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Sure, Artificial Intelligence May End Our World, But That Is Not the Main Problem
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Sure, Artificial Intelligence May End Our World, But That Is Not the Main Problem

The robots will rise, we're told.

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally ­nleashed AI on the World
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The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally ­nleashed AI on the World

A few months ago I made the trek to the sylvan campus of the IBM research labs in Yorktown Heights, New York, to catch an early glimpse of the fast-arriving, long...

Robot Servants Are Going to Make Your Life Easy. Then They'll Ruin It
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Robot Servants Are Going to Make Your Life Easy. Then They'll Ruin It

Jibo, the "world's first family robot," hit the media hype machine like a bomb.

When Robots Come For Our Jobs, Will We Be Ready to Outsmart Them?
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When Robots Come For Our Jobs, Will We Be Ready to Outsmart Them?

Non-human employees are filling positions in all sorts of workplaces, and they are proving themselves to be fast, accurate, and reliable—more so than their human...

The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future
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The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future

The robots are coming, and they're getting smarter.

That Computer Actually Got an F on the Turing Test
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That Computer Actually Got an F on the Turing Test

Over the weekend, a group of programmers claimed they built a program that passed the famous Turing Test, in which a computer tries to trick judges into believing...

Why You Should Embrace Surveillance, Not Fight It
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Why You Should Embrace Surveillance, Not Fight It

I once worked with Steven Spielberg on the development of Minority Report, derived from the short story by Philip K. Dick featuring a future society that uses surveillance...

Why Her Will Dominate ­i Design Even More Than Minority Report
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Why Her Will Dominate ­i Design Even More Than Minority Report

A few weeks into the making of Her, Spike Jonze's new flick about romance in the age of artificial intelligence, the director had something of a breakthrough.

Doom's Creator Looks Back on 20 Years of Demonic Mayhem
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Doom's Creator Looks Back on 20 Years of Demonic Mayhem

At the stroke of midnight on December 10, 1993, an executive at id Software uploaded a file to an FTP site on the University of Washington's network.

Falling in Love with AI Virtual Assistants: A Creepy Love Affair Nearer Than You Think
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Falling in Love with AI Virtual Assistants: A Creepy Love Affair Nearer Than You Think

"I've never loved anyone the way I've loved you," swoons Joaquin Phoenix, in the movie Her.

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious
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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

It's a question that’s perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from?

Inside Paul Allen's Plan to Reverse-Engineer the Human Brain
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Inside Paul Allen's Plan to Reverse-Engineer the Human Brain

In 2003, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen spent $100 million to build the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle.

Google in Jeopardy: What If IBM's Watson Dethroned the King of Search?
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Google in Jeopardy: What If IBM's Watson Dethroned the King of Search?

Remember Watson, IBM's Jeopardy! champion?

New Android Boss Finally Reveals Plans For World's Most Popular Mobile Os
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New Android Boss Finally Reveals Plans For World's Most Popular Mobile Os

For the past few years, Sundar Pichai has been part of a tag-team routine staged at Google's annual I/O developer conference.

The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI
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The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest For the New AI

There's a theory that human intelligence stems from a single algorithm.

Jaron Lanier on the Cheap Treats and Religious Emotion of Moore's Law
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Jaron Lanier on the Cheap Treats and Religious Emotion of Moore's Law

Moore's Law is Silicon Valley’s guiding principle, like all 10 commandments wrapped into one.

Why We Often View Digital Culture Through Insect Metaphors
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Why We Often View Digital Culture Through Insect Metaphors

Swarms. Hive minds. The Web.

How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain
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How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain

Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn't have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field...

How Relying on Algorithms and Bots Can Be Really, Really Dangerous
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How Relying on Algorithms and Bots Can Be Really, Really Dangerous

So you can’t wait for a self-driving car to take away the drudgery of driving? Me neither! But consider this scenario, recently posed by neuroscientist Gary Marcus...

Why It's Time For Our Devices to ­nderstand What We Mean, Not Just What We Say
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Why It's Time For Our Devices to ­nderstand What We Mean, Not Just What We Say

It wasn’t just cost and Moore’s law. The graphical user interface—now known as the GUI ("gooey")—is what really made computing widespread, personal and ubiquitous...
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