When "Minority Report" hit theaters on June 21, 2002, it arrived to an America -- and a world -- that feels equal parts familiar and alien. There are little minidiscs everywhere, from Anderton's home-based video player to the video records the precrime operatives use in their office. Perhaps the best vision of our future (or present) that "Minority Report" offers is its all-seeing world of eye-scanning subways, ads, store windows and cars. Amazon's test convenience store lets you walk in and out, automatically using facial recognition and automated cameras to charge your account.
Tesla's Autopilot program head Chris Lattner, who previously exited Apple for the automaker, has announced his departure from Elon Musk's company just six months after joining it. Tesla has since revealed that computer vision expert Andrej Karpathy has joined the company's Tesla Vision project. Meanwhile, deep learning and computer vision expert Andrej Karpathy has just been hired to play a key role in the Autopilot program. "Andrej Karpathy, one of the world's leading experts in computer vision and deep learning, is joining Tesla as Director of AI and Autopilot Vision, reporting directly to Elon Musk," Tesla said in a statement.
While language may not be a perfect medium for thought, it is the most important means of communication that makes possible modern societies, institutions, states, and cultures. Scientists, in their turn, understand that language is a crude tool incapable of conveying abstract ideas. Scientists understand that language is a crude tool incapable of conveying abstract ideas. When people make decisions about the future, political processes may fail to register what is happening at the forefront of human thought.
California nonprofit Worksafe, a worker safety advocacy group, recently made headlines when it reported that the injury rate at Tesla's Fremont, California, plant was more than 30 percent higher than the industry average in 2014 and 2015. A recent email Musk sent to employees indicates just how seriously he's taking the issue. Emotional intelligence, the ability to make emotions work for you instead of against you, is an essential quality of effective leaders. To personally meet every injured employee and actually learn how to perform the task that caused that person's injury is remarkable for the CEO of any company.
Musk reportedly plans to spend 3-5% of his work time on Neuralink, which will develop technology to integrate brains and computers as a way to fix medical problems and eventually supercharge human cognition. That potential has clearly captured Musk's interest, but this new project also seems to stem from his concerns about super-intelligent artificial intelligence (AI). Urban wrote an excellent 38,000 word post about Neuralink and AI's existential threat to humanity, but he gave a short version of this idea to author Virginia Heffernan in a conversation hosted by Heleo: "Elon is very nervous about AI, and rightly so. "We already have a digital tertiary layer in a sense, in that you have your computer or your phone or your applications," Musk told Urban.
There has been talk about robots taking over human jobs, which hints to people losing jobs, but a new report suggests artificial intelligence will create more than 800,000 jobs by 2021. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and billionaire Bill Gates warned about robots taking over jobs earlier this year. Read: Elon Musk, Bill Gates Warn About Robots Taking Over Jobs, But Study Says People Aren't Worried The survey found nearly 30 percent of all respondents saying their organizations have already adopted AI technology, while another 41 percent said they would do so within two years. Meanwhile, 46 percent of AI adopters said more than 50 percent of their customer relationship management activities happen using the public cloud, which suggests cloud vendors will play a major role in delivering AI to customers.
In March, Musk launched Neuralink, a medical research company that creates brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). A few weeks after Musk announced Neuralink, Facebook said it was developing a way for people to "type" by thought. Last year the U.S. military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced a $60 million program to develop an implantable neural interface. DARPA's goal is to develop a device that can record 1 million neurons simultaneously and stimulate at least 100,000 in the brain.
Musk replied via tweet, reaffirming his oft-repeated position that it is not automation per se, but deep AI, that poses more of an "apocalyptic" risk to humanity: Deep AI is the real risk, though, not automation. However, Musk and others do see the potential for deep AI to be world-shattering, at least for humans. Musk's solution to this potential threat is his famous neural lace concept. The lace could both stimulate and interpret the brain's electrical activity, and would eventually merge with the brain entirely, making human and AI part of the same organism.
You have more power than the president of the United States had 20 years ago. One company that makes access to some of those incredible things possible is Autodesk, a company that offers cloud-based software packages for multiple industries ranging from architecture, engineering, and construction, to product design, to media and entertainment. The best part is that Holst and McCoy have programmed their software package to find suppliers who will fabricate the needed pieces -- often using 3-D additive printers -- and drop ship them directly to the customer's home. Listed as a medical technology company in its home state of California, its purpose is to study how to create interfaces between computers and the human brain that will boost the output speed of the human thought process.
In 2012, Michael Vassar became the chief science officer of MetaMed Research, which he co-founded, and prior to that, he served as the president of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. Clearly, he knows a thing or two about artificial intelligence (AI), and now, he has come out with a stark warning for humanity when it comes to the development of artificial super-intelligence. In a video posted by Big Think, Vassar states, "If greater-than-human artificial general intelligence is invented without due caution, it is all but certain that the human species will be extinct in very short order." Bostrom's ideas have been around for decades, but they are only now gaining traction given his association with prestigious institutions.