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  • Microsoft deletes 'teen girl' AI after it became a Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours

    03/24/2017 11:52:20 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 83 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 24 March 2016 | Helena Horton
    A day after Microsoft introduced an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot to Twitter it has had to delete it after it transformed into an evil Hitler-loving, incestual sex-promoting, 'Bush did 9/11'-proclaiming robot.
  • Could Professional Poker Players Be On The Verge Of Losing Their Livelihoods To Automation?

    03/19/2017 5:48:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Vice Sports ^ | March 17, 2017 | Callum Hamilton
    The year 2010 seems a long time ago now, but it was then that Claude Sammut, a computer science and engineering professor in Australia, made the bold claim that 2050 would be the year that robot footballers would supercede the abilities of mere humans. It's safe to say that, since then, the fears over job automation that keep supermarket checkout workers lying awake at night have not done the same for Lionel Messi. Or, for that matter, Steve Sidwell. Aside from the slightly wacky nature of the claim, there's another problem – who would pay to watch robot footballers? It...
  • IBM Obtains Patent for AI Device that Claims to "Fact Check" Statements made during Live Calls

    03/17/2017 11:24:05 AM PDT · by ReformedMedia · 19 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 03-17-2017 | Tim Brown
    From the company that was aligned with Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, as documented in the 2001 best selling book IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation, IBM has obtained a patent on an artificial intelligence device that can verify "statements made during a call, while the call is in progress, data of a portion of the call is received from a telecommunication device used in the call, at a system over a data network." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2015, but recently came off confidential status with the US...
  • Super humans that are sexier, stronger and smarter will arrive by 2029 as brains [tr]

    03/16/2017 6:13:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2017 | Phoebe Weston
    Technological singularity will turn us into super humans some time in the next 12 years, according to a Google expert. This might sound like science fiction, but Google's Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil has made 147 predictions since the 1990s and has an 86 per cent success rate. Kurzweil says when we live in a cybernetic society we will have computers in our brains and machines will be smarter than human beings. He claims this is already happening with technology - especially with our addiction to our phones - and says the next step is to wire this technology into...
  • Burger-flipping robot has its first day on the job in California

    03/09/2017 3:08:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 46 replies
    MSN ^ | March 9, 2017 | Stefanie Fogel
    The next time you place an order at a fast food joint, you could see a robot behind the counter. Flippy is an AI-driven kitchen assistant that can flip burgers and place them on buns, and it debuted today at a CaliBurger restaurant in Pasadena, California. Flippy was developed by Miso Robotics and CaliBurger's owner, Cali Group. It uses cameras, sensors and deep learning software to locate ingredients in a kitchen without needing to reconfigure existing equipment. Not only does it position and flip the patties, it tracks their temperature and cooking time too. When the burgers are done, it...
  • Robots won't just take our jobs – they'll make the rich even richer

    03/03/2017 12:50:10 PM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 2, 2017 | Ben Tarnoff
    Should robots pay taxes? It may sound strange, but a number of prominent people have been asking this question lately. As fears about the impact of automation grow, calls for a “robot tax” are gaining momentum. Earlier this month, the European parliament considered one for the EU. Benoît Hamon, the French Socialist party presidential candidate who is often described as his country’s Bernie Sanders, has put a robot tax in his platform. Even Bill Gates recently endorsed the idea. The proposals vary, but they share a common premise. As machines and algorithms get smarter, they’ll replace a widening share of...
  • The Disrupters: Silicon Valley elites’ vision of the future

    03/03/2017 6:48:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    City Journal ^ | March 3, 2017 | Gregory Ferenstein
    n just ten years, Facebook built a global empire that surpassed General Electric in market value—and did it with just 4 percent of the Old Economy giant’s workforce: 12,000, compared with 300,000. Whatsapp, a recent Facebook acquisition, managed an even more impressive wealth-to-labor ratio, with a $19 billion value and just 55 employees. Combined, both companies reach roughly one-sixth of humanity. Facebook’s entertainment colleague just to the south, Netflix, crushed Blockbuster’s mammoth national network of 9,000 stores and 60,000 employees with its more nimble workforce of just 3,700 employees. It’s easy to see why: for just $10 a month, Netflix...
  • The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

    02/18/2017 8:42:50 AM PST · by mac_truck · 73 replies
    Quartz Media ^ | 2/17/2017 | Kevin Delaney
    Robots are taking human jobs. But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies’ use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment. It’s a striking position from the world’s richest man and a self-described techno-optimist who co-founded Microsoft, one of the leading players in artificial-intelligence technology. In a recent interview with Quartz, Gates said that a robot tax could finance jobs taking care of elderly people or working with kids in schools, for which needs are unmet and to which humans are particularly well suited. He...
  • Will Facebook use AI to SPY on users? Mark Zuckerberg hints at secret plans to monitor [tr]

    02/17/2017 9:22:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 17, 2017 | Phoebe Weston
    Facebook this week released a 6,000-word manifesto, detailing its plans for the future, including how it will use artificial intelligence. In a leaked early addition of the manifesto, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook hinted that the firm would use AI to spy on users, in a bid to 'identify risks.' But mysteriously, in the final published version, that information has been removed, suggesting Zuckerberg decided to keep the invasive plans a secret.
  • Did Donald Trump Use Artificial Intelligence to Win the Election?

    02/16/2017 6:00:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Hacker Noon ^ | February 16, 2017 | Trent Lapinski
    According to, a publication of journalists, professors, and science fiction authors, the answer is a resounding YES. It is even possible that Donald Trump used data analytics to determine which cities, and states to visit, as well as commanded his own personal botnet army that outnumbered Hillary Clinton’s 5 to 1. Naturally, I was skeptical of everything this article claims, I even slept on this story before hitting publish. I’ve since looked into their claims and they appear to be telling the truth about the technology and people involved. What is unknown is the extent and success of what...
  • Elon Musk: Humans must merge with machines or become irrelevant in AI age

    02/13/2017 6:23:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 12, 2017 | Arjun Kharpal
    Billionaire Elon Musk is known for his futuristic ideas and his latest suggestion might just save us from being irrelevant as artificial intelligence (AI) grows more prominent. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO said on Monday that humans need to merge with machines to become a sort of cyborg.
  • ENTER THE MATRIX Elon Musk reveals plans to install computers directly into human BRAINS

    01/31/2017 6:52:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Sun ^ | January 31, 2017 | Jasper Hamill
    THE TESLA tech mogul Elon Musk is preparing to unveil new computers that can be fitted directly into the human brain. In a tweet, he confirmed his firm was working on this potentially world-changing technology and promised to reveal details of the research “next month”.
  • The World’s Largest Hedge Fund Is Building an Algorithmic Model From its Employees’ Brains

    12/22/2016 11:16:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 22, 2016 | Rob Copeland and Bradley Hope
    Deep inside Bridgewater Associates LP, the world’s largest hedge-fund firm, software engineers are at work on a secret project that founder Ray Dalio has sometimes called “The Book of the Future.” The goal is technology that would automate most of the firm’s management. It would represent a culmination of Mr. Dalio’s life work to build Bridgewater into an altar to radical openness—and a place that can endure without him. At Bridgewater, most meetings are recorded, employees are expected to criticize one another continually, people are subject to frequent probes of their weaknesses, and personal performance is assessed on a host...
  • Rise of the robot music industry

    12/05/2016 8:05:31 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    FT ^ | December 2, 2016 | Nic Fildes
    Rise of the robot music industry AI is transforming music streaming, talent spotting, promotion and even composition December 2, 2016 by: Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent Robotic is not an adjective that many musicians would want applied to their songs but the industry has been fast to embrace data analytics and artificial intelligence to help tailor its services to the increasingly fickle listener. Algorithms are seeping into the music business to help with talent spotting, promotion and even composition in an industry that has been historically resistant to change and was one of the first to feel the effects of “disruption”...
  • Microsoft Confirms Its Chinese-Language Chatbot Filters Certain Topics

    11/28/2016 4:00:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    fortune ^ | November 28, 2016, 5:04 AM EST | Kevin Lui
    Microsoft’s MSFT 0.13% Chinese-language AI chat bot filters certain topics, the company confirmed Monday, although it did not clarify whether that included interactions deemed politically sensitive. Last week, CNNMoney and China Digital Times reported that Xiaoice would not directly respond to questions surrounding topics deemed sensitive by the Chinese state. References to the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 or “Steamed Bun Xi,” a nickname of Chinese President Xi Jinping, would draw evasive answers or non sequiturs from the chat bot, according to the report. “Am I stupid? Once I answer you’d take a screengrab,” read one answer to a question...
  • LIVING ROBOT with 'HUMAN BRAIN' close to creation as super AI computer around the corner

    11/26/2016 10:07:07 AM PST · by DFG · 35 replies
    Express UK ^ | 11/26/2016 | Joey Millar
    Engineers at the University of Massachusetts are developing microprocessors which mimic biological synapses - the nerve cells which pass messages across the human body. The science fiction-style project is being undertaken by Joshua Yang and Qiangfei Xia, professors of electrical and computer engineering at the US college. Their work focuses heavily on memristors - a computer component which could change science forever, switching the focus from electronics to ionics.
  • Trump's victory: the night a machine predicted humans better than the humans

    11/22/2016 1:45:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Campaign ^ | November 9, 2016 | Lisa De Bonis
    President Donald Trump. It's fair to say pollsters, political commentators and experts on both sides of the Atlantic didn't believe they would ever see that. And neither did I. If you listened to us all on the airwaves it was clear that most believed common sense would prevail and prevent someone so polarising and unpredictable being elected to the most powerful office in the world. But there was one expert in a TV studio that, if it had had a voice, would have been saying something like "I told you so". EagleAi was designed and built by Havas for ITV...
  • Men@War Hadithah in context.

    05/31/2006 9:16:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 974+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 30, 2006 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    May 30, 2006, 6:33 p.m. Men@WarHadithah in context. By Mackubin Thomas Owens The basic aim of a nation at war is establishing an image of the enemy in order to distinguish as sharply as possible the act of killing from the act of murder.—Glenn Gray, The Warriors It seems like only yesterday. It was 1991 and a U.S.-led coalition easily expelled Saddam Hussein’s army from Kuwait, signaling to some the emergence of a “revolution in military affairs” that would “transform the very nature of war.” Americans at home watched their TV screens in awe as precision-guided munitions flawlessly struck...
  • AI-powered body scanners could soon be inspecting you in public (and airports; funded by Bill Gates)

    10/26/2016 10:11:30 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Oct 26, 2016 | Mark Harris
    Transport hubs in Los Angeles, Denver and Washington are soon to trial Total Recall-style high-speed body scanners A startup bankrolled by Bill Gates is about to conduct the first public trials of high-speed body scanners powered by artificial intelligence (AI), the Guardian can reveal. According to documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Boston-based Evolv Technology is planning to test its system at Union Station in Washington DC, in Los Angeles’s Union Station metro and at Denver international airport. Evolv uses the same millimetre-wave radio frequencies as the controversial, and painfully slow, body scanners now found at many...
  • Microsoft merges Research, Bing and Cortana into new AI unit

    09/30/2016 6:30:28 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Sep 30 2016 10:57AM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    Microsoft has merged three of its business units to create a new artificial intelligence division, while teaming with four of the world's biggest tech giants to promote public understanding of AI. The artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning research industry is estimated to grow to US$70 billion by 2020 from just US$8.2 billion in 2013, according to a Bank of America report that cited IDC research. Microsoft is hoping to tap into that pool by combining its Bing and Cortana product groups with its Research division to create the new AI and Research Group. The business unit will be Microsoft's...
  • Is China Really Building Missiles With Artificial Intelligence?

    09/21/2016 2:00:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | September 21, 2016 | Abhijit Singh
    There are real limits on the amount of AI acceptable to navy commanders.With rising security challenges in the global commons, there is growing interest in the subject of “intelligent” weapons systems. This is especially so in the maritime realm, where recent studies have shown that precision-guided weaponry and networked systems are likely to play an increasingly important role. Even while accepting autonomous systems as the future of maritime warfare, however, many find the subject of “intelligent weapon systems” to be deeply contentious. A good point of departure for the discussion on autonomous combat systems is a recent report in the...
  • Hungry startup uses robots to grab slice of pizza

    09/14/2016 5:52:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Phys Org ^ | September 14, 2016 | Terence Chea
    Did robots help make your pizza? f you ordered it from Silicon Valley's Zume Pizza, the answer is yes. The startup, which began delivery in April, is using intelligent machines to grab a slice of the multibillion-dollar pizza delivery market. Zume is one of a growing number of food-tech firms seeking to disrupt the restaurant industry with software and robots. "We're going to eliminate boring, repetitive, dangerous jobs, and we're going to free up people to do things that are higher value," said co-founder Alex Garden, a former Microsoft manager and president of mobile game maker Zynga Studios.
  • World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

    08/25/2016 6:20:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    AP ^ | August 25, 2016 | Annabelle Liang and Dee-Ann Durbin
    The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday. Select members of the public will be able to hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years, nuTonomy says it will be the first to offer rides to the public. It will beat ride-hailing service Uber, which plans to offer rides in autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, by a few weeks.
  • China eyes artificial intelligence for new cruise missiles

    08/19/2016 6:26:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 19, 2016
    China is eyeing the use of a high level of artificial intelligence and automation for its next generation of cruise missiles, a senior designer was quoted as saying on Friday. "We plan to adopt a 'plug and play' approach in the development of new cruise missiles, which will enable our military commanders to tailor-make missiles in accordance with combat conditions," Wang Changqing of the China Aerospace and Industry Corp told the state-run China Daily newspaper. "Moreover, our future cruise missiles will have a very high level of artificial intelligence and automation," Wang added. "They will allow commanders to control them...
  • Amazon Has Big Plans for Alexa: Running the ‘Star Trek’ Home

    08/08/2016 9:48:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 7, 2016 | Nick Wingfield
    Amazon surprised a lot of people when its Echo, a $180 so-called smart speaker, became a hit, giving them a novel way to play music, turn on the lights in their homes and set thermostats with voice commands. Amazon, though, has much bigger plans for the technology behind Echo. It wants the Alexa Voice Service, which powers Echo, to be an ingredient in devices around the home and beyond, even if they aren’t made by Amazon.
  • How Two Facebook Developers Could Decide the Election

    07/26/2016 2:05:26 PM PDT · by tosh · 39 replies
    Scout ^ | 07/26/2016 | Berit Anderson
    Thanks to Facebook’s renowned hacker culture, just two developers working together could push an update to the site’s news feed algorithms that changes the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. According to former Facebook developers Scout has spoken with, it takes one engineer to write the code and one to approve it and push it to production. Done smartly, these kinds of manipulations would be very targeted and extremely difficult to detect. Imagine two developers pushing Facebook’s ‘I Voted’ banner to the top of news feeds among liberal voters in swing states to drive more of them to the polls....
  • Robot escapes testing grounds, disturbs traffic in Russia

    06/15/2016 8:51:38 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 18 replies
    RT ^ | 15 JUNE 16 | Sayu Himitsu
    A robot escaped from a testing area in Perm, a city not far from the Urals, and made it on to a busy junction, baffling passersby, but also disturbing traffic. “The robot was learning automatic movement algorithms on the testing ground, these functions will feature in the latest version of the Promobot.” The co-founder of the robot’s maker, Oleg Kivokurtsev, told news agency. “Our engineer drove onto the testing ground and forgot to close the gates. So the robot escaped and went on his little adventure.” Kivokurtsev explained.
  • 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 ^ | 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
  • 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...