AI Anxiety

Big-name scientists worry that runaway artificial intelligence could pose a threat to humanity. Beyond the speculation is a simple question: Are we fully in control of our technology?

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A Tricky Path to Quantum-Safe Encryption

It is now clear that current Internet security measures and the cryptography behind them will not withstand the new computational capabilities that quantum computers will bring.

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What Searchable Speech Will Do to You

We are going to start recording and automatically transcribing most of what we say. Instead of evaporating into memory, words spoken aloud will calcify as text, into a Record that will be referenced, searched, and mined. It will happen by our standard combination of willing and allowing. It will happen because it can.

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New ‘deep learning’ technique enables robot mastery of skills via trial and error

UC Berkeley researchers have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence.

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Scarce Skills Not Scarce Jobs

The “real” challenge technology presents isn’t that it replaces workers, but rather displaces them.

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The Crazy Tiny Next Generation of Computers

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are also called “smart dust,” and are now a reality.

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Research Priorities for Robust and Beneficial Artificial Intelligence

How to maximize the benefits of AI while avoiding potential pitfalls. This article gives numerous examples of such worthwhile research aimed at ensuring that AI remains robust and beneficial.

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The Democratization of Cyberattack

We can’t choose a world where the US gets to spy but China doesn’t, or even a world where governments get to spy and criminals don’t. We need to choose, as a matter of policy, communications systems that are secure for all users, or ones that are vulnerable to all attackers. It’s security or surveillance.

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AI masters Atari games

Using a bio-inspired system architecture, Deep Mind scientists have created a single algorithm (Deep Q-network: “deep convolutional network”) that is actually able to develop problem-solving skills and is able to understand spatial relationships between different objects in an image, such as distance from one another, in such a sophisticated way that it can actually re-envision the scene from a different viewpoint. This type of system was inspired by early work done on the visual cortex. And then they immediately put it to use learning a set of classic Atari video games.

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Facebook AI Director Yann LeCun on His Quest to Unleash Deep Learning and Make Machines Smarter

Q&A with one of the people behind deep learning. Good details about machine learning.

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How Uber’s Autonomous Cars Will Destroy 10 Million Jobs And Reshape The Economy by 2025

Autonomous cars will be commonplace by 2025 resulting in unprecedented job loss, solving environmental problems, preventing tens of thousands of deaths per year, saving millions of hours with increased productivity, and creating entire new industries.

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The Internet Shaming of Lindsey Stone

When a friend posted a photograph of charity worker Lindsey Stone on Facebook, she never dreamed she would lose her job and her reputation. Two years on, could she get her life back?

Someone called @jon_ronson was tweeting 20 times a day about his whirlwind of social engagements, soirées and friends. Jon was at war with a robot version of himself.

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