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Will Facebook’s System to Detect Fake News Lead to Censorship?

There’s a difference between muckraking and fake news. Determining the difference is too difficult for a computer, even one with the smartest kind of artificial intelligence.

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Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Warns U.N. of AI Threat ‘a Few Years Away’

Experts in artificial intelligence, lawyers and activists gathered at the United Nations on Tuesday to warn against a growing reliance on “stupid AI” that could prove disastrous.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



When Robots Run the Show

In “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” Martin Ford predicts that the next wave of job losses will be caused by advances in artificial intelligence, making robots the most efficient way to perform routine work now done by humans.

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Will the Machines Ever Rise Up?

“Apocalyptic pronouncements from scientists and entrepreneurs have driven [a] surge in interest” in artificial intelligence, writes The Guardian’s science editor Ian Sample. But is it reasonable to expect that machines will one day willfully turn on their human creators?

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



In ‘Ex Machina,’ a Robo Babe Raises Powerful Questions

In the spirit of cautionary prophesies such as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Demon Seed,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” and “Her,” Alex Garland’s provocative film raises questions of gender, ethics and existentialism. 

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Stephen Hawking: Artificial Intelligence Could Spell Doom for Humans

Theoretical physicist and all-around genius Stephen Hawking has relied for decades on a kind of artificial intelligence to help him communicate, but that doesn’t mean he endorses AI without reservation.

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Computer Passes Landmark Artificial Intelligence Test

A program built by Russian experts is the first to pass the Turing Test, which requires that some observers be unable to tell the difference between it and a human—and academics are worried about the implications for cybercrime.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



Categorizing Women on Wikipedia

When female writers disappeared from the Wikipedia heading “American novelists,” more than a few eyebrows were raised; Pvt. Bradley Manning being revoked as grand marshal of the San Francisco Gay Pride parade proves that the military-industrial complex rules all; meanwhile, another price-fixing scandal reminiscent of Libor is about to explode. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Dr. Strangelove Redux

And now a quote that could come from Dr. Strangelove: “I will stand my artificial intelligence against your human any day of the week and tell you that my A.I. will pay more attention to the rules of engagement and create fewer ethical lapses than a human force.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE


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Geek Love Endures on Wall Street

Despite the apparent reality that it’s not possible to precisely quantify everything under the sun, particularly when it comes to human behavior, the worrisome trend of “quants”—experts from physics and other scientific fields—infiltrating Wall Street firms to apply their skills to the stock market is still in effect.

Posted on Mar 9, 2009 READ MORE


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