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Opinion Donald Trump, Our A.I. President

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If conventional psychology isn't up to the task, perhaps we should step back and consider a tantalizing sci-fi alternative -- that Trump doesn't operate within conventional human cognitive constraints, but rather is a new life form, a rudimentary artificial intelligence-based learning machine. When we strip away all moral, ethical and ideological considerations from his decisions and see them strictly in the light of machine learning, his behavior makes perfect sense. Consider how deep learning occurs in neural networks such as Google's Deep Mind or IBM's Deep Blue and Watson. The goal of DNA is self-reproduction; the sole intent of Deep Mind or Watson is to win.


DARPA Is Working to Make AI More Trustworthy

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When it comes to AI, however, there's a certain "black box" behind decisions that makes it so that even AI developers themselves don't quite understand or anticipate the decisions an AI is making. The AI players would be trained to explain to human players the reasoning behind their in-game choices. "Nobody is going to use these emerging technologies for critical applications until we are able to build some level of trust, and having an explanation capability is one important way of building trust," Fern said. Thankfully, this DARPA-OSU project isn't the only one working on humanizing AI to make it more trustworthy.


Artificial intelligence will put spies out of work, too

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In Cardillo's eyes, the profession of geospatial intelligence - monitoring and exploiting commercial and proprietary video and imagery feeds around the world - is on the precipice of a data explosion similar to when the internet took off. At that point, the National Security Agency, which is responsible for collecting and analyzing digital communications, had to figure out ways to vacuum up and glean specific conclusions from an explosion of communications traveling back and forth on the web. NGA is responsible for tracking potential threats, such as military testing sites in North Korea. "A significant chunk of the time, I will send [my employees] to a dark room to look at TV monitors to do national security essential work," Cardillo told reporters.


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Artificial Intelligence Will Put Spies Out of Work, Too

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In Cardillo's eyes, the profession of geospatial intelligence -- monitoring and exploiting commercial and proprietary video and imagery feeds around the world -- is on the precipice of a data explosion similar to when the internet took off. At that point, the National Security Agency, which is responsible for collecting and analyzing digital communications, had to figure out ways to vacuum up and glean specific conclusions from an explosion of communications traveling back and forth on the web. NGA is responsible for tracking potential threats, such as military testing sites in North Korea. "A significant chunk of the time, I will send [my employees] to a dark room to look at TV monitors to do national security essential work," Cardillo told reporters.


U.S. Says It Shot Down Drone That Attacked Fighters in Syria

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The United States Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, said in a statement that it wanted to keep the focus on fighting the Islamic State and was not looking for a confrontation with the Assad government -- or with the Russian and Iranian-backed forces that are supporting it. "The coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces partnered with them. To protect the garrison at al-Tanf, the United States has warned Iranian-backed militias and Syrian forces to stay out of the "deconfliction" zone it has declared around the base. On June 6, the American-led coalition again bombed Iranian-backed fighters that ventured inside of the restricted area.


The Drone Federalism Act would shift regulation to state and local governments

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If lawmakers have their way, state and local governments--including Native American tribal authorities--could soon have the power to regulate the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems as they see fit. The biggest takeaway from the bill is a provision that allows state, local and Native American tribal authorities to regulate how hobbyists and businesses can operate their drones below 200 feet and within 200 feet of a structure, with the option to seek assistance from the FAA. The bill proposes that the FAA choose 10 local, state and tribal governments to create two-year pilot programs they work together on to craft regulations. The Orlando Multi GP chapter Orlando RotoRacers had to work with local government to continue racing at their Orlando chapter, despite over two years running of incident-free flying, because of a local drone ordinance put into place.


The Biggest Threats to Uber's Future, Ranked

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It has been updated to reflect developments including Uber's firing of 20 employees following an internal investigation into its corporate culture, as well as self-driving engineer Anthony Levandowski. In late February, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler published an explosive blog post, accusing Uber of fostering a misogynistic corporate culture. A few days later, Google autonomous driving spinoff Waymo filed a lawsuit alleging Uber boosted its self-driving program by stealing Waymo's trade secrets. Worst Case: Waymo uncovers evidence that Uber used stolen tech in its autonomous vehicle development, leading to a big loss in court.


Finally! Google sells Boston Dynamics to SoftBank

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Both Boston Dynamics and Schaft were acquired by Google when Andy Rubin was developing Google's robot group through a series of acquisitions. Boston Dynamics, a DARPA and DoD-funded 25 year old company, designed two and four-legged robots for the military. Schaft, a Japanese startup/participant in the DARPA Robotic Challenge, recently unveiled a two-legged robot that climbed stairs, can carry 125 pounds of payload, move in tight spaces and keep its balance throughout. SoftBank, through another acquisition (of French Aldabaran, the maker of the Nao and Romeo robots), and in a joint venture with Foxconn and Alibaba, has developed and marketed thousands of Pepper robots.


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Boston Dynamics makes a variety of robots, including machines that mimic humans and animals, but has struggled to find a market for them. Boston Dynamics makes a variety of robots, including machines that mimic humans and animals, but has struggled to find a market for them. Boston Dynamics products also include Big Dog's little brother Spot, a complex machine that can walk and trot on four legs like a dog. Their companion robot Pepper, hit the headlines last year, after the Japanese robot refused to share whether it held a desire to rule the world.