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Sayōnara, Humans: Japanese Company Replaces Its Workers with AI. 47% of Jobs Will Disappear in the next 25 Years, Says Oxford University. The Trump campaign ran on bringing jobs back to American shores, although mechanization has been the biggest reason for manufacturing jobs’ disappearance.

47% of Jobs Will Disappear in the next 25 Years, Says Oxford University

Similar losses have led to populist movements in several other countries. But instead of a pro-job growth future, economists across the board predict further losses as AI, robotics, and other technologies continue to be ushered in. What is up for debate is how quickly this is likely to occur. Now, an expert at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania is ringing the alarm bells. According to Art Bilger, venture capitalist and board member at the business school, all the developed nations on earth will see job loss rates of up to 47% within the next 25 years, according to a recent Oxford study. To be clear, mechanization has always cost us jobs. It may not feel like anything to be an alien. An alien message in Arrival movie (dredit: Paramount Pictures) By Susan Schneider Humans are probably not the greatest intelligences in the universe.

It may not feel like anything to be an alien

Earth is a relatively young planet and the oldest civilizations could be billions of years older than us. But even on Earth, Homo sapiens may not be the most intelligent species for that much longer. Theconversation. Star physicist Stephen Hawking has reiterated his concerns that the rise of powerful artificial intelligence (AI) systems could spell the end for humanity.


Speaking at the launch of the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Future of Intelligence on 19 October, he did, however, acknowledge that AI equally has the potential to be one of the best things that could happen to us. So are we on the cusp of creating super-intelligent machines that could put humanity at existential risk? Human and Artificial Intelligence May Be Equally Impossible to Understand. Dmitry Malioutov can’t say much about what he built.

Human and Artificial Intelligence May Be Equally Impossible to Understand

As a research scientist at IBM, Malioutov spends part of his time building machine learning systems that solve difficult problems faced by IBM’s corporate clients. One such program was meant for a large insurance corporation. Earth - We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter. Are you real?

Earth - We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter

What about me? These used to be questions that only philosophers worried about. Scientists just got on with figuring out how the world is, and why. But some of the current best guesses about how the world is seem to leave the question hanging over science too. Theconversation. Cooperation is one of the hallmarks of being human.


We are extremely social compared to other species. On a regular basis, we all enter into helping others in small but important ways, whether it be letting someone out in traffic or giving a tip for good service. We do this without any guarantee of payback. Donations are made at a small personal cost but with a bigger benefit to the recipient. This form of cooperation, or donation to others, is called indirect reciprocity and helps human society to thrive.

Group-based behaviour in humans originally evolved to overcome the threat of larger predators. Digging into the Archeology of the Future. Thomas Rid, Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History (W.W.

Digging into the Archeology of the Future

Norton, 2016). Alexander the Great had Bucephalus, from whose back he could survey his phalanxes. Frederick the Great typically sought out the vantage point of a tall hill. A forward commander in World War I had a sandbagged trench bunker, a periscope, and a hand-cranked telephone. And the Cold War had its iconic blue room. See What Happens When Killer Robots Are Born in a Car Factory. Could you imagine a robot takeover beginning anywhere other than a major automobile factory?

See What Happens When Killer Robots Are Born in a Car Factory

It only makes sense—car plants are already some of the most automated, robot-packed spots on the planet. "ANA" is a recent sci-fi short film exploring this human-machine apocalypse scenario. In the film, we experience the moments leading up to the beginning of the end through the eyes of a nondescript factory worker who appears bored and made mostly irrelevant because of high-tech gadgetry and automation. Robot Takeover? Get Creative, Chomsky Says. Photo Credit: Jeremy Danger/Flickr Wondering how secure your current job is due to robots infiltrating the workforce?

Robot Takeover? Get Creative, Chomsky Says

Noam Chomsky has some answers, but you probably won’t like them. According to Chomsky, it’s only a matter of time before robots can perform high level jobs. The Problem of AI Consciousness. (credit: Susan Schneider) Some things in life cannot be offset by a mere net gain in intelligence.

The Problem of AI Consciousness

The last few years have seen the widespread recognition that sophisticated AI is under development. Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and others warn of the rise of “superintelligent” machines: AIs that outthink the smartest humans in every domain, including common sense reasoning and social skills. WATCH: Elon Musk explains why we’re already cyborgs — and probably living in a videogame.

We’ve long thought of cyborgs — that is, human beings that are part biological and part mechanical — as science-fiction tropes that are a long way from becoming a reality. However, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk thinks that cyborgs are already here, whether we realize it or not. What’s more, he says we’re going to have to upgrade our hardware very soon or risk becoming obsolete.

During a talk with tech journalists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at the Code Conference 2016 this week, Musk made the case that human beings are already cyborgs who have “super powers” that weren’t imaginable a generation ago. “You have a digital version of yourself, a partial version of yourself online in the form of your emails, your social media, and all the things that you do,” Musk explained. “You have more power than the president of the United States had 20 years ago. Theconversation. 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 humanity, or risk something that exceeds our ability to control it. AI, as conceived of in popular culture, does not yet exist, even if autonomous and expert systems do.

Hail to the Computer. While at least some AI researchers concede that creating a presidential computer is within the realm of possibility, that is an entirely different question than whether we should elect an AI president. Fear our new robot overlords: This is why you need to take artificial intelligence seriously. There are a lot of major problems today with tangible, real-world consequences. A short list might include terrorism, U.S. -Russian relations, climate change and biodiversity loss, income inequality, health care, childhood poverty, and the homegrown threat of authoritarian populism, most notably associated with the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, Donald Trump. Yet if you’ve been paying attention to the news for the past several years, you’ve almost certainly seen articles from a wide range of news outlets about the looming danger of artificial general intelligence, or “AGI.”

Could machines have become self-aware without our kn... Usually when people imagine a self-aware machine, they picture a device that emerges through deliberate effort and that then makes its presence known quickly, loudly, and (in most scenarios) disastrously. Even if its inventors have the presence of mind not to wire it into the nuclear missile launch system, the artificial intelligence will soon vault past our capacity to understand and control it. Can a robot be conscious? In this blog series, Olle Häggström, author of Here Be Dragons, explores the risks and benefits of advances in biotechnology, nanotechnology, and machine intelligence. In this second post, Olle explores the computational theory of mind concept. Does the ‘Chinese room’ argument preclude a robot uprising? Can a robot be conscious? March of the Machines: Is AI a Threat to Mankind? Meet the man who wants to be president, and then live forever. The Doomsday Invention. Constraints On Our Universe As A Numerical Simulation.

IBM senses change with its annual “5-in-5” list for 2012. David Deutsch – On Artificial Intelligence. Robots aren’t getting smarter — we’re getting dumber. Huge artificial intelligence news! Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ Philosophical Disquisitions: Polanyi's Paradox: Will humans maintain any advantage over machines?

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