Elon Musk warns AI could become an immortal’ digital dictator

April 9, 2018 by  
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As if the world didn’t have enough dictators to worry about, Elon Musk  says that our future authoritarian leaders will be AI. Musk has previously warned about the dangers of artificial intelligence , particularly if control of it is concentrated the hands of a power-hungry global elite. He suggests that an AI dictator would know everything about us (thanks to being connected to computers across the planet), would be more dangerous to the world than North Korea and would unleash “weapons of terror” that could lead to the next world war. To top it all off, unlike human dictators, an AI dictator would never die. According to Musk, this dark future awaits us if we don’t regulate AI. “The least scary future I can think of is one where we have at least democratized AI because if one company or small group of people manages to develop godlike digital superintelligence, they could take over the world,” Musk said in the new documentary  Do You Trust This Computer ? “At least when there’s an evil dictator, that human is going to die. But for an AI, there would be no death. It would live forever. And then you’d have an immortal dictator from which we can never escape.” The documentary in which Musk is quoted focuses on several potentially hazardous applications of artificial intelligence, including the stock market, fake news algorithms, and autonomous weapons. In the film, Musk cites Google ‘s DeepMind project as an example of a powerful company in pursuit of superintelligence, or AI that is truly smarter than a human being. DeepMind has already achieved several milestones, including the 2016 defeat of world champion Lee Se-dol by AlphaGo in the board game Go. “The DeepMind system can win at any game ,” explained Musk. “It can already beat all the original Atari games. It is super human; it plays all the games at super speed in less than a minute.” Related: Elon Musk says trips to Mars coming as soon as next year Musk clarifies that this is not necessarily a question of good or evil, at least regarding the AI itself. “If AI has a goal and humanity just happens to be in the way, it will destroy humanity as a matter of course without even thinking about it. No hard feelings,” Musk said. “It’s just like, if we’re building a road and an anthill just happens to be in the way, we don’t hate ants , we’re just building a road, and so, goodbye anthill.” Musk suggests that humans ultimately incorporate artificial intelligence into their very being to avoid becoming redundant. Putting his money where his mouth is, Musk is the co-founder of Neuralink that is reportedly interested in accomplishing Musk’s goal of merging the human brain to a computer. Via CNBC Images via  Steve Jurvetson/Flickr   WebSummit/Flickr and Depositphotos

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Australian researchers store light as sound for the first time

September 18, 2017 by  
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Photonic computers could run 20 times quicker than today’s laptops if microchips could process data in speedy photons. Now, they might be able to. For the very first time, researchers from two Australian universities have found a way to store light waves as sound waves in a microchip – a breakthrough that brings us closer to the super-fast computers of the future. Light-based computers could revolutionize computing. They won’t generate heat , or use as much energy as today’s computers. Light-based information sent across cables today is converted into electrons, which are slow, but storing light waves as sound waves allows the information, which computer chips can still read, to travel more quickly. Normally, light would pass through a microchip in two to three nanoseconds, but when it’s stored as sound, it can remain on a chip for an additional 10 nanoseconds, allowing data to be processed. Related: Newly discovered form of spiralized light breaks everything quantum physics says about photons The animation above breaks down the process. Photonic data enters the microchip as a yellow light pulse, and interacts with what’s called a write pulse that’s blue. That generates an acoustic wave where the data is stored. Then, another light pulse, called the read pulse, accesses the data stored in the acoustic wave and transmits it as light. Project supervisor Birgit Stiller of the University of Sydney said in a statement, “The information in our chip in acoustic form travels at a velocity five orders of magnitude slower than in the optical domain. It is like the difference between thunder and lightning.” Their system also works on a broad bandwidth, so Stiller said they can store and retrieve information at different wavelengths at the same time. The journal Nature Communications published the research online today. Two researchers from Australian National University joined three from the University of Sydney for the study. Via ScienceAlert and Phys.org Images via PublicDomainPictures.net and Louise Connor/University of Sydney

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New study shows a 1-in-20 chance climate change will cause a complete societal collapse

September 18, 2017 by  
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Most of the world’s human population, and the health of ecosystems across the planet, could face an existential threat by the end of the century if rapid, forceful action is not taken to combat climate change . According to a new study published in  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , there is now a 1-in-20 chance that climate change will cause an “existential/unknown” warming effect, defined in the study as a global temperature rise of 5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels, that would have a devastating impact on humanity while wiping out 20 percent of life on Earth. Even as climate change is apparent in the present, its worst impacts will be felt by future generations. “To put in perspective, how many of us would choose to buckle our grandchildren to an airplane seat if we knew there was as much as a 1 in 20 chance of the plane crashing?” said co-author Veerabhadran Ramanathan of University of California San Diego. “With climate change that can pose existential threats, we have already put them in that plane.” In addition to the 5 percent chance of complete societal, and perhaps species, collapse, the scientists estimate that, if action is not taken, there is a 50 percent chance of a 4 degree temperature rise by 2100, far surpassing the 2 degree goal set by the Paris accord. Related: Caltech scientists speed up carbon sequestration process by 500 times The study is not all doom and gloom. The scientists describe several actions that can and must be taken, including achieving peak global emissions by 2020 and carbon neutrality by 2050, ending the use of short-term climate pollutants like hydrofluorocarbons , and removing carbon and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere through sequestration , reforestation and other methods. The study was utilized by 33 policy and science experts in crafting a related report which further details actions that can be taken now. Whether the advice will be taken remains to be seen. Via Scientific American Images via Christopher Michel and Ian D. Keating

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For Jeremy Walker, little things mean a lot

October 16, 2013 by  
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Walker's startup IOTA Computing seeks to rethink the Internet of Things. It's about more than sticking a sensor in a lightbulb.

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Stanford University Builds the World’s First Carbon Nanotube Computer

September 27, 2013 by  
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A team of Stanford engineers just created the world’s first computer made from carbon nanotubes ! The invention has the potential to launch a new generation of electronic devices that are faster, lighter and more energy-efficient. Read the rest of Stanford University Builds the World’s First Carbon Nanotube Computer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon , carbon batteries , carbon nanotubes , cnt , computing , electronic devices , green devices , nanotube technologies , space elevators , stanford university        

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NRA Lobbyist Tony Makris Televises the Killing of an Elephant on NBC Sports

September 27, 2013 by  
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Big game hunting is an atrociously cruel and unnecessary “sport” that doesn’t prove anything but hunters’ ability to shoot an innocent animal from a safe distance. In just the latest string of gross television episodes celebrating animal killing, National Riffle Association lobbyist Tony Makris took down a bull elephant as one of his biggest “trophies” yet on Under Wild Skies . Since airing on  NBC Sports Network the video has spurred tons of Internet backlash. Read the rest of NRA Lobbyist Tony Makris Televises the Killing of an Elephant on NBC Sports Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal cruelty , Bad Television , Big Game Hunting , celebrities , conservation , hunting , Hunting Animals , National Rifle Association , NBC Sports Network , NRA , Safari hunts , television , Tony Makris , Trophy killing , Under Wild Skies , Wild Life Preserve        

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Designers of RockPaperRobot Furniture Share Their Businesses Tips – Learned The Hard Way

September 27, 2013 by  
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Getting a business off the ground is no easy feat. Once you gather enough courage and resources to run with your dream, you’ll be met with one obstacle after another — all of which are valuable learning experiences. But an even better way to learn is not from your own mistakes — but from the mistakes of others. Get a business leg-up by following the wisdom that RockPaperRobot learned the hard way: You can always make more money, but you can’t make more time. Makers of awesome magnetic/floating furniture , kinetic lighting , and dynamic installations, RockPaperRobot is an acclaimed “engineering boutique” building ingenious, physics-defying design pieces that have been wowing design-aficionados and growing a loyal fan base for their unique creations. But the road to success wasn’t so easy for founders Jessica Banks and Mihae Mukaida, and they have one very important bit of advice to share with their fellow entrepreneurs — a lesson they learned on the road to success: You can’t always do it all . Watch their video above for their story, and keep reading to learn more about this inspiring design/engineering duo. Read the rest of Designers of RockPaperRobot Furniture Share Their Businesses Tips – Learned The Hard Way Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: american express business tips , amex , Amex Open Forum , design engineering , eco design , float table , floating table , furniture design , green business , green design , industrial design , interactive furniture , Jessica Banks , kinetic design , kinetic engineers , kinetic furniture , magnetic block table , magnetic table , Mihae Mukaida , OpenForum , Rock Paper Robot , rockpaperrobot , small business inspiration , small business tips , starting a small business , Transforming Furniture        

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Disneyland Paris Will Turn Heat from Its Computers Into Energy

October 11, 2011 by  
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Photo: Sean MacEntee / CC Part of the magic of Disneyland is that you never see what’s behind the “magic” – the workers in the mascot costumes, the networks of underground tunnels, and all the computers that keep everything running. But for once, it’s more interesting to see what’s going on with those computers than with Mickey and Goofy- because the heat they generate is being recovered as energy for nearby homes and offices…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Why Software Is Eating The World

August 22, 2011 by  
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There is an excellent article by Marc Andreessen on the Wall Street Journal about how the world’s goods and services are morphing into software programs. We discuss the idea of digitalization and dematerialization, looking at the environmental pros and cons of moving from physical objects to information on computer screens. This article will open your eyes to how quickly the world as we know it is making this very shift. Andreessen points out how today’s dominant book, video rental, and music companies are all dominated by software — … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Cloud Computing – The IT Solution for the 21st Century

July 20, 2011 by  
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How ICT can improve business process efficiency and flexibility while decreasing the emissions from IT operations.

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