Elon Musk, DeepMind and AI researchers promise not to develop robot killing machines

The Independent - Tech

Elon Musk and many of the world's most respected artificial intelligence researchers have committed not to build autonomous killer robots. The public pledge not to make any "lethal autonomous weapons" comes amid increasing concern about how machine learning and AI will be used on the battlefields of the future. The signatories to the new pledge โ€“ which includes the founders of DeepMind, a founder of Skype, and leading academics from across the industry โ€“ promise that they will not allow the technology they create to be used to help create killing machines. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.

Movidius breakthrough puts artificial intelligence on a USB stick


Irish chip maker Movidius has created the world's first deep learning USB stick that can add artificial intelligence (AI) to future products from self-driving cars to robots, and drones that will learn to think for themselves. Entitled the Fathom Neural Compute Stick, the device will sell for less than 100 and will allow powerful neural networks to be moved out of the cloud and deployed on new products like robots and drones. It is the latest breakthrough for the Dublin company, which has been winning major multi-million dollar deals with Google and drone maker DJI. 'With Fathom, every robot, big and small, can now have state-of-the-art vision capabilities' โ€“ DR YANN LECUN, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY "Any organisation can now add deep learning or machine intelligence to devices using the USB stick and create products that will be accessible to broader markets," Movidius co-founder David Moloney told Siliconrepublic.com. "We've already seen how the auto industry has been outflanked by Tesla and this is also starting to affect other industries.

Is Facebook Building An Autonomous Car?


Today at the Frankfurt motor show, one of the biggest and most prestigious motor shows in the world, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, spoke before German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Now what is Facebook and most importantly, Sheryl Sandberg doing at an automotive industry event? The obvious answer that comes to mind when one relates Facebook and the car industry is the billions of advertising dollars the industry spends on marketing and advertising. However, that does not seem to be Facebook's game plan, as highlighted by Sheryl and shown at their pavilion. Facebook seems to have a strategy of leveraging its capabilities in social marketing, AR & VR and interestingly, who would have thought of it, leveraging its advanced AI and deep learning capabilities to support the development of autonomous vehicles.


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When machine learning algorithms are used in life-critical or mission-critical applications (e.g., self driving cars, cyber security, surgical robotics), it is important to ensure that they provide some high-level correctness guarantees. We introduce a paradigm called Trusted Machine Learning (TML) with the goal of making learning techniques more trustworthy. We outline methods that show how symbolic analysis (specifi- cally parametric model checking) can be used to learn the dynamical model of a system where the learned model satis- fies correctness requirements specified in the form of temporal logic properties (e.g., safety, liveness). When a learned model does not satisfy the desired guarantees, we try two approaches: (1) Model Repair, wherein we modify a learned model directly, and (2) Data Repair, wherein we modify the data so that re-learning from the modified data will result in a trusted model. Model Repair tries to make the minimal changes to the trained model while satisfying the properties, whereas Data Repair tries to make the minimal changes to the dataset used to train the model for ensuring satisfaction of the properties. We show how the Model Repair and Data Repair problems can be solved for the case of probabilistic models, specifically Discrete-Time Markov Chains (DTMC) or Markov Decision Processes (MDP), when the desired properties are expressed in Probabilistic Computation Tree Logic (PCTL). Specifically, we outline how the parameter learning problem in the probabilistic Markov models under temporal logic constraints can be equivalently expressed as a non-linear optimization with non-linear rational constraints, by performing symbolic transformations using a parametric model checker. We illustrate the approach on two case studies: a controller for automobile lane changing, and query router for a wireless sensor network.