“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” – Hal 9000, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Why the A.I. euphoria is doomed to fail | VentureBeat

“The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.” – Edsger W. Dijkstra, computer scientist.

Source: Why the A.I. euphoria is doomed to fail | VentureBeat | Bots | Evgeny Chereshnev, Kaspersky Lab

How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics for Artificial Intelligence

Four people involved in the creation of an industry partnership say its intent will be clear: to ensure that A.I. research is focused on things that will benefit people, not hurt them.

Source: How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics for Artificial Intelligence

‘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

An artist built a robot that stabs humans just to make a point

From Digital Trends:


[T]he thing that makes Reben’s robot interesting is what it says about how our future trust in robots will play out depending on what they’re asked to do. It’s no coincidence that his current robot builds on the same core technology that previously allowed him to build a prototype robotic headscratcher called the “headgasmatron.” As Reben points out, with only slight modifications it’s possible to flip people’s trust in robots from an unquestioning intimate relationship to one based on fear.



Source: This robot isn’t shy about hurting its human creator | Digital Trends

Tesla driver killed while using autopilot was watching Harry Potter, witness says

From The Guardian:


Driver in first known fatal self-driving car crash was also driving so fast that ‘he went so fast through my trailer I didn’t see him’, the truck driver involved said.


Source: Tesla driver killed while using autopilot was watching Harry Potter, witness says | Technology | The Guardian