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Paul Allen and the Machines: Teaching the next generation of artificial intelligence

Paul Allen and the Machines: Teaching the next generation of artificial intelligence | Systems Theory | Scoop.it

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been pondering artificial intelligence since he was a kid. In the late '60s, eerily intelligent computers were everywhere, whether it was 2001's HAL or Star Trek's omnipresent Enterprise computer. As Allen recalls in his memoir, "machines that behaved like people, even people gone mad, were all the rage back then." He would tag along to his father's job at the library, overwhelmed by the information, and daydream about "the sci-fi theme of a dying or threatened civilization that saves itself by finding a trove of knowledge." What if you could collect all the world's information in a single computer mind, one capable of intelligent thought, and be able to communicate in simple human language? 

Forty years later, with nearly 9 billion dollars to Allen's name, that idea is beginning to seem like more than just fantasy. Much of the technology is already here. We talk to our phones and aren't surprised when they talk back. A web search can answer nearly any question, undergirded by a semantic understanding of the structure of online information. But while the tools are powerful, the processes behind them are still fairly basic. Siri only understands a small subset of questions, and she can't reason, or do anything you might call thinking. Even Watson, IBM'sJeopardy champ, can only handle simple questions with unambiguous phrasing. Already, Google is looking to the Star Trek computer as a guiding light for its voice search — but it's still a long way off. If technology is going to get there, we'll need computers that are better at talking and, more crucially, better at reasoning.


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Roger Ellman's curator insight, October 28, 2013 5:48 AM

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Information crucial when considering future mankind

New weblog published

bit.ly/1eonx2u This is a English version of a guest blog written for www.Rathenau.nl

 

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14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change The World - Business Insider Australia

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14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change The World
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In networking, the trend is towards more interoperability between networks, higher bandwidth and more virtual services.
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Human microchipping: I've got you under my skin - Sydney Morning Herald

Human microchipping: I've got you under my skin - Sydney Morning Herald | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Human microchipping: I've got you under my skin Sydney Morning Herald Cybernetics scientist Dr Mark Gasson of the University of Reading, in Britain, became the first human to be infected with a computer virus, after he injected himself with a...
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Simon Lindgren - #SS60S. New episode. Luhmann’s theory of social...

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#SS60S. New episode. Luhmann’s theory of social systems and autopoiesis, explained. (RT @simonlindgren: Video: #SS60S. New episode. Luhmann’s theory of social systems and autopoiesis, explained.
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Artificial Self-Healing Muscles as Strong as Biological Ones | Gadgets, Science & Technology

Artificial Self-Healing Muscles as Strong as Biological Ones | Gadgets, Science & Technology | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
We’re getting closer to being a race of cyborgs: scientists have engineered self-healing artificial muscles. A research team at Duke University created ...
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One Kind of Supersymmetry Shown to Emerge Naturally - The UCSB Current

One Kind of Supersymmetry Shown to Emerge Naturally - The UCSB Current | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
One Kind of Supersymmetry Shown to Emerge Naturally The UCSB Current While the Standard Model governing the ordinary world is not supersymmetric, it is often theorized that the more “fundamental” theory relevant to very hot systems, such as those...
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How Mobile is Reshaping Healthcare and Empowering Doctors & Patients

In a mobile/cloud-centric health ecosystem, geography will no longer present an obstacle to deliver diagnosis or even treatment. The constraints of physical location will eventually mitigate the hard and high costs of maintaining hospital facilities.
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A veteran programmer explains how the stock market became “rigged”

A veteran programmer explains how the stock market became “rigged” | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
A conversation with Eric Scott Hunsader, a well-known critic of high-frequency trading.
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Why Anthropologists Join An Ebola Outbreak Team

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When disease strikes in the developing world, like the current Ebola outbreak in Guinea, doctors, nurses and epidemiologists from international organizations fly in to help.

So do anthropologists.

Understanding local customs – and fears – can go a long way in getting communities to cooperate with international health care workers, says Barry Hewlett, a medical anthropologist at Washington State University.


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Inside the Military's New Office for Cyborgs - Defense One

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Defense One Inside the Military's New Office for Cyborgs Defense One Today, health workers in Saudi Arabia are already using findings from DARPA's epidemiology-funded research to stay ahead of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus or...
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This smart nano-tech patch knows when you need more drugs | #health #monitoring

This smart nano-tech patch knows when you need more drugs | #health #monitoring | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Scientists in South Korea are developing a medical patch using nano technology which not only monitors your health, but is also smart enough to know how much medicine you need, and when.

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luiy's curator insight, April 1, 9:41 AM

Outside of smartwatches, wristbands, and smart eyewear, wearable technology is making waves in the medical community. For example, we’ve already heard about health-monitoring “tattoos,” which can tell doctors about how your heart, muscles, or brain are functioning. The next evolutionary step could be similar smart patches, developed using nano technology, which not only deliver drugs into your system, but know when you’ve had enough or need a higher dose.

 

A study, carried out in South Korea and published by Nature Technology, outlines the development of “wearable bio-integrated systems,” as an alternative to wearing bulkier hardware. These skin patches are not only less intrusive, but are also capable of delivering medicine to the wearer, and smart enough to know how much is needed.


Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/smart-patch-monitors-your-health-and-delivers-drugs-when-needed/#ixzz2xdquaLx6 ;

 

 

 

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20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know | #posthumanism

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know | #posthumanism | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you'll need to navigate our future.

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luiy's curator insight, March 30, 9:42 AM

1. Co-veillance

 

2. Multiplex Parenting 

 

3. Technological Unemployment

 

4. Substrate-Autonomous Person

 

5. Intelligence Explosion 

 

6. Longevity Dividend 

 

7. Repressive Desublimation  

 

8. Intelligence Amplification 

 

9. Effective Altruism 

 

10. Moral Enhancement 

 

11. Proactionary Principle

 

12. Mules 

 

13. Anthropocene

 

14. Eroom's Law

 

15. Evolvability Risk 

 

16. Artificial Wombs

 

17. Whole Brain Emulations 

 

18. Weak AI

 

19. Neural Coupling

 

20. Computational Overhang 

 

 

 

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Phys.Org Mobile: Einstein's 'spooky' theory may lead to ultra-secure internet

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Does Physics Have a Problem? - Scientific American

Does Physics Have a Problem? Scientific American “I'm still hanging tough, hoping for supersymmetry,” said John Ellis of King's College London at the time, referring to the theory of matter that many physicists thought would supplant the Standard...
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Atomic time lord to battle sneaky high-speed trades - New Scientist

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Atomic time lord to battle sneaky high-speed trades
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... highly accurate signal. The clocks must be kept at a stable temperature because small heat variations can throw them off.
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Why nobody can tell whether the world's biggest quantum computer is a ... - Quartz

Why nobody can tell whether the world's biggest quantum computer is a ...
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For the past several years, a Canadian company called D-Wave Systems has been selling what it says is the largest quantum computer ever built.
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Yale Researchers Reconstruct Images of Faces Using fMRI Scans

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New Implant Helps Paralyzed Patients Regain Partial Use Of Their Legs

New Implant Helps Paralyzed Patients Regain Partial Use Of Their Legs | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
After receiving an implant that electrically stimulates the spinal cord, four paraplegic men can now voluntarily move their previously paralyzed legs. It's a breakthrough that's poised to revolutionize the treatment of paralysis.
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Brain-machine interfaces: your brain in action

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Article in Frontiers for Young Minds, a scientific journal edited by and for kids.
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Forget the iWatch. 10 Examples of Next Generation Body Sensors

Forget the iWatch. 10 Examples of Next Generation Body Sensors | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Tim Cook is right. The sensor field is exploding and Apple itself has made a number of strategic hires and acquisitions in the field to ...
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Can we design machines to automate ethics? – Tom Chatfield – Aeon

Can we design machines to automate ethics? – Tom Chatfield – Aeon | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
When is it right to hand our decisions over to machines? And when is automated ethics a step too far?

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Synthetic Biology is Coming to the Local Wastewater Treatment Plant

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The world of synthetic biology is coming to the world of wastewater treatment. Synthetic biology was a huge role to play in thinking of wastewater as a resource versus a waste.

 

Pilus Energy's genetically enhanced bacteria, also known as bacterial robots ("BactoBot(TM)"), that remediate water, harvest direct current ("DC") electricity, and produce economically important gases and chemicals. This technology was originally developed by Cincinnati-based Pilus Energy and University of Cincinnati microbiology professor Daniel Hassett.


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Gordon Pask original

Minor classic: scan of Gordon Pask's short essay The Architectural Relevance of Cybernetics, 1969 http://t.co/hvPC7jPqqU
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Age of Wonder: Superintelligence and existential risks - we make money not art

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Using Complex Networks to Characterize International Business Cycles

Using Complex Networks to Characterize International Business Cycles | Systems Theory | Scoop.it

Background

 

There is a rapidly expanding literature on the application of complex networks in economics that focused mostly on stock markets. In this paper, we discuss an application of complex networks to study international business cycles.

Methodology/Principal Findings

 

We construct complex networks based on GDP data from two data sets on G7 and OECD economies. Besides the well-known correlation-based networks, we also use a specific tool for presenting causality in economics, the Granger causality. We consider different filtering methods to derive the stationary component of the GDP series for each of the countries in the samples. The networks were found to be sensitive to the detrending method. While the correlation networks provide information on comovement between the national economies, the Granger causality networks can better predict fluctuations in countries’ GDP. By using them, we can obtain directed networks allows us to determine the relative influence of different countries on the global economy network. The US appears as the key player for both the G7 and OECD samples.


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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 29, 3:13 PM

These are the natural laws and connections which exist amongst various economies and within each economy.  This shows the interconnectedness of the whole planet's economy and can give predictions as to what could happen if one particular economy were to crash and fall into valuelessness for humanity.

 

It's interesting that this research comes at a time in our history when the natural laws of social interactions are being violated by governments and elite groups everywhere.  What will happen if discontent turns into unrest and rebellions in the United States?  What happens if the authority of governments ceases to be legitimate, to the point where violence and anarchy take their place.  What will happen to the economy if the rule of law is no longer abided, and the mob takes over to deal with the perceived injustices that the elite groups have committed against the general public?

 

What happens when the environment gives way and our societies are no longer able to support the populations that are present?  What happens when people are forced to either starve or fight?

 

That's the direction that we're headed towards, I'm afraid. 

Funny how it is that the conservatives from all parties who enacted these policies, are leading to the very destruction of society that they're so afraid of.  Funny how it is that things get more delicate and likely to change significantly as they cling to their image of how the past was (and it is just an image of the past, not the real world as it was, is or will be).

 

Silly brains.

 

Think about it.

António F Fonseca's curator insight, March 31, 6:34 AM

Crisis transmission, lookout for USA, Ireland and Spain!