Should we be worried about AI?


However, development of an artificial general intelligence, or AGI, opens up potential risks. There are fundamental differences between today's AIs and AGIs, the primary difference being based on how computers and humans operate. Perhaps the world's most famous scientist, Stephen Hawking, expressed similar concerns, stating that artificial intelligence could "spell the end of the human race." One positioned is shared by many in the computer science field: AGI systems that could pose a threat to mankind are so far from being developed they're not worth worrying about.

Predicting AI: RIP Prof. Hubert Dreyfus


It's hard to predict what AI will be like in the future. In this video we look at Professor Hubert Dreyfus, and one of his reasons for thinking AI couldn't be done. Some of Dreyfus' work: "What Computers Can't Do": https://archive.org/details/whatcompu... "Alchemy and Artificial Intelligence": https://courses.csail.mit.edu/6.803/p... Here's that paper criticising him: "The Artificial Intelligence of Hubert L. Dreyfus: A Budget of Fallacies": https://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/...

Goldman Sachs Our Thinking - Artificial Intelligence: The Apex Technology of the Information Age


The history of artificial intelligence is littered with false starts, but Goldman Sachs Research's Heath Terry says we've reached a turning point that will put the technology within reach across sectors. We're going from a world where people give machines rules to a world where people give machines problems and the machines learn how to solve them on their own. Goldman Sachs Research's Noah Poponak explains the $100 billion market opportunity ahead. Daniela Costa of Goldman Sachs Research explains how new technologies have the potential to make for a more efficient manufacturing sector, yielding over $500 billion in savings.

RT @InsightBrief: From #automatons to #DeepLearning : A brief history of #AI #M…


With data collection on the rise, machine learning is a hot topic. The manner in which computers are able to mimic human thinking is rapidly exceeding human capabilities in everything from chess to picking the winner of a song contest.

Is Artificial Intelligence Possible? - DZone AI


In the 1950s, Turing published a paper called "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" in which he proposed an empirical test that identifies an intelligent behavior "when there is no discernible difference between the conversation generated by the machine and that of an intelligent person." Many theorists have disputed the Turing Test as an acceptable means of proving artificial intelligence. Sleepwalkers' use of protolanguage (short, grammar-free utterances with referential meaning lacking syntax) may illustrate that the consciousness is a social adaptation and that other animals do not lack understanding or sensation, but that they lack language skills and therefore cannot reflect on their sensations and become self-aware. Can their minds be algorithmically simulated?

A Brutal Intelligence: AI, Chess, and the Human Mind - Los Angeles Review of Books


Fascination with digital computers intensified during the 1950s, and the so-called "thinking machines" began to influence theories about the human mind. It took only a few decades after Shannon wrote his paper for engineers to build a computer that could play chess brilliantly. Even though it was the first time a machine had beaten a world champion in a formal match, to computer scientists and chess masters alike the outcome wasn't much of a surprise. Whereas most software programs apply rules to data, machine-learning algorithms do the reverse: they distill rules from data, and then apply those rules to make judgments about new situations.

IBM Is Clueless About AI Risks


"The impact of AI is evident in the debate about its societal implications--with some fearful prophets envisioning massive job loss, or even an eventual AI'overlord' that controls humanity. "When you actually do the science of machine intelligence, and when you actually apply it in the real world of business and society--as we have done at IBM to create our pioneering cognitive computing system, Watson--you understand that this technology does not support the fear-mongering commonly associated with the AI debate today." But it requires hard work to solve the AI control problem to make sure increasingly autonomous AI would stop and return control to humans when those critical decisions need to be made." On the potential for poorly designed AI to create problems for humanity as it grows to eventually exceed human capabilities in virtually every area, Russell made mention of other notable "fearful prophets," including Alan Turing, the founder of computer science; Norbert Weiner, the mathematical pioneer of modern automation; Marvin Minsky, one of the "founding fathers" of AI itself; Bill Gates and Elon Musk--two of the "leading technologists of the last 50 years"--and "a great many of the current leaders of AI research."



According to Aristotle, while living things moved themselves at will, inanimate things moved according to their natures: heavy things, made of earth or water, descended, while light things, made of air or fire, ascended. Twenty years later, the French King Henri IV hired the Italian engineer Tomaso Francini to build him some waterworks for the royal palace at Saint Germain en Laye. In 1650, the German polymath Athanasius Kircher offered an early design of a hydraulic organ with automata, governed by a pinned cylinder and including a dancing skeleton. The designers of the automatic loom used automata and automatic musical instruments as their model; then Charles Babbage -- the English mathematician who designed the first mechanical computers during the 1830s, the Analytical and Difference Engines -- in turn used the automatic loom as his model.

The Future Internet I Want for Me, Myself and AI


There is a growing expectation on the part of many stakeholders that AI and machine learning will fundamentally reshape the future of the Internet and society around it. Will AI replace human labour? The discussions at the OECD this week revolved around a specific issue: Will AI replace human labour? To this end, ISOC recently published a Policy Paper on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, introducing the fundamentals of the technology at hand and some of the key challenges it presents.

What do George Orwell and Winston Churchill have in common? A new book has the answer

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Churchill's political leanings were conservative; Orwell flirted with communism until he witnessed the betrayal of his Republican comrades by Soviet agents in the Spanish Civil War. Many books have been devoted to Churchill, including his six-volume memoir of World War II. Both blurred the line between soldier and journalist; Churchill in the Boer War, Orwell in the Spanish Civil War. "Animal Farm," a tale of power-hungry pigs who take over a farm after the human farmer flees, was such a devastating sendup of Soviet politics, Orwell had a hard time finding a publisher in left-leaning London.