Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ (link to must-read report"

“If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch which looks at the likely effects of a robot revolution.

But you might not end up reassured. Though it promises robot carers for an ageing population, it also forecasts huge numbers of jobs being wiped out: up to 35% of all workers in the UK and 47% of those in the US, including white-collar jobs, seeing their livelihoods taken away by machines.”

Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods
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Download this report : 
http://www.bofaml.com/content/dam/boamlimages/documents/articles/D3_006/11511357.pdf

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Thomas Piketty proposes flight tax to raise climate funds

This makes sense to me - even thought I'd be hit hard by it, myself

“Air travel should be taxed to protect the world’s vulnerable from drought, flooding and sea level rise. A €180 ($196/£130) levy on business class tickets and €20 on economy class would raise the estimated €150bn a year needed for climate adaptation.  That is one proposal by French economists Lucas Chancel and Thomas Piketty to address global inequalities between high-polluting individuals and the victims of climate change.

“Taxing flights is one way to target high emitting lifestyles, especially if we tax business class more than economy class,” Chancel told Climate Home. “A tax on air tickets to finance development programs already exists in some countries. What we need is to increase its level and generalise it.”

Piketty – author of Capital, a bestseller on wealth inequality – and Chancel outline huge disparities in people’s carbon footprints across the world. One-tenth of people are responsible for 45% of global emissions. “Economic inequalities are reaching record high levels and reducing them constitutes a key challenge to policymakers in the coming decades,” said Chancel.

“It’s the same thing with carbon: another huge challenge that puts our societies at risk. If we fail to address both, our societies can collapse.””

Thomas Piketty proposes flight tax to raise climate funds
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/05/thomas-piketty-proposes-flight-tax-to-raise-climate-funds
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If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy (good read on Privacy )

“Around the same time, I looked into changing my car-insurance policy. I learned that Progressive offered discounts to some drivers who agreed to fit their cars with a tracking device called Snapshot. That people ever took this deal astonished me. Time alone in my car, unobserved and unmolested, was sacred to me, an act of self-communion, and spoiling it for money felt heretical. I shared this opinion with a friend. “I don’t quite see the problem,” he replied. “Is there something you do in your car that you’re not proud of? Frankly, you sound a little paranoid.””

If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/11/if-youre-not-paranoid-youre-crazy/407833/
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The age of love, sex, and robots: TechRepublic Podcast, episode 15 - TechRepublic

“TechRepublic recently wrote about an academic conference on 'Love and Sex with Robots' being declared illegal, which brings up lots of larger ethical questions about robots and artificial intelligence.

That's the main topic of episode 15 of The TechRepublic Podcast, with Jason Hiner, Bill Detwiler, Erin Carson, Hope Reese, and I.”

The age of love, sex, and robots: TechRepublic Podcast, episode 15 - TechRepublic
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-age-of-love-sex-and-robots-techrepublic-podcast-episode-15/


Gerd Leonhard 
Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Author 

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Inside the Pentagon's Effort to Build a Killer Robot - read this !!

“The defense program DARPA is working to create an artificial brain—but what will it mean for humanity if it succeeds?”

Which raises at least one technical problem regarding artificial intelligence and autonomous hunter-killer drones. “I think robot assassins are a very bad idea for a number of reasons,” Kenyon asserts. “Moral and political issues aside, the technical hurdles to overcome cannot be und

Inside the Pentagon's Effort to Build a Killer Robot
http://time.com/4078877/darpa-the-pentagons-brain/

This is only the first of many issues facing us in the near future 



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Google is increasingly relying on artificial intelligence to enhance search results

“Corrado says RankBrain is different from the “hundreds” of signals and technologies that contribute to Google’s Search algorithms in that it actually learns and improves over time.”

Google is increasingly relying on artificial intelligence to enhance search results
http://www.businessinsider.com/google-ai-rankbrain-2015-10


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Cognitive Computing in the New Era of Discovery - About IBM Watson

“At the same time, Watson Discovery Advisor will incorporate Watson question-answering capabilities, optimized for discovery. After people create new insights, they can engage in dialogues with the system to clarify their thinking and test propositions. The idea is that humans will collaborate with machines in new ways that deliver better results than people or computers could produce on their own.”

Cognitive Computing in the New Era of Discovery - A Smarter Planet Blog
http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2014/08/watson-e-discovery.html




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