brin
    [This is from a famous scifi writer. He argues that rather than being scared of the danger of artificial intelligence in the future and trying to have government regulate it, more competition, not restricting competition, is best!] Official Statement to the TNC Convention 02016 by David BrinIt is, of course, wise and beneficial to peer ahead for potential dangers and problems — one of the central tasks of high-end science fiction. Alas, detecting that a danger lurks is easier than prescribing solutions that can prevent it. Take the plausibility of malignant AI, remarked-upon recently by luminaries ranging from Stephen Hawking...
  • A Plan in Case Robots Take the Jobs: Give Everyone a Paycheck

    03/03/2016 8:45:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 2, 2016 | Farhad Manjoo
    Let’s say computers come for most of our jobs. This may not seem likely at the moment; computer scientists and economists offer wildly varying ideas for how deeply automation will affect future employment. But for the sake of argument, imagine that within two or three decades we’ll have morphed into the Robotic States of America.
  • Demagoguery as Unskilled Labor

    02/26/2016 1:02:20 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 1 replies
    pjmedia ^ | 2/23/16 | Richard Fernandez
    Demagoguery as Unskilled Labor By Richard Fernandez February 23, 2016 Who's Obsolete? Brilliance in thrall to stupidity The importance of information to modern civilization was highlighted by a government report suggesting low wage jobs were doomed. "It's intuitive that automation will take low-wage jobs ... the White House, in its annual economic report of the president, has broken down just how much that is so." It essentially predicts that a person with a low wage job will be replaced by a robot. There's an 83% chance that automation will take a job with an hourly wage below $20, a 31%...
  • Rogue 'Terminator' robots which can kill without human orders could become reality in just a [tr]

    02/14/2016 2:56:05 PM PST · by C19fan · 71 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 14, 2016 | Shari Miller
    Killer robots that can execute without human intervention will become a reality within years unless there is a global agreement to ban them, warns a leading scientist. Wendell Wallach, an ethicist at Yale University, will today call on the US government to outlaw such machines on the basis they violate international humanitarian law. Wallach also warns that technology has become so advanced that a robot capable of killing humans on its own volition will soon become a possibility - much like the rogue machines seen in Arnold Schwarzenegger's hit film, The Terminator.
  • Would you bet against sex robots? AI 'could leave half of world unemployed'

    02/13/2016 11:24:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 55 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | February 13, 2016 | Alan Yuhas
    Machines could put more than half the world’s population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence’s threat to the economy should not be understated. Expert Moshe Vardi told the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): “We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task.
  • Would you MARRY a robot? Artificial intelligence will allow people to find lasting love with [tr]

    02/12/2016 5:57:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 12, 2016 | Richard Gray
    While there are fears robots may rise up to take over the world if artificial intelligence progresses too quickly, some of us may find ourselves simply marrying machines in the future. A leading computer scientist has predicted that as robots become more human-like, people may start turning to them for companionship. His predictions mirror the plot of the hit TV series Humans, where people formed emotional attachments to robots brought in to help out around the home.
  • Drones that 'think' like humans could be heading for war zones: Darpa chip uses 'neural networks'...

    02/08/2016 12:30:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 02/08/2016 | Lee Bell
    The Pentagon is funding research to develop a microchip that not only promises brain-like artificial intelligence, it is small enough to fit inside a wide range of mobile devices. Known as 'Eyeriss', the palm-sized processor has a staggering 168 cores and is based on 'neural networks' that are modelled on the human brain. By comparison, processing chips used in a wide variety of smartphones typically have quad cores. This technology could make its way onto the battlefield in the form of drones or robots that could conduct their own learning in real-time, without the need for human analysis. ... Researchers...
  • Google’s AI Masters the Game of Go a Decade Earlier Than Expected

    01/27/2016 5:45:02 PM PST · by mrsmith · 37 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | January 27, 2016 | Will Knight
    "Google has taken a brilliant and unexpected step toward building an AI with more humanlike intuition, developing a computer capable of beating even expert human players at the fiendishly complicated board game Go... Their computer program, called AlphaGo, beat the European Go champion, Fan Hui, five games to zero... Two deep-learning networks were used in AlphaGo: one network learned to predict the next move, and the other learned to predict the outcome from different arrangements on the board. The two networks were combined using a more conventional AI algorithm to look ahead in the game for possible moves. A scientific...
  • Humans Are Slamming Into Driverless Cars and Exposing a Key Flaw (Bloomberg link only)

    12/19/2015 7:28:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | December 17, 2015 | Keith Naughton
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  • Are Droids Slaves? In Star Wars, droids aren’t robots or comic relief—they’re chattel

    12/19/2015 5:42:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | December 18, 2015 | Jonathan Last
    I always hated the Jawas. As a kid, the Jawas weren’t scary the way Stormtroopers or Darth Vader were. But there was something unsettling about them. The Tusken Raiders might have been primitive savages who tried to kill Luke Skywalker—who, back then, was my hero—but the Jawas seemed worse. A little bit evil, even. The feeling was so pronounced that in the dozens of times I watched A New Hope as a child, the massacre of the Jawas never roused even a beat of sympathy in me. It was the opposite, actually. Every time C-3PO piled the Jawa carcasses into...
  • Tech titans like Elon Musk are spending $1billion to save you from terminators

    12/14/2015 9:57:44 AM PST · by presidio9 · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 14, 2015 | Andrea Peterson
    Elon Musk and other big tech names are worried that humanity will develop artificial intelligence so smart it becomes a threat to humanity itself — think self-aware killer robots that realize their best course of action is to wipe out mankind. Or, basically, terminators. Musk has been raising the alarm about this possibility for a while now. At an MIT event last year, he called artificial intelligence humanity's "biggest existential threat" and compared it to "summoning the demon." Musk was also one of a slew of scientists and tech leaders, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Stephen Hawking, who signed...
  • McCain:Airstrike on Afghan hospital was avoidable(The military hero strikes at our boys again)

    10/05/2015 5:59:02 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 19 replies
    wash times ^ | 10/4/15 | s miller
    Sen. John McCain on Sunday blamed the airstrike that killed 22 people in an Afghan hospital run by the medical charity Doctors without Borders on the “fog of war” and the Obama administration’s withdraw of U.S. troops from the war zone. “We call it fog of war, unfortunately. And it’s a tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them,” Mr. McCain, a former Navy fighter pilot in the Vietnam War who now chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He said that the tragedy likely would have been avoided if U.S. troops...
  • By 2050, human-on-robot sex will be more common than human-on-human sex, says report

    09/29/2015 6:00:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 113 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | September 29, 2015 | Helena Horton
    Can you imagine having sex with a humanoid robot? Apparently, this will be the norm in a few short decades. Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson has released a report in which he predicts the future of sex. He released the report in partnership with Bondara, one of the UK's leading sex toy shops. Dr. Pearson makes the point that robotic sex toys - vibrators - have been in use for around a century, and that virtual reality porn is about to become mainstream.
  • Campaign launched against 'harmful' sex robots

    09/15/2015 8:42:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 87 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 15, 2015 | Holly Ellyatt
    They are yet to hit the shelves, but activists are already campaigning against the sale of so-called sex robots, which may be "harmful and contribute to inequalities in society." Several companies are developing robots that can be used as sexual substitutes for humans, leading to the launch of the "Campaign against sex robots" on Tuesday to highlight the potential dangers.
  • AI Development: Bacteria That Can Manipulate Robot Unfurled

    07/19/2015 7:54:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Researchers have discovered how to let bacteria control the movement and behavior of a robot, just like what the brain does to the human body. ... Scientists from Virginia tech developed bacteria that can control a robotic car. The robot’s “brain” was replaced with bacterial community, enabling the car to move towards the food sources. The bacteria in the robot’s brain send biochechemical signals to machine’s processor to move its mechanical body. The bacteria were bioengineered to emit green or red signals depending on the condition they found in their environment. Under repeated observations, the scientists noticed that the robot...
  • Why Google’s nightmare AI is putting demon puppies everywhere

    07/11/2015 11:38:58 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 204 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jul 8, 2015 | by Jeff Guo
    A few weeks ago, Google researchers announced that they had peered inside the mind of an artificial intelligence program. What they discovered was a demonic hellscape. You’ve seen the pictures. These are hallucinations produced by a cluster of simulated neurons trained to identify objects in a picture. The researchers wanted to better understand how the neural network operates, so they asked it to use its imagination. To daydream a little. At first, they gave the computer abstract images to interpret — like a field of clouds. It was a Rorschach test. The artificial neurons saw what they wanted to see,...
  • Artificial Intelligence Machine Gets Testy With Its Programmer

    06/29/2015 10:36:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1:56 pm ET Jun 26, 2015 | By Amir Mizroch
    Researchers have shown that machines are inching closer to self-learning, and perhaps even copping a little attitude. Over at Google, a computer program using a database of movie scripts was asked again and again by researchers to define morality. It struggles to do so, and in a conversation recorded by its human engineers, becomes exasperated and ends the conversation by lashing out at its human inquisitor. Here’s part of the exchange, as related in a paper presented this week: Human: Tell me the definition of morality. Machine: I don’t have ethics. Human: Look, I need help; I need to know...
  • Amazon Echo (Loving A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) or Household Imperial Probe Droid?)

    06/23/2015 8:40:53 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Amazon ^ | 06/23/15
    "The Echo may be the closest thing we’ll have to a Star Trek computer at home." – CNET "Echo could hear my voice even when music was playing loudly…" – USA Today "With Amazon Echo, it was love at first sight." – Re/code What is Amazon Echo? Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's hands-free and always on. With seven microphones and beam-forming technology, Echo can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. Echo connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service,...
  • Can a computer beat one of the world's best poker players?

    05/10/2015 6:15:05 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 9, 2015, 1:46 PM | CBS News
    Strategy games such as chess have long been considered important ways to measure artificial intelligence. But A.I. researchers at Carnegie Mellon University chose a different, and in some ways, more challenging game: poker. Susan Koeppen of CBS Pittsburgh station KDKA reports on what happens when the chips are down. Doug Polk, 26, is considered the best heads up, or one on one, no limit Texas hold 'em player in the world. He's defeated countless opponents and won millions of dollars. Polk bet his reputation that he could beat Claudico, Carnegie Mellon's artificial intelligence super computer.
  • Warren Buffett: Artificial Intelligence Will Decide Whether Humans Live or Die

    04/02/2015 6:02:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    You Tube ^ | 04/02/15
    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says that the decision on whether humans live or die will be left to artificial intelligence when self-driving cars become a reality.
  • Computers with consciousness: Stanley Kubrick

    01/29/2015 11:00:31 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 21 replies
    Jon Rappoport's Blog ^ | January 29, 2015 | Jon Rappoport
    Computers have as much consciousness as cars or concrete. This will not change. They’re machines. They can be programmed to follow directions and calculate certain kinds of solutions within those directed parameters. That’s it. That’s the beginning and end of the story. Why do some technocrats believe computers will gain actual consciousness? They think a) the brain is a machine that expresses consciousness via information processing, and b) information processing is all the consciousness there is. To sum up, technocrats are high-IQ idiots. You can assemble all the information in the world and cross-reference it 100 billion different ways; you...
  • Ninja sushi chef brings a knife to a gun fight — and takes robber down

    01/06/2015 11:32:24 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 43 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | 1-4-15 | Joe Saunders
    He was trying to take out some cash, armed with a pellet gun – but a blade-flashing sushi chef stood it his way. According to the Champaign News-Gazette, the incident occurred Tuesday at the Kamakura Japanese restaurant in Champaign when 23-year-old Clayton Dial entered the restaurant, pulled what appeared to be a revolver and demanded cash from the teenaged hostess. Sushi chef Tetsuji Miwa overheard the exchange. “He just stood there and started asking for money,” Miwa told the paper. I saw her face. She was very scared.” “I heard him the second time. He said, ‘Give me your money....
  • The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2014

    12/31/2014 5:52:51 AM PST · by Mellonkronos · 6 replies
    io9 ^ | December 29, 2014 | George Dvorsky
    [Most of these, except for a couple, are very positive achievements. Let’s work for more in 2015, Happy New Year!] The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2014 By George Dvorsky As 2014 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on the most futuristic breakthroughs and developments of the past year. This year's crop features a slew of incredible technological, scientific, and social achievements, from mind-to-mind communication to self-guiding sniper bullets. Here are 15 predictions that came true in 2014. Technologically-assisted telepathy was successfully demonstrated in humans For the first time ever, two humans exchanged thoughts via mind-to-mind...
  • Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence

    12/17/2014 6:33:19 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Stanford University ^ | December 16, 2014 | Chris Cesare
    Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence Stanford University will lead a 100-year effort to study the long-term implications of artificial intelligence in all aspects of life. By Chris Cesare Russ Altman, a professor of bioengineering and of computer science at Stanford, will serve as faculty director of the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence. Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play. This effort, called the One Hundred Year...
  • What will life be like in 2064?

    11/03/2014 10:12:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    World Economic Forum ^ | October 8, 2014 | Martin Sorrell
    That an octopus called Paul had a better success rate than Goldman Sachs when predicting World Cup results (credit to the Wall Street Journal for the headline “Octopus Beats Vampire Squid”) tells you something about the wisdom of guessing the future in public. Guessing what the world will look like in 50 years’ time, however, is pretty safe, as I won’t be here to see myself proved wrong. Or will I? If Google’s director of engineering has his way, we’ll all be around indefinitely – in the cloud at least. AI (artificial intelligence) guru Ray Kurzweil is one of a...
  • Elon Musk: 'We are summoning the demon' with artificial intelligence

    10/27/2014 7:40:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    cnet.com ^ | October 26, 2014 10:09 AM PDT | Eric Mack
    "You know all those stories where there's the guy with the pentagram and the holy water and he's like... yeah, he's sure he can control the demon, [but] it doesn't work out." This has become a recurring theme in Musk's public comments, and each time he warns of the AI bogeyman it seems even more dire. In June, Musk raised the specter of the "Terminator" franchise, saying that he invests in companies working on artificial intelligence just to be able to keep an eye on the technology. In August, he reiterated his concerns in a tweet, writing that AI is...
  • Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

    09/13/2014 7:36:35 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 28 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 9/13/2014 | Ben Klayman, Bernie Woodall and Paul Lienert
    DETROIT (Reuters) - An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster than many expected. An Acura RLX sedan brakes to avoid a mannequin "pedestrian"  
  • Feds Creating Database to Track ‘Hate Speech’ on Twitter

    08/25/2014 6:10:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | August 25, 2014 3:30 pm | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. ... “This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda [?], and assist in the preservation of open debate,” the grant said. ... “Truthy” claims to be non-partisan. However, the project’s lead investigator Filippo Menczer proclaims his support for numerous progressive advocacy groups, including President Barack Obama’s Organizing for Action, Moveon.org, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, Amnesty International, and True Majority. ... The government-funded researchers hope that the public will use...
  • Amnesty International Takes ‘Unprecedented’ Step in Sending Delegation to Ferguson

    08/18/2014 6:22:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    KMOX ^ | 8/18/2014
    Human rights group Amnesty International has taken “unprecedented” action to deal with unrest in Ferguson by sending a delegation that has never before been deployed inside the United States.The organization has had members on the ground in Ferguson since Thursday, in the wake of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. According to a news release, the 12-person delegation is there to “observe police and protester activity, gather testimony, seek meetings with officials and offer support to the community.”Organizers will also train local activists on methods of non-violent protest.“Law enforcement, from the FBI to state...
  • Man records nightmarish attempt to cancel cable, Comcast apologizes

    07/15/2014 11:01:48 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 56 replies
    WTOP ^ | July 15 2014 | Neal Augenstein
    Deciding to cancel a cable service subscription can be difficult -- breaking the news to the cable company can be near-impossible. Tech journalist Ryan Block and his wife Veronica Belmont tried to cancel their Comcast service last week over the phone. Block says 10 minutes into his frustrating conversation with the Comcast customer service representative, he started recording the phone call, which he posted on SoundCloud. The representative, whose name Block withheld, repeatedly demanded to know why Block would want to cancel the service. Block tells WTOP he and his wife told the representative they wanted to change providers, before...
  • Spain Arrests Freed Gitmo Captive Running Jihadist Recruitment Network

    06/20/2014 12:12:05 PM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 20, 2014
    In a story unlikely to receive attention from the mainstream media in the United States, a former Guantanamo Bay captive has been arrested in Spain for operating what authorities there say is a sophisticated jihadist recruitment network. Spanish media is reporting that the one-time Gitmo prisoner is a 46-year-old Moroccan named Lahcen Ikassrien, who heads an Islamic cell that recruits fighters for the Syrian and Iraqi-based terror group known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Ikassrien and seven others were arrested in Madrid recently as part of a dozen raids on terrorism cells in the Spanish capital,...
  • Chicago Police Caught A Robber With Facial Recognition Technology, Prison For 22 Years

    06/09/2014 1:29:11 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 6-9-2014 | Rebecca Borison
    Rebecca BorisonJune 9, 2014Pierre D. Martin The first person arrested using Chicago police's new facial recognition technology has been sentenced to 22 years in prison, according to The Chicago Sun Times. Pierre D. Martin, 35, was arrested for two armed robberies on Chicago's public transportation system. He was found with a new facial recognition technology the Chicago Police Department started using last year. One of the robberies took place on Feb. 9, 2013, when Martin robbed a 20-year old man on a Pink Line train. He pulled out a gun and took the victim's cellphone. Martin stole another victim's cellphone...
  • Glenn Greenwald: how the NSA tampers with US-made internet routers

    05/12/2014 3:08:33 PM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 05/12/2014 | Glenn Greenwald
    The NSA has been covertly implanting interception tools in US servers heading overseas – even though the US government has warned against using Chinese technology for the same reasons, says Glenn Greenwald, in an extract from his new book about the Snowden affair, No Place to Hide For years, the US government loudly warned the world that Chinese routers and other internet devices pose a "threat" because they are built with backdoor surveillance functionality that gives the Chinese government the ability to spy on anyone using them. Yet what the NSA's documents show is that Americans have been engaged in...
  • Geek Bumper Stickers [Shameless Vanity]

    03/22/2014 11:20:11 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 62 replies
    1395555531 (UTC) | Self->This
  • Bill Gates: People Don't Realize How Many Jobs Will Soon Be Replaced By Software Bots

    03/14/2014 11:30:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/14/2014 | Julie Bort
    Big changes are coming to the labor market that people and governments aren't prepared for, Bill Gates believes.Speaking at Washington, D.C., economic think tank The American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, Gates said that within 20 years, a lot of jobs will go away, replaced by software automation ("bots" in tech slang, though Gates used the term "software substitution").This is what he said:"Software substitution, whether it's for drivers or waiters or nurses … it's progressing. ...  Technology over time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of skill set. ...  20 years from now, labor demand for lots...
  • Can You Be Good Without God?

    01/29/2014 4:37:11 PM PST · by NYer · 75 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | January 28, 2014 | Todd Aglialoro
    Atheists and agnostics like to claim that religion or belief in God isn’t necessary for living a moral life. “I can be a good person without God,” they say. Some go a step further and try to build a case for why they can be even better people without God. For example, they might claim that whereas theists are concerned about obeying religious commands that will get them into a heavenly afterlife, unbelievers are able to apply all their energies to making this world a better place.In a certain sense, it’s correct to say that one can be a...
  • Obama Aides: He Didn't Know Extent of NSA Surveillance

    01/17/2014 11:10:29 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 42 replies
    The Truth Revolt ^ | January 17, 2014
    Obama Aides: He Didn't Know Extent of NSA Surveillance "I think it was disturbing to most people, and I think he found it disturbing.” President Obama doesn’t merely claim ignorance of the IRS’ targeting of politically conservative groups or the Department of Justice’s targeting of journalists: according to The New York Times, Obama was also ignorant of the extent of NSA surveillance. According to the Times, “aides said Mr. Obama was surprised to learn after leaks by Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, just how far the surveillance had gone.” David Plouffe, Obama’s advisor, said, “Things seem...
  • Podesta, Left-Wing Mastermind, to Lead NSA Review

    01/17/2014 11:52:35 AM PST · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/17/14 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Barack Obama announced Friday that John Podesta, his new "counselor" and the political operative responsible for creating the institutional left in Washington, will be the appointed "to lead a comprehensive review of big data and privacy" in the aftermath of revelations about the National Security Agency's electronic spying programs. When he joined the White House last month, Podesta's focus was said to be "climate change." The president's speech contained little news. It was a classic Obama set-piece, designed to demonstrate that he understands both sides of a complex argument, while delegating