MANASSAS, Va. (AP) -- Think of it as the airborne cousin to the self-driving car: a robot in the cockpit to help human pilots fly passengers and cargo -- and eventually even replace them.The government and industry are collaborating on a program that seeks
Of course, machine translation is still far from perfect. Despite its advances, GNMT can still mistranslate, particularly when it encounters proper names or rare words, which prompt the system to, again, translate individual words instead of looking at them within the context of the whole. Clearly, there is still a gap between human and machine translations, but with GNMT, it is getting smaller.
On Wednesday, the world learned of a new industry association called the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, and it includes some of the biggest tech companies in the world. IBM, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon have all signed on as marquis members, though the group hopes to expand even further over time. The goal is to create a body that can provide a platform for discussions among stakeholders and work out best practices for the artificial intelligence industry. Not directly mentioned, but easily seen on the horizon, is its place as the primary force lobbying for smarter legislation on AI and related future-tech issues.
Best practices can be boring or important, depending on the context, and in this case they are very, very important. Best practices could provide a framework for accurate safety testing, which will be important as researchers ask people to put more and more of their lives in the hands of AI and AI-driven robots. This sort of effort might also someday work toward a list of inherently dangerous and illegitimate actions or AI “thought” processes. One of its core goals is to produce thought leadership on the ethics of AI development.
Mercedes-Benz Vans has taken a stake in a Silicon Valley drone maker as it envisions a future where delivery drivers use the flying robots attached to the roofs of their trucks to zip packages the final short distances to homes and businesses.
Stephen Hawking summed up the thinking of many of the researchers and funders behind artificial intelligence this week when he launched the new Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at Cambridge by claiming that AI is "...
The Kindred exoskeleton is envisioned as a 1.2-meter tall humanoid that may be covered with synthetic skin. Some worry that increased use of robots in the workforce could lead to waves of unemployment in the future.
With the rise of brain-controlled robotic limbs, advanced biomedical implants, and life-saving medical treatments, it seems as though in the modern day, we're closer than ever to conquering death. Some hope to extend the human lifetime indefinitely. Singularity proponents hope that eventually we'll be able to upload our consciousness to computers.
Now the company Humai aims to bring people back from the dead. From their website:
We're using artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out. This data will be coded into multiple sensor technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human.
If it sounds like something out of science fiction, that's because it is. The challenges are significant: taking a dead brain and bringing it back to life; wiring up the brain so that it can control a silicon-based machine; and trying to replicate that vital thing that is you--your personality, your past experiences, your mind. We wouldn't bet on this thing working, at least not anytime soon. But hopefully it won't hurt to try.
The CEO and founder of Humai explains: "Our mission is fairly simple to understand but obviously difficult to execute. We'll first collect extensive data on our members for years prior to their death via various apps we're developing. After death we'll freeze the brain using cryonics technology. When the technology is fully developed we'll implant the brain into an artificial body. The artificial body functions will be controlled with your thoughts by measuring brain waves. As the brain ages we'll use nanotechnology to repair and improve cells. Cloning technology is going to help with this too. Every step we take toward understanding how to get your thoughts to control an artificial body will be huge progress. I'm confident that in the process we'll develop a technology that will even save lives. However, the ultimate test will be when we perform the first surgical procedure to implant a human brain to an artificial body."
Where does the biology and computer science meet?
Humai CEO's answer is: "in Bionics, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence. I think the body has limitations and I don't believe the body was evolved with the best possible functions. I think an artificial body will contribute more to the human experience. It will extend the human experience. So much so, that those who accept death will probably change their mind."
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