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Stephen Hawking: AI Could Be a 'real Danger'
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Stephen Hawking: AI Could Be a 'real Danger'

I don't want to frighten you.

Dobby, Pikachu, and Kermit Are My Robots' Role Models
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Dobby, Pikachu, and Kermit Are My Robots' Role Models

Humanoid robots aren't very charismatic yet.

The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is
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The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is

Whether or not you caught wind of the excited announcement that "Eugene Goostman," a computer program ("chatbot") devised by Vladimir Veselov, Eugene Demchenko,...

The Eccentric Genius Whose Time May Have Finally Come (again)
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The Eccentric Genius Whose Time May Have Finally Come (again)

I've been preoccupied lately with thoughts of marauding broomsticks, genies in bottles, and monkey's paws.

What Comes After the Turing Test?
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What Comes After the Turing Test?

Over the weekend, the news broke that a "supercomputer" program called "Eugene Goostman"—an impersonation of a wisecracking, thirteen-year-old Ukranian boy—had...

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...

Former Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke: ­.s. Drone Program ­nder Obama 'got Out of Hand'
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Former Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke: ­.s. Drone Program ­nder Obama 'got Out of Hand'

Richard Clarke served as the nation's top counterterrorism official under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush before resigning in 2003 in protest of the...

World Cup Kickoff Looms For Demo of Brain-Controlled Machine
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World Cup Kickoff Looms For Demo of Brain-Controlled Machine

During the World Cup next week, there may be 1 minute during the opening ceremony when the boisterous stadium crowd in São Paulo falls silent: when a paraplegic...

Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?
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Robots: Can We Trust Them with Our Privacy?

Joss Wright is training a robot to freak people out.

How to Make Robots Seem Less Creepy
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How to Make Robots Seem Less Creepy

Robots may be poised to enter a new frontier in the workplace—but that doesn't mean the public is ready for it.

Ray Kurzweil
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Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil is teaching computers how to read better—one more step in the march of technological progress.

How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works
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How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works

Six years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) decided that they had a new dream. The agency wanted a system that would overlay digital tactical...

The End Is A.i.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative
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The End Is A.i.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

In 1993, Vernor Vinge wrote a paper about the end of the world.

Every Little Byte Counts
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Every Little Byte Counts

In "On What We Can Not Do," a short and pungent essay published a few years ago, the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben outlined two ways in which power operates...

Three Questions with the Man Leading Baidu's New AI Effort
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Three Questions with the Man Leading Baidu's New AI Effort

Artificial intelligence is guided by the far-off goal of having software match humans at important tasks.

Do We Need Asimov's Laws?
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Do We Need Asimov's Laws?

In 1942, the science fiction author Isaac Asimov published a short story called Runaround in which he introduced three laws that governed the behaviour of robots...

A Sad Day
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A Sad Day

We lost Nereus today

Amy Robinson, Creative Director
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Amy Robinson, Creative Director

Amy Robinson pulls no punches.

The Not-So-Distant Future When We Can All ­pgrade Our Brains
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The Not-So-Distant Future When We Can All ­pgrade Our Brains

In a decade, cognitive enhancement may have gone mainstream.

'transcendence Looks at the Implications of Artificial Intelligence, but Are We Taking AI Seriously Enough?'
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'transcendence Looks at the Implications of Artificial Intelligence, but Are We Taking AI Seriously Enough?'

With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's...
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