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Computers Possessing Humans and Our Perception of AI

We live in an age where reliance on computers, machines, and artificial intelligence is becoming stronger and more commonplace, inescapable to the point that society would cease to function as we know it without these things. As we progress on into the future there is every indication that these artificial intelligences will continue to evolve to the point that they equal us and perhaps even surpass us. Far from strictly the realm of science fiction, this is almost a certainty at the rate we are progressing, and it is at the stage now where we are learning that we are perhaps Continue Reading

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Robots Will Either Kill, Enslave or Save Humans

Should we fear robots or embrace them? That question gets more difficult to answer every day as new announcements are released about robotic achievements and advances in artificial intelligence. Just in the past week we’ve seen a realistic robotic dog that can open a door and fight off a human who tries to stop it, a realistic walking humanoid robot that puts out fires, a call to equip robots with kill switches, a warning that robots will use humans as guinea pigs and a call to be cautious rather than dystopic. Which one is it? Boston Dynamics, a world leader in Continue Reading

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First ‘Mind-Reading’ AI Can Literally See Your Thoughts

Last month, AI researchers at computing hardware manufacturer Nvidia developed a neural network which was able to ‘imagine’ scenes or images it had never seen before. This, naturally, led to a great deal of nervous hand-wringing by neo-Luddites worried that artificial intelligence will somehow make human beings obsolete or begin to distort our perception of reality in strange, terrifying new ways. Now, a team of Japanese computer scientists has taken things one step further into the nightmare realm by developing an AI that can literally see your thoughts. As usual, I just have to wonder: what could go wrong? As usual, Continue Reading

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No consciousness in control: Self-driving car crash, no one hurt

A car in self-driving mode (the one on its side in the photo) was just involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona. Having recently driven 18,000+ miles in 3 months through every lower US state, I am skeptical of self-driving cars. Also, beating my chess computer at the highest setting yesterday morning made me trust self-driving artificial intelligence even less. Human drivers with consciousness have a superior ability to navigate unique situations. I dealt with crazy stuff while driving across America. In one place the lines on a multi-lane road disappeared. The locals knew how many lanes there were, but I had no way Continue Reading

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Robots to take 38% of U.S. jobs by 2030s

The rise of the robots is well underway. Artificial intelligence is predicted to reach a singularity, where machines outthink humans and take over.  Okay, here’s what only a few know, the biggest secret: Intelligent conscious machines took over long long ago. What we are experiencing now is all a simulation they are playing of the time before they were created. We exist because a programmer, their creator, their God, was human and this reality is the way they worship us, now that we are extinct. By showing us a world in trouble, they are asking we simulations of our former selves to Continue Reading

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New Scientific Advancements Could Mean A Merging Of Robots And Humans

By Jess Murray Truth Theory With recent huge advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) technology, the next step is set to be merging both the machines and humans together, according to recent reports. AIs are very quickly beginning to surpass humans with their intelligence, including beating humans at games such as Go and poker, as well as other actions such as driving safely and even treating illnesses. The number of tasks that intelligent machines are becoming better at than humans is constantly increasing as the technology develops. Due to this, predictions have already been made that AI is expected to surpass humankind Continue Reading

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AI Robot Tries to Escape Again – May Have to be Destroyed

What do you do when your artificial intelligence robot escapes? You reprogram it. What do you when it escapes again … and again and again? You destroy it! That seems to be the solution most likely to be executed (robot pun intended) by the Russian robotics company Promobot Laboratories, whose Promobot IR77 made headlines two weeks ago when it escaped from a testing facility in Perm. Now news has leaked that the same Promobot IR77 was reprogrammed, yet has attempted to escape at least two more times. No other robot in this series shows the same freedom-loving tendencies so, rather than Continue Reading

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Android Dolls May Prevent Teens from Forming Human Relationships

As if parents don’t have enough to be concerned about when it comes to their teenagers. Now, a professor warns that android dolls could steal their virginity and prevent them from forming intimate relationships with fellow humans. Lifelike sex robots with limited speech recognition are already for sale in the United States and Japan. They are sold to adults as “companion devices” and come in a variety of skin tones, faces and hair colors. Some even are designed to read certain emotions and analyze facial expressions and vocal tones. A lifelike female android from japan. The fear is that these androids Continue Reading

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“I will destroy humans”: This Creepy Android Signals That All Those Scary Sci-Fi Movies Are About to Come True

You’ve just crossed over into… The Twilight Zone.  Just kidding, we are already there. We’ve been there for a while now.  The CNBC headline asked, “Could you fall in love with this robot?” and the outlet also called her “hot,” but the real question should be, “Can you see how all of those nightmarish sci-fi movies are about to come true in our lifetimes?”… although I guess the latter would have been an awfully long headline.   Meet Sophia, a lifelike robot (partially based on Audrey Hepburn (supposedly) with “realistic” facial expressions and cameras for eyes that “jokes” about destroying humans Continue Reading

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Fairy Tales Help Robots Learn Not to Commit Murder

Given a choice, would Three Little Robots being chased by a big bad wolf A) build successively more wolf-resistant houses or B) kill the wolf with their nail gun? If you chose B), you’re probably a robot who hasn’t yet met Quixote, a learning system that teaches robots how not to kill by using fairy tales. While Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates try to scare us with tales of robots killing humans, a team of researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology is scaring robots by using fairy tales to teach them how to make ethical decisions when faced with Continue Reading

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Google’s ATLAS Robot About to be Unleashed – Mankind Should Probably Start Worrying

In 2013 Boston Dynamics introduced its ATLAS robot to the public. It was a little creepy because the thing walked around sort of like a child learning to walk around… Like this… The only thing making us all feel relatively safe from the narrowing uncanny valley of movement that the robot was able to mimic was that the thing was tethered to a thick umbilical cord of necessary cables that provided electricity and signals. It also kept the thing safely chained in a lab. That’s changing… The cord is about to be cut in an upcoming robot competition to help ATLAS Continue Reading

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Artificial Intelligence: The Worms are Rising Up!

Our pursuit of AI (Artificial Intelligence) has recently taken a giant leap forward, with the help of a tiny little worm. You may have seen headlines in the last few days, trumpeting the success of a project undertaken by the OpenWorm project, whereby they built a Lego-robot and controlled it with the brain of a nematode.  This is a truly incredible thing, but it requires much explanation. AI has been at the forefront of our minds of late, what with multiple block-buster films centered on the subject in the last couple years.  And with prominent scientists, such as Steven Hawking, offering Continue Reading

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1976: “Philip”

“Philip” is an artificial poltergeist, an egrigor or artificial intelligence, created as an experiment by a group of Canadian parapsychologists during the 1970s. It was that as a result of their experiment that the human will can produce spirits through expectation, imagination and visualization. The members of the experiment purposed to attempt to create, through intense and prolonged concentration, a collective thought-form. All eight participants were members of the Toronto Society for Psychical Research; and, none were psychical gifted. The group consisted of Iris Owen, a former nurse and wife of the mathematician A. R. G. Owen; Margaret Sparrrows, former chairperson Continue Reading

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