What's that robot thinking? This is why it's important to know

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Some of the answers were remarkable. Based on cues from the environment, and the imaginations of the people, they came up with all sorts of ideas about what the robot was up to – views that were generally quite wrong. For instance there is a bucket in the room, and several people were sure the robot was trying to throw something into it. Others noticed an abstract picture in the room and wondered if the robot was going to complete the picture. These people were mainly graduates in professional jobs, and several had science, technology, engineering or maths degrees.


Viewpoint: Is inequality about to get unimaginably worse? - BBC News

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Could advances in technology, genetics and artificial intelligence lead to a world in which economic inequality turns into biological inequality? asks the historian and writer Yuval Noah Harari. Hunter-gatherers were more equal than subsequent societies. They had very little property, and property is a pre-requisite for long-term inequality. In the 19th and 20th Centuries, however, something changed. Equality became a dominant value in human culture, almost all over the world.


Viewpoint: Is inequality about to get unimaginably worse? - BBC News

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Could advances in technology, genetics and artificial intelligence lead to a world in which economic inequality turns into biological inequality? asks the historian and writer Yuval Noah Harari. Hunter-gatherers were more equal than subsequent societies. They had very little property, and property is a pre-requisite for long-term inequality. In the 19th and 20th Centuries, however, something changed. Equality became a dominant value in human culture, almost all over the world.


Deep thinking by Garry Kasparov 2017 - The Sentient Robot

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Partly about putting the record straight, partly about the workings of Deep Blue and partly musings on the nexus of man and machine, Kasparov's book is readable and worth reading. In a period when machine learning has become all the rage, it is also interesting to be reminded of the utility of something as basic (these days) as tree search, especially as enhanced and nuanced as it was in Deep Blue.