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"Change is Good" Book Excerpt: WIRED Cofounder Louis Rossetto's New Novel Parties Like It's 1998


Set in a fictional San Francisco, Change Is Good: A Story of the Heroic Era of the Internet, follows the intertwined adventures of a startup CEO, a WIRED reporter, a code-writing true believer, and many more instantly iconic characters ripped from the mists of the first dotcom boom. The grainy black-and-white image on the big screen behind the band is a progression of blindfolded heads kissing, some tentatively, some lustily. On the edge of the dance floor, Carl finds himself in one of two lines approaching a big plywood box from opposite directions. Both kissers withdraw, remove their blindfolds, and are surprised to discover that they saw each other that afternoon--the lips Carl kissed were those of Danny Katz, the WIRED reporter he'd run into earlier in the Gnuhere reception area.

Is AI More Threatening Than North Korean Missiles?


In this April 30, 2015, file photo, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveils the company's newest products, in Hawthorne, Calif. In this April 30, 2015, file photo, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveils the company's newest products, in Hawthorne, Calif. One of Tesla CEO Elon Musk's companies, the nonprofit start-up OpenAI, manufactures a device that last week was victorious in defeating some of the world's top gamers in an international video game (e-sport) tournament with a multi-million-dollar pot of prize money. It was not long before philosopher Hilary Putnam would hypothesize the mind is a Turing Machine (and a Turning Machine just is, for all intents and purposes, what we call a computer today). And if we are, then what are we going to do if some clever young person some where -- maybe a young lady in North Korea -- writes a program to turn things off?

Robotics and AI celebrated in this year's MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 list


Anca Dragan UC Berkeley Ensuring that robots and humans work and play well together. Angela Schoellig University of Toronto Her algorithms are helping self-driving and self-flying vehicles get around more safely. Jianxiong Xiao AutoX His company AutoX aims to make self-driving cars more accessible. Volodymyr Mnih DeepMind The first system to play Atari games as well as a human can.

Elon Musk thinks AI is a bigger threat than North Korea


But according to Elon Musk, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) poses a much greater threat to humanity than Kim Jong-un's belligerent regime in Pyongyang. The Tesla and SpaceX chief executive has long warned of the dangers of AI and issued his latest opinion after a bot from OpenAI defeated some of the world's best players in in a professional gaming competition. Musk has previously urged governors to legislate for safe uses of AI, stating that robots could replace humans in any kind of job and could be incentivized to harm humans. Musk shot back that Zuckerberg's understanding of the subject was "limited."

Teaching AI systems to behave themselves


Sitting inside OpenAI's San Francisco offices on a recent afternoon, the researcher Dario Amodei showed off an autonomous system that taught itself to play Coast Runners, an old boat-racing video game. Many specialists in the AI field believe a technique called reinforcement learning -- a way for machines to learn specific tasks through extreme trial and error -- could be a primary path to artificial intelligence. All this is why Amodei and Christiano are working to build reinforcement learning algorithms that accept human guidance along the way. Researchers like Google's Ian Goodfellow, for example, are exploring ways that hackers could fool AI systems into seeing things that aren't there.

Elon Musk's self-taught AI bot destroyed an esports pro in 'Dota 2'


In many ways, esports represents the future. Like so many other parts of our modern lives, it's built around the computer and the internet. Competitions like'Dota 2's' "The International" draw players from around the world, shrugging off the geopolitical and cultural boundaries that still define many traditional sports. And above all, it fully utilizes man's most potent attribute: the mind.

StarCraft II is now a laboratory for AI research


"On behalf of Blizzard Entertainment, the StarCraft II development team is very pleased to announce the release of the StarCraft II API," reads a Blizzard blog post. "This API also exposes a sandbox for the community to experiment with, using both learning-based AI and scripted AI to build new tools that can benefit the StarCraft II and AI communities," reads the Blizzard blog. In its own blog, DeepMind explained why Blizzard's real-time strategy game is so ideal for A.I. "Part of StarCraft's longevity is down to the rich, multi-layered gameplay, which also makes it an ideal environment for AI research," reads the DeepMind blog.

Twitch gamers live-stream their vital signs to keep fans hooked

New Scientist

Roughly 10 million people tune in every day to watch the more than 2 million people who stream their games on platforms like the Amazon-owned Twitch. To keep viewers hooked, gamers dip into an evolving bag of tricks, for example, sharing performance statistics, playing music and displaying live chat comments in a frame that surrounds the view of the game itself. The team observed them as they viewed a single gamer, first during a 1-hour session without the biometric data in the video stream, and then 1 hour with. In a survey, 70 per cent said they felt more connected when they could view the player's physiological state.

'It knew what you were going to do next': AI learns from pro gamers -- then crushes them


Last week, an artificial intelligence bot created by the Elon Musk-backed start-up OpenAI defeated some of the world's most talented players of Dota 2, a fast-paced, highly complex, multiplayer online video game that draws fierce competition from all over the globe. Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin, one of the game's top players, was defeated twice by his AI competition, which felt "a little like human, but a little like something else," he said, according to the Verge. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk hailed the bot's achievement in historic fashion on Twitter before going on to once again express his concerns about artificial intelligence, which he said poses "vastly more risk than North Korea." Vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go.

AI seeks fantasy football challengers

BBC News

Computer scientists at University of Southampton are testing an artificially intelligent tool for predicting Premier League football results. The machine learning algorithm has managed to beat BBC football commentator Mark Lawrenson's predictions for two seasons in a row. Fantasy football is a game in which users assemble an imaginary team of real-life footballers and score points based on the players' actual statistical performance during the season. Fantasy managers can compete with Squadguru's AI in the Challenge the Squadguru league in the free Fantasy Premier League salary cap game by entering league code 2917382-677658.