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Should Politicians be Replaced by Artificial Intelligence? Interview with Mark Waser

Should Politicians be Replaced by Artificial Intelligence? Interview with Mark Waser | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
Robotic Machines with Artificial Intelligence might soon replace farm laborers, factory workers, fast food employees,  preschool teachers, airplane pilots, and car and truck drivers.  Why? Because rational, focused machines are more efficient at these tasks; they’re cheaper to employ and less error-prone.Should AI also replace politicians?
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Intelligent machines: Making AI work in the real world - BBC News

Intelligent machines: Making AI work in the real world - BBC News | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
Will AI book our holidays in future? Eric Schmidt ponders how the technology will work in the busy, messy world we live in.
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Vers un business de l’informatique quantique « InternetActu.net

Vers un business de l’informatique quantique « InternetActu.net | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
InternetActu.net est un site d'actualité consacré aux enjeux de l'internet, aux usages innovants qu'il permet et aux recherches qui en découlent.
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Advertisers’ Next Target: Your Brainwaves

Advertisers’ Next Target: Your Brainwaves | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
Whether it's our location, contact lists, calendars, photo albums, or search requests, app developers, advertising companies, and other tech firms are scrambling to learn everything they can about us in order to sell us things.
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Les cinq innovations basées sur les sens qui bouleverseront nos vies, selon IBM

Les cinq innovations basées sur les sens qui bouleverseront nos vies, selon IBM | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it

IBM dévoilait fin décembre les innovations qui devraient transformer sur les cinq années à venir tous les modes de fonctionnement actuels du monde du travail, des loisirs, de nos vies, à travers la septième édition de leur dossier annuel "5in 5".  Plusieurs percées marqueront l'ère des systèmes cognitifs où les ordinateurs vont posséder, à leur manière, la vue, l'odorat, le toucher, le goût et l'ouïe.[/B] [B]Des projections qui s'appuient notamment sur des travaux en cours dans les laboratoires de R&D du groupe, qui reste l'entreprise qui dépose le plus de brevets chaque année

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Tomorrow’s world: A guide to the next 150 years

Tomorrow’s world: A guide to the next 150 years | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
Explore our graphical guide to the advances of the future, from 2013 to 2150.
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The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2012

The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2012 | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
Yesterday we told you about the biggest scientific breakthroughs of 2012. But now we turn our attention to those developments that make us realize just how futuristic things are quickly becoming.
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Advanced humanoid Roboy to be ‘born’ in nine months | KurzweilAI

Advanced humanoid Roboy to be ‘born’ in nine months | KurzweilAI | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
Roboy (credit: Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, University of Zurich) Meet Roboy, one of the most advanced humanoid robots, say researchers at the
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Le dilemme du prisonnier : est-il dangereux de tenter de nous signaler à une intelligence extraterrestre ? - GuruMeditation

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DARPA planning long-range 100Gbps wireless network

DARPA planning long-range 100Gbps wireless network | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
US military research agency DARPA hopes to build a long-range wireless data network capable of 100Gbps speeds. The 100 Gb/s RF Backbone, also called 100G, is an ambitious plan to develop radio...
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The grid of 2030: all renewable, 90 percent of the time

The grid of 2030: all renewable, 90 percent of the time | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
Study busts conventional wisdom on price and reliability.
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What Google DeepMind Means for A.I. - The New Yorker

What Google DeepMind Means for A.I. - The New Yorker | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
Engineers at Google DeepMind have built a computer program that can master vintage arcade games. How will it shape the future of artificial intelligence?
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Google Glass Failed, but Here’s the Path Its Successors Will Take | MIT Technology Review

Google Glass Failed, but Here’s the Path Its Successors Will Take | MIT Technology Review | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
Even though Google’s head-worn computer is going nowhere, the technology is sure to march on.
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Oui, il y un après Google Glass pour la réalité augmenté, l'aspect grand publique est certainement venu trop tôt dans la vie de cette techno

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10 top gadgets from Iain M Banks' Culture universe

10 top gadgets from Iain M Banks' Culture universe | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it

It's hard to know what to do when a literary idol announces their imminent demise.

 

This week, with typical deadpannery, writer Iain Banksbroke the devastating news that he is "officially Very Poorly" and has just months to live.

We decided that list-making is an appropriate response.

 

Iain (M) Banks' mainstream and science fiction has brought us much joy over the years – particularly his Culture series – about an anarchic, super-evolved, egalitarian spacefaring civilisation. Each time we've read a new Culture novel, We swear we've feltnew neural pathways fizzing into existence.

 

 

 

In the Culture, humans and Artificial Intelligences (AIs) enjoy equal societal standing; crime, personal wealth and disease are so far in the past as to be considered bad taste; and everyone has ready access to technology that's indistinguishable from magic.

 

Basically, Culture citizens are enlightened and weaponised space-Scandinavians.

 

Here are ten other perks of the Culture:

 

1. Sex, drugs and eugenics

 

Culture humans are so evolved that eugenics are de rigeur across the species. Humans live 300 years plus, can change gender at will, and have sexy bits that are genetically optimised for pleasure. Cor.

Most people are also born with natural "drug glands" which secrete non-habit forming mood and sensory-altering substances. These include the trippy 'Crystal Fuge State' and 'Quicken', which speeds up mental processes so people can talk to AIs without having to ask them to repeat themselves.

And there are no hangovers or comedowns, so nobody's buzz is harshed.

 

Like we said, enlightened space-Scandinavians.

 

2. Switching off pain

 

In a society of planet-hopping poly-centenarians, physical injury is inevitable. But Culture humans are hardy. Severed limbs grow back, bones thicken and thin according to gravitational need, and autonomic processes like breathing and blinking can be switched to conscious control.

Best of all, though, is the ability to turn pain off at will. Which begs the question: would Fifty Shades of Grey even work in a Culture scenario?

 

3. Body modification

 

Want to look like an Aspidistra? You can in the Culture. Four arms? Not a problem. Chewbacca? Be my guest. In The State of the Art, one character looks like a Yeti. Most people look like people, though, although some choose otherwise.

The book Excession describes some outré past, where: "as the fashions of the intervening times had ordained – people ... had resembled birds, fish, dirigible balloons, snakes, small clouds of cohesive smoke and animated bushes".

 

4. Starships, warships and drones

 

Culture starships are sentient and planet-sized, and tend towards the whimsical, with names like Of Course I Still Love You and Just Read The Instructions. Even warships come in the gleefully aggressive Killer, Torturer, Psychopath and Gangster classes. Daww.

Should any human passengers feel weird about padding round a giant space-bound conference centre and addressing the air around them, the ship can talk to them via a human-sized drone. In my mind, this drone always has the voice of Captain Birdseye, and is something that P&O should maybe look into.

 

Get a robot to fire you into the heart of the sun. YOLO

 

5. Grid energy

 

Can a universe technically count as a gadget? It can when you're a super-advanced spacefaring democracy. Everything the Culture uses – from coffee machines to seriously scary space weaponry – is powered by limitless energy from the Grid, a field which separates our universe from a mirroring antimatter universe.

Grid energy is also indirectly behind technology that allows people to do things like hack computers light years away.

We like to think that this is because, no matter how evolved the Culture is, its citizens still receive parental requests to "debug my computer while I pop to the garden centre".

 

6. Knife missiles

 

Contact and Special Circumstances are the Culture's spy and military arms. They're under the radar and engage in the odd dodgy practice but, most importantly, they have all the cool toys. One of these is a knife missile – which remains a normal utensil until its owner is in danger, at which point it takes to the air and slices and dices the enemy before they can react.

If it feels like it, we mean. Knife missiles are of course sentient, and sometimes a bit chippy.

 

7. EDust assassins

 

These are sentient nanomachines made of EVERYTHING ("Everything- Dust" or "EDust") which can take the shape of ANYTHING (you, me, that dog poo) and level entire buildings. EDust assassins are one of Special Circumstances' "Terror Weapons", and they impress me so much that I'm slightly worried that I'm actually North Korea.

 

8. Atomic tattoos

 

In the novel Surface Detail, an indentured servant (belonging to an unenlightened non-Culture slaver, obviously) is branded with a beautiful tattoo signifying ownership. The tattoo is written into the structure of every cell of her body, replicating itself into infinite smallness inside her DNA.

When her owner murders her, the Culture revives the slave, and she uses her tattoo to wreak her revenge. Take that, Steig Larsson.

 

Not quite how we envisioned the atomic tattoo...

 

9. Mosquito drones – now available on Earth?

 

In the novel Consider Phlebas, a tiny robot mosquito collects a blood sample from a human. According to the rumour mill, this isn't a million miles away from possible military developments today. Maybe 500,000 miles away, but not a million.

 

10. Personality backups and goodbyes

 

In a move that's at once heartbreaking and reassuring, Iain M Banks has made the Culture's attitude to death a philosophical one.

Death is essentially optional in the Culture – many people "back up" their personalities in case they shuffle off the mortal coil accidentally (extreme sports are big in the Culture). Then a copy of the individual can be reborn in the same form, a different one, or purely in virtual reality.

If they're bored they may choose to go into storage and wake up some time in the future. Also, biological and AI individuals – and entire civilisations – can "sublime"; that is, leave the material universe behind altogether and segue into some mysterious immaterial existence.

 

And finally, should a Culture citizen's natural body give out, once the appropriate respects have been paid, they will be displaced directly into the heart of their home sun.

 

Want to read more? Check out the Culture series.

 

So long, and thanks for all the drones.


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A Leader of Obama's New Brain Initiative Explains Why We Need It | Wired Science | Wired.com

A Leader of Obama's New Brain Initiative Explains Why We Need It | Wired Science | Wired.com | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
Neuroscientist William Newsome of Stanford University is one of two scientists tapped by President Obama to lead a new brain research initiative, which the administration hopes to launch with $100 million of public funding and a similar amount from...
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Asteroid-Mining Project Aims for Deep-Space Colonies

Asteroid-Mining Project Aims for Deep-Space Colonies | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
Deep Space Industries, Inc. plans to launch its first prospecting probes in 2015.
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Science-fiction is already here

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Hacker le cerveau humain

Hacker le cerveau humain | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
La technologie et la science font un couple infernal et les avancées extraordinaires dont nous sommes témoins depuis quelques années tendent à prouver que le développement de l’un influe sur l’autr...
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Better Than Human: Why Robots Will — And Must — Take Our Jobs | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Better Than Human: Why Robots Will — And Must — Take Our Jobs | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
The rote tasks of any information-intensive job can be automated. It doesn’t matter if you are a doctor, lawyer, architect, reporter, or even programmer: The robot takeover will be epic.
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The Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2012

The Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2012 | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
This was an incredible year for science and engineering. We sent a powerful robot scientist to Mars, and we discovered the elusive Higgs Boson particle, plus there were world-changing innovations in medicine and materials science.
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Continental annonce des voitures automatisées dès 2025

Continental annonce des voitures automatisées dès 2025 | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it

L’équipementier automobile développe lui aussi ses propres voitures sans pilotes. Il estime commercialiser ses premiers modèles d’ici 2025.

 

 

 


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Comment détecter des sphères de Dyson pour trouver de la vie extraterrestre ? - GuruMeditation

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Kurzweil joins Google to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing | KurzweilAI

Kurzweil joins Google to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing | KurzweilAI | Chronique des futurs | Scoop.it
Ray Kurzweil confirmed today that he will be joining Google to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing. “I’m excited to
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