THE ROBOTS ARE COMING

By Malcolm Out Loud | This future business is both fascinating and scary as hell. The talking animals are cool maybe but the robot sex - I don't know folks!

Elon Musk’s Fears of AI Aren’t Shared By All AI Experts

One way to develop a reputation as a visionary is to come up with a well-known, startlingly prescient prediction that proves true. Another way is to …

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“Irresponsible”: Mark Zuckerberg Slams Elon Musk’s “Doomsday” Attitude

With the robot apocalypse nearly upon us, Zuck and Musk have two very different views of the future.<p>Three years ago, Tesla C.E.O. <b>Elon Musk</b> had a revelation. He had invested in DeepMind, the artificial-intelligence start-up that would soon be acquired by Google, and was alarmed by how quickly the …

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AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

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Why You Will One Day Have a Chip in Your Brain | Backchannel

<b>Implanting a microchip inside the brain</b> to augment its mental powers has long been a science fiction trope. Now, the brain computer interface is …

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In China, a robot has started delivering packages to people

Jingdong, or JD.com, China’s second-biggest e-commerce company after Alibaba, sent robots to deliver items for the first time yesterday (June 18), on the last day of a two-week-long shopping bonanza that recorded sales of around $17.6 billion, according to a spokesman with the company.<p>Designed by …

Meet the newest recruits of Dubai’s police force: robocars with facial recognition tech

Mini autonomous police cars paired with companion drones and facial recognition technology will begin patrolling the streets of Dubai by the end of the year to help the city identify suspects and track them down.<p>The announcement by city officials earlier this week comes as Dubai races to reshape …

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SpaceX rocket finally lifts off after two aborted launch attempts

After two aborted attempts and a three-day delay, SpaceX successfully sent a communications satellite soaring toward orbit on Wednesday.<p>The commercial space company, headed by Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, initially planned for the launch to occur on July 2, but pushed it to July 3 -- when it was …

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The Fourth Industrial Age will be about AI understanding us, not the other way around

While we’re not going to let the bots take over just yet, it’s clear that bots <i>are</i> going to meet our needs, offer proactive advice, and serve us. The truth is, we won’t try to understand technology. Technology will try to understand us.<p>That’s a lofty goal. The digital revolution was about humans …

China Is Investing Heavily In Artificial Intelligence, And Could Soon Catch Up To The U.S.

The buzzword among the business and tech communities in China for the past year has been ‘AI’, or artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence, which allows software to “learn” human ways of thinking, is being incorporated into the largest e-commerce platforms, including Baidu, Alibaba, and …

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Could drone beehives solve delivery issues in tomorrow’s cities?

Amazon has presented a few weird ideas for delivery and its latest, a skyscraper beehive filled with drones, is no exception. The patent application is another look at how Amazon plans to integrate drones and improve ‘last mile’ delivery.<p>Most of Amazon’s warehouses are located on the outskirts of …

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The takeover begins: Vegas opens up first bar run by robots

Would you tip a robot if it poured you the perfect drink? You might have to solve that one yourself if you plan on making a trip to Sin City. The …

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Next-Generation A.I. Could Develop Its Own 'Human Intuition'

Artificial intelligence is pretty good at performing tasks like driving cars, translating languages, and identifying faces. The next step is getting …

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Five robots that are changing everything

From robot simians that can clean up nuclear accidents, to powered exoskeletons that enable you to lift huge objects, robotic technologies are developing incredibly quickly. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, chief engineer at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks us through five robots that are changing the …

It’s really hard for robots to pick things up but this one is great at it

While businesses like Amazon are using robots to move things around their factory floors, getting them to identify and then actually pick up awkwardly-shaped objects “remains a difficult challenge” because most everyday objects aren’t uniform.<p>Berkeley scientists however, have invented a robot that …

Drones keep dropping drugs and porn into prisons

Used for smuggling into federal prisons a dozen times in five years<p>A new report from <i>USA Today</i> found that drones have been used more than a dozen times to fly contraband into federal prisons over the last five years, as scattered reports suggest the smuggling operations have proven popular.<p>The paper …

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Elon Musk wants to link computers to our brains to prevent an existential threat to humanity

Elon Musk is a busy guy.<p>He's developing electric vehicles, self-driving cars, tunnel-boring infrastructure technology, and re-usable rockets (with the goal of getting humans to Mars).<p>Given Musk's ambitiousness, it's not totally surprising that he is also launching a company that will look into ways …

US military will have more combat robots than human soldiers by 2025

The US military will have more robot soldiers on the battlefield than real ones by 2025, a top British intelligence expert has claimed.<p>John Bassett, …

Facebook teaches bots how to negotiate. They learn to lie instead

The chatbots came up with their own original and effective responses - including deceptive tactics<p>Facebook’s 100,000-strong bot empire is booming - …

Facebook is building chat bots that can negotiate and plan ahead like actual humans

Facebook says its bots are getting smarter.<p>Facebook says its machines are getting more and more human.<p>The social giant released research Wednesday outlining its efforts to train artificially intelligent chat bots to negotiate with real humans — a skill that requires bots to actually plan a few …

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A.I. Expert Worries That ISIS Will Use Killer Robots One Day

An A.I. expert from Australia thinks that automating weapons will lead us into a <i>Terminator</i> scenario. If people don’t direct the killing machines, …

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Goodbye doctors, hello robots

It’s time we started treating our healthcare with the same respect that we’ve given our music libraries. It’s time to personalize mental health and optimize physical training — and I don’t want to wait around for appointments with six-figure graduate students using decades-old technology to give me …

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10 tools based on AI that will change your freelancing career

Is your career endangered by AI?<p><i>The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.</i><p><i>—</i></i> …

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Elon Musk says robots will beat humans at everything by 2030

The performance of humans’ puny brains will be outmatched by computers within just 13 years, billionaire Elon Musk has claimed.<p>The Tesla and SpaceX …

The construction industry is short on human workers and ripe for a robotic takeover

Construction is one of the least-digitized industries in the world, and its productivity is suffering.<p>Construction is a $10 trillion global industry. It’s also mired by waste, severe worker shortages and weak productivity growth — all of which mean the business of building is ripe for a robotic …

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How long do you have left to live? A new AI could have the answer

Results "comparable" to those of doctors<p>Using artificial intelligence to predict how long we’ll live, is now a step closer to reality thanks to new …

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How artificial intelligence optimizes recruitment

While we worry about artificial intelligence driving us into unemployment, a lot of job positions remain vacant and a large percentage of applicants never hear back from employers.<p>This is largely due to the inefficiency of the manual recruitment tools and processes, which make it extremely hard for …

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Bill Gates wants to tax robots, but the EU says, 'no way, no way'

Microsoft founder Bill Gates wants to tax robots who take people's jobs, but a top European Union (EU) official has other ideas.<p>Andrus Ansip, the …

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AI experts predict the future: Truck drivers out of jobs by 2027, surgeons by 2053

Hundreds of AI experts predict when their models will beat humans at everything.<p>Google has hung up its AlphaGo gloves after trouncing the world's …

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How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing healthcare

There’s currently a shortage of over seven million physicians, nurses and other health workers worldwide, and the gap is widening. Doctors are stretched thin — especially in underserved areas — to respond to the growing needs of the population.<p>Meanwhile, training physicians and health workers is …

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