What you need to know about artificial intelligence, and the imminent robot future Do androids dream of electric sheep? That's unclear, but I know for sure that every kid dreams of intelligent, thinking robots -- certainly every kid who goes on to work at CNET, in any case. Today, my sci-fi-fuelled childhood fantasies of a bot with a "brain the size of a planet" are closer than ever to being realised.
Robots master skills with ‘deep learning’ technique Robot learns to use hammer. What could go wrong? (credit: UC Berkeley) Sir Tim Berners-Lee: The marketing impact of artificial intelligence In this exclusive interview with Atifa Silk, the legendary computer scientist shares his vision of how thinking machines and a world covered in inexpensive pixels will change everything. Can machines think? It’s a question on Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s mind. A man clearly ahead of his time, the scientist, academic and inventor of the World Wide Web, is a visionary, whose innovative work has transformed businesses, governments and the world around us.
Consciousness: Eight questions science must answer Consciousness is at once the most familiar and the most mysterious feature of our existence. A new science of consciousness is now revealing its biological basis. Once considered beyond the reach of science, the neural mechanisms of human consciousness are now being unravelled at a startling pace by neuroscientists and their colleagues. I've always been fascinated by the possibility of understanding consciousness, so it is tremendously exciting to witness – and take part in – this grand challenge for 21st century science. Here are eight key questions that neuroscientists are now addressing: 1.
China’s Tianhe-2 still the fastest supercomputer in the world at 33.86 petaflops per second The results are in, and they’re not a huge surprise: For the fifth consecutive time, China’s Tianhe-2 remains the fastest supercomputer in the world, with a Linpack benchmark performance of 33.86 petaflops, or quadrillions of floating-point calculations per second. That’s the word from the 45th edition of the twice-annual TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Despite the expected result, some interesting bits of info come out of this latest roundup. The United States still has the most systems in the list of any country, with 233 (up from 231 six months ago and down from 265 in late 2013); the second and third-place systems are both from the United States as well. Meanwhile, Europe has 141 machines on the list. Significantly, three new systems belong to China’s Lenovo, although China itself is represented less this time around, with 37 supercomputers as opposed to 61 last year.
The Three Laws of Transhumanism and Artificial Intelligence Wikimedia Commons I recently gave a speech at the Artificial Intelligence and The Singularity Conference in Oakland, California. There was a great lineup of speakers, including AI experts Peter Voss and Monica Anderson, New York University professor Gary Marcus, sci-fi writer Nicole Sallak Anderson, and futurist Scott Jackisch. All of us are interested in how the creation of artificial intelligence will impact the world. My speech topic was: The Morality of an Artificial Intelligence Will be Different from our Human Morality Recently, entrepreneur Elon Musk made major news when he warned on Twitter that AI could be: "Potentially more dangerous than nukes."
Autonomous Reproduction: Evolving Robots Are Here A study by the University of Cambridge examined the "evolution" of robots, where a mother robot created increasingly successful offspring based on natural selection. A mother robot designs and builds her own children, with each generation better suited to the environment than the last. By the final round, she has produced a generation that is over twice as fit as the first. What will happen when the internet of things becomes artificially intelligent? When Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk all agree on something, it’s worth paying attention. All three have warned of the potential dangers that artificial intelligence or AI can bring. The world’s foremost physicist, Hawking said that the full development of artificial intelligence (AI) could “spell the end of the human race”. Musk, the tech entrepreneur who brought us PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX described artificial intelligence as our “biggest existential threat” and said that playing around with AI was like “summoning the demon”. Gates, who knows a thing or two about tech, puts himself in the “concerned” camp when it comes to machines becoming too intelligent for us humans to control. What are these wise souls afraid of?
U.S. Navy AI To Predict Pirate Attacks The US Navy is developing a method of maping possible pirate attacks. Anticipating attack may be the best way of fighting. There could soon be a way to predict piracy in hotspots throughout the world’s oceans. The US Navy has filed a patent describing a model that predicts the risk of maritime pirate attack for a given location. Their algorithm takes into account intelligence gathered on pirate movements and METOC, basically a profile of weather and oceanic conditions. Based on equipment and capabilities (type of boats they possess, manpower etc) they believe various pirate groups to have, the AI can predict if the groups will be able to mount an offensive under the current conditions and how far they could get.