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Without a 'world government' technology will destroy us, says Stephen Hawking

The Independent - Tech

Stephen Hawking has warned that technology needs to be controlled in order to prevent it from destroying the human race. The world-renowned physicist, who has spoken out about the dangers of artificial intelligence in the past, believes we need to establish a way of identifying threats quickly, before they have a chance to escalate. "Since civilisation began, aggression has been useful inasmuch as it has definite survival advantages," he told The Times. "It is hard-wired into our genes by Darwinian evolution. Now, however, technology has advanced at such a pace that this aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war.


Will Reading Romance Novels Make Artificial Intelligence More Human? JSTOR Daily

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This past spring, Google began feeding its natural language algorithm thousands of romance novels in an effort to humanize its "conversational tone." The move did so much to fire the collective comic imagination that the ensuing hilarity muffled any serious commentary on its symbolic importance. The jokes, as they say, practically wrote themselves. But, after several decades devoted to task-specific "smart" technologies (GPS, search engine optimization, data mining), Google's decision points to a recovered interest among the titans of technology in a fully anthropic "general" intelligence, the kind dramatized in recent films such as Her (2013) and Ex Machina (2015). Amusing though it may be, the appeal to romance novels suggests that Silicon Valley is daring to dream big once again.


Google will make pirated films and TV shows tougher to find from 1 June

The Independent - Tech

Google and a number of unnamed search engine companies are in talks with entertainment firms over a new code designed to reduce how many links to pirated content appear in search results. Following discussions chaired by the UK's Intellectual Property Office, the companies have come to the agreement that the new measures should be introduced on 1 June, reports TorrentFreak. A deal is said to be "extremely close" to being signed. 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. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo.


Human-Robot Relationships Will Never Make the Leap From Sex to Love

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Could a robot designed as a sexual companion ever feel something like love for me? And could I, as a human with emotional intelligence, ever feel love for it? These questions challenge our definition of love, but they also challenge our understanding of both human emotion and artificial intelligence. Will intimate relationships between humans and robots ever get beyond just sex? This is a topic up for debate at the 12th Human Choice and Computers Conference in Manchester, UK, where academics and researchers are gathering this week to discuss humanity's relationship--sexual, romantic, or otherwise--with our AI counterparts.


iPhone 8 will be called 'Edition' and launch after 7s and 7s Plus with host of new features, claims report

The Independent - Tech

Apple is going to release an "iPhone Edition" as well as its normal 7s and 7s Plus this year, according to a report, potentially making this year's iPhone release the most complicated ever. The company is expected to reveal its 7s and 7s Plus later this year, in keeping with tradition. But much less is known about a special model that might accompany it – the so-called iPhone 8, which will mark the phone's tenth anniversary. Now a new report claims that phone will have a 5-inch screen, be made out of strange new materials and launch later than the two updated models. 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.