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Fears AI may create sexist bigots as test learns 'toxic stereotypes'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Fears have been raised about the future of artificial intelligence after a robot was found to have learned'toxic stereotypes' from the internet. The machine showed significant gender and racial biases, including gravitating toward men over women and white people over people of colour during tests by scientists. It also jumped to conclusions about peoples' jobs after a glance at their face. 'The robot has learned toxic stereotypes through these flawed neural network models,' said author Andrew Hundt, a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Tech who co-conducted the work as a PhD student working in Johns Hopkins' Computational Interaction and Robotics Laboratory in Baltimore, Maryland. 'We're at risk of creating a generation of racist and sexist robots but people and organisations have decided it's OK to create these products without addressing the issues.'

AI and the ghost in the machine: Losing human jobs is the least of our worries


Artificial intelligence and machine learning are becoming a bigger part of our world, which has raised ethical questions and words of caution. Hollywood has foreshadowed the lethal downside of AI many times over but two iconic films illustrate problems we might soon face. In "2001: A Space Odyssey," the ship is controlled by the HAL 9000 computer. It reads the lips of the astronauts as they share their misgivings about the system and their intention to disconnect it. In the most famous scene, Keir Dullea's Dave Bowman is trapped in an airlock. He says, "Open the pod bay doors, HAL."

Should We Worry About Artificial Intelligence (AI)? - Coding Dojo Blog


Humanity at a Crossroads--Artificial Intelligence is one of the most intriguing topics today, filled with various arguments and views on whether it's a blessing or a threat to humanity. We might be at the crossroads, but what if AI itself is already crossing the line? If we look at "I, Robot," a sci-fi film that takes place in Chicago circa 2035, highly intelligent robots powered by artificial intelligence fill public service positions and have taken over all the menial jobs, including garbage collection, cooking, and even dog walking throughout the world. The movie came out in 2004 starring Will Smith as Detective Del Spooner who eventually discovers a conspiracy in which AI-powered robots may enslave and hurt the human race. Stephen Hawking, famed physicist, also once said: "Success in creating effective AI could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization. So we can't know for sure if we'll be infinitely helped by AI, or ignored by it and side-lined, or conceivably destroyed by it."

Robotics expert Robin Murphy explains why 'Star Wars' robots don't reflect reality


Robotics is a smoking-hot industry that's evolving by literal leaps and bounds, and the top researchers in the field are also some of sci-fi's geekiest fans. Robin Murphy, the Raytheon professor of computer science and engineering at Texas A&M University, specializes in artificial intelligence for robotics. As a component of her curriculum, she writes "Science Fiction, Science Fact," a series of provocative, engaging articles that highlight the myriad differences between the robots and droids depicted in popular science fiction films and the best sci-fi TV shows and actual robots and autonomous machines working in the real world. Although "The Mandalorian" and "The Book of Boba Fett" excel in depicting visually arresting Star Wars droids, their mechanical designs are not only impractical but often no match for real robots, Murphy explained in a column in the journal Science Robotics (opens in new tab). In addition to being one of the finest minds in robotics, she's the distinguished author of several MIT Press books on the topic, including "Robotics Through Science Fiction (opens in new tab)" (2018), "Introduction to AI Robotics (opens in new tab)" (2001, 2018) and "Disaster Robotics (opens in new tab)" (2014).

Timnit Gebru and the fight to make artificial intelligence work for Africa


The way Timnit Gebru sees it, the foundations of the future are being built now. In Silicon Valley, home to the world's biggest tech companies, the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution is already well under way. Software is being written and algorithms are being trained that will determine the shape of our lives for decades or even centuries to come. If the tech billionaires get their way, the world will run on artificial intelligence. Cars will drive themselves and computers will diagnose and cure diseases. Art, music and movies will be automatically generated.

Biden's punishment promise for CBP agents 'despicable' failure to acknowledge reality: Nevada candidate

FOX News

Nevada GOP senatorial candidate Adam Laxalt sounds off on'Jesse Watters Primetime' as the Silver State gets overrun by illegal immigration repercussions. President Biden's Department of Homeland Security is preparing to discipline the Border Patrol agents involved in the purported "whipping" incident last year on the Rio Grande, which Nevada's newly-minted Republican Senate nominee called a "despicable" failure to "acknowledge reality." The agents were legally cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the incident, which critics said was a hoax – as the style of horsemanship utilizes split-reins, which are complementary to one-handed riding, to control the animals' movements. On Fox News, Jesse Watters reported the agents will face some level of administrative sanction, whether that be a proverbial slap on the wrist or loss of job. Mounted U.S. Border Patrol agents watch Haitian immigrants on the bank of the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas on September 20, 2021, as seen from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico.

Marine combat veteran announces self-funded primary challenge to Matt Gaetz

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on EXCLUSIVE: A businessman and Marine combat veteran with extensive aviation experience has announced a self-funded primary challenge to Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz to represent the Sunshine State's 1st Congressional District. Speaking to Fox News Digital in an interview on Tuesday, Mark Lombardo, who flew CH-46 helicopters in Vietnam and is a former FedEx executive and pilot, described his vision for the district and his mission to defeat Gaetz, who he said has made some "terrible choices," and to "serve the good, hardworking people of Northwest Florida." "Matt Gaetz is completely ineffective as a congressman," Lombardo said, pointing to Gaetz's record.

AI in Warfare: Fiction or Impending Reality


What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? There are many definitions of Artificial Intelligence (AI) but none of them effectively captures what AI is capable of. As such, I will not be defining AI, rather, I will be reporting the goal of AI as encapsulated at the 1956 Dartmouth Summer Project on Artificial Intelligence, where the science and technology of AI was properly born. 'To proceed on the basis of the conjecture that every aspect of learning or any other feature of intelligence can be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it'[i] Although it has hardly been restated, this goal has the been the underlying drive behind every manifestation of AI since then. If it takes human intelligence and learning to get a thing done, then it can be replicated by a machine, once we break down the components of the particular intelligence and learning approach at play.

End of the line for Farmer John, a smelly L.A. landmark of Dodger Dogs, tourists, protests

Los Angeles Times

Visitors to Los Angeles often put on their list of city sights the Hollywood sign, the Venice boardwalk, the Watts Towers, and for the more adventurous and olfactory-challenged, the Farmer John's meatpacking plant in Vernon. A favored destination for location scouts, for aficionados of camp, muralists and hot dog connoisseurs, this hidden-away abattoir was less distinguished for what took place inside its walls than for its civic packaging. From the corners of Bandini Boulevard, Soto Street and Vernon Avenue, tourists and locals alike can take in scenes of a bucolic, agrarian past such as Los Angeles has never known. Painted pigs gambol in green fields by meandering streams under blue, cloud-studded skies happily oblivious of the fate that awaited them within. That fate took a slightly different turn Friday when the owner of the facility, Smithfield Foods, announced the facility will close early next year.

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