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Bikes May Have To Talk To Self-Driving Cars For Safety's Sake

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Anthony Rowe, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, wants bikes to feed information to nearby cars to avoid collisions. Anthony Rowe, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, wants bikes to feed information to nearby cars to avoid collisions. In Pittsburgh, where Uber is testing self-driving cars, each autonomous vehicle has two employees in the front seat; one is ready to grab the wheel and apply a foot to the brake pedal, the other in the passenger seat, has a computer screen showing what the car's rooftop laser-bouncing radar is seeing. In Pittsburgh, where Uber is testing self-driving cars, each autonomous vehicle has two employees in the front seat; one is ready to grab the wheel and apply a foot to the brake pedal, the other in the passenger seat, has a computer screen showing what the car's rooftop laser-bouncing radar is seeing.


I Sink, Therefore I Am: This Robot Wasn't Programmed For Existential Angst

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A Knightscope K5 security robot roamed the Prudential Center in Boston on May 22, 2017. A Knightscope K5 security robot roamed the Prudential Center in Boston on May 22, 2017. Some of the best minds of our times, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, have warned that human beings may invent intelligent machines that could wind up destroying humankind. A Knightscope K5 security robot that patrolled an office complex along the Georgetown waterfront in Washington, D.C. rolled itself into a shallow fountain on Monday -- and drowned.


Congress Struggles To Keep Up With Regulations For Self-Driving Cars

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Cars that drive themselves are a thing of the not-so-distant future. But Congress is having a hard time keeping up regulations to go with the technological change.


Getting Really Smart About Artificial Intelligence

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AI Caliber 1) Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI): Sometimes referred to as Weak AI, Artificial Narrow Intelligence is AI that specializes in one area. AI Caliber 2) Artificial General Intelligence (AGI): Sometimes referred to as Strong AI, or Human-Level AI, Artificial General Intelligence refers to a computer that is as smart as a human across the board--a machine that can perform any intellectual task that a human being can. AI Caliber 3) Artificial Superintelligence (ASI): Oxford philosopher and leading AI thinker Nick Bostrom defines superintelligence as "an intellect that is much smarter than the best human brains in practically every field, including scientific creativity, general wisdom and social skills." At least one study has found that people are worried about smart machines killing them.


News Brief: Health Care Bill Is Dead, Russian Compound Discussions

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STEVE INSKEEP: Republicans promised for years to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. GREENE: Now, the next move for Republican leader Mitch McConnell is, in fact, a vote on a straight up repeal with no replacement. He tweeted last night that the Republicans should just go ahead and repeal what he called failing Obamacare and work on a new health care plan that will start from a clean slate. INSKEEP: And now, we have a creepy, creepy warning from billionaire CEO Elon Musk.


Elon Musk: Artificial Intelligence Poses 'Existential Risk'

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Colorado's Governor John Hickenlooper, who was there, described that moment to NPR. GREENE: I mean, he said that AI, artificial intelligence, is out of control. SHAHANI: ...Which AI systems will not have. I mean, the thing they have to pay attention to at this moment is data, big data, OK?


When Robot Face-Plants In Fountain, Onlookers Show Humanity -- By Gloating

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The super high-tech security robot at our office complex has had a mishap. Kristian De Meo of MRP Realty, which manages Washington Harbour, tells All Things Considered the bot was new to the facility. "Evidently, yesterday it faced its first challenge in the form of a small fountain," De Meo adds. Steps are our best defense against the Robopocalypse (Security robot down at Georgetown harbor) pic.twitter.com/eVf7YUJX1j In a tweet, Knightscope made light of the incident, quoting its bot saying, "I heard humans can take a dip in the water in this heat, but robots cannot."


Musk's Warning Sparks Call For Regulating Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence poses an existential risk to human civilization, Elon Musk (right) told the National Governors Association meeting Saturday in Providence, R.I. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption Artificial intelligence poses an existential risk to human civilization, Elon Musk (right) told the National Governors Association meeting Saturday in Providence, R.I. Elon Musk is warning that artificial intelligence is a "fundamental existential risk for human civilization," and Colorado Gov. Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, made the remarks over the weekend at the National Governors Association meeting in Rhode Island. John Hickenlooper suggests that governors need to work together on possible solutions to problems like the potential threats posed by artificial intelligence. John Hickenlooper suggests that governors need to work together on possible solutions to problems like the potential threats posed by artificial intelligence.


Elon Musk Warns Governors: Artificial Intelligence Poses 'Existential Risk'

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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk responds to a question by Nevada Republican Gov. Among other things, Musk warned governors that artificial intelligence poses a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization." Among other things, Musk warned governors that artificial intelligence poses a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization." Tesla CEO Elon Musk, speaking to U.S. governors this weekend, told the political leaders that artificial intelligence poses an "existential threat" to human civilization.


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Good teachers meet their students where they are, and they adapt their methods accordingly. Tutoring systems, language learning apps, and educational games are all designed to change our mental abilities. It's when we consider what it takes to change mental abilities or behaviors that things start to get interesting. It isn't just that people adapt to technology, and that technology adapts to people.