UK vote didn't deny animal sentience but could harm welfare

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"MPs quietly voted'that animals cannot feel pain or emotions'," claimed one headline, after the UK's parliament voted against an amendment on animal sentience. That has led to widespread outrage on social media, and more than one petition. But MPs did not really vote that animals cannot feel pain and suffering. Rather, they voted against the UK government having a duty to take this into account post-Brexit. All members of the European Union signed the Lisbon treaty, which came into force in 2009.


Sentience: Reimagine What's Next for Big Data in the era of AI - insideBIGDATA

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In this special guest feature, Oliver Ratzesberger, Chief Product Officer for Teradata, discusses his new book titled "The Sentient Enterprise" which highlights the future of business decision-making, analytics, AI and deep learning. Oliver Ratzesberger is an accomplished practitioner, thought leader and popular speaker on using data and analytics to create competitive advantage – known as his Sentient Enterprise vision. Oliver is the executive vice president and chief product officer for Teradata. Oliver leads Teradata's world-class research and development organization and provides strategic direction for all research and development related to Teradata Database, integrated data warehousing, big data analytics, and associated solutions.


Researchers are already building the foundation for sentient AI

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Few sci-fi tropes are more reliable in enthralling audiences than the plot of artificial intelligence betraying mankind. Perhaps this is because AI makes us confront the idea of what makes us human at all. From HAL 9000, to Skynet, to Westworld's robot uprising, the fears of sentient AI feel very real. Even Elon Musk worries about what AI is capable of.


The Future of Artificial Intelligence

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Last week we covered the past and current state of artificial intelligence -- what modern AI looks like, the differences between weak and strong AI, AGI, and some of the philosophical ideas about what constitutes consciousness. Weak AI is already all around us, in the form of software dedicated to performing specific tasks intelligently. Strong AI is the ultimate goal, and a true strong AI would resemble what most of us have grown familiar with through popular fiction. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is a modern goal many AI researchers are currently devoting their careers to in an effort to bridge that gap. While AGI wouldn't necessarily possess any kind of consciousness, it would be able to handle any data-related task put before it.