Asimov had some good ideas, but we need to, you know, actually write some laws now:
As they become smarter and more widespread, autonomous machines are bound to end up making life-or-death decisions in unpredictable situations, thus assuming—or at least appearing to assume—moral agency. Weapons systems currently have human operators “in the loop”, but as […]
Why Philip K. Dick thought Turing didn’t go far enough:
“For Dick, the biggest problem with the Turing test was that it placed too much emphasis on intelligence,” [How To Build an Android author, David F.] Dufty writes. “Dick believed that empathy was more central to being human than intelligence, and the Turing Test […]
The X Prize Foundation has plunked down another gauntlet, this one to the tune of $2.25 million with the help of Nokia, to drag healthcare kicking and screaming into the 21st century. The objective? A portable, affordable, accurate, and comprehensive sensor suite able to constantly and unobtrusively measure every aspect of health […]
The only interface that has every really mattered: how do I translate my thoughts into action?
The body can be bypassed.
Project Black Mirror should have a kickstarter soon. Fund them.
Patrick Lin asks one of the more intriguing questions I’ve heard in a good long while:
My suggestion is this: If creating children is morally unproblematic, then so is creating autonomous robots, unless we can identify morally relevant differences between the two acts.
Of course, we instinctively want to defend our right […]
Loathe as I am to post anything from the Singularity Hub, Aaron Saenz has a smart piece on the uselessness of Asimov’s famous Three Laws of Robotics (disregard the link to cult-leader Yudkowsky). I just had to borrow his photo montage of red-eyed scary robots.
Think of a child that is […]
Newest SNF post explores how we’re going to deal with the overwhelming deluge of dada and content we’re exposed to in the modern, everything-internet world:
We face a spectacular information glut. It is impossible for any one person to, say, watch every good movie on Netflix, read […]
I used to worry that religious objections would prevent the evolution of H to H+, especially in the United States. But should courage fail us, the Chinese, the […]
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