Oct
05

Robots, aliens, corporate drones – who will be the citizens of the future?

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In the 1940s, science fiction author Olaf Stapledon gave a talk to a school about the future. Addressing his audience as "you citizens of the future", he proposed three visions for this future: the "destruction of the human race", a "worldwide police state", and "an entirely new kind of human world"...
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Sep
26

Robot revolution: rise of the intelligent automated workforce

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Losing jobs to technology is nothing new. Since the industrial revolution, roles that were once exclusively performed by humans have been slowly but steadily replaced by some form of automated machinery. Even in cases where the human worker is not completely replaced by a machine, humans have learnt...
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Sep
26

What science fiction tells us about our trouble with AI

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Given that the reality of AI may be fast approaching, it's of the utmost importance that we work out what might a future with artificial intelligence might look like. Last year, an open letter with signatories including Stephen Hawking and Nick Bostrom called for AI to be of demonstrable benefit to ...
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Sep
21

Ethics of AI: how should we treat rational, sentient robots – if they existed?

Ethics of AI: how should we treat rational, sentient robots – if they existed?
Imagine a world where humans co-existed with beings who, like us, had minds, thoughts, feelings, self-conscious awareness and the capacity to perform purposeful actions – but, unlike us, these beings had artificial mechanical bodies that could be switched on and off.That brave new world would throw ...
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Sep
20

The Singularity and How to Avoid it

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how governments can halt the rise of unfriendly, unstoppable super-AI The invention of an artificial super-intelligence has been a central theme in science fiction since at least the 19th century. From E.M. Forster's short story The Machine Stops (1909) to the recent HBO television series Westworld,...
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Sep
20

The digital human: the cyber version of humanity’s quest for immortality

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I wrote extensively on this subject in my book 'Exodus' documenting XeraC, the first Transhuman's fight to survive against his competitors, Artificial Intelligence.​Immortality has been a topic of discussion since the legend of the Holy Grail.Some people have gone as far as cryogenic ...
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Sep
20

What is quantum machine learning and how can it help us?

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Artificial intelligence refers, among other things, to machines' capacity to demonstrate some degree of what humans consider "intelligence". This process is being driven by the rapid advancement of machine learning: getting machines to think for themselves rather than pre-programming them with an ab...
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Sep
19

Robots and AI could soon have feelings, hopes and rights … we must prepare for the reckoning

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 Get used to hearing a lot more about artificial intelligence. Even if you discount the utopian and dystopian hyperbole, the 21st century will broadly be defined not just by advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics, computing and cognitive neuroscience, but how we manage them. For some...
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Sep
19

Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me and the thorny issue of robot rights

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Ian McEwan's latest book, Machines Like Me: A Novel offers an alternative history: Britain has lost the Falklands War, Margaret Thatcher is waging an election campaign against Tony Benn and Alan Turing survived homophobic persecution to achieve breakthroughs in artificial intelligence.The novel pain...
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Sep
19

Artificial Lawyers 'r' Us

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I was looking at the increasing encroachment of artificial intelligence in industry and noticing that there isn't that much of a takeover of people's jobs in certain professions. Those where there is a need for creative or original thinking appear to be currently at least, a safe have...
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Sep
03

Pyramid Lake by Paul Draker

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Reviewed by Tobias Roote Details of BookSF Book Review  Description:At a Top Secret research laboratory in Nevada, DARPA's most advanced artificial intelligence can read your darkest secrets and hidden intentions right off your face. Its maverick inventor wants a world without lies. But so...
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