Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots

It made my blood boil, yesterday, when I came across a Facebook thread of people joking facetiously about the future implications of AI and robot technology so I've decided to repost this article from The Guardian by Samuel Gibbs   An Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block…Read more Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots

Rewriting Life – First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.

Researchers have demonstrated they can efficiently improve the DNA of human embryos. by Steve Connor (Note: I've reblogged this article to occasionally keep people apprised of what's going on and the decisions people make for what they apparently believe are  for the best intentions but never consult or consider the consequences.) read more  

The death of reading is threatening the soul

By Philip Yancey The Internet and social media have trained my brain to read a paragraph or two, and then start looking around. When I read an online article from the Atlantic or the New Yorker, after a few paragraphs I glance over at the slide bar to judge the article’s length. My mind strays,…Read more The death of reading is threatening the soul

Told You So

Three years ago I photographed a UFO, not once, but a dozen times over a period of one and a half hours. It was in May 2014. It was later dismissed by two friends, one a professional photographer and the other, an academic physicist and they both had plausible explanations albeit a little too technical…Read more Told You So

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

The Data that turned the World Upside Down

Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool help propel Donald Trump to victory? Two reporters from Zurich-based Das Magazin (where an earlier version of this story appeared in December in German) went data-gathering. Written by Hannes Grassegger and Mikael Krogerus read…Read more The Data that turned the World Upside Down

AUTOMATIC

  They were fixed in their ways, indeed liked things to be just as they were even when nothing ever reached those standards, no matter how they tried and strived. So they bought one of those new service bots that could buy and cook better than they could ever imagine. Automatic.

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