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A new book on artificial intelligence as an existential risk - titled SuperIntelligence, Paths, Dangers, Strategies - has been in the headlines since Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in an interview that AI is nothing short of a threat to humanity. But Artificial Intelligence may be one of the areas where we overreact.
Recently there has been a spate of articles in the mainstream press, and a spate of high profile people who are in tech but not AI, speculating about the dangers of malevolent AI being developed, and how we should be worried about that possibility. I say, relax. Chill. This all comes from some fundamental misunderstandings of the nature of the undeniable progress that is being made in AI.
A new action/sci-fi thriller by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) is due in theatres March 6, 2015. Starring Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, and Sigourney Weaver, Chappie follows an experimental humanoid as it learns to think and feel for itself, and explores the resulting awe and fear that comes from the humans that encounter it on its path to “the next step in evolution”. Watch the trailer.
In January, 2014, Google acquired London-based DeepMind Technologies for $643 million. Now it is adding to that purchase with two more companies, ten new hires and a substantial contribution to Oxford University.
For a couple of years I've been thinking about robots with internal models. Not internal models in the classical control-theory sense, but simulation-based models; robots with a simulation of themselves and their environment inside themselves, where that environment could contain other robots or, more generally, dynamic actors.
In this guest lecture, Tamás Haidegger from Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary, talks about Computer-Integrated Surgery, gives a market overview of surgical robots, and discusses some of the trends in this field.