Facial recognition still can’t beat a 22 cent pair of sunglasses

As the future veers toward artificial intelligence, robotics, and biometric security measures ripped straight from a Sci-Fi novel, you might be amused to know plastic sunglasses are the key to their undoing. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University developed a 3D-printed pair of sunglasses that cost all of 22 cents to manufacture. The sunglasses, according to […]

Source: Facial recognition still can’t beat a 22 cent pair of sunglasses

DeepMind’s new computer can navigate London’s Underground using memory

DeepMind, the AI research firm owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, has developed a …

Great. So now the robots can use our own transport systems to invade! Although, getting on to a train at peak hour may trip them up. Maybe we could just invalidate their Metro passes? Hmmmm…

 

Source: DeepMind’s new computer can navigate London’s Underground using memory

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

Elon Musk thinks we should become AI-human symbiotes

While he’s become known in recent years for being outspoken on the dangers of AI and, to some, painting science fiction-level scenarios that may not be viable for some time, speaking with Y Combinator president Sam Altman he offers a different scenario regarding the Singularity.

“If we can effectively merge with AI by improving the neural link … then effectively you become an AI-human symbiote”

“I think if we can effectively merge with AI by improving the neural link between your cortex and your digital extension of yourself … then effectively you become an AI-human symbiote,” said Musk. “And if that then is widespread, and anyone who wants it can have it, then we solve the control problem as well. We don’t have to worry about some evil dictator AI because we are the AI collectively. That seems like the best outcome I can think of.”

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

Are we at the start of a Tech World War?

From Vanity Fair:

The next major war … wouldn’t be fought with bombs, men, or even robots. It wouldn’t be waged on a battlefield or in the sky. Instead, it would be a silent war … [D]uring the past couple of decades, most of the world’s private and public infrastructure had become predominantly digital. And that the next major war could decimate that infrastructure …

What could happen in such a scenario? [A]t first people wouldn’t know what had happened. The lights would simply go out. Our smartphones and computers would be black rectangles. The Internet: poof! Water infrastructure would stop working, power plants would go offline. Cars that were built after the 1970s, when manufacturers started adding integrated circuits, would never start again. Crops, which are now operated by digital irrigation systems, would die. And that would all be in the first few hours. Imagine what would happen in the coming days, weeks, and months.

Source: Are We at the Start of a Tech World War? | Vanity Fair

Another crashed Tesla was allegedly in Autopilot mode

From TechCrunch:

Tesla’s Autopilot feature might be a bigger problem than the company realizes. A Detroit art gallery owner informed police that he had his 2016 Tesla Model X in Autopilot mode when it crashed and rolled over …

Source: Another crashed Tesla was allegedly in Autopilot mode | TechCrunch

Geeks fall in love with sexy humanoid ‘robot goddess’

From the Mirror:

Jia Jia can hold conversations with those who ask her questions and respond in less than a second.

Reports said she is also able to make micro-expressions and recognise the facial expressions of others.

Source: Geeks fall in love with sexy humanoid dubbed ‘robot goddess’ – and she isn’t just a pretty face – Mirror Online