Everything You Think You Know About AI Is Wrong

Robots are coming for our jobs. Terminators will soon murder us all. There is no escape. Resistance is futile. These doom-laden predictions probably sound familiar to anyone who’s read or seen any movies lately involving artificial intelligence. Sometimes they’re invoked with genuine alarm, as in the case of Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking warning against the danger of killer automatons. Other times, the anxiety comes across as a kind of detached, ironic humor masking the true depths of our dread, as if tweeting nervous jokes about #Skynet will somehow forestall…

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AI is so rampant it’s now impacting our sex lives Here’s how to stop it taking control

We’ve reached an inflection point with AI. It’s in the news we consume and the general cultural conversation, but there are also more tangible markers we can point to. In just two years Amazon’s Echo, and as a result Alexa, is in more than six per cent of American homes. By 2020, people will be making 200 billion voice searches every month. Or, if you prefer using the market as a bellwether, $5.4 billion (£4.2bn) was invested in AI startups in 2016 – a sum that doesn’t reflect the amount…

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Lack of diversity risks creating big gaps in AI

In a panel discussion at this week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Joi Ito, director of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Labs, warned that many computer scientists and AI (artificial intelligence) engineers generally come from similar backgrounds. This meant that AI systems could often be programmed in a way that their trainers see the world, leading to gaps in knowledge. “I think that people who are very focused on computer science and AI do not like the messiness of the real world,” said Ito. “You do not get the…

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Elon Musk’s OpenAI and Google’s DeepMind release their AI playgrounds to everyone

Artificial intelligence developed by the likes of Google’s DeepMind and Elon Musk’s OpenAI is taught within the confines of game worlds – including navigating around mazes, dodging deadly cliffs, playing laser tag and flying through space. In a mission to build a general AI capable of solving any problem put in front of it, DeepMind is open-sourcing its game code to everyone. The software and 14 levels from DeepMind Labs will be put on GitHub later this week. And, not to be outdone, Elon Musk’s own OpenAI is also releasing…

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Smart machines are about to shape your life in hidden ways. Welcome to a special series on AI

What does artificial intelligence mean to you? If you believe the movies, AI is something theoretical, futuristic…far away. It’s a rampaging robot or a piece of malign code intent on world domination. Recent fears about AI raised by the likes of Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates have only served to feed that chilling – but pretty unlikely – sci-fi narrative. Or perhaps the AI you know is a clumsy robot failing spectacularly or a chatbot churning out gobbledegook: a long, long way from human intelligence. The trouble with…

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