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We Need To Do More Than Just Point to Ethical Questions About Artificial Intelligence

Charles T. Rubin | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Charles T. Rubin

The combination of gesturing towards what are usually called "important ethical issues," while steadfastly putting off serious discussion of them, is pretty typical in our technology debates.

ReThink Review: Ex Machina -- Our Androids, Ourselves

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.10.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

There are so many questions we don't seem to be asking right now about the arrival of these potentially intelligent machines. And that is the genius of Alex Garland's film Ex Machina, a must-see that is one of the best, smartest, and most elegant films about artificial intelligence ever made.

An Interview With 'Ex Machina' Director Alex Garland

Zaki Hasan | Posted 04.10.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Alex Garland's haunting and thought-provoking science-fiction film Ex Machina hits theaters today, and it excels at the kind of "small scale, big ideas" cinema that we get far too little of these days.

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?

Should We Fear Artificial Intelligence? The Experts Can't Seem To Agree

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.07.2015 | Science

Could machines that think someday pose an existential threat to humanity? Some big names in science and tech seem to think so--Stephen Hawking, for on...

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.

Will Robo-Writers Put Humans Out of Work?

Karen Frankola | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Karen Frankola

Data-driven topics like finance and sports are the sweet spot for these robo-journalists. They use algorithms and natural language generators to create articles which are virtually indistinguishable from those written by humans. Can you guess which of these story leads was written by a machine?

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?

Reading as Construction in Humans and Machines - Part III: Machines

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 03.17.2015 | Technology
Bill DeSmedt

Whether or not we humans draw on our background knowledge to construct accurate models of the entities and events we read about, it is essential to their purpose that reading machines do so.

Kathleen Miles

This Mini Robot Could Replace Your Smartphone, Robot Maker Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.20.2015 | World

LONDON -- A Japanese robot maker says he's designed a personal robot that could be the "next smartphone." “You will put him in your pocket and ta...

Meet The Sexy Robot Catfishing Dudes At SXSW

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 03.17.2015 | Technology

The newest entry in the annals of viral marketing features a sexy robot, a sci-fi movie and app dating. AdWeek reports that attendees at the South by ...

An Atheist's Perspective on the Rise of Christian Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 03.06.2015 | Religion
Zoltan Istvan

Transhumanism is not a religion, nor is it in competition with religion. It is simply a mode of being that embraces evolving the human being with science, reason, and technology.

Is a Self-Aware Robot Like Chappie Possible?

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 03.06.2015 | Science
Alejandro Rojas

I was fortunate enough to be invited to a screening and press conference for the movie Chappie. It is a great movie about a police robot named Chappie that is downloaded with a program that makes him self-aware.

Great Leadership Starts With Wholehearted People Observations: From Babies to Adults

Karthik Rajan | Posted 03.04.2015 | Business
Karthik Rajan

In the case of great products, a user may go a lifetime without realizing the brilliance of the intuitive simplicity of the products. In the case of people, a genuine observation and sharing of what makes people great is the fuel to their motivation engine.

Artificial Intelligence Technology Is 'Breaking Out of the Box'

Peter Mellgard | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
Peter Mellgard

"The exponential improvement in the elements of computing is not about to run out of gas. We've got generations more of it to go. Geeks out there are going to take that computational power and that ocean of data and do things that astonish us."

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 Conscious Web: When The Internet Of Things Becomes Artificially Intelligent

Stephen Balkam | Posted 02.20.2015 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

Will our self-programming computers send out hostile orders to the chips we've added to our everyday objects? Or is this just another disruptive moment, similar to the harnessing of steam or the splitting of the atom?

Reading as Construction - Part II: Humans vs. Machines

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 04.17.2015 | Technology
Bill DeSmedt

Lacking, at least at the present stage of AI development, any innate goals of its own, all of a computer's motivations for reading, as for any other task, must originate from the outside -- from us. Machines read, if they do so at all, to serve our purposes.

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...

Reading as Construction in Humans and Machines -- Part I: Humans

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 04.12.2015 | Technology
Bill DeSmedt

Do stories exist only in our heads? Put the question another way: Is it possible that the "overt story" -- the surface text physically presented to us, whether on parchment or computer screen -- is really only a string of cues intended to guide the reader in reconstructing the full narrative?

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.

Intelligent Machines -- On Earth and Beyond

Mario Livio | Posted 04.05.2015 | Science
Mario Livio

Which of the two potential achievements -- the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligent life or the development of human-matching thinking machines -- will constitute a bigger "revolution"?

Are You Ready To Have Sex With Robots?

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 01.30.2015 | Technology

Can a robot consent to having sex? Will an operating system replace your girlfriend? Will we able to sync to our partners' vibrators just by using our...