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Artificial Intelligence

The Case for a Robot-in-Chief

John Feffer | Posted 04.23.2015 | Comedy
John Feffer

In the next election, I fully expect to see our first woman president. But after that, I think we should break another glass ceiling. It's time to put a non-human in the White House. We're America. We don't settle for second-best.

Movie Review: Ex Machina -- Mechanical

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.24.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ex Machina is both tastily minimal and frustratingly simplistic. Alex Garland's directing debut (he wrote 28 Days Later and Sunshine) is, in essence, a three-hander about three people in a house. OK, a high-tech mansion, but you get the point. 

Igor Bobic

Bill Clinton Predicts The Future For Georgetown Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his annual lecture at Georgetown University on Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton took the long view, laying out the challenges t...

Building Artificial Brains With Electronics

George Zarkadakis | Posted 04.21.2015 | Technology
George Zarkadakis

Memristors and neuristors are elementary circuit elements that could be used to build a new generation of computers that mimic the brain, the so-called "neuromorphic computers". These computers will differ from conventional architectures in a significant way.

'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.

The New Social Movement of Our Generation: Effective Altruism

Melody Y. Guan | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Melody Y. Guan

If universities are the bellwether of social change, as they have often been in times past, then the enthusiasm and captivation that EA has brought out at Harvard and other institutions of higher learning may well trickle to the rest of the population.

'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?

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 04.22.2015 | 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?