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Cambridge, Cabs and Copenhagen: My Route to Existential Risk

The fear that technology might threaten our survival is is often dismissed as outlandish. But it is cause for concern.
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The prospects of an emerging global intelligence on the internet and elsewhere
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Demis Hassabis: Towards General Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Demis Hassabis is the Co-Founder and CEO of DeepMind, the world’s leading General Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, which was acquired by Google i
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IBM scientists emulate neurons with phase-change technology | KurzweilAI

IBM scientists emulate neurons with phase-change technology | KurzweilAI | Global Brain | Scoop.it
A prototype chip with large arrays of phase-change devices that store the state of artificial neuronal populations in their atomic configuration. The devices
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Musk’s new master plan for Tesla | KurzweilAI

Musk’s new master plan for Tesla | KurzweilAI | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Tesla Autopilot (credit: Tesla Motors) Elon Musk revealed his new master plan for Tesla today (July 20) in a blog post published on Tesla's
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AI beats top U.S. Air Force tactical air combat experts in combat simulation | KurzweilAI

AI beats top U.S. Air Force tactical air combat experts in combat simulation | KurzweilAI | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Gene Lee, in a flight simulator, takes part in simulated air combat versus artificial intelligence technology developed by a
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RIGHTS FOR ROBOTS: EU reveals plans for new class of AI electro-person

RIGHTS FOR ROBOTS: EU reveals plans for new class of AI electro-person | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Ahead of today's historic "in/out" vote for Britain, it has emerged the EU wants to introduce laws specific to robots that could give them civil rights regulations of they own, and see limits on how many jobs they could replace from humans.

In scenes that could have come from the sic-fi novels of Isaac Asimov nearly 70 years ago, a recommendation of the European Parliament to the EU Commission has suggested in the future sentient AI robots could need their own rights and responsibilities, and strict laws banning them from taking over too many jobs across the Continent may become necessary.

In the 1950s Asimov predicted robots would eventually have to adhere to laws, because the potential of what could develop from a combination of sophisticated mechanism, androids with human features, and artificial intelligence (AI) was too dangerous.

But, it appears Brussels bureaucrats fear this fiction will become a reality and the report has even considered including a "new robot category next to natural and lawful people: the electronic person".
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A Post-Human World Is Coming. Design Has Never Mattered More

Designers will play a crucial role in shaping our post-human future. Our lives may depend on it.
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This Is the Tech That Will Make Learning as Addictive as Video Games

This Is the Tech That Will Make Learning as Addictive as Video Games | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The way we learn today is just wrong. Learning needs to be less like memorization, and more like…Angry Birds. Half of school dropouts name boredom... read more
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Machine Of Human Dreams explores how AI could overtake mankind

Machine Of Human Dreams explores how AI could overtake mankind | Global Brain | Scoop.it
According to the A.I. maverick and “transhumanist” Ben Goertzel, humans are “the minimal general intelligence system on this planet at this time…humans are not the end of the line any more than amoebas are the end of the line.”
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New paper: "Safely interruptible agents" - Machine Intelligence Research Institute

New paper: "Safely interruptible agents" - Machine Intelligence Research Institute | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Google DeepMind Research Scientist Laurent Orseau and MIRI Research Associate Stuart Armstrong have written a new paper on error-tolerant agent designs, “Safely interruptible agents.” The paper is forthcoming at the 32nd Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence. Abstract: Reinforcement learning agents interacting with a complex environment like the real world are unlikely to behave optimally... Read more »
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AI Brain Mapping: Closer to Reality Than You'd Think

AI Brain Mapping: Closer to Reality Than You'd Think | Global Brain | Scoop.it

AI expert Neil Jacobstein talks fintech, machine learning, Big Data, and building artificial brains.


Business and Open-Source Driving the AI Boom From 2011-2015, over $3 billion was invested specifically in AI-related companies, according to Jacobstein. Beyond the Facebooks and Googles of the world, there are a host of start-ups and open-source initiatives applying next-gen machine learning, AI, and Big Data technologies to real-world business use cases. Jacobstein talked about a few:

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Cooperation emerges when groups are small and memories are long, study finds

Cooperation emerges when groups are small and memories are long, study finds | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The tragedy of the commons, a concept described by ecologist Garrett Hardin, paints a grim view of human nature. The theory goes that, if a resource is shared, individuals will act in their own self-interest, but agains
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Scientists Just Invented the Neural Lace

Scientists Just Invented the Neural Lace | Global Brain | Scoop.it
In the Culture novels by Iain M. Banks, futuristic post-humans install devices on their brains called a “neural lace.” A mesh that grows with your brain, it’s essentially a wireless brain-computer interface. But it’s also a way to program your neurons to release certain chemicals with a thought. And now, there’s a neural lace prototype in real life.
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Is this beginning of full brain-machine interface ?
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After a decade of R&D, MaidSafe’s decentralized network opens for alpha testing

After a decade of R&D, MaidSafe’s decentralized network opens for alpha testing | Global Brain | Scoop.it

Not many startups have spent a decade fine-tuning their tech platform prior to launch. But not many startups are trying to radically rethink the structure of the internet.


UK-based MaidSafe, which has been building an alternative, decentralized p2p network since before Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone, is finally — finally! — gearing up for a tentative launch — flicking the switch on its first alpha test network today.

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Great news! These guys worked very hard to create a truly decentralized, private, safe and democratic Internet. Hopefully this grand vision will unfold to its fullest in the coming couple of years.
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The Science Behind a Crazy 6-Way Kidney Exchange

The Science Behind a Crazy 6-Way Kidney Exchange | Global Brain | Scoop.it
In a surgery worthy of the most convoluted Grey’s Anatomy plot, surgeons at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco completed two-day, six-way kidney transplant late last week.
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Pokémon Go: Who owns the virtual space around your home?

Pokémon Go: Who owns the virtual space around your home? | Global Brain | Scoop.it
I can’t put a billboard on your house without your permission, but I can put a Pokéstop there. As real and virtual worlds collide, that is causing problems
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nukem777's curator insight, July 15, 8:24 PM
Good question, not you, as that space has been freely invaded by every radio wave imagineable for years.

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The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism | KurzweilAI

The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism | KurzweilAI | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Sharing isn’t new. Giving someone a ride, having a guest in your spare room, running errands for someone, participating in a supper club — these are not revolutionary concepts. What is new, in the “sharing economy,” is that you are not helping a friend for free; you are providing these services to a stranger for money.

In this book, Arun Sundararajan, an expert on the sharing economy, explains the transition to what he describes as “crowd-based capitalism” — a new way of organizing economic activity that may supplant the traditional corporate-centered model. As peer-to-peer commercial exchange blurs the lines between the personal and the professional, how will the economy, government regulation, what it means to have a job, and our social fabric be affected?
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O2O - Coordinating your offline activities online

O2O - Coordinating your offline activities online | Global Brain | Scoop.it
There is a rise of O2O (online to offline) services, in which users are using their cellphones to get their cars washed, make last-minute restaurant reservations, find discounted deals, order prescription medicine, and more. Cellphones are becoming a "remote control" for the physical environment around us. O2O’s rise has been rapid in China, because of its high population density. On a recent trip there, I shot this sequence of eight videos to give viewers a sense of this rise of O2O
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A fourth industrial revolution is powering the rise of smart manufacturing

A fourth industrial revolution is powering the rise of smart manufacturing | Global Brain | Scoop.it
A wave of technological innovation has started to fundamentally alter how we make stuff. It signals an era of huge change.
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The Chinese Hackers in the Back Office

The Chinese Hackers in the Back Office | Global Brain | Scoop.it
A dusty old computer in a mom-and-pop Wisconsin welding shop is giving a digital security firm a window into the operations of Chinese hackers.
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The World Will Be Continuously Upgradable When Everything Is Connected

The World Will Be Continuously Upgradable When Everything Is Connected | Global Brain | Scoop.it
One day in the future, we’ll look back in wonder at how our physical objects used to be singular, disconnected pieces of matter.

We’ll be in awe of the fact that a car used to be just a piece of metal full of gears and belts that we would drive from one place to another, that a refrigerator was a box that kept our food cold — and a phone was a piece of plastic we used to communicate to one other person at a time.

That’s because the future we’re rapidly moving towards is one where physical items become intelligent and interconnected — and as a fascinating result, their functionality changes.

There is probably no better example of this trend than the cell phone. The mobile phone used to be just that — a mobile phone. Now it’s your flashlight, your bank, your TV, and your funny, yet kind of dumb personal assistant. The cell phone — or really, more accurately, the hand-held computer — has become mostly a gateway to all the mobile services we use on it.

And those services are constantly morphing and improving, changing what our smartphones can do without requiring the physical phone itself to change all that much at all.
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The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World’s Most Secretive Startup

The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World’s Most Secretive Startup | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Virtual reality is posed to become a fundamental technology, and outfits like Magic Leap have an opportunity to become some of the largest companies ever.
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Google DeepMind’s kill switch research may ease A.I. fears

Google DeepMind’s kill switch research may ease A.I. fears | Global Brain | Scoop.it
Google DeepMind, a London-based artificial intelligence company that Google acquired in 2014, is working on what will be a kill switch for robots and other A.I. systems.
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Now we are left with the challenge of designing A BIG RED BUTTON to prevent human beings to make stupid disastrous (to them and the environment) actions. After all humans have a (un)respectable track record of performing such actions while machines have none...
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Mary Meeker's 2016 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis

Mary Meeker's 2016 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis | Global Brain | Scoop.it
The internet is slowing down, messaging is taking on the home screen, and voice search is big.
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