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Artificial Intelligence is our future. But will it save or destroy humanity?

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If tech experts are to be believed, artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform the world. Artificial intelligence is software built to learn or problem solve -- processes typically performed in the human brain. Neither Musk nor Hawking believe that developers should avoid the development of AI, but they agree that government regulation should ensure the tech does not go rogue. However, Shostak doesn't believe sophisticated AI will end up enslaving the human race -- instead, he predicts, humans will simply become immaterial to these hyper-intelligent machines.


Elon Musk: Artificial intelligence battle 'most likely cause' of WWIII

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Elon Musk says global race for artificial intelligence will cause World War III. A race toward "superiority" between countries over artificial intelligence will be the most likely cause of World War III, warns entrepreneur Elon Musk. May be initiated not by the country leaders, but one of the AI's, if it decides that a prepemptive strike is most probable path to victory Musk has emerged as a critic of AI safety, seeking ways for governments to regulate the technology before it gets out of control. Last month, Musk warned fears over the security of AI are more risky than the threat of nuclear war from North Korea.


Why Jeff Bezos Isn't Afraid of Artificial Intelligence

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"We are solving problems with machine learning and artificial intelligence that were in the realm of science fiction for the past several decades," he said. "Natural language understanding, machine vision problems--it really is an amazing renaissance." Amazon has leaned more heavily into artificial intelligence in recent years. "Those things use a tremendous amount of machine learning, machine vision systems," Bezos said.


IBM's Watson 'is a joke,' says Social Capital CEO Palihapitiya

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"Watson is a joke, just to be completely honest," he said in an interview with "Closing Bell" on the sidelines of the Sohn Investment Conference in New York. Watson is named after IBM's first CEO, Thomas J. Watson. He recommended Tesla's convertible bonds at the 22nd annual Sohn Conference, pointing out that it was effectively like buying the equity but with the downside protection of a bond. At last year's Sohn Conference, Palihapitiya recommended Amazon, whose stock is up 40 percent in the past year.


The Arrival of Artificial Intelligence

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The history of computers is often told as a history of objects, from the abacus to the Babbage engine up through the code-breaking machines of World War II. In fact, it is better understood as a history of ideas, mainly ideas that emerged from mathematical logic, an obscure and cult-like discipline that first developed in the 19th century. Mathematical logic was pioneered by philosopher-mathematicians, most notably George Boole and Gottlob Frege, who were themselves inspired by Leibniz's dream of a universal "concept language," and the ancient logical system of Aristotle. Dixon goes on to describe the creation of Boolean logic (which has only two values: TRUE and FALSE, represented as 1 and 0 respectively), and the insight by Claude E. Shannon that those two variables could be represented by a circuit, which itself has only two states: open and closed.1 Dixon writes: Another way to characterize Shannon's achievement is that he was first to distinguish between the logical and the physical layer of computers. Dixon is being modest: the distinction may be obvious to computer scientists, but it is precisely the clear articulation of said distinction that undergirds Dixon's remarkable essay; obviously "computers" as popularly conceptualized were not invented by Aristotle, but he created the means by which they would work (or, more accurately, set humanity down that path).



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However, the real risk posed by AI โ€“ at least in the near term โ€“ is much more insidious. The Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence, launched this week with 5.5m in funding from the Open Philanthropy Project, is lead by computer science professor and artificial intelligence pioneer Stuart Russell. "The potential benefits [of AI research] are huge, since everything that civilization has to offer is a product of human intelligence; we cannot predict what we might achieve when this intelligence is magnified by the tools AI may provide, but the eradication of disease and poverty are not unfathomable," the letter reads. Similarly, an artificially intelligent hedge fund designed to maximize the value of its portfolio could be incentivized to short consumer stocks, buy long on defence stocks and then start a war โ€“ as suggested by Elon Musk in Werner Herzog's latest documentary.


Artificial Intelligence: Useful Technology or the Next Frankenstein?

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Bill Gates also weighed in, calling intelligent machines dangerous and implying that they may be more trouble than they're worth. Instead, we should feel proud of and satisfied by the enormous progress that we've achieved in AI thus far, especially if we think of the incremental improvements that we'll see in information management based on automatic understanding in even just the next 10 years. Bio: Marco Varone, founder, president and CTO of Expert System, is one of the leading experts on semantic technology and natural language processing. He has worked in the field application of semantic technology in every advanced context: search engines, text analytics, natural language interfaces, Q & A systems, automatic categorization and many others.


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Bill Gates also weighed in, calling intelligent machines dangerous and implying that they may be more trouble than they're worth. Instead, we should feel proud of and satisfied by the enormous progress that we've achieved in AI thus far, especially if we think of the incremental improvements that we'll see in information management based on automatic understanding in even just the next 10 years. Bio: Marco Varone, founder, president and CTO of Expert System, is one of the leading experts on semantic technology and natural language processing. He has worked in the field application of semantic technology in every advanced context: search engines, text analytics, natural language interfaces, Q & A systems, automatic categorization and many others.


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Tesla Motors is trying to see if it can make improvements in its Autopilot partial self-driving system, which may have been a factor in a recent fatal accident. He said "significant improvements" look possible that would be beamed to Tesla's electric cars wireless via over-the-air updates. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation. Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board sent its own team to look into the safety of the system.