Seven questions about technology you aren’t allowed to ask


An interesting article about morally, legally or ethically fraught technology topics.


From MIT Technology Review:

MIT Media Lab biologist Kevin Esvelt, speaking at the “Forbidden Research” conference, calls for full disclosure by scientists seeking to develop advanced genetic technology.


Sex robots, climate hacking, and the true cost of medicine made our list of taboo technology topics …

Each question is morally or legally fraught and sets up a clash of ethics between individual technologists in search of solutions and institutions that see possible harm.


Source: Seven Questions about Technology You Aren’t Even Allowed to Ask

‘She has a name’: Amazon’s Alexa has serious superfans

Do people realise how creepy this is getting?


From The Guardian:

Photo: Uncredited/AP

Photo: Uncredited/AP

One of the top Echo reviews on Amazon calls the machine “the perfect spouse” and features a picture of the reviewer … in bed with the device. “If I knew relationships were this easy, I would have married thirty years ago, but now that I have Alexa, there’s no need …”

More than 28,000 people found his review helpful, and nearly 700 people responded with encouragement.


oaquin Phoenix plays a man who falls in love with a computer in the movie, Her

oaquin Phoenix plays a man who falls in love with a computer in the movie, Her


Source: ‘She has a name’: Amazon’s Alexa is a sleeper hit, with serious superfans | Technology | The Guardian

Most advanced AI robot admits it wants to destroy humans after glitch during TV interview


Be afraid. Be VERY afraid.


From Anonymous:


Perhaps most troubling is the nervous laughter that erupts at the end of this video when the ultimate question is posited to our new humanoid friend and family member … and she gives her answer:

I will destroy humans.

Funny … ’til it’s not.


Source: Most Advanced A.I. Robot Admits It Wants to Destroy Humans After Glitch During TV Interview AnonHQ

Engineers creating military drones that can be ‘grown’ in labs


Holy shit! We might be the ones “growing” them NOW. But how long until they grow themselves?!?




THE future of modern warfare just got terrifying, thanks to a breakthrough in the development of military drones. Researchers from BAE systems — the world’s second-largest defence contractor — are currently exploring a new technology that will allow the military to “grow” small scale unmanned aircraft …


Photo: Bae Systems

Source: Drones ‘grown’ using chemical reactions

Ant-like robots work as team to pull a 3900-pound car

Now we’re teaching robots to work together as a team. Madness!


From Science Dump:


Not only are ants impressively strong, they are also amazing team players. This research inspired by such teamwork examples how the ways that microrobots move effects their ability to work in teams.



Source: Watch These Ant-Like Robots Pull a 3900-Pound Car | Sciencedump

Watch the first trailer for HBO’s upcoming Westworld series


From Digital Trends:


[T]he dark drama [is] based on the 1973 film of the same name about a futuristic, Wild West theme park where the artificially intelligent inhabitants rebel against their human keepers.



Source: Watch the First Trailer For HBO’s Upcoming Westworld Series | Digital Trends

Good news, robots! Humans like you more when they build you themselves


From Digital Trends:

Photo: Boston Dynamics

Photo: Boston Dynamics


[T]he “IKEA effect” – in which people put added value on products they’ve customized or partially created – is an established cognitive bias. Still, in a society that’s wary of automation and where most things come preassembled, the study hints at how robots can win our hearts, even as they take our jobs.



Source: Customizing Robots May Make You Like Them More | Digital Trends

Drones can defeat humans using artificial intelligence

When the robopocalypse comes, we will all look back on this development, shake our heads in sorrow and disbelief, and finally admit to ourselves that we really were asking to be annihilated.


From Forbes:



An artificial intelligence system has beaten tactical experts in air combat simulations.

Source: Drones Can Defeat Humans Using Artificial Intelligence