The Last Invention of Man

How AI might take over the world. BY MAX TEGMARK, ILLUSTRATIONS BY SOPHY HOLLINGT The Omega Team was the soul of the company. Whereas the rest of the enterprise brought in the money to keep things going, by various commercial applications of narrow AI, the Omega Team pushed ahead in their quest for what had always been the CEO’s dream: building general artificial intelligence. Most other employees viewed “the Omegas,” as they affectionately called them, as a bunch of pie-in-the-sky dreamers, perpetually decades away from their goal. They happily indulged them, however, because they liked the prestige that the cutting-edge … Continue reading The Last Invention of Man

Art by algorithm

An average increase; Eric Kassel’s 24 hrs in Photos in which he exhibited 24 hours worth of photos uploaded to Flickr. Photo by Boris Horvat/Getty. From book critiques to music choices, computation is changing aesthetics. Does increasingly average perfection lie ahead? Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University where he is an assistant professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. His latest book is What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing (2017). When IBM’s Deep Blue chess computer defeated the world champion Garry Kasparov in 1997, … Continue reading Art by algorithm

The Perils of Letting Machines into the Hive Mind

We think we know more than we do—including how machines will behave. BY STEVEN SLOMAN & PHILIP FERNBACH In the preface to Saint Joan, his play about Joan of Arc, the teenager whose visions of saints and archangels stirred soldiers into battle early in the 15th century, George Bernard Shaw makes a surprisingly compelling argument that following Joan of Arc’s mystical visions was at least as rational as following a modern-day general into today’s battlefield full of highly technological and incomprehensible weapons of war. His argument is that the warrior of the 20th century was driven as much by faith as … Continue reading The Perils of Letting Machines into the Hive Mind

This Computer Knows How Much Pain You’re Feeling

WRITTEN BY Christianna Reedy Researchers have trained a computer system to determine how much pain people are in by analyzing their expressions. The system is more accurate than previous algorithms because it factors in a person’s age, sex, and skin complexion. IN BRIEF  SEEING RIGHT THROUGH US A new algorithm can see right through you — and me, too. Researchers have designed a computer system that detects how much pain patients are actually in. The system rates pain levels based on facial expressions, allowing physicians to know how to treat patients. It works by analyzing facial microexpressions and then calibrating the system for the patient in … Continue reading This Computer Knows How Much Pain You’re Feeling

Facebook reveals it has created an AI digital map showing where EVERY human on the planet lives

An infographic shows the areas not covered by mobile network coverage  Internet giant hopes the map will help it to offer internet access to more people  Technology can pinpoint any man-made structures in any country on Earth to a resolution of 15 feet  Was built by combining government census numbers with information obtained from space satellites Facebook said it will eventually make the map available online   By Mark Prigg For Dailymail.com Facebook has created a map showing where every single person on the planet lives, it has been revealed. The internet giant hopes the map will help it to offer … Continue reading Facebook reveals it has created an AI digital map showing where EVERY human on the planet lives

CORPORATIONS AND GOVERNMENT ENGINEERING A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE WILL BE MICROCHIPPED

Phillip Schneider, Staff Writer Waking Times “Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” – Frederich Nietzsche Technology is moving incredibly fast. Although certain advances are doing the world a lot of good, over time, new tools inevitably grant new opportunities for the powerful to garner more control and influence over the people. One of the most insidious means of mass control has not yet been fully implemented, but is being pushed at an ever-increasing rate: human microchipping. Microchips Are Already Here Many people like to pass off the issue of microchipping as a “conspiracy theory,” … Continue reading CORPORATIONS AND GOVERNMENT ENGINEERING A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE WILL BE MICROCHIPPED