Fernando Contreras

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God in the machine: my strange journey into transhumanism

After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy – but its promises of immortality and spiritual transcendence soon seemed unsettlingly familiar<p>I first read Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Age of Spiritual …

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How artificial intelligence learns to be racist

Simple: It’s mimicking us.<p>Open up the photo app on your phone and search “dog,” and all the pictures you have of dogs will come up. This was no easy feat. Your phone knows what a dog “looks” like.<p>This and other modern-day marvels are the result of machine learning. These are programs that comb …

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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI - MIT Technology Review

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by …

Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes

It might be connected to their extraordinary intelligence.<p>Octopuses have three hearts, parrot-like beaks, venomous bites, and eight semi-autonomous arms that can taste the world. They squirt ink, contort through the tiniest of spaces, and melt into the world by changing both color and texture. They …

Original Spiral Staircase Wraps Trees

Called CanopyStair, this staircase was designed last year by designers Robert McIntyre and Thor ter Kulve. It was during a trip to the heart of the …

Elon Musk’s OpenAI Unveils a Simpler Way for Machines to Learn - MIT Technology Review

Watch OpenAI’s research director, Ilya Sutskever on stage at EmTech Digital.<p>In 2013 a British artificial-intelligence startup called DeepMind …

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Please Don’t Hire a Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer

Every serious technology company now has an Artificial Intelligence team in place. These companies are investing millions into intelligent systems for situation assessment, prediction analysis, learning-based recognition systems, conversational interfaces, and recommendation engines. Companies such …

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The Way We Teach Math Is Holding Women Back

First Daughter Ivanka Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos toured the National Air and Space Museum with a group of middle school students …

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The "universal adversarial preturbation" undetectably alters images so AI can't recognize them

In a newly revised paper in <i>Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition</i>, a group of French and Swiss computer science researchers show that "a very small …

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Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning …

I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into

Chia-Chiunn Ho was eating lunch inside Facebook headquarters, at the Full Circle Cafe, when he saw the notice on his phone: Larry Zitnick, one of the …

Exploring The Wonder Of Akihabara – Tokyo’s Electric Town!

Amongst other places of course…. If there ever was a place in Tokyo that looks and feels exactly like everything the movies, on TV or in photos, it’s …

How to prepare for employment in the age of artificial intelligence

For centuries, humans have been fretting over “technological unemployment” or the loss of jobs caused by technological change. Never has this sentiment been accentuated more than it is today, at the cusp of the next industrial revolution.<p>With developments in artificial intelligence continuing at a …

Tiny home in Tokyo is made of two skinny structures

It packs some seriously satisfying design details into a small footprint<p>Japan’s progressive zoning regulations mean that slipping a creative home onto an awkwardly small slice of property is practically a national pastime. But with an entrance measuring just six and a half feet wide, this Tokyo …

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future

From Mary Shelley to Margaret Atwood, feminist science fiction writers have imagined other ways of living that prompt us to ask, could we do things differently?<p>Margaret Atwood’s evergreen dystopian novel <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> is about to become a television drama. Published in 1985, it couldn’t feel …

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Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning and How they Differ from One Another

These are three terms that are heard all the time now, but often people still get confused about what each one really entails. Below is a quick …

Want To Understand How Trump Talks About Cities? Go Back To The 1960s

A new documentary about Jane Jacobs reflects on the failures of urban renewal–and offers insight into the current administration’s views on cities.<p>In the history of cities and city building, there are few rivalries more fierce than the one that existed between Robert Moses–New York’s “master …

Hundreds of Vintage Posters Are Now Available to Download and Print 100% Free

Soviet propaganda, old liqueurs, and advertisements for 60s airlines— start your printers!<p>If the posters of today still had the look of those of yesteryear, would they still get tagged and trolled as often? Much work today, it seems, lacks the graphic audacity of yore, opting instead for forms and …

These AI bots created their own language to talk to each other

A next step in the development of artificial intelligence.<p>It is now table stakes for artificial intelligence algorithms to “learn” about the world around them. The next level: For AI bots to learn how to talk to each other — and develop their own shared language.<p>New research released last week by …

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100 Little Things in Zelda: Breath of the Wild That Will Blow Your Mind

Continued from Page 1<p>31) If you roll a small snowball down a hill it’ll pick up more and more snow, turning into a giant snowball.<p>Exit Theatre …

CRISPR/Cas9 Reveals Cancer’s Synthetic Lethal Vulnerabilities | GEN

Click Image To Enlarge +<p>This is a network of synthetic-lethal interactions connecting commonly mutated genes to potential drug targets. [UC San Diego …

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Mythic raises $8.8 million to put AI on a chip

While there’s no shortage of hype surrounding artificial intelligence, there’s also no shortage of companies seeking to harness its potential. Mythic is one of them, and it claims to be taking a different approach. The Austin, Texas-based startup wants to move away from the cloud and a dependence …

DARPA's Lifetime Learning Project Will Let A.I. Grow Up

DARPA is working on a new machine learning technology that could let a future artificial intelligence grow up, learning from its experiences over the …

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What Westworld Got Right About the Future of AI

The promise and concern about artificial intelligence is its ability to seemingly understand and mimic human emotions.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Artificial intelligence has quickly become part of our daily routine -- it powers everything from simple …

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Ray Kurzweil predicts computers will be as smart as humans in 12 years

12 years.<p>That’s how long Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil thinks it will take for computers to reach human levels of intelligence.<p><b>Singularity Is Coming</b><p>“By 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence,” Kurzweil said in an interview at the SXSW Conference with Shira Lazar and Amy …

The radical, contrary Chinese football fans who support Japanese opponents

Chinese fans are expected to be patriotic when their clubs face Japanese opposition but a Shanghai Shenhua fangroup has defied that convention<p>By Cameron Wilson for Wild East Football, part of the Guardian Sport Network<p>Japanese club Urawa Reds face Shanghai SIPG today in an Asian Champions League …

Can you solve the chess problem which holds key to human consciousness?

It might look like a simple chess problem, but this puzzle could finally help scientists uncover what makes the human mind so unique, and why it may never be matched by a computer.<p>75 years after Bletchley Park sought codebreakers in the Second World War by placing a crossword in The Telegraph, …

I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it | Tim Berners-Lee

It has taken all of us to build the web we have, and now it is up to all of us to build the web we want – for everyone<p>Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the worldwide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, …

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California is about to explode with a spectacular wildflower display

California's parched, drought-stricken landscape was soaked this winter by ceaseless storms, creating the perfect conditions for a spectacular floral display.<p>In coming weeks, wildflowers will bloom in colorful profusion, carpeting the state's undulating hills and grassy valleys, especially in …