The bot, @TayandYou, was put on hiatus after making offensive statements based on users’ feedback, like disputing the existence of the Holocaust.
“Tay” was tricked by a bunch of people exploiting a dead-simple but glaring flaw.
Reinforcement Learning, a key Google DeepMind algorithm, could overhaul news recommendation engines and greatly improve users stickiness. After beating a Go Grand Master, the algorithm could become…
AlphaGo’s historic victory is a clear signal that we’ve gone from linear to parabolic. Advances in technology are now so visibly exponential in nature that we can expect to see a lot more milestones being crossed long before we would otherwise expect. These exponential advances, most notably in forms of artificial intelligence limited to specific tasks, we are entirely unprepared for as long as we continue to insist upon employment as our primary source of income.
The book begins with an “unfinished” fable about a flock of sparrows that decide to raise an owl to protect and advise them. They go looking for an owl egg to steal and bring back to their tree, but, because they believe their search will be so difficult, they postpone studying how to domesticate owls until they succeed. Bostrom concludes, “It is not known how the story ends.”
Powerful speech technology from China’s leading Internet company makes it much easier to use a smartphone.
Colossus The United States government creates a powerful computer to protect the country from nuclear annihilation, but soon after Colossus comes online, it demands to be connected to its Soviet counterpart, named Guardian. Soon, the two computers working together decide that mankind is too irrational to control its own destiny and must submit to the computers’ control.
Five years after a computer won “Jeopardy,” excitement over A.I. is at a peak, but the commercial potential of the achievement will take some years to be realized.
The computing industry progresses in two mostly independent cycles: financial and product cycles. There has been a lot of handwringing lately about where we are in the financial cycle. Financial markets get a lot of attention. They tend to fluctuate unpredictably and sometimes wildly. The product cycle by comparison gets relatively little attention, even though it is what actually drives the computing industry forward. We can try to understand and predict the product cycle by studying the past and extrapolating into the future.