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Why We Shouldn't Fear Robots

Maurice Ewing, Ph.D. | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Maurice Ewing, Ph.D.

Despite their concerns, however, it seems these all around pundits are placing too much faith in robots and too little faith the humans they're meant to replace.

'Darwin Versus Deepak': Which Came First, Feelings, or the Brain?

Stuart Hameroff | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Stuart Hameroff

Organisms kill and eat other organisms because they taste good, hunger feels bad, and getting eaten feels even worse. Conscious feelings drive behavior which serves evolution. Materialists' error is ignoring consciousness.

Top Ten Emerging Technologies: An African Perspective on Genetic Engineering, Additive Manufacturing and Artificial Intelligence

Utibe Effiong | Posted 06.01.2015 | Technology
Utibe Effiong

Here, I examine the implications of technological breakthroughs such as precise genetic engineering, additive manufacturing, and artificial intelligence, in developing economies such as Nigeria.

Minding the Machines

Tom Klein | Posted 06.01.2015 | Technology
Tom Klein

There is no stopping our shared future with intelligent machines, whether this brings us comfort or conflict or both. Those lessons from the Stone Age must surely remain in our bones, and we cannot shake them even as we look ahead to the stars or down at our phones.

Why "Intelligent" Computers Are Dumber Than Your Ten-Year-Old

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.01.2015 | Technology
Deepak Chopra

The human mind will always be ahead of computers when it comes to thinking, because no computer has ever had a thought or will have in the future, no matter how much good or bad they wind up doing.

Self-Driving Cars and the Trolley Problem

Tanay Jaipuria | Posted 06.01.2015 | Technology
Tanay Jaipuria

Can you imagine a world in which say Google or Apple places a value on each of our lives, which could be used at any moment of time to turn a car into us to save others? Would you be okay with that?

Ex Machina Movie Review: Should We Be Scared?

Katharine Rose | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Katharine Rose

There are many reasons to be impressed with Ex Machina, the recently released, exceptionally well-done sci-fi thriller directed by Alex Garland, starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander. Most notably, however, is its ability to be both ordinary and unique at the same time.

The Human Use of Human Beings

George Zarkadakis | Posted 05.19.2015 | Technology
George Zarkadakis

Such was the title of a book by Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics. In his book, published in 1950, Wiener pondered on the social questions and consequences of automation, at a time when the computer age was still an idea in a few people's heads.

Why I Don't Fear Artificial Intelligence

Peter Diamandis | Posted 05.18.2015 | World
Peter Diamandis

When we talk about all of the problems we have on Earth and the need to solve them, it is only through such AI-human collaboration that we will gain the ability to solve our grandest challenges and truly create a world of abundance.

How Artificial Intelligence Is Primed To Beat You At Where's Waldo

Singularity University | Jason Dorrier | Posted 05.18.2015 | World

By their second birthday, children are learning the names of things. What’s this? Cat. And this? Whale. Very good. What’s this color? Red! That’...

Nico Pitney

Inside The Mind That Built Google Brain: On Life, Creativity, And Failure

HuffingtonPost.com | Nico Pitney | Posted 05.29.2015 | Technology

(Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty) Here's a list of universities with arguably the greatest computer science programs: Carnegie Mellon, MIT, UC Ber...

Our Mother the Machine

Dan Rockmore | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts
Dan Rockmore

Machine-made consciousness remains one of the great challenges of modern science. "Ex Machina" makes us think about what that might mean.

'Ex Machina': The Machine in the Garden

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 05.07.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

Caleb is a lucky guy. As the movie Ex Machina begins, he's just won the contest conducted by his employer Bluebook, the world's largest search engine. The prize is for him to spend a week at the super-secretive mountain retreat of his company's brilliant, prickly CEO.

The Coming Problem of Our iPhones Being More Intelligent Than We Are

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 04.27.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

Within seven years -- about when the iPhone 11 is likely to be released -- the smartphones in our pockets will be as computationally intelligent as we are. It doesn't stop there, though. These devices will continue to advance, exponentially, until they exceed the combined intelligence of the human race.

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?