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Wikipedia, "Jeopardy!," and the Fate of the Fact

The New Yorker

Is it still cool to memorize a lot of stuff? Is there even a reason to memorize anything? Having a lot of information in your head was maybe never cool in the sexy-cool sense, more in the geeky-cool or class-brainiac sense. But people respected the ability to rattle off the names of all the state capitals, or to recite the periodic table. It was like the ability to dunk, or to play the piano by ear--something the average person can't do.


Playing Games with AI

#artificialintelligence

"The challenges of machine learning have long been tied to games as a testbed for computer intelligence." Jeopardy Champion Emma Boettcher's Master's paper on using text mining to predict how hard a Jeopardy clue might be didn't win her a title on its own, but it is an interesting thought experiment. Futurism's mission is to empower our readers and drive the development of transformative technologies towards maximizing human potential.


Are Artificial Intelligence Companies Obliged To Retrain Technologically Displaced Workers?

Forbes - Tech

IBM announced Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 that it's investing over $1 billion to give its Watson cloud computing system its own business division and a new home in the heart of New York City (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) Don't technology companies who promote AI as the way forward also have an obligation to retrain our workforce to deal with the coming job disruption? Artificial intelligence, strong and weak, comes with a lot of moral implications. Weak AI (what we have now, Siri, Alexa, Waze, sophisticated IVR systems, etc…) is going to take jobs away from workers. It has been for years, since the very first attempts. If a programmer can predict it, and a computer can do it, eventually companies will stop paying people to do that job.