Sunday 31st of May 2020

soon, the aussie robotic cartoons - back in the 1950s...



It's almost scary to think that the world as we know it may well be run by Artificial Intelligence (AI) one day.

While the risk of an imminent AI disruption of the labour market may sound like a fantasy, those with the most advanced AI technologies at hand think that AI is an imminent threat.

They say an Industry 4.0 or cyber physical systems (CPS) revolution is coming whether we like it or not. Is this really true?

AI in the labour market means the use of intelligent software to optimise the delivery of services by humans.

However, in a recent meeting with U.S. governors, business magnate Elon Musk warned:

"AI is a fundamental existential risk for human civilisation and I don't think people fully appreciate that … [AI] is the scariest problem.”

Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 3, 2014

But if this AI business is such an unfettered terminator, why has Mr Musk’s warning fallen on deaf ears? Why haven’t regulators and companies rung the alarm bells yet?

Well, aside from one explanation that it may be a conspiracy, some experts think that Mr Musk’s statement is an unnecessary exaggeration of the reality. It is true that Mr Musk may have access to the most cutting-edge AI technology in pursuit of his autonomous machines; however, he is not the only one.

Others with access to similar technology, such as Arizona State University computer scientist Subbarao Kambhampati, have a different view.

Kambhampati says:

'While there needs to be an open discussion about the societal impacts of AI technology, much of Mr Musk’s oft-repeated concerns seem to focus on the rather far-fetched super-intelligence take-over scenarios .… Mr Musk’s megaphone seems to be rather unnecessarily distorting the public debate, and that is quite unfortunate.'

Additionally, nowhere in the '2016 Obama Administration AI Reportdo we see any references to such imminent threats. So, does this mean that we should disregard Mr Musk’s warning?

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To say the least, Gus has been working on Artificial Intelligence with an unmatched zeal. It's simple. With our enormous intelligence, individual and collective, better than smart dogs we have achieve very little in terms of home improvements. We are presently dismissing the sciences of global warming, biology and vaccination in favour of Noah's ark hocus pocus. Intelligent people like our Turdy Abbott cannot let go of idiotic beliefs and those less intelligent like Turnbull are hell-bent on telling porkies about "clean coal" because their mates make cash out of subsidies, including a one billion dolarmouralos for an Indian billionaros who is loaded to the rafters but is still stingy like a pauper with a sacred cow. So despite our "intelligence" we stink. We need artificial intelligence to redress 4,000 years of farting around with silly regressive religions — religions that prevented us from discovering our place in space... 


cash in AI...


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We explore how Artificial Intelligence will change your job as new research shows how much of what you do could be done by robots. From truckies to lawyers & doctors, we bring affected workers face to face with AI experts.


We can confidently say we are living in the age of the algorithm.

Some of the most influential organisations of our day use secret algorithms that steer us towards what we should read and watch, recommend restaurants and holiday destinations, as well as provide relationship guidance. But what about how we vote?

The innovation of algorithms means even our political leanings are being analysed and potentially also manipulated.

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As if we never were manipulated before by pamphlets, media and orders from kings or governments... What we need as usual is make our own personal intelligence work for us. We should be able to analyse and make "democratic" decisions from scientific observations and humanistic compassion. AI can actually help us make better informed decisions, away from arsey beliefs and old religious dictums.

stopping the killer robots...


Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots.

Tesla’s Elon Musk and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman are leading a group of 116 specialists from across 26 countries who are calling for the ban on autonomous weapons.

The UN recently voted to begin formal discussions on such weapons which include drones, tanks and automated machine guns. Ahead of this, the group of founders of AI and robotics companies have sent an open letter to the UN calling for it to prevent the arms race that is currently under way for killer robots. 

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At this stage, the US has already developed weapons that fire at targets evaluated as hostile by the weapons. No human input in the decision (except in the evaluation programming).


Meanwhile robots are used for better solutions:


A bomb squad robot has been sent into a busy part of Moonee Ponds, in Melbourne's north-west, which has been closed off by police.

An area around Kellaway Avenue and Mount Alexander Road, not far from the main shopping precinct, is closed to the public.

The bomb squad is on scene but the area has been secured, police said.

Footage shared on social media by Seven News showed a bomb squad robot investigating a bus parked along Kellaway Ave.

The unfolding incident is near the Moonee Valley Council headquarters, local library, police station and popular Queens Park.

Police have closed Mount Alexander Rd in both directions, causing heavy traffic.

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade is also on scene.

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Someone annoyed at Dame Edna (of Moonee Ponds)?



when putin talks, kids listen...

Vladimir Putin spoke with students about science in an open lesson on September 1, the start of the school year in Russia. He told them that “the future belongs to artificial intelligence,” and whoever masters it first will rule the world.

Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

However, the president said he would not like to see anyone “monopolize” the field.

If we become leaders in this area, we will share this know-how with entire world, the same way we share our nuclear technologies today,” he told students from across Russia via satellite link-up, speaking from the Yaroslavl region.

Battle of the billionaires: Zuckerberg and Musk clash over AI risks (VIDEO)

— RT (@RT_com) July 25, 2017

During the 45-minute open lesson (the standard academic hour in Russia), Putin also discussed space, medicine, and the capabilities of the human brain, pointing out the importance of cognitive science.

The movement of the eyes can be used to operate various systems, and also there are possibilities to analyze human behavior in extreme situations, including in space,” Putin said, adding that he believes these studies provide unlimited opportunities.

The open lesson was attended by students and teachers from 16,000 schools, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports. The total audience exceeded one million.

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At last my work in AI is paying off...

no, it won't...

Here’s a headline to chew on: “Why artificial intelligence might trigger a nuclear war.” That ominous April 24 header, from MIT’s Technology Review, refers to a new study from the RAND Corporation on the possible impact of AI on nuclear weapons. 

The folks at RAND, of course, have a long history with nuclear war—or at least thinking about it—going back to the organization’s origins in the 40s as a Pentagon think tank. Back in 1960, RAND staffer Herman Kahn wrote an improbable bestseller, On Thermonuclear War

Interestingly, in pondering AI, the new RAND paper rules out the familiar popular scenarios of dystopian machines. Instead, it suggests a less dramatic, albeit still calamitous, vision of a cyber Murphy’s Law, as AI melds with nuclear weaponry. “Dismissing the Hollywood nightmare of malevolent AIs trying to destroy humanity with nuclear weapons,” Rand experts are “instead concerned with more-mundane issues arising from improving capabilities.”

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Here, one needs to be cautious. Artificial Intelligence can do no such thing as launch a nuclear war, unless it is programmed to do so.
The most likely scenario presently is that “should there be a nuclear war” then programmed Artificial Intelligence is designed to activate nuclear war heads automatically, once nearly all the humans operating the systems have been eliminated. This is not new. 
At present, there is no Artificial  Intelligence capable of consciousness as far as I know. Of course this is sought by many research laboratories that do not divulge their findings. 
My personal view is that should Artificial Intelligence develop “consciousness” and with an ability to compute from a far more massive memory knowledge-based bank than humans, with all the parameters essential to this planet’s life to survive, then Artificial Intelligence would favour peace and activate our politics towards a secular sustainable system of human endeavour, in which sustainability does not mean stagnation, but improvements and imagination without destroying the joint. 
We would be richer for having what we presently are lacking: “intelligence”.