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Infographic: The Growing Influence of Artificial Intelligence RECOIL OFFGRID

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The term artificial intelligence typically evokes thoughts of science fiction movies and the far-off future, and it's true that we haven't yet created self-aware AI in its purest sense. There's no murderous HAL 9000 or army of Terminators trying to wipe us out -- this dystopian side of AI remains in the fictional realm, and hopefully always will. However, a smaller degree of artificial intelligence exists today, and it's developing quickly to influence our daily lives.


What Do You Know About Artificial Intelligence & How It May Affect Your Life?

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Ideas about artificial intelligence (AI) have tended to swirl around without offering me much to think about. I use Siri and Hello Google on my iPhone, I'm aware of the increasingly powerful social media algorithms, and I've watched, with some interest, the accomplishments of IBM's Watson. Yet I haven't really thought much about it.


An AI wrote all of David Hasselhoff's lines in this bizarre short film

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Last year, director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin released the stunningly weird short film Sunspring. It was a sci-fi tale written entirely by an algorithm that eventually named itself Benjamin. Now the two humans have teamed up with Benjamin again to create a follow-up movie, It's No Game, about what happens when AI gets mixed up in an impending Hollywood writers' strike. Ars is excited to debut the movie here, so go ahead and watch. We also talked to the film cast and creators about what it's like to work with an AI.


This short sci-fi movie starring David Hasselhoff was written by an AI

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First it was age-old board games and boring office jobs, but now it seems robots are gearing up to take over Hollywood. Following up the stunning success of its debut short movie from last year, Sunspring, the script-writing artificial intelligence Benjamin is back with yet another sci-fi flick.


This 'artificial womb' is like science fiction--but uteruses aren't out of a job yet

Popular Science

First things first: while this artificial womb is futuristic as hell, it's not meant to replace a good old-fashioned uterus. And this isn't a sign that we're getting close to totally artificial gestation.


Will Artificial Intelligence Change The World For the Better? Or Worse? Read our new policy paper

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a concept that has a long standing tradition in the realm of science-fiction, popularized by Hollywood movies and iconic writers such as Isaac Asimov. However, AI has also received increased attention in recent years following news of progress in the field and the prospect of new, tangible, innovation such as self-driving cars. The Internet has played an important role in these developments, particularly as the platform for AI enabled services – some with significant implications for the continued development of a trusted Internet.


How 'Puyo Puyo Tetris' tricked me into liking puzzle games

Engadget

When Larry Kasanoff said he was turning the world's most iconic puzzle game into a trilogy of science fiction movies, I was speechless. After a disaster like Pixels, how could anybody look at Tetris and think there was a narrative to tell? The game may be a classic, but the narrative potential of organizing falling bricks into horizontal lines seemed weak to me.


Closing Time: Learning Lessons From AI - MortgageOrb

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CLOSING TIME: In the classic sci-fi film "2001: A Space Odyssey," two astronauts find their lives in jeopardy when an onboard ship computer thinks it is smarter than the humans that built it and takes over their space mission. A central concept to the story was the danger of artificial intelligence (AI), capable of out-thinking and possibly overtaking its human creators.


Science fiction sheds light on robot debate Letters

The Guardian

Reading Laurie Penny's article about AI will not pose many surprises for readers of classic science fiction (Opinion, 20 April). She suggests that we may have to "build robots with a capacity for moral judgment", which presumably would entail their having basic commands capable of overruling experience (experience of language being what so rapidly turns'bots racist and sexist). Isaac Asimov long ago turned this idea into a series of books about his three laws of robotics. She also points to the role of language in forming preconceptions, citing our rigid system of pronouns. Poul Anderson, also long ago, proposed a whole new system, with "e" as the third-person pronoun, "uz" as its possessive, and the lovely word "marry" as a noun denoting a partner of whatever gender ("uz marry"). I wonder why we haven't yet succeeded in imitating him.


Watch science fiction become reality with these real-life jetpacks

Mashable

Once a part of science fiction, jet packs have exploded onto the scene as a realistic possibility for military and commercial uses.