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What We Should Learn from the Tension Between Mind and Machine


Did medical knowledge engineering/search/expert systems. Every human bliss and kindness, every suspicion, cruelty, and torment ultimately comes from the whirring 3-pound "enchanted loom" that is our brain and its other side, the cloud of knowing that is our mind. It's an odd coincidence that serious study of the mind and the brain bloomed in the late 20th century when we also started to make machines that had some mind-like qualities. Now, with information technology we have applied an untested amplifier to our minds, and cranked it up to eleven, running it around the clock, year after year. Because we have become a culture of crisis, we are good at asking, what has gone wrong? But is the conjunction of natural and artificial mind only ill-favored, or might we not learn from both by comparison?

How to Approach Ethical AI Implementation?


"Why does AI need to have moral agency?" Because the level of autonomy in an AI system has reached human level "cognition". AI can perform human liked tasks with "intelligence" and no supervision. It can learn from the real world experience through data to execute tasks to achieve its intended purpose. As opposed to standard programming methods, AI doesn't use fixed algorithm to perform a tasks, but has the ability to decide what task to execute under diverse circumstances and sometimes beyond human capabilities and understanding. In other words, it has the level of autonomy and intelligence to be human-like. We must recognised by now that AI has the power to change the course of humanity either for the greater good or for worse. It would be foolish and irresponsible for any government to take an unregulated capitalistic approach to let this technology advance unrestricted based on market forces.

It's official: Nvidia purchases Arm in $40 billion deal


Nvidia has confirmed that it has purchased Arm from SoftBank in a $40 billion deal. Under the terms, Nvidia will pay SoftBank $12 billion in cash, and $21.5 billion in Nvidia stock, with $5 billion placed under an earn-out clause. Nvidia is not purchasing the IoT services part of Arm. "Simon Segars and his team at Arm have built an extraordinary company that is contributing to nearly every technology market in the world," Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang said. "Uniting Nvidia's AI computing capabilities with the vast ecosystem of Arm's CPU, we can advance computing from the cloud, smartphones, PCs, self-driving cars and robotics, to edge IoT, and expand AI computing to every corner of the globe."

Welcome to the Next Level of Bullshit - Issue 89: The Dark Side


One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit." These are the opening words of the short book On Bullshit, written by the philosopher Harry Frankfurt. Fifteen years after the publication of this surprise bestseller, the rapid progress of research on artificial intelligence is forcing us to reconsider our conception of bullshit as a hallmark of human speech, with troubling implications. What do philosophical reflections on bullshit have to do with algorithms? As it turns out, quite a lot. In May this year the company OpenAI, co-founded by Elon Musk in 2015, introduced a new language model called GPT-3 (for "Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3"). It took the tech world by storm. On the surface, GPT-3 is like a supercharged version of the autocomplete feature on your smartphone; it can generate coherent text based on an initial input. But GPT-3's text-generating abilities go far beyond anything your phone is capable of.

Robot writes essay on AI says no intention to destroy Humans - Cybersecurity Insiders


An Artificial Intelligence propelled robot named GPT-3 wrote an interesting essay to Humans saying that its species (Robots) does not have any intention to wipe off humans. In a 1,000 word essay, the machine opened up its mind through a powerful AI powered language generator convincing human readers that robots are harmless and come with peace. Published in "The Guardian" the essay has garnered a lot of attention from the readers as this is for the first time that we got to know the mind of Robots. Readers of Cybersecurity Insiders should note down a fact that all these days we have seen Robots as killing machines that do harm and bring doom to the entire humanity one day. This perspective of humans got strengthened as soon as we saw the movie Terminator and series where a robot tries to kill its human originator.

FBI adds iris recognition to its growing biometrics portfolio


The FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services, nearly seven years after piloting the concept, will add iris recognition technology to its portfolio of identification services for law enforcement agencies. Kimberly Del Greco, the FBI's deputy assistant director for criminal justice information services, said the CJIS Advisory Policy Board and FBI Director Chris Wray recently approved the iris-recognition technology. Capturing iris images, Del Greco added, can be "easily integrated" into the existing biometric process using near-infrared cameras. All iris images added into the FBI's searchable iris image repository must be associated with fingerprints submitted as part of an arrest. The bureau launched its iris recognition pilot in 2013, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report, with the intention of helping criminal justice agencies quickly and accurately identify or confirm someone's identity. "An iris offers highly accurate, contactless and rapid biometric identification option for agencies.

Tech News: When artificial intelligence facilitates crime


JOHANNESBURG - Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the important building blocks of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) or the age of "intelligentisation." The past few years have seen tremendous advances in machine learning and the building of algorithms from data; deep learning simulating the human brain and the processing power and decreasing costs of powerful and fast computers. Intelligent devices are, therefore, increasingly finding their way into our lives, whether it is a personal assistant such as the Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Siri or Samsung Bixby; satellite navigation; real-time language translation; biometric identification such as fingerprint, iris or facial recognition; or industrial process management and decision-making. Unfortunately, noble AI technology also has the possibility to be misused and exploited for criminal purposes. In 2016 two computational social scientists by the name of Seymour and Tully used AI to convince social media users to click on a phishing link within a mass-produced message.

Life Imitates Orwell...


And I am talking Season 3. Or Amazon's hit, The Handmaid's Tale? Do you just binge and veg out or are you like me, and see how easily we could, and are, slipping into these worlds? After watching shows like this I often find myself reflecting back on George Orwell's 1984. It proves more eerily prophetic with each passing year. This Season, I fear, the writers of Westworld are almost scripting our future lives. You may not have caught it, but it is all in there.

Australia tells U.S. it has no intention of hurting relationship with China

The Japan Times

Washington – The United States and close ally Australia held high-level talks on China on Tuesday and agreed on the need to uphold a rules-based global order, but the Australian foreign minister stressed that Canberra's relationship with China was important and it had no intention of injuring it. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper held two days of talks in Washington with their Australian counterparts, Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defense Minister Linda Reynolds, who had flown around the world for the meetings despite the COVID-19 pandemic and face two weeks of quarantine on their return. At a joint news conference, Pompeo praised Australia for standing up to pressure from China and said Washington and Canberra would continue to work together to reassert the rule of law in the South China Sea, where China has been pressing its claims. Payne said the United States and Australia shared a commitment to the rule of law and had reiterated their commitment to hold countries to account for breaches, such as China's erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong. She said the two sides had also agreed to form a working group to monitor and respond to harmful disinformation and would look at ways to expand cooperation on infectious diseases, including access to vaccines.

The ethics of autonomous automobiles »


For instance, let's say that there's an autonomous car with no passengers and it's about to crash right into a automobile containing 5 folks. It may possibly keep away from the collision by swerving out of the highway, however it might then hit a pedestrian. Most discussions of ethics on this state of affairs concentrate on whether or not the autonomous car's AI must be egocentric (defending the car and its cargo) or utilitarian (selecting the motion that harms the fewest folks). "Present approaches to ethics and autonomous automobiles are a harmful oversimplification – ethical judgment is extra complicated than that," says Veljko Dubljevi?, an assistant professor within the Science, Know-how & Society (STS) program at North Carolina State University and creator of a paper outlining this drawback and a attainable path ahead. "For instance, what if the 5 folks within the automobile are terrorists? And what if they're intentionally benefiting from the AI's programming to kill the close by pedestrian or damage different folks? Then you may want the autonomous car to hit the automobile with 5 passengers. "In different phrases, the simplistic strategy at present getting used to handle moral issues in AI and autonomous automobiles doesn't account for malicious intent.