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a peek into the minds of your future robot overlords
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a peek into the minds of your future robot overlords

Imagine a device from science fiction capable of creating a self-replicating, constantly improving robotic hivemind. I wanted to know if we could build one today. Then I sort of did.

fighting for their right to start flame wars
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fighting for their right to start flame wars

Jordan Peterson is trying to create a safe space for his fans online. He is far from the first right wing celebrity who tried to do just that with results that can only be described as underwhelming.

why a.i. probably won’t find you the perfect new job
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why a.i. probably won’t find you the perfect new job

Some futurists and entrepreneurs think that artificial intelligence can match people to jobs. Unfortunately, they're underestimating the job seekers while overestimating the AIs.

facebook is trying to save itself by getting into the crypto game
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facebook is trying to save itself by getting into the crypto game

Facebook's new cryptocurrency is a scary and dangerous ploy to further exploit its users, and government agencies are right to be worried.

the dirty work of training an artificial intelligence
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the dirty work of training an artificial intelligence

AI that identifies faces, vehicles, and reads handwriting is springing from computers, ready to make tedious human work obsolete. But we don't see the tedious human work that goes into training them.

why hyperloop startups are ending up building subways
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why hyperloop startups are ending up building subways

We were told we'd be cross continents at supersonic speeds and driven by self-driving cars. But as the projects get underway, it's clear that's not really with what we'll end up.

it takes evil to defeat evil: why researchers built a fake news generator
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it takes evil to defeat evil: why researchers built a fake news generator

A new artificial intelligence system called GROVER can create extremely plausible fake news stories. Why would anyone build something like this? Why, to fight fake news of course!

actually, you should be very worried about huawei’s 5g ambitions
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actually, you should be very worried about huawei’s 5g ambitions

Resistance to Huawei's technology being implemented across the world for new 5G networks isn't xenophobia or tech feudalism. It's a sober stance based on China's behavior.

why universal basic income won’t save us from mass automation
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why universal basic income won’t save us from mass automation

Universal basic income is pitched as the best possible solution to tens of millions of jobs being taken over by code and machines. But it's another populist bumper sticker solution to a complicated problem.

mit weighs in on how to train your neural network
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mit weighs in on how to train your neural network

Computer scientists at MIT are spearheading an effort to make designing and training artificial neural networks a lot faster and more efficient by powering through a paradox in their implementation.

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