AI Alignment Podcast: On DeepMind, AI Safety, and Recursive Reward Modeling with Jan Leike. Benefits & Risks of Biotechnology. “This is a whole new era where we’re moving beyond little edits on single genes to being able to write whatever we want throughout the genome.”
-George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY. Empathic AI for smart mobility, media & technology. Neuroscience, AI and the Future of Education. Google's 'deceitful' AI assistant to identify itself as a robot during calls. Future - The increasingly realistic prospect of ‘extinct animal’ zoos. A traveller marvelling at snow leopards in a conservation park.
A foodie who wants to taste pangolins without breaking the law. A game hunter tracking a black rhino which will be replenished after the kill. To some people, these scenarios seem like dystopian nightmares. I think the human race has no future if it doesn’t go to space. I have no fear of adventure.
I have taken daredevil opportunities when they presented themselves. Years ago I barrelled down the steepest hills of San Francisco in my motorised wheelchair. I travel widely and have been to Antarctica and Easter Island and down in a submarine. On April 26, 2007, three months after my sixty-fifth birthday, I did something special: I experienced zero gravity. How the Uncanny Valley Works. It's the year 2053, and you're visiting the doctor's office.
Moments after you enter the examination room, a young woman in a white coat steps confidently through the door, smiling and greeting you by name. You're impressed by her efficiency and friendly demeanor. She describes several possible causes of your lingering shoulder pain, but when she places her hands on you to manipulate the joint, her skin is oddly cold. That's when you notice that her eyes have a glassy sheen and her gaze never quite meets yours. Prisoners 'could serve 1,000 year sentence in eight hours'
"There are a number of psychoactive drugs that distort people’s sense of time, so you could imagine developing a pill or a liquid that made someone feel like they were serving a 1,000-year sentence," she said.
"If the speed-up were a factor of a million, a millennium of thinking would be accomplished in eight and a half hours... 20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know. This Might Be the Most Life-Like (And Creepiest) Robot Ever Built. Japan Just Birthed a New Life Form with this Robot. US military tests swarm of mini-drones launched from jets. Image copyright US Department of Defense The US military has launched 103 miniature swarming drones from a fighter jet during a test in California.
Three F/A-18 Super Hornets were used to release the Perdix drones last October. The drones, which have a wingspan of 12in (30cm), operate autonomously and share a distributed brain. A military analyst said the devices, able to dodge air defence systems, were likely to be used for surveillance. Microsoft Build 2017: Windows Moves Beyond the PC. When Microsoft brought its Office suite to Apple's iPad in 2014, many observers viewed it as a move to strengthen the company's presence in the mobile space — even if it meant working with a fierce rival.
It was also a sign that then-new CEO Satya Nadella was committed to extending his company's reach beyond laptops and desktops, where its Windows software already dominated the market (and still does.) Three years later, it's clear that Nadella remains committed to that plan. During this week's Build conference, an annual Microsoft event for software developers, the Redmond, Wash. -based firm showed off a new version of Windows, a new controller for virtual reality experiences, and improvements for its Cortana artificial intelligence software.
Yes, Microsoft missed the boat on mobile. The 5 Virtual Reality Experiences to Try on Your Phone. No need to attend festivals or buy expensive viewing gear to live some of the most moving virtual reality documentaries; in fact, many can be experienced from the comfort of one’s living room provided you have a smartphone − ideally of the latest generation − and a good internet connection or data plan.
Lego professor of play: apply now for the most coveted job in education. There are only three days left to apply for what could be the most coveted job in education: the Lego professor of play, development and learning at the University of Cambridge.
The closing date for applications for the brand new, permanent post is this Friday, 20 January. The successful candidate will not only enjoy all the perks of a typical Cambridge professor – including a job that commands an average salary of £83,981 – he or she will also lead Cambridge’s newly established Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (Pedal). “The value of play is relatively under-researched,” says Prof Anna Vignoles, interim director of Pedal and a member of Cambridge University’s faculty of education. Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. Future of Humanity Institute. Artificial Intelligence @ MIRI. Machine Intelligence Research Institute - Wikipedia. The Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI), formerly the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI), is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 to research safety issues related to the development of Strong AI.
Nate Soares is the executive director, having taken over from Luke Muehlhauser in May 2015. MIRI's technical agenda states that new formal tools are needed in order to ensure the safe operation of future generations of AI software (friendly artificial intelligence). The organization hosts regular research workshops to develop mathematical foundations for this project, and has been cited as one of several academic and nonprofit groups studying long-term AI outcomes. History Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all. [...]
Research Forecasting Congratulations! Delft Hyperloop Wins SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. Yet another dreamteam has shown the world the innovative and technical strengths of the students of TU Delft. The Delft Hyperloop team won the Space X Hyperloop competition last weekend. Congrats guys! 29 teams from all over the world participated in the competition held by Elon Musk. MIT Hyperloop test 29 January 2017. Pod pride. After nearly 18 months of preparation, a UCI student team put up its sleek, high-tech HyperXite “pod” vehicle against entries from 27 other teams from around the world at the Hyperloop Pod Competition, held the last week of January at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne. The Anteaters didn’t bring home any awards, but that wasn’t the point. The prototype pods on display revealed fantastic possibilities for the Hyperloop, a futuristic transportation system proposed in 2013 by Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla.
He envisions pill-shaped vessels carrying passengers through an elevated near-vacuum tube at speeds in excess of 700 mph. If realized, the Hyperloop could shuttle people between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area in less than an hour. Facebook’s Internt.org Connects Over 40 Million People Globally. #Fb #MarkZuckerberg – Facebook’s Internt.org Connects Over 40 Million People Globally : As the likes of Samsung, HTC and Apple ponder on what could really be the reason for their dwindling returns, Facebook is over the moon thanks to impressive figures that the company released during its recent Q3 2016 earnings call.
Apple is not enjoying the smartphone market at all, something that has been on for quite some time now. The story is the same for Samsung, especially after the South Korean tech giant suffered what could be the greatest setback in their history with the failed Galaxy Note 7. However, Facebook has Internet.org to thank for its continued dominance over these major names in the same tech world. Inside Facebook’s Ambitious Plan to Connect the Whole World. Half the world away, Facebook’s most ambitious connectivity project is being developed in the small industrial town of Bridgwater, three hours west of London. A sign in front of the local pub reads: “HUSBAND BABYSITTING SERVICE.” Drive 10 minutes out and you’ll reach a low brick building marked only “#11,” though everyone knows it’s Facebook. “We tried to tell people it’s a warehouse,” engineering director Andy Cox says, “but we’ve had some 10,000 parcels delivered.
Everything comes in, but nothing goes out.” Cox, 53, is in charge of Aquila, Facebook’s passenger jet–sized unmanned aerial vehicle (aka drone). Facebook takes flight. At 2AM, in the dark morning hours of June 28th, Mark Zuckerberg woke up and got on a plane. Blue Origin, the space company owned by Jeff Bezos, is a lot like Amazon (AMZN) was in 1994 — Quartz. Singularity: The robots are coming to steal our jobs.
Image copyright Thinkstock. Technological singularity. Conscious. Singularity Summit - Wikipedia. Giant Avatar-style robot takes first steps in South Korea Korean Method-2 Giant Manned Bipedal Robot (GMBR) Exo-Bionic Exoskeleton for Future Warfare: Future Soldier/Warfighter Going ‘Avatar’-Style with Armored, Armed/Weaponized and Camouflaged Variant? We’re About 100 Years Away From a Real RoboCop. Rise of the human exoskeletons. Science fact: Sci-fi inventions that became reality. Image copyright Getty Images. Murder in virtual reality should be illegal.
Aaron Swartz. Barrett Brown. Transhumanism knocking on your door. Prisoners Could Serve 1,000 Year Sentence In 8 Hours. Eternime. How to Become Virtually Immortal. FOREVER Identity: create your eternity. TED: Ideas worth spreading.
[Official] American Genius. Safeguarding the Open Internet by Marietje Schaake. Inside The Dark Web or Deep Web - Doc Film. National Geographic The Story of Aaron Swartz Anonymous Full Documentary. Anonymous Documentary - The Story of the Anonymous Hacktivists Full Documentary. Keren Elazari: Les hackers : le système immunitaire d'internet. Misha Glenny: Hire the hackers! 40 Cool Inventions and Gadgets That Will Change Your Life. Artificial Intelligence in Social Media: What AI Knows About You, and What You Need to Know. Behind the Scenes: The Bohemian Rhapsody Experience. Edward Snowden: The Internet Is Broken. Listen To A Song Written By Artificial Intelligence, Inspired By The Beatles. SpaceX. Richard Branson. Richard. Elon Musk - Engineer, Inventor, Explorer. Elon Musk. Solar – Solar Energy Efficiency. Tesla Gigafactory. Front page - FLI - Future of Life Institute.