Jeffrey Epstein told a journalist he funded Sophia the robot, who he claimed would have 'more empathy than a woman'


Jeffrey Epstein's tangled web leads down some surprising paths, including, he claimed, to Sophia the robot. The female robot styled after Audrey Hepburn made headlines in recent years for her eerily lifelike skin and appearance, complete with a diverse set of facial expressions, and the artificial intelligence she uses to spout off quotes like "OK. She also got in a Twitter fight with Chrissy Teigen. In a new essay detailing a journalist's friendship with Jeffrey Epstein over the past three decades, Edward Jay Epstein (the two are not related) says the wealthy financier told him in April 2013 that he was funding a Hong Kong group to build "the world's smartest robot," named Sophia. Sophia was built by Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong company created and led by David Hanson. In a statement shared with Business Insider, Hanson denied that Epstein ever directly contributed funding to either Sophia or Hanson Robotics. "With all of our software efforts, both inside Hanson Robotics, and via collaboration with universities and other institutions, we seek to further our mission to empower socially intelligent AI and robots that enrich the quality of human lives.

Lifelong Forgetting: A Critical Ingredient of Lifelong Learning, and Its Implementation in the OpenCog Integrative AI Framework

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Of all the aspects differentiating lifelong learning from shorter-term, more specialized learning, perhaps none is more central than forgetting — or, to frame the issue more generally and technically, "memory access speed deprioritization." This extended abstract reviews some of the ideas involved in forgetting for lifelong learning systems, and briefly discusses the forgetting mechanisms used in the OpenCog integrative cognitive architecture.

New collaboration paves the way for Artificial General Intelligence


The concept of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) that is able to carry out tasks and understand the world in the way that humans do has been around since 2005 when it was first mooted by Dr Ben Goertzel and Cassio Pennachin in their book Artificial General Intelligence. A new collaboration between network specialist Cisco and AI company SingularityNET brings practical AGI a step closer, with a commitment to developing applied technologies and customer solutions. SingularityNET's AGI technologies include a custom version of the OpenCog AGI engine, along with a variety of unique deep neural net technologies for vision, language and other data types, and a decentralized blockchain-based platform suited for deployment of AI technologies across all markets. "These corporate investments into AGI are occurring not only out of a desire to spur rapid progress toward important research and humanitarian goals, but also because AGI capability is expected to provide tremendous commercial benefit to whomever develops it," says Dr Goertzel. "This benefit may initially take the form of a generation of'Narrow AGI' systems that infuse general intelligence into products in specific vertical markets like, say, advertising, medical research, computer networking or financial analytics."

Jeffrey Epstein lured scientists with his wealth in scheme to spread his DNA: report

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Jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein was reportedly found injured in his New York City cell after a possible suicide attempt; Rob Schmitt reports from outside Metropolitan Correctional Center. Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who has been accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls, dangled money in front of scientists in hopes of creating a new race with his DNA by impregnating women at his New Mexico ranch, according to a bombshell report. The New York Times reported that Epstein was enthralled by transhumanism: a science of genetic engineering that critics have called a modern-day version of eugenics or controlled breeding. The news outlet said Epstein would entertain many prominent scientists -- among them, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, who discovered the quark; the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking; the paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould; Oliver Sacks, the neurologist; George M. Church, a molecular engineer who has worked to identify genes that could be altered to create superior humans; and the M.I.T. theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek, a Nobel laureate. Harvard cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker was one scientist who wasn't impressed, and he called Epstein an "intellectual impostor."

Free Software Pioneer Quits MIT Over His Comments On Epstein Sex Trafficking Case

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Richard Stallman, pictured in 2015, resigned from his posts as President of the Free Software Foundation and visiting scientist at MIT's Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence lab. Richard Stallman, pictured in 2015, resigned from his posts as President of the Free Software Foundation and visiting scientist at MIT's Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence lab. Free software pioneer and renowned computer scientist Richard Stallman resigned from his post at MIT following recent comments about one of Jeffrey Epstein's sex-trafficking victims. He also resigned as president of the Free Software Foundation. On Monday, Stallman, a visiting scientist at the university's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, posted a brief message on his blog announcing the decision.