“Mark My Words, AI Is Far More Dangerous Than Nukes.” – Elon Musk

Earlier this year, Elon Musk gave an interview where he alluded to the idea of Artificial Intelligence being far more dangerous than nuclear weapons. This is quite a bold statement, which led to a lot of backlash, given the destruction and devastation that nuclear weapons can cause. That being said, his comments should not be ignored, as others like Julian Assange have expressed the same concerns. These concerns are coming from people who have been around, know about, and even use this type of technology. They have tremendous amounts of resources and connections, and clearly, have a lot of knowledge in the area. In the interview, Musk stated: “I think the danger of AI is much bigger than the danger of nuclear warheads by a lot… Nobody would suggest we allow the world to just build nuclear warheads if they want, that would be insane. And mark my words: […] Read More

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 unprepared for what we will encounter in this hazy, unexplored domain lying before us. At least one group of researchers has realized that we are approaching a time when we will be faced with advanced AI in a realistic human form, and they have gone about testing how […] Read More

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 robotics, released two videos of one of its latest inventions – a four-legged SpotMini robot dog that can open a door with its ‘mouth’. The popular first video shows how cute the robotic pet looks as it grabs the knob without the usual canine slobber, while the second, […] Read More

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, a whole lot could go wrong. The system works by attaching to individual’s heads fMRI scanners which can detect changes in blood flow within the brain. The signals from the scanners are analyzed in real time by an incredibly advanced neural network which is then able to actually visualize […] Read More

Hey Artificial Intelligence Demon… F#@K OFF!

The Artificial Intelligence alarm bells are FINALLY going off…BIG TIME. Insiders in government and tech are openly acknowledging that with AI we have more than summoned the demon, as Elon Musk says, we are feeding it crappy food and it is shitting on u(s). This week Stephen Hawking said AI could ‘destroy’ humanity and WebSummit confab founder, Paddy Cosgrave, dropped bombs on the megalomaniacal and monopolistic corporate entities like Google and Facebook who are raising this demon. Insiders are saying it is time to put a leash on AI developers before they unleash any more alien shit on us and/or tell their AI demon where to go. By William Henry Techies are going deep and talking the ethics of AI at Paddy Cosgrave’s influential Web Summit, held in Lisbon November 8-10, 2017 . It is time to make new rules for AI, Cosgrave said. The presence of the AI […] Read More

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 real-world dilemmas while lacking a moral compass. What would seven small robots do in this situation? At the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-16) conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, this week, researchers Mark Riedl and Brent Harrison introduced Quixote, a method for putting ethics into artificial intelligence using […] Read More

Billionaire: “We Are Destroying the Middle Class. That’s What Keeps Me Awake at Night.”

“We’re in for a huge change in society. Get used to it. And be prepared.” That’s not a new message, but as the warning will affect the personal wealth, job prospects and ability to stay afloat of nearly everyone on the planet, it is worth paying attention to. They are the blunt words of Johann Rupert, a jewelry and fashion mogul from South Africa worth an estimated $7.5 billion. Rupert blasted the actions of “.1 percent of .1 percent,” or roughly the upper 7,000 individuals of the population, which paints with a narrower brush than the general class warfare slogans against the 1%, who instead make up an enormous 70 million people across the globe. Bloomberg reported: “We cannot have 0.1 percent of 0.1 percent taking all the spoils… It’s unfair and it is not sustainable.” “How is society going to cope with structural unemployment and the envy, hatred […] Read More

Autonomous Killer Robots Almost Here: “3rd Revolution in Warfare After Gunpowder, Nuclear”

The warnings have been sounded for decades. It won’t be long now: all the parts and systems to create lethal machines with a mind of their own, deciding who and when to kill without human oversight are conceptually already developed. It is just a matter of time, and by all accounts that time is short. At least since 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the public has known (through Hollywood, anyway) of the dangers posed to humanity by artificial intelligence, robotics and the computer revolution. But today, they are more real than ever. Researchers are issuing a red alert, as the industry stands at the cusp of developing Lethal, Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), an acronym for machines with a mind of their own, capable of cutting humans out of the loop in determining who is a threat, who to target and when to kill. Nature reports: Technologies have reached a […] Read More

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 chilling if not somewhat alarmist warnings of the potential for AI to quickly decimate, replace, or simply make obsolete, the human form.  This breakthrough comes at a time when we are both most in need of such solutions, and most wary of its moral implications. None the less, […] Read More

Meet Pepper – Adorable Robot Face of Our Demise

Created as a joint effort between SoftBank and French robotics company Aldebaran, Pepper a preciously adorable robot, was unveiled recently in stores throughout Tokyo. The humans behind Pepper are hoping that everyone will want him to join their family in the very near future. Pepper laughs, tells jokes, dances and probably quietly mocks us behind his adorable little face as he and his ilk develop their future plans. Like a toddler or a pupper looking for a handout, Pepper constantly keeps eye contact with any human that he comes in contact with, can hold discussions about the weather and…stuff…and can do so in about 17 languages. Determining the emotional status of humans via facial recognition and tone of our voices is another feature of the almost child-like metal man. Using algorithms and collected data from facial recognition studies, Pepper will seek to interact with humans in a way that […] Read More

Company Creates Robotic Toddler to Help Us Like Our Future Overlords

Across the globe from the uncanny valley that is Diego-san’s facial expressions, the University of Zurich’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory making another weird foray into the creation of a robot toddler. Roboy is being developing with the help of crowd-funding,, sponsorships and almost 40 engineers and scientists. Just like its weaker, fleshy, real-life inspiration, Roboy’s design gestation is going to take about 9 months to full completion. Roboy is being developed to ease people into actually living with robots and not being creeped out by them. Roboy’s face was chosen during a Facebook contest. Its body is made entirely of plastic and will be covered with a fleshy, rubber-like material to simulate skin. Unlike typical robot movement mechanisms, Roboy will feature elastic cables pulled by motors in order to provide movement more human-like and less bad robot-dance-like. Part of Roboy’s mission is to help build a bridge across the uncanny […] Read More