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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Privacy and security have been hot buttons of mine. As a consequence, I'm asked to check out authentication apps nearly as often as I'm asked if I want fries with that.
Over the new year, I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak at an event on the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) hosted by the Future of Life Institute. The purpose of the event was to think through the various aspects of the future of AI, from its economic impacts, to its technological abilities, to its legal implications.
Imagine that you could tell your phone that you want to drive from your house in Boston to a hotel in upstate New York, that you want to stop for lunch at an Applebee's at about 12:30, and that you don't want the trip to take more than four hours. Then imagine that your phone tells you that you have only a 66 percent chance of meeting those criteria -- but that if you can wait until 1:00 for lunch, or if you're willing to eat at TGI Friday's instead, it can get that probability up to 99 percent.
FOR MILLIONS of mechanically inclined young tinkerers, the Erector set (known in Europe as Meccano) has been the ultimate kit. This collection of perforated metal beams and panels, held together with small nuts and bolts, can be used to create everything from locomotives to cranes to Ferris wheels.
It sometimes seems as if the highest praise an innovative new technology can earn is a credulous comparison to Star Trek. The Oculus Rift is like the Holodeck; 3-D printers are like matter replicators; Qualcomm is even sponsoring an X-Prize contest to build a working tricorder.
Elon Musk may be a driving force behind super-intelligent computers, but he's also one of the most outspoken people on its dangers. He has previously described it as 'summoning the demon' and a threat that is 'more dangerous than nukes.
The AnyScale Learning For All (ALFA) Group at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) aims to solve the most challenging big-data problems -- questions that go beyond the scope of typical analytics. ALFA applies the latest machine learning and evolutionary computing concepts to target very complex problems that involve high dimensionality.
Word Lens founder Otavio Good uses the translate app on a mobile phone to translate the words on a sign during a press conference on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 in San Francisco, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group) (ARIC CRABB) Let the magic begin, right? Actually, there's also an iPhone 6 between them on the table, which is where the magic really resides on this recent morning.
When I think of antivirus there are specific vendors and tools that come to mind: Symantec, McAfee, Panda Security, BitDefender, and others. Microsoft is expanding the definition of "antivirus", though, by inviting Cylance to join the Microsoft Virus Initiative (MVI) and Virus Information Alliance (VIA)--groups organized by Microsoft to coordinate antimalware efforts, and provide effective security for Microsoft customers.