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Robots Aren't the Problem: It's Us - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Robots Aren't the Problem: It's Us - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Automation will engender neither utopia nor dystopia. Humans alone are responsible for our society's economic future.

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The Hunt for the Algorithms That Drive Life on Earth

The Hunt for the Algorithms That Drive Life on Earth | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
The biological world is computational at its core, argues computer scientist Leslie Valiant. His “ecorithm” approach uses computational concepts to explore fundamental mysteries of evolution and the mind.
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Concern Grows in U.S. Over China’s Drive to Make Chips

Concern Grows in U.S. Over China’s Drive to Make Chips | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Chips with military as well as electronics uses came under focus when Washington officials killed a $2.9 billion Chinese investment.
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New Technique Allows Scientists to Read Minds at Nearly the Speed of Thought

New Technique Allows Scientists to Read Minds at Nearly the Speed of Thought | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
An experiment by University of Washington researchers is setting the stage for advances in mind reading technology. Using brain implants and sophisticated software, researchers can now predict what their subjects are seeing with startling speed and accuracy.
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How Europe is fighting to change tech companies' 'wrecking ball' ethics

How Europe is fighting to change tech companies' 'wrecking ball' ethics | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
As Silicon Valley firms look to destroy ‘the existing order’, some European leaders are fighting to develop the industry’s moral compass. This is a real chance to make better decisions, fight fatalism and build a humane future
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Google’s Go Victory Is Just a Glimpse of How Powerful AI Will Be

Google’s Go Victory Is Just a Glimpse of How Powerful AI Will Be | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
The effort to create the smartest AI has truly become a race, and the contestants are among the most powerful and wealthy people on the planet.
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A Google DeepMind Algorithm Uses Deep Learning and More to Master the Game of Go | MIT Technology Review

A Google DeepMind Algorithm Uses Deep Learning and More to Master the Game of Go | MIT Technology Review | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Google has achieved one of the long-standing “grand challenges” of AI, building a computer capable of beating expert players of the board game Go—more intuitive AI assistants could follow.

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Harvard awarded £19m to build brain-inspired artificial intelligence (Wired UK)

Harvard awarded £19m to build brain-inspired artificial intelligence (Wired UK) | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Harvard has been awarded £19 million to create an AI system as complex as the human brain
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Microsoft Positions Itself as the Perfect Home for Bitcoin-Style Blockchains | MIT Technology Review

Microsoft Positions Itself as the Perfect Home for Bitcoin-Style Blockchains | MIT Technology Review | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Giant banks are experimenting with software inspired by Bitcoin, and Microsoft wants a piece of the action.
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Microsoft's new apps may seem silly — but they're part of a much bigger plan

Microsoft's new apps may seem silly — but they're part of a much bigger plan | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Seemingly silly apps, like the new alarm clock, are serving a bigger purpose within Microsoft to dominate artificial intelligence, the hottest area of 2016.
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In 2016 we're more vulnerable to hackers than ever before (Wired UK)

In 2016 we're more vulnerable to hackers than ever before (Wired UK) | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Without proper security, we're building a network packed with vulnerabilities
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Machine learning will keep us healthy longer (Wired UK)

Machine learning will keep us healthy longer (Wired UK) | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Data-crunching supercomputers are on hand to give doctors all the evidence in the world
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AI Algorithm Identifies Humorous Pictures | MIT Technology Review

AI Algorithm Identifies Humorous Pictures | MIT Technology Review | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
The latest work with AI machines is expanding the new field of computational humor.
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GM and Lyft Are Teaming Up to Build a Network of Self-Driving Cars

GM and Lyft Are Teaming Up to Build a Network of Self-Driving Cars | Systems Theory | Scoop.it

General Motors and Lyft are teaming up to create a national network of self-driving cars, the companies jointly announced this morning.

GM will invest $500 million in Lyft and take a seat on the ride-sharing startup’s board of directors. It will also become a preferred provider of cars for short-term use to Lyft drivers.

 

GM, America’s biggest automaker, has been working on autonomous technology since it first collaborated with Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, for an autonomous vehicle competition sponsored by DARPA. Next year, it plans to finally put a related product on the market: “Super Cruise,” a semi-autonomous feature that will let a car handle itself on the highway, will be available on the 2017 Cadillac CT6.


The partnership with Lyft, though, signifies ambitions far beyond Super Cruise. While we have no details on the proposed “network of on-demand autonomous vehicles”—such as how it will work or when it will arrive—we can assume it will require a far more advanced take on autonomous driving than Super Cruise will offer. Lyft, like other ride-sharing services, does the bulk of its work in cities, which are devilishly hard for robots to navigate. Urban areas are full of complicated intersections, pedestrians, cyclists, and other hard-to-predict variables.


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Is dark matter subatomic particles, a superfluid, or both? — Sabine Hossenfelder — Aeon Essays

Quantum effects are not just subatomic: they can be expressed across galaxies, and solve the puzzle of dark matter
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AI Benchmark Will ask Computers to Make Sense of the World | MIT Technology Review

AI Benchmark Will ask Computers to Make Sense of the World | MIT Technology Review | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
A new database will gauge progress in artificial intelligence, as computers try to grasp what’s going on in scenes shown in photographs.
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Why algorithms need to be accountable (Wired UK)

Why algorithms need to be accountable (Wired UK) | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
When Uber's algorithm can put you out of a job, we need to think very carefully about the power they hold over our lives
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The Rise of the Artificially Intelligent Hedge Fund

The Rise of the Artificially Intelligent Hedge Fund | Systems Theory | Scoop.it

Last week, Ben Goertzel and his company turned on a hedge fund that makes all its stock trades using AI---no human intervention required.


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Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88

Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88 | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Professor Minsky laid the foundation for the field by demonstrating the possibilities of imparting common-sense reasoning to computers.
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Memory capacity of brain is 10 times more than previously thought | KurzweilAI

Memory capacity of brain is 10 times more than previously thought | KurzweilAI | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
In a computational reconstruction of brain tissue in the hippocampus, Salk and UT-Austin scientists found the unusual occurrence of two synapses from the axon
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Microsoft's New Neural Net Shows Artificial Intelligence Is About to Get Way Smarter

Microsoft's New Neural Net Shows Artificial Intelligence Is About to Get Way Smarter | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
A new experiment from Microsoft Research shows that today's artificially intelligent systems offer only a hint of how powerful AI will one day become.
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The Plan to Unite Bitcoin With All Other Online Currencies

The Plan to Unite Bitcoin With All Other Online Currencies | Systems Theory | Scoop.it

The idea is to create a single worldwide network that can not only unite all digital currencies, but all companies and individuals who use those currencies.


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Are Brains Bayesian?

Are Brains Bayesian? | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Just because algorithms inspired by Bayes’ theorem can mimic human cognition doesn’t mean our brains employ similar algorithms.
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