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Google engineer claims his AI is sentient. It definitely is not


There is a famous story about Michelangelo and his masterful sculpture of Moses, which you can view at Rome's Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli. After finishing Moses, the artist was so impressed with the life-like qualities of his work that he hit the statue on its knee and said "Parla!" -- Speak! To Michelangelo, such perfection of form had to do more than mimic life -- it had to live. Falling in love with the work is part of the creative process. The culmination of a masterpiece is to endow it with its own spirit.

Riskyishness and Pinocchio's Search for a Comprehensive Taxonomy of Autonomous Entities Artificial Intelligence

This paper documents an exploratory pilot study to define the term Autonomous Entity, and any characteristics that are required to identify or classify an Autonomous Entity. Our solution builds on previous work with regard to philosophical and scientific classification methods but focuses on a novel Design Science Research Methodology (DSRM) and model to help identify those characteristics which make any autonomous entity similar or different from others. We have solved the problem of not having an existing term to define our lens by creating a new combinatorial term: "Riskyishness". We present a DSRM and instrument for initial investigation, as well as observational and statistical descriptions of their use in the real world to solicit domain expertise and statistical evidence. Further, we demonstrate a specific application of the methodology by creating a second artifact - a tool to score existing and future technologies based on Riskyishness. The first artifact also provides a technique to disentangle miscellaneous existing technologies or add dimensions to the tools to capture future additions and paradigm shifts.

The Basic Stuff of Machine Learning


By now anyone who reads virtually any trade magazine has been hearing incessantly about how machine learning is going to transform their industry in profound ways. Marketers will be able to read potential customers' minds, farms will produce unprecedented yields, doctors will be able to stem diseases before they begin to form. And of course, we've all heard how machine learning will eventually take our jobs. It may very well be said of machine learning that there never have been so many wild predictions made about something which the majority of the public knows so little. So what exactly is machine learning? And what can we reasonably expect in the next ten years? And of course the question that has been plaguing us all: will the machines rise up and destroy us?

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Begun by the legendary and often demanding Stanley Kubrick and finished by the equally legendary Steven Spielberg, AI Artificial Intelligence is a futuristic retelling of the classic 1881 Florentine Italian tale Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. Of course most modern children and adults are only familiar with the Disney animated rendition which can be considered a Readers Digest Condensed version of the original story. Kubrick is often demanding in that if he can't make it happen and appear the way he wants it, he will abandon an idea or even an entire project. For instance, since he could not use the available technology at the time, to recreate Stephen King's topiaries come to life in The Shining, he abandoned the idea to a daunting maze. Similarly, he felt he did not have the creative team necessary to replicate a robot boy so real that it is nearly human, not without using a human child actor, but because of ET and Jurassic Park, he did feel his friend Spielberg was up to the task.