Google DeepMind is making artificial intelligence a slave to the algorithm

  • Your article (Hi-tech brain drain threatens British university research, 2 November) contains one particularly chilling revelation: that Google DeepMind now runs artificial intelligence courses at UCL and Oxford.
  • Having met the DeepMind people in my role with the MIT Media Lab, I know that their definition of “intelligence” is so impoverished that it doesn’t extend beyond the abstract calculations that an algorithm can achieve, and completely fails to understand that human intelligence is embodied and distributed throughout our…
  • Artificial intelligence of the kind Google promotes can play Go and even – at a pinch – recognise Bach or Picasso.
  • If we entrust the education of those who will determine the future relationship of people and machines to a company whose core belief is that all human experience can be replicated by algorithms, all we can hope is that global warming wipes us out before the machines do.
  • Sheila Hayman – – Director’s fellow, MIT Media Lab – – • Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters

Letters: Google’s role in university artificial intelligence courses alarms Sheila Hayman
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New Smart Robots In The Neighbourhood — GadgTecs

New Smart Robots in The Neighborhood!  #Science #ArtificialIntelligence #ai

  • These are ‘Voltron‘ like smart robots that have the ability to choose their own leader.
  • The idea behind this invention is taken from the famous American animated television series – Voltron: Defender of the Universe, where five lion-shaped robots link up to form a giant robot that fights against evil.
  • A team of scientists has come up with robots that work together and choose their own leader.
  • However, the team of scientists, led by Marco Dorigo, head of a robotic lab in Brussels, built robots that can link up together, react to their surroundings, and can pass on authority to another member in the group.
  • The leader can decide to add new robots to the group and link it with everyone.

These are ‘Voltron’ like smart robots that have the ability to swarm togather and choose their own leader. Doesn’t that sound new and interesting?
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New Smart Robots In The Neighbourhood — GadgTecs

New Smart Robots In The Neighbourhood — @GadgTecs  #ai

  • These are ‘Voltron‘ like smart robots that have the ability to choose their own leader.
  • The idea behind this invention is taken from the famous American animated television series – Voltron: Defender of the Universe, where five lion-shaped robots link up to form a giant robot that fights against evil.
  • A team of scientists has come up with robots that work together and choose their own leader.
  • However, the team of scientists, led by Marco Dorigo, head of a robotic lab in Brussels, built robots that can link up together, react to their surroundings, and can pass on authority to another member in the group.
  • The leader can decide to add new robots to the group and link it with everyone.

These are ‘Voltron’ like smart robots that have the ability to swarm togather and choose their own leader. Doesn’t that sound new and interesting?
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BBC iPlayer

🤖 This is a genuine conversation with a #robot. #Ai

  • Ben meets one of the most humanlike robots in the world, Erica.
  • Professor Danielle George MBE, an electronics engineer from Manchester University and a robot supporter, and Dr Ben Garrod, an evolutionary biologist from Anglia Ruskin University and robo-sceptic, uncover whether the rise of the robots will enhance the progress of humanity or ultimately threaten the survival of the human race.
  • Ben is unashamedly unnerved by the tremendous rate that robots are evolving, whilst Danielle is welcoming them with open arms.
  • To make sense of Ben’s fears and Danielle’s optimism, they set out to investigate the evolution of robots – treating them as if they are an emerging ‘species’.
  • Ben meets one of the most humanlike robots in the world – the disarmingly charming Erica – who might be warm to the touch, but whose sense of humour falls decidedly flat.

Ben Garrod meets one of the most humanlike robots in the world, Erica.
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AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

#AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

  • “There was no reward to sticking to English language,” says Dhruv Batra, visiting research scientist from Georgia Tech at Facebook AI Research (FAIR).
  • We Teach Bots To Talk, But We’ll Never Learn Their Language Facebook ultimately opted to require its negotiation bots to speak in plain old English.
  • The other issue, as Facebook admits, is that it has no way of truly understanding any divergent computer language.
  • “It’s important to remember, there aren’t bilingual speakers of AI and human languages,” says Batra.
  • As one insider at a major AI technology company told me: No, his company wasn’t actively interested in AIs that generated their own custom languages.

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.

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How Robots Will Quickly Replace You at Your Job

Here's what artificial intelligence experts think robots will do in the next 200 years

  • The study polled AI experts on when they thought robots and programs would be able to perform to a handful of jobs and tasks better than humans.
  • For instance, robots will likely be able to fold laundry better than humans between the next two and fourteen years, with the median response being six years.
  • So, sometime in the next fourteen years (though likely well before that), you’ll probably start seeing robots at your nearest laundromat.
  • According to the same polled audience, robots will take over all human jobs sometime in the next 200+ years, with the median response being around 120+ years from now.
  • You should definitely take a look at all the ways your job could automated in the next decade-plus.

Years from now, robots will replace every human in every job function. Here’s how long that will take to accomplish.
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Researchers Have Created an AI That Is Naturally Curious

Researchers Have Created an #AI That Is Naturally Curious 

 #fintech @futurism

  • Researchers have successfully given AI a curiosity implant, which motivated it to explore a virtual environment.
  • This could be the bridge between AI and real world application

    Researchers at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, have produced an artificial intelligence (AI) that is naturally curious.

  • While the AI that was not equipped with the curiosity ‘upgrade’ banged into walls repeatedly, the curious AI explored its environment in order to learn more.
  • This is a useful and effective strategy for teaching AI to complete specific tasks — as shown by the AI who beat the AlphaGo world number one — but less useful when you want a machine to be autonomous and operate outside of direct commands.
  • This is crucial step to integrating AI into the real world and having it solve real world problems because, as Agrawal says, “rewards in the real world are very sparse.”

Researchers have successfully given AI a curiosity implant, which motivated it to explore a virtual environment.
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