Siri’s creators say they’ve made something better that will take care of everything for you (my take : we're heading towards the global brain)

“The stealthy, four-year-old Viv is among the furthest along in an endeavor that many in Silicon Valley believe heralds that next big shift in computing — and digital commerce itself. Over the next five years, that transition will turn smartphones — and perhaps smart homes and cars and other devices — into virtual assistants with supercharged conversational capabilities, said Julie Ask, an expert in mobile commerce at Forrester.


Powered by artificial intelligence and unprecedented volumes of data, they could become the portal through which billions of people connect to every service and business on the Internet. It’s a world in which you can order a taxi, make a restaurant reservation and buy movie tickets in one long unbroken conversation — no more typing, searching or even clicking.”

Siri’s creators say they’ve made something better that will take care of everything for you
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/05/04/siris-creators-say-theyve-made-something-better-that-will-take-care-of-everything-for-you/
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If Something Is Going To Destroy Humanity, It's Going To Be One Of These Catastrophes

“As new gene editing techniques such as CRISPR make it simpler and cheaper to change organisms, there's more of a risk of accidental release of lethal diseases from labs, or intentional release by terrorists.”

If Something Is Going To Destroy Humanity, It's Going To Be One Of These Catastrophes
http://www.fastcoexist.com/3059491/if-something-is-going-to-destroy-humanity-its-going-to-be-one-of-these-catastrophes
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AI doctors will become 'as ubiquitous as stethoscopes' (Wired UK)

“The role of an AI doctor isn't intended to replace the human component, but rather complement it. "It's about augmenting or complementing; the role of the human doctor is in building the relationship. It's the skills that humans have – the compassion, the ability to abstract, to generalise, to have common sense, to have morals. These are all key aspects. Technology should be used to improve these relationships, not make them harder."”

AI doctors will become 'as ubiquitous as stethoscopes' (Wired UK)
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-04/29/kyu-rhee-ibm-watson-ai-doctor
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Welcome to the new feudalism – with Silicon Valley as our overlords | Evgeny Morozov

“Advertising might have been a necessary evil to get these companies off the ground, but there is no reason to stick with it for ever, especially if – and when – they manage to destroy all competition and make the world dependent on their platforms.”

Welcome to the new feudalism – with Silicon Valley as our overlords | Evgeny Morozov
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/24/the-new-feudalism-silicon-valley-overlords-advertising-necessary-evil
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You Can't Escape Data Surveillance In America (via The Atlantic)

“We peer into a future where our software spies on us, our data defines us, and our hardware reinforces existing power imbalances. What’s slowing it down are a federal agency whose remedies often feel unsatisfactory, and a cohort of attorneys whose motivations are of course capitalistic. And while it’s tempting to simply call for more federal intervention, paternalistic impulses sometimes harm the most vulnerable among us.”

You Can't Escape Data Surveillance In America
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Mark Zuckerberg thinks AI will start outperforming humans in the next decade

“Zuckerberg sees bots stepping in for customer service reps and personal assistants. "One way that I think you're going to see bots work, between people who are actually driving the businesses directly will need to in some way train or answer questions for people, but we can build artificial intelligence that can learn from people how to automate a lot of that and make that experience a lot faster for people who want to interact with businesses and public figures."”

Mark Zuckerberg thinks AI will start outperforming humans in the next decade
http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/28/11526436/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-earnings-artificial-intelligence-future
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The Threats That Artificial Intelligence Researchers Actually Worry About - good read

“A.I. safety researchers strongly disagree: There is no reason to believe that we will be able to control generally intelligent, let alone superintelligent, systems. In fact, we have no idea of what a world with (super)intelligent machines would be like. But we have at least a good idea of potentially harmful scenarios—like, say, an A.I. gaining unilateral control of all resources—so the earlier we start thinking about it, the better.”

The Threats That Artificial Intelligence Researchers Actually Worry About
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2016/04/the_threats_that_artificial_intelligence_researchers_actually_worry_about.html
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The Philosophical Argument Against A.I. Killing Us All..?

“there’s another counterargument to be made based on the philosophy of ethics. Until an A.I. has feelings, it’s going to be unable to want to do anything at all, let alone act counter to humanity’s interests and fight off human resistance. Wanting is essential to any kind of independent action. And the minute an A.I. wants anything, it will live in a universe with rewards and punishments—including punishments from us for behaving badly. In order to survive in a world dominated by humans, a nascent A.I. will have to develop a humanlike moral sense that certain things are right and others are wrong”

The Philosophical Argument Against A.I. Killing Us All
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2016/04/the_philosophical_argument_against_artificial_intelligence_killing_us_all.html
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