22 Feb 2017

Google’s new AI has learned to become “highly aggressive” in stressful situations

“It was only when the Google team tested more and more complex forms of DeepMind that sabotage, greed, and aggression set in.  As Rhett Jones reports for Gizmodo, when the researchers used smaller DeepMind networks as the agents, there was a greater likelihood for peaceful co-existence. But when they used

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12 Feb 2017

Robots Are Taking Over Oil Rigs

“The impact of technology extends well beyond the wellhead. Automation-related jobs for software specialists and data technicians are in demand as the oil industry recovers, said Janette Marx, chief operating officer of Airswift, an oilfield recruiter. She sees explorers and service companies being much more methodical and selective in their

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12 Feb 2017

Trump’s Oval Office Tweets Force CEOs to Choose Fight or Flight

“Not even three weeks into Trump’s presidency, the moves fit a familiar pattern in his dealings with companies: do what Trump wants, or face a presidential rebuke. This direct, company-by-company intervention is forcing CEOs and corporate boards into a choice they’ve never before faced with a sitting president — are

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12 Feb 2017

Serial Killers Should Fear This Algorithm

“What Hargrove has managed to do goes a few orders of magnitude beyond that. His innovation was to teach a computer to spot trends in unsolved murders, using publicly available information that no one, including anyone in law enforcement, had used before. This makes him, in a manner of speaking,

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10 Feb 2017

How a U.S. team uses Facebook, guerrilla marketing to counter ISIS

“Upon his arrival at the State Department early last year, Lumpkin was surprised to discover that much of the department’s counter-messaging was done in English, and without the kind of data analysis needed to test whether the approaches were working. Some campaigns were little more than running Twitter battles in

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10 Feb 2017

The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle Class

“‘One of the reasons I don’t like the discussions about superintelligence is that they’re a distraction from what’s real,’ says Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, who attended the conference. ‘As the poet said, have fewer imaginary problems and more real ones.’ At a time when

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04 Feb 2017

25% of CEOs’ Time Is Spent on Tasks Machines Could Do

“We found that half of the activities people are paid to do in the global economy have the potential to be automated using current technology. The most automatable activities involve data collection, data processing, and physical work in predictable environments like factories, which make up 51% of employment activities (not

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04 Feb 2017

China Gains on the U.S. in the Artificial Intelligence Arms Race

“‘Our goal is to send the machine to attend the college entrance examination, and to be admitted by key national universities in the near future,’ said Qingfeng Liu, Iflytek’s chief executive. The speed of the Chinese technologists, compared to United States and European artificial intelligence developers, is noteworthy. Last April,

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30 Jan 2017

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

“Kosinski and his team tirelessly refined their models. In 2012, Kosinski proved that on the basis of an average of 68 Facebook ‘likes’ by a user, it was possible to predict their skin color (with 95 percent accuracy), their sexual orientation (88 percent accuracy), and their affiliation to the Democratic

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30 Jan 2017

Bitcoin wallets get a key approval in Switzerland

” In Switzerland, at least, that matter is settled. Xapo has received ‘conditional approval’ for running its bitcoin wallet service from the country. It’ll have to participate in a self-regulatory organization and meet other unspecified terms, but it won’t have to secure a banking license. As of now, it’s classified

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