Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

WARNING: This Is Scary With links to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage, the rightwing US computer scientist is at the heart of a multimillion-dollar propaganda network. Carole Cadwalladr of The Observer profiles Robert Mercer, the man who re - wrote Josef Goebbels' propaganda playbook for the 21st Century read more

AI learns to write its own code by stealing from other programs

By Matt Reynolds OUT of the way, human, I’ve got this covered. A machine learning system has gained the ability to write its own code. Created by researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambridge, the system, called DeepCoder, solved basic challenges of the kind set by programming competitions. This kind of approach could make…Read more AI learns to write its own code by stealing from other programs

What’s Next in Computing?

The computing industry progresses in two mostly independent cycles: financial and product cycles. There has been a lot of handwringing lately about where we are in the financial cycle. The product cycle by comparison gets relatively little attention, even though it is what actually drives the computing industry forward. Chris Dixon reports. read more

Elon Musk: We Need Universal Income Because Robots Will Steal All the Jobs

Spacentrepreneur Elon Musk thinks we’ll eventually need a basic universal income because of “automation.”“People will have time to do other things, more complex things, more interesting things,” he told CNBC. “Certainly more leisure time. And then we gotta figure how we integrate with a world and future with a vast AI.” - Eve Peyser, GIZMODO…Read more Elon Musk: We Need Universal Income Because Robots Will Steal All the Jobs