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14 Fallacies of the Coming Robot Apocalypse

Over the past few weeks I’ve come across a growing number of tirades warning us of the dangers of robots. If you were concerned about A.I. in the past, once it’s tied to a robot, the warnings seem to escalate to imminent peril.

http://www.futuristspeaker.com/job-opportunities/14-fallacies-of-the-coming-robot-apocalypse/

Yoshua Bengio Interview

The following is an interview with Yoshua Bengio about the Beneficial AI 2017 conference and The Asilomar Principles that it produced. Bengio is a Professor of Computer Science and Operations Research at the University of Montreal and Head of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA).

https://futureoflife.org/2017/01/18/yoshua-bengio-interview/

In a robot showdown, humanity may happily surrender

Many people fear that the path of artificial intelligence will eventually lead to a standoff between humans and machines, with humans as the underdogs.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/in-a-robot-showdown-humanity-may-happily-surrender/2017/03/09/b03dea32-f3cd-11e6-b9c9-e83fce42fb61_story.html

‘Artificial Intelligence’ Has Become Meaningless

It’s often just a fancy name for a computer program. In science fiction, the promise or threat of artificial intelligence is tied to humans’ relationship to conscious machines.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/03/what-is-artificial-intelligence/518547/

No, Robots Aren’t Killing the American Dream

Defenders of globalization are on solid ground when they criticize President Trump’s threats of punitive tariffs and border walls. The economy can’t flourish without trade and immigrants.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/opinion/no-robots-arent-killing-the-american-dream.html

Why upgrading your brain could make you less human

Within the lifetimes of most children today, bioenhancement is likely to become a basic feature of human society. Personalised pharmaceuticals will enable us to modify our bodies and minds in powerful and precise ways, with far fewer side-effects than today’s drugs.

https://aeon.co/ideas/why-upgrading-your-brain-could-make-you-less-human

The AI Revolution: Our Immortality or Extinction

Note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series on AI. Part 1 is here. PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)

http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-2.html

The US has been downgraded to a “flawed democracy,” but not just because of Trump

Does Donald Trump’s election mark the beginning of the end of liberal democracy? Some fear a weakening of civil rights, legal protections, and media freedoms, and haven’t been dissuaded by his first few days in office.

https://qz.com/894362/america-has-been-downgraded-to-a-flawed-democracy-but-not-because-of-trump-economist-intelligence-unit-says/

World’s largest hedge fund to replace managers with artificial intelligence

Bridgewater Associates has a team of engineers working on a project to automate decision-making to save time and eliminate human emotional volatility Bridgewater Associates has a team of engineers working on a project to automate decision-making to save time and eliminate human emotional

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/22/bridgewater-associates-ai-artificial-intelligence-management

The Idea That Eats Smart People

In 1945, as American physicists were preparing to test the atomic bomb, it occurred to someone to ask if such a test could set the atmosphere on fire. This was a legitimate concern. Nitrogen, which makes up most of the atmosphere, is not energetically stable.

http://idlewords.com/talks/superintelligence.htm