Open AI: An effort to democratize artificial intelligence research? Some key points

““If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow,” the researchers wrote.”

Open AI: An effort to democratize artificial intelligence research? (+video)
http://m.csmonitor.com/Technology/2015/1214/Open-AI-An-effort-to-democratize-artificial-intelligence-research-video
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You’re Only Human, But Your Kids Could Be So Much More (ouch)

“I mean a designer baby. You would be literally designing and producing a new type of baby via the same sort of technology that is used to make a GM tomato, mouse, or monkey. The baby would be a genetically modified human or, to phrase it in an edgier manner, a GM human.”

You’re Only Human, But Your Kids Could Be So Much More
http://www.wired.com/2015/12/youre-only-human-but-your-kids-could-be-so-much-more/
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The Singularity, Virtual Immortality and the Trouble with Consciousness: simulation is not duplication !

Totally spot-on !!

“The one mistake we must avoid,” Searle cautioned, “is supposing that if you simulate it, you duplicate it. A deep mistake embedded in our popular culture is that simulation is equivalent to duplication. But of course it isn’t. A perfect simulation of the brain — say, on a computer — would be no more conscious than a perfect simulation of a rainstorm would make us all wet”

The Singularity, Virtual Immortality and the Trouble with Consciousness (Op-Ed)
http://www.livescience.com/52503-is-it-possible-to-transfer-your-mind-into-a-computer.html
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Good read on the addictive power of apps and the Net in general

Michael Schulson via the great Aeon site 

"In the 2000s, users nicknamed the first mainstream smartphone the crackberry. In conversation, we describe basic tools and apps – Facebook, email, Netflix, Twitter – using terms otherwise reserved for methamphetamine and slot machines"

"So should individuals be blamed for having poor self-control? To a point, yes. Personal responsibility matters. But it’s important to realise that many websites and other digital tools have been engineered specifically to elicit compulsive behaviour"

"Major tech companies, Harris told me, ‘have 100 of the smartest statisticians and computer scientists, who went to top schools, whose job it is to break your willpower"

"As with the pigeons, uncertain reward can lead to obsessive behaviour. The gambling industry has been using these techniques for years, too: as Skinner himself recognised, the classic high-rep, variable-reward device is the slot machine"



The Future of Finance Is Simplicity (some helpful comments)

“In a modern economy, how big does the financial sector need to be? Not nearly this big, he argues. How did it come to be so big, if it's failing to justify its expense of resources? Essentially, by collecting various explicit and implicit subsidies -- notably, the subsidy implied by the government's promise to stand behind a failing institution.”

The Future of Finance Is Simplicity
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-11-22/the-future-of-finance
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#fintech #banking 

Is Hello Barbie every parent’s worst nightmare? Great debate.

“Hello Barbie isn’t a therapy doll—especially because it talks rather than providing a blank slate for the kind of role-play Smirnova describes—but it is uniquely poised to provide evidence in cases of child abuse. Jacob told the Kernel that ToyTalk, as a company, is not liable for the actions of parents. The company might stumble across some conversational data, though, during the course of tweaking program features.

“It is possible that in the act of debugging the service or responding to a support issue, we may on occasion hear or review transcripts of conversations that we can associate with a particular account,” Jacob said. “In the very unlikely situation that we did become aware of suspected abuse, we would of course comply with applicable laws and cooperate with law enforcement agencies as we deem appropriate on a case-by-case basis.””

Is Hello Barbie every parent’s worst nightmare?
http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-sections/features-issue-sections/15018/hello-barbie-security-concerns/
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#manmachine #futurisgerd

Has technology set us free, or shackled us to our screens? by Tom Chatfield — Aeon

“It’s a point that has been emphasised by much recent research into thought and behaviour. To quote from Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011) by Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, ‘cognition is embodied; you think with your body, not only with your brain’. Yet when it comes to culture’s cutting edge, there remains an overwhelming tendency to treat embodiment not as a central condition of being human that our tools ought to serve, but rather as an inconvenience to be eliminated.”

Has technology set us free, or shackled us to our screens? by Tom Chatfield — Aeon
https://aeon.co/essays/has-technology-set-us-free-or-shackled-us-to-our-screens
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Gerd Leonhard 
Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Author 
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Basel / Switzerland

The 150 Things the World's Smartest People Are Afraid Of (great quotes here)




Gerd Leonhard 
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The Doomsday Invention - must read on AI

“Before the prospect of an intelligence explosion, we humans are like small children playing with a bomb,” he concludes. “We have little idea when the detonation will occur, though if we hold the device to our ear we can hear a faint ticking sound”

The Doomsday Invention
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/23/doomsday-invention-artificial-intelligence-nick-bostrom
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Gerd Leonhard 
Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Author 
Wired top 100 influencer http://gerd.fm/wired88
Basel / Switzerland

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Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality

A lot of great nuggets in this piece - will comment in more detail later 

“Andrew Simms, of thinktank the New Weather Institute, said the rise of new technologies could be an opportunity to realise the aspirations of the economist John Maynard Keynes, who predicted in 1930 that within a century, technology would have enabled the working week to be reduced to 15 hours with the rest of the time devoted to leisure.”

Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/nov/05/robot-revolution-rise-machines-could-displace-third-of-uk-jobs
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Basel / Switzerland

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