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Is The Concern Artificial Intelligence -- Or Autonomy?

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The big problem AI faces is not the intelligence part, really. Finally, at the end of the day, even the smartest computers are tools, our tools -- and their intentions are our intentions. We'd be thrown back into the 19th century, as Dennett says. We first find ourselves in the archaeological record precisely there where we see a great exposition of tools, technologies, art-making and also linguistic practices.


Why Hasn't Online Dating Made It Onscreen?

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So why is Hollywood churning out so many movies where technology leads to painful, terrifying death, but is reluctant to make movies where that same tech leads to love? Maybe it's simply a numbers game: we're not living in a time when Hollywood's producing a lot of romantic comedies (this summer's excellent The Big Sick notwithstanding), so there's fewer opportunities for them to grapple with online dating. But he's not surprised that film studios are still reluctant to show people using tech in realistic ways. For her part, producer Christine Vachon is a bit more hopeful.


India's Tech Firms Face Fundamental Shift From IT To More Advanced Tech

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Newer fields, including artificial intelligence, will require highly advanced skills, analysts say. Newer fields, including artificial intelligence, will require highly advanced skills, analysts say. These companies don't only face the issue of retraining people, they face a fundamentally different change in their business model -- how they make money -- and it's going to cause them a lot of pain. "These companies don't only face the issue of retraining people, they face a fundamentally different change in their business model -- how they make money -- and it's going to cause them a lot of pain," he says.


Apple Joins Smart-Speaker Race With Music-Focused 'HomePod'

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Apple executive Phil Schiller introduces the HomePod speaker at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. Apple executive Phil Schiller introduces the HomePod speaker at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. And then there were three. Apple has finally unveiled its answer to Amazon's and Google's smart speakers slash digital assistants -- and it's called HomePod. Amazon has heavily dominated the field with its home speaker called Echo, which uses the digital assistant Alexa. "Just like we did with portable music, we want to reinvent home music," Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the Worldwide Developers Conference, where HomePod was unveiled, becoming Apple's first new device since the release of the Apple Watch in 2015.


In The Age Of Digital Medicine, The Humble Reflex Hammer Hangs On

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Anton Wintrich introduced this percussion hammer model in 1841. Anton Wintrich introduced this percussion hammer model in 1841. Krieger explains how disorders of the brain, like a stroke or brain tumor, result in hyperactive reflexes, while conditions affecting muscles and peripheral nerves usually result in reduced or non-existent reflexes. As it turned out, the patient had brisk pathological knee jerks, pointing to a lesion in the brain or spinal cord."



Computer Wins Again In Chinese Game Of Go

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Google's AlphaGo program has won two games against Chinese player Ke Jie in the game of go, which has billions of possible moves and had been hard for computers to play.


'Like A God,' Google A.I. Beats Human Champ Of Notoriously Complex 'Go' Game

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Spectators watch the world's top-ranked Go player, Ke Jie, square off against Google's artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, during the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, China, on Tuesday. Spectators watch the world's top-ranked Go player, Ke Jie, square off against Google's artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, during the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, China, on Tuesday. 1 Go player, a Google artificial intelligence program claimed victory Tuesday. Last year, after Google's AlphaGo dispatched a human grandmaster in the notoriously complex board game for the first time, 19-year-old Ke Jie expressed confidence he wouldn't share the same fate, according to The New York Times.


Flying Cars Are (Still) Coming: Should We Believe The Hype?

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Uber's "taxi planes" would initially use a combination of human pilots and automation, and could eventually move to a fully artificial intelligence-controlled flight network. Airbus' proposed Pop.Up system would employ modular passenger cabins that can be affixed to a set of wheels on the bottom or an array of rotors on the top, depending on whether you're driving or flying. The EHang drone from China will provide VIP sky shuttle service in Dubai. The EHang drone from China will provide VIP sky shuttle service in Dubai.


The Warfare May Be Remote But The Trauma Is Real

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A pilot prepares to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle from a ground control station earlier this year. The Air Force is moving to treat psychological stress faced by remote pilots and analysts a little more like the effects of traditional warfare. A pilot prepares to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle from a ground control station earlier this year. The Air Force is moving to treat psychological stress faced by remote pilots and analysts a little more like the effects of traditional warfare.