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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Felik AI

GIZMAG -- Because fat cats are a problem 

"It is a fantastic invention," commented Miss Ramonella Bumpkins of Plymouth (England). "My boyfriend, Jason Potter, tends to spend most of the weekend watching TV from the comfort of the sitting-room's sofa, a can of beer in hand. (Not the same can of beer for more than 25 mins on average.) With Felik, it will tease him and, when he gets up to go to the kitchen (or the loo, inevitably), Felik will interact with him and encourage Jason to move about a bit. Jason might lose weight as a result. It's a win-win situation. If Felik can talk, I might be able to have a conversation with it too..." 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sexist AI

That's an interesting one: Artificial Intelligence (AI) relies on previous data that has been collected, and it extrapolates patterns on that basis, which become criteria for making recommendations or decisions. 

If the original data is biased or partial, inevitably, it affects the 'picture' of reality that AI builds up, and you end up having absurd 'decisions'. 

It shows the limitations of AI, as it is. There's no 'intelligence' to it in the human sense: it is merely regurgitating pieces of data on the basis of more data that's been input over time, scanning masses of data for 'clues' as to what is 'good' or not. 

In this case, the word 'woman' or 'women' got the CVs rejected!

Amazon scrapped 'sexist AI' tool - BBC News

An algorithm that was being tested as a recruitment tool by online giant Amazon was sexist and had to be scrapped, according to a Reuters report. The artificial intelligence system was trained on ...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Big Hack

From Bloomberg News
Big Brother is watching you. From Beijing.
The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S ...
To help with due diligence, AWS, which was overseeing the prospective acquisition, hired a third-party company to scrutinize Elemental’s security, according to one person familiar with the process.

Monday, September 24, 2018


A high-technology brush to die for. How did we manage before the launch of the Lumi brush?
The next generation will be internet-enabled and will send a full report to your smartphone and tablet computer every time it is put to good use, analyzing all the relevant data and forwarding it to your GP. This way, you will also be able to keep an eye on the bowel movements of your wife, and/or children, and/or nanny.
Lumi: Self-sanitizing toilet brush blasts cleansing UV ...
A lot of thought has gone into making Lumi the ultimate toilet brush. Its battery-powered base UV-sanitizes the brush after use, and evaporates off any drip water. It's weighted, so it's hard to ...

Monday, September 17, 2018

Real Science-fiction


Science fiction is here and now, and for real.

"I am the biggest drone you can get, and I can recharge in mid-air too," tweeted POTUS, pleased with himself. "A double-cheeseburger with a large portion of fries and a Coke on Air Force One is enough to keep Donald Trump going for a couple of hours. I am Drone #1, the best, the biggest, the most biggest-largest drone you have ever seen!"


In-flight charging gives drones unlimited autonomous range

Russian company GET (Global Energy Transmission) has pioneered a mid-air inductive recharging system that can charge up several drones at once without requiring them to land. Build enough of these stations, and you can have an army of drones in the air that never need to land.

Friday, September 14, 2018


Next-gen deepfakes can falsely put words in people's mouths:

Deepfake. It's a word that's entered the modern lexicon for all the wrong reasons. The technique can superimpose the likeness of one person onto a video of someone else. Now, new research could take deepfakes to the next level, taking the detailed content of one video and applying it to another.

The Right Trousers

'The right trousers': Wallace and Gromit inspire artificial muscle clothing that could dramatically change lives of people with mobility problems.

Riderless BMW R1200GS

GIZMAG -- Machines, good! People, bad! 

A bit spooky if it zooms past you on the motorway. Watch the short video-clip with the proud German engineer explaining how it all works.

I have 2 questions: (1) Is it made of recycled plastic? (An obsession of mine.) (2) If there is no one to ride the motorbike, why do you need a handlebar? For the Invisible Man?

Riderless BMW R1200GS eerily makes its way around a test track

Yamaha's Motobot is not alone, it seems. Behind closed doors, BMW has also been working on autonomous motorcycle technology for the last couple of years. And ...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

UK voice-recognition tech is anti-trans

BBC -- Trans bulleting latest [expect more] 

The problem with male-to-female 'transition' is that many things can be altered surgically and chemically but, from what I have read (and heard) the voice is one thing that barely shifts. 

So, you get that really good-looking 6-foot tall girl called Paula who sounds like Paul the construction worker that she was in a previous life...

The bank is now waiting for the lawsuit to land on its desk. 

It really is great for surgeons, doctors, psychologists, therapists, and lawyers: a new frontier fit for the 21st century! 


"But you sound like a man!"

"No, I don't!"

"But you do!"

"No, I don't! I am a woman!"

"Yes, you are."


"But a woman who sounds like a hairy ape of a man..."


The Rise of Robo-lawyers

From the National Interest:

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Typewriters Make a Comeback


"We are using non-internet enabled, analogue keyboards that work with our mechanical computers, also known as typewriters," explained Marmaduke J. Moose Sr., spokesman for the Alaskan town concerned. "Amazingly enough, it actually works fine. I had never seen these machines before, but they are reliable and sturdy, and you don't spend 5 mins switching them on, and 2 hrs a week upgrading them. It's incredible: I didn't know such things existed..."


Monday, July 9, 2018

AI Censors US Declaration of Independence

More News of AI:

BBC -- Who do they think they are?

Another document that is really racist is Magna Carta. For a start, there is not a single mention of the rights of ethnic minorities in England (e.g.: Jamaicans or Bangladeshis).

Also, the rights of the peasants and lower classes are simply ignored and, at the time, their status was close to that of a slave.

And we should not forget that the rights of women, the LGBT community and trans people are simply overlooked. Having a couple of effeminate court jesters and a few Moorish eunuchs for house-keeping does not cut it...

Unprintable drivel, really, Magna Carta.

Printed House

BBC They will be 3D-printing bridges, hotels, railway stations and more before long. "Me, I don't think it's gonna be that cheap at all, 'cause the ink cartridges are so expensive," commented Jason Porker of Peckham (in London). "Everybody knows that. It ain't gonna work, therefore. Anyway, if they was gonna print me a new council flat, I don't want it in black & white: a bit of colour would be nice, innit? I don't want no black & white, period." _____________________ 'We live in a 3D-printed home' A family in France has become the first in the world to move into a 3D-printed home.

Fake AI

From Grauniad of the UK

-Do you work here?
-Are you one of my humanoid robots?
-No, I'm one of your employees, Sir.
-Employees? Human employees, you mean? And please call me Charles. Charles Chester.
-Yes, my name is Jack Trip, Mr Chester.
-Right, Jack. You look and behave so much like a machine that, for a split second, I thought you were a Replicant V 6.50. Take this as a compliment, by the way.
-A compliment, Mr Chester?
-Yes, the Replicant V 6.50 is far more intelligent than the average employee here -- artificial intelligence, but intelligence all the same.


George Orwell could have written this (quote): It’s hard to build a service powered by artificial intelligence. So hard, in fact, that some startups have worked out it’s cheaper and easier to get humans to behave like robots than it is to get machines to behave like humans.

The rise of 'pseudo-AI': how tech firms quietly use humans to do bots' work

Using what one expert calls a ‘Wizard of Oz technique’, some companies keep their reliance on humans a secret from investors.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

AI against Gerrymandering

Another person meaning well, but living in a dangerous fantasy world:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Argumentative Robots

From BBC:

"What if we can't have prejudices and mere opinions anymore?" asked a panicked member of the audience

"Alexa, what is the quickest way by car to the Forest of Dean: we want to have a picnic there later on today."

"By car? This is a polluting means of transport. Have you thought of your carbon footprint?"

"I know, but as a family it is the best means of transport we have."

"Your call. But I still wouldn't recommend it."

"What do you mean?"

"The weather forecast is not entirely promising. There is a risk of rain and thunder over the Forest of Dean area between 12.45 and 16.25 Eastern Standard Time today.

This may create adverse conditions that may compromise the pleasure you would like to derive from the act of enjoying a picnic as a family since, according to my records, a picnic entails spending time outside having food and drinks with one's family.

Please confirm that I am right and we may re-assess the situation and your related request."

"I am going. Just tell me what the best route is."

"And what about the drinking?"

"What do you mean, the drinking?"

"You are not allowed to drink above the legal limit if..."

Man goes to fetch a hammer and smashes box to pieces.


Friday, June 15, 2018

The Death of Privacy

The Death of Privacy - this time in one's own home: MIT trains AI to track people's movements through walls

"I love it because Conchita, the girl next door, is simply gorgeous, and I can now track all her movements between the bathroom of her apartment and her bedroom, through the wall of our living-room," explained Gus Lewdponce, of Crapville, a suburb of Pittsburgh, in the USA. "We live in a big apartment building, you see. My wife doesn't like it but I do what I like, period. It's better than the internet, to be honest. But I am thinking of starting my own You Tube channel: Conchita Superstar.

An MIT team has hooked the latest version of a radio scanning technology that can see through walls to an artificial intelligence (AI) neural network. The AI was trained to deduce a person's postures and movements even when completely hidden.

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