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'Ex Machina': A Film Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

The film was written and directed by Alex Garland, his first as more than a successful script writer. He has a fine imagination, a feel for evil unceremoniously delivered, and the timing needed to produce suspense. Could he have AI? Probably not, since he is a man.

'Ex Machina': The Consciousness Test

Stephen Balkam | Posted 04.19.2015 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

What exactly is consciousness and are humans the only ones who can possess it? This is a question that has vexed philosophers for millennia. It's a debate being taken up not just by philosophers and psychologists, but also AI researchers. Is consciousness another word for "soul"? And, if so, can a robot have one?

Why Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates Are Terrified of Artificial Intelligence

James Barrat | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
James Barrat

We don't know how to control super-intelligent machines. How long until a thinking machine -- a smart killer robot, for example -- learns to program itself?

Major Transhumanism Conference Features Both Rising and Seasoned Experts

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 03.30.2015 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Increasingly, futurists are hoping that through politics, radical science and technology will gain a better foothold in society.

Petting Robots and Connecting Citizens at SXSW

David Tereshchuk | Posted 03.18.2015 | Technology
David Tereshchuk

The annual shindig that is South By Southwest is never unenjoyable for a media-hound. How could it be -- with its abundant, tripartite combination of a Film division, an entire Internet universe (or more officially the 'Interactive' division) and the all-pervasive backdrop of a Music festival?

Terminator Robots and AI Risk

Meia Chita-Tegmark | Posted 03.02.2015 | Technology
Meia Chita-Tegmark

Concerns about risk coming from the development of AI have been recently expressed by many computer science researchers, entrepreneurs and scientists, making us wonder: what are we fearing?

AI vs. Human Intelligence: Why Computers Will Never Create Disruptive Innovations

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 02.25.2015 | Science
Nick Seneca Jankel

I am convinced that no computer, no matter how powerful, will ever be able to purposefully innovate an artistic breakthrough like Hip Hop; or a commercial one like Instagram. Breakthrough creativity is fundamentally organic, not algorithmic.

The Future Of Crime: Smartphone Tracking, Neurohacking And AI Assisted Murder

Singularity University | Jason Dorrier | Posted 02.13.2015 | World

The world Marc Goodman outlines in exhaustive detail in his forthcoming book, Future Crimes, is as real, gritty, and frightening as life outside the M...

Looking Forward to a Robot Doing Your Job for You? Think Again.

Nicholas Carr | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Nicholas Carr

We're actually happiest when we're absorbed in a difficult task, one that challenges us not only to exercise our talents but to stretch them. And yet, given the opportunity, we'll eagerly relieve ourselves of the rigors of labor.

The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence

Tim Urban | Posted 04.12.2015 | Technology
Tim Urban

Artificial superintelligence is coming, probably whether we like it or not, and probably within our lifetimes. If many of the experts are correct, this will either be our greatest dream or our worst nightmare. Here's why.

Leveraging Behavioral Intelligence

Illah Nourbakhsh | Posted 03.29.2015 | Technology
Illah Nourbakhsh

Perhaps you linger, click slowly, scroll a bit. Automatic algorithms will use your lurk behavior, even your mouse click speeds, to estimate ever more accurately whether you're a serious shopper or just a window viewer.

A New Default Self

Robert Fuller | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

The first computers were free-standing machines. Later, we learned how to hook them up and the result was an enormous increase in computing power. A parallel shift in our notion of selfhood is called for. The current default self, subscribed to by most people most of the time, is a stand-alone model. The new default self, to be posited in this essay, is more like a computer network.

Here's Why You Shouldn't Fear A Robot Apocalypse

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 01.23.2015 | Science

Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have issued grave warnings about artificial intelligence--saying it has the potential to wipe out humanity. But Dr. ...

Can AI Save Us From AI?

Singularity University | Jason Dorrier | Posted 02.04.2015 | World

Nick Bostrom’s book Superintelligence might just be the most debated technology book of the year. Since its release, big names in tech and science, ...

Stephen Hawking: AI 'Could Spell The End Of The Human Race'

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.02.2014 | Science

When it comes to advances in artificial intelligence, we've come a long way: self-driving cars are no longer limited to science-fiction novels, robots...

The Reykjavik International Film Festival Is the Tectonic Meeting Point of European and American Indie Cinema

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
James Marshall Crotty

Whether you are looking to write, scout or shoot (the Icelandic Film Centre offers a 20 percent rebate if you meet certain "cultural criteria"), put Reykjavik and RIFF in your filmmaking bucket list.

The Future of Getting Lost

Mark Fallows | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Fallows

As controllers of technology, individually and collectively, we must balance technological connection with disconnection, have the discipline to lose ourselves in our unconscious minds, and have the focus to listen to our souls.

When Robots Take Over Most Jobs, What Will Be the Purpose of Humans?

Stowe Boyd | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Stowe Boyd

Soon, all that will be left for human beings will be the non-routine, creative work.

Kathleen Miles

Will Artificial Intelligence Doom The Human Race Within The Next 100 Years?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.04.2015 | World

An Oxford philosophy professor who has studied existential threats ranging from nuclear war to superbugs says the biggest danger of all may be superin...

How Your Great-Grandchildren Could Talk to You Decades after Your Death

Evan Carroll | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Evan Carroll

Imagine if your great-grandchildren walk over to the latest voice-controlled computer of their day and say, "I want to talk to grandma." In just seconds, a "virtual you" is projected into the room ready for a quick conversation.

Stephen Hawking Fears Our Machines Will Soon Outsmart Us

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 05.06.2014 | Technology

Could advances in artificial intelligence eventually lead to the downfall of mankind? Famed physicist Stephen Hawking laid out this extreme concern...

Transcendence: An AI Researcher Enjoys Watching His Own Execution

Stuart Russell | Posted 06.29.2014 | Science
Stuart Russell

So, how seriously should we take the movie's premise -- that superhuman AI is a potential threat to humanity? And how plausible, from a scientific viewpoint, is the sequence of events leading to Caster's mind being reconstituted, in vastly magnified form, inside a quantum computer?

Shazam's Grammy Predictions Actually Revealed Macklemore's Best Rap Album Upset

Kristin Juel | Posted 04.05.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin Juel

Many of us are curious to see just how much can be gleaned from the approach of predictive modeling in relation to something as subjective as music.

Bianca Bosker

Google's New A.I. Ethics Board Might Save Humanity From Extinction

HuffingtonPost.com | Bianca Bosker | Posted 01.30.2014 | Technology

In 2011, the co-founder of DeepMind, the artificial intelligence company acquired this week by Google, made an ominous prediction more befitting a ran...

Innovations That Will Change Your Life: A Conversation With Elon Musk

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.04.2015 | World

Elon Musk is an entrepreneur and founder of Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity. WORLDPOST: What are the key innovations that will change our lives in the ...