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Friday, December 14, 2018

AI Index Report

AI Index Report - this survey of AI trends finds advances in working with human languages, global reach

GM Layoffs

From the Brookings InstitutionWhat GM’s layoffs reveal about the digitalization of the auto industry:

Monday, December 10, 2018

Military Requirements

This is an interesting perspective on requirements; in this case military requirements.

We read: 

"...“requirement” in Pentagon-ese did not mean what it did in regular English, that is, “necessity” or “something essential to the existence or occurrence of something else” (according to Webster’s dictionary).  Rather, requirement meant goal or target and, sometimes, those were not achieved."

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Implanting Chips in Humans

From Grauniad of the UK

George Orwell would be pleased 

In a tiny cubicle, Joe Bloggs is on the toilet seat when a voice can be heard on the tannoy, reverberating across the whole floor: "Joe, you've been away from your desk for over 4 mins. Toilet breaks are 2 mins maximum for No.1 and 4 mins maximum for No.2. Repeat: You have exceeded your No.2 Toilet Break Credit! Please return to your desk immediately. Repeat: Immediately! If Toilet Break Extra Time is needed, please advise HR and explain why. This is a message for Joe Bloggs from Central Control. Repeat: This is a message for..." 


Social media is anti-social

No real surprises here: the more time you spend on line, checking on virtual friends (who may be real friends or not), the less time you have to go out and meet people, since there are only 24 hrs in the day (and night). With some young people, it reaches bizarre levels, as we know.

Sex & the Self-Driving Car


Making the most of one's commute: you ain't seen nothing yet!  

"Is that the ice-cream van, mate?"

"No, it's Tatyana, the Bielorussian girl, in her self-driving stretched limo, on her evening round."

"What services does she offer?"

"She calls it Uber Personalized Escort & Assist Services Ltd: a true businesswoman, she is, Tatyana."

"Business, what business?"

"£60.00 for a quick one in the back of the vehicle, mate. A real upmarket brothel on wheels, red curtains, thick carpet, king-size bed: 15 mins. Amazing. And you get a free glass of Prosecco. And nibbles."


"Well, peanuts -- and she may nibble your nuts if you pay extra."

"Right. I'm off! See you shortly..."

"You flag her by the side of the road, waving your £50 note."



Friday, November 9, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Moral Machine Experiment -
Should a self-driving car kill the baby or the grandma? Depends on where you’re from
The original paper may be found here:

AI Ecosystem & US National Security

From Center for Strategic and International Studies:

Monday, October 29, 2018

AI Art

GIZMAG -- Was it bought by a humanoid robot with a taste for representative art?
It is an ugly daub, but a daub made by artificial intelligence (AI) -- not to be confused with artificial stupidity (AS), when the robot has learning difficulties, and natural stupidity, when it is not a robot at all. Apparently, non-artificial intelligence also exists.
Is this art? AI-generated portrait fetches over $400,000 ...
Last week, the first ever work of AI-generated art to be sold by a major auction house fetched US$432,500. The work, entitled Portrait of Edmond Belamy, is a depiction of a fictional character and ...

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.

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