The Global Brain can be defined as the self-organizing network formed by all people on this planet together with the information and communication technologies that connect and support them. As the Internet becomes faster, smarter, and more encompassing, it increasingly links its users into a single information processing system, which functions like a nervous system for the planet Earth. The intelligence of this system is collective and distributed: it is not localized in any particular individual, organization or computer system. It rather emerges from the interactions between all its components—a property characteristic of a complex adaptive system. Such a distributed intelligence may be able to tackle current and emerging global problems that have eluded more traditional approaches. Yet, at the same time it will create technological and social challenges that are still difficult to imagine, transforming our society in all aspects.
Facebook has opened up some of its core artificial intelligence tools, which could pave the way for startups and academia to blaze new trails in machine learning research. The post Facebook Open-Sources a Trove of AI Tools appeared first on WIRED.
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In 1964, the great science fiction writer Stanisław Lem published his philosophical magnum opus Summa Technologiae. But it wasn’t translated into English (from Polish) until two years ago. Lem’s book is an exhilarating take on the future of humanity.
Recently published Future of Life Institute (FLI) letter “Research Priorities for Robust and Beneficial Artificial Intelligence”, signed by hundreds of AI researchers, many representing government regulators, some sitting on committees with names...
Researchers have discovered why humans excel at “relational reasoning,” the ability to detect patterns and relationships in order to make sense of seemingly unrelated information. The study is published in the journal Neuron.
FCC Chairman Ted Wheeler hinted at CES that he may now support reclassifying broadband internet providers as utilities. The post FCC’s Chairman Hints at Move Towards Net Neutrality appeared first on WIRED.