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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Typewriters Make a Comeback


BBC

"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..."

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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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44722728

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." _____________________ https://lnkd.in/d4RMUGG '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?
-Yes.
-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.

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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.
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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.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44531132

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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

GIZMAG - Selfie Drone



"I loved the idea because, as I jumped off the 46th floor of the Unity building, in the middle of Shangri-La, the drone was able to follow me in my descent and take a string of selfies until I hit the ground, and then..." commented Mr. Xilmin of Shangri-La, now deceased, in his last Tweet.
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Selfie Quadcopter Conquers. The Idea Is Genius

That’s what we all want to know, right? I guessed it would be like $300 to $400, but I was wrong. They sell it for $99, which is tremendously cheap for a drone of this quality!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

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