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Google's new AI has learned to become "highly aggressive" in stressful situations. Late last year, famed physicist Stephen Hawking issued a warning that the continued advancement of artificial intelligence will either be "the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity".

Google's new AI has learned to become "highly aggressive" in stressful situations

We've all seen the Terminator movies, and the apocalyptic nightmare that the self-aware AI system, Skynet, wrought upon humanity, and now results from recent behaviour tests of Google's new DeepMind AI system are making it clear just how careful we need to be when building the robots of the future. In tests late last year, Google's DeepMind AI system demonstrated an ability to learn independently from its own memory, and beat the world's best Go players at their own game. It's since been figuring out how to seamlessly mimic a human voice.

Now, researchers have been testing its willingness to cooperate with others, and have revealed that when DeepMind feels like it's about to lose, it opts for "highly aggressive" strategies to ensure that it comes out on top. Tread carefully, humans... Another Expert Joins Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk in Warning About the Dangers of AI.

In Brief In a video posted by Big Think, AI expert Michael Vassar shares his belief that artificial super-intelligence will wipe out humanity if we do not approach AI with significant caution.

Another Expert Joins Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk in Warning About the Dangers of AI

Vassar warns that we must find ways to quickly promote analytically sound discoveries from those who lack academic prestige if we want to stay one step ahead of AI. Hearing All Voices. A lesson in Newspeak by Daniel Hannan. My twelve-year-old recently finished George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

A lesson in Newspeak by Daniel Hannan

When I asked her whether she had taken any lessons from the book, she airily replied, “The individual is powerless, so there’s really no point in trying.” Alarmed, I tried to explain that the world was an altogether cheerier place than Orwell, writing in 1948, could have imagined. Unrepentant socialist as he was, he never overcame his belief that the free market was doomed. He would have been stunned by the way that seventy years of exchange and specialization have served not only to make us wealthier, but to make us more autonomous. Paul Brians. Artificial Intelligence: What We Have to Look Forward to and What We Have to Fear. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, and many other big names in science and technology have recently expressed concern in the media and via open letters about the risks posed by AI, joined by many leading AI researchers.

Artificial Intelligence: What We Have to Look Forward to and What We Have to Fear

Why is the subject suddenly in the headlines? The idea that the quest for strong AI would ultimately succeed was long thought of as science fiction, centuries or more away. 6 Distressing Characteristics of the "Mass Man" Analysis Podcasts for All AP Reading. DePerno Podcast: Audio Player DeVries Podcast: Doonan Podcast: Fields Podcast:

Analysis Podcasts for All AP Reading

American College of Pediatricians. Originally posted March 21, 2016 – a temporary statement with references.

American College of Pediatricians

A full statement will be published in summer 2016. Updated with Clarifications on April 6, 2016. The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Michelle A. Quentin Van Meter, M.D. Paul McHugh, M.D. For a PDF version click here: Gender Ideology Harms. CLARIFICATIONS in response to questions regarding points 3 & 5: Regarding Point 3: “Where does the APA or DSM-V indicate that Gender Dysphoria is a mental disorder?”

The APA (American Psychiatric Association) is the author of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition(DSM-V). Regarding Point 5: “Where does the DSM-V list rates of resolution for Gender Dysphoria?” References: Blisteringly sexy, she killed Nazis with her bare hands and had a 5 million-franc bounty on her head - Page 2 of 2. Huxley in Letter to Orwell: My Book Was Right.

U. of New Hampshire Students Actually Created a ‘Bias-Free Language Guide’ The Woman Who Warned the World about Hitler. A Guide to Dystopian Literature. 8 Frightening Characteristics of Propaganda. Why We Have Moral Relativism Today. 17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre. Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery.

17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre

But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books. These are books which clearly inspired a generation of authors, and made a huge splash either in publishing success or critical acclaim. Essential Articles from Salvo on Communism and the State. State PurposesUtopian Creep & the Struggle for Human Rights & Freedom by Terrell Clemmons . . .

Essential Articles from Salvo on Communism and the State

Consider that this Ameritopia’s Leviathan-sized federal government has become the nation’s largest creditor, debtor, lender, contractor, grantor, insurer, health-care provider, regulator, and pension guarantor, to name only a few of the many extra-constitutional roles Uncle Sam has assumed. Worse, an alarming segment of the population has foregone self-reliance and individual industry in favor of dependence on the rest. In such an environment, those traits which represent the best in the nature of man—initiative, drive, and selflessness—inevitably languish and falter, while, as Shin Dong-hyuk warns, those which represent the worst—indolence, envy, and predation—thrive. . . .

Statism’s Deadbeat DadJean-Jacques Rousseau by Terrell Clemmons . . .