The Robots are coming (Page 3)
ghostgeek: A breakthrough in soft robotics means scientists are now one step closer to creating lifelike machines. Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a 3D printed synthetic tissue that can act as active muscle. The material, which can push, pull, bend, and twist (thanks to its use of silicone rubber and ethanol-dispensing micro-bubbles) is also capable of carrying 1,000 times its own weight. Not only could the invention result in super-strong machines (like a Terminator that works in manufacturing), but it will also release soft robots from their current shackles.
[ https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/21/synthetic-muscle-soft-robot-breakthrough/ ]
briansmythe: Saudi Arabia gives citizenship to a robot - News.com.au
ghostgeek: Just shows how foreward thinking those lads are in Saudi. Upgrading from sex slaves to the future:
ghostgeek: The economic and military balance of world power could be altered as China rushes to develop artificial intelligence technology, a US think tank has warned.
The report cites examples of how AI tech is being used in a military setting. ...
"China is no longer in a position of technological inferiority relative to the United States but rather has become a true peer that may have the capability to overtake the United States in AI," said the report, from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a research arm of the US intelligence community.
"China's People's Liberation Army is also investing in a range of AI-related projects and PLA research institutes are partnering with the Chinese defence industry," the report said, citing publicly available documents.
"The PLA anticipates that the advent of AI could fundamentally change the character of warfare," it added. ...
Report author Elsa Kania said some PLA thinkers anticipate the approach of a "singularity" on the battlefield, where humans can no longer keep pace with the speed of machine-led decisions during combat.
[ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42153692 ]
ghostgeek: That video left me wondering about the wife. If she's happy to leave hubby cuddled up with a piece of plastic maybe he should start worrying.
ghostgeek: The Financial Stability Board, an international body based in Basel, Switzerland set up by the G20 in the aftermath of the last financial crisis, recently studied (pdf) the potential impacts of AI and machine learning on financial stability. One of the risks highlighted was the increased use of AI by hedge funds and market makers. Because AI is so effective at optimizing complex systems, its use can further tighten trading parameters that are vital for market stability, such as how much capital a bank has in relation to its outstanding trading positions.
With its increasing use in financial markets, it will play a role in the next market correction, perhaps a critical one, as an era of low volatility, high debt, and cheap money comes to an end. AI will need sufficient data across a big enough timespan for the models to adapt to new market conditions without overreacting.
The question is, if and when a shock comes and an entirely unfamiliar situation arises, what will the financial AIs do? As the financial system gets more interconnected, AI could spread the impact of extreme shocks faster, making the entire system potentially less stable during a shock event. This is particularly true if data sources and AI strategies are shared, and then there is a shock to a particular data source.
[ https://qz.com/1151664/ai-does-not-have-enough-experience-to-handle-the-next-market-crash/ ]
ghostgeek: This is the time when the past and the future collide. We are the past, and our artificial creations are the future. So, with the mince pies, consider this:
TERROR organisations and rogue nations are certain to get their hands on Terminator-style killer robots in the near future, a top ranking security chief has warned.
Alvin Wilby, vice-president of research at French defence giant Thales, told a House of Lords Committee it will not be long before evil groups are in possession of lethal artificial intelligence (AI).
Autonomous weapons which essentially control themselves and do not need human interference to attack are already being developed, researchers have warned, and soon enough they will get into the wrong hands.
[ https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/887978/ISIS-terror-groups-artificial-intelligence-terminator-killer-robot-thales-AI ]
ghostgeek: AT THE IFA consumer electronics conference in Berlin, Samsung showcased a refrigerator capable of sending statistics and pictures of the food inside to your smartphone.
The smart fridge is also equipped with a 21.5-inch display, which can be used to order groceries or communicate with others inside the house.
Additionally, Chinese company Qingdao Haier Co showcased a mini-fridge capable or delivering beverages via remote control.
While pushing the boundaries of what we expect from kitchen appliances, what happens when this smart technology becomes too intelligent it actually poses a risk to your privacy?
According to security-software maker Kaspersky Lab, this is a question we are going to need to answer sooner rather than later.
Speaking at the conference, director of Kaspersky’s global research and analysis team Marco Preuss warned the data collected by smart household appliances should be a concern for customers.
[ http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/security/experts-warn-your-smart-kitchen-appliances-are-watching-you/news-story/2edd5668551a4ecc8254bfec4df31b14 ]
ghostgeek: TVs like mobile phones often betray our most intimate lives, often being located in the centre of our homes. They are often fitted with cameras and microphones, as well as internal memories, which can be used to monitor what we're doing, saying and watching.
[ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/03/08/smart-tv-perfect-way-spy/ ]
ghostgeek: The internet of things is the fusing of physical items and actions in the real world with data processing in the digital world. ‘Things’ can range from your humble kettle to a jet engine in the sky and everything in between.
IoT devices can also include a variety of sensors, software, actuators, electronics and more, all collecting, processing, transferring and sharing a constant stream of information and real-time data.
This isn’t a distant future—the IoT already exists. In 2017 there are estimated to be 10 billion devices connected to the internet (most of them smart phones and computers). By 2025, analysts predict this number will be anywhere between 20 billion and 75 billion.
The move to an IoT ecosystem is being driven by expanded internet connectivity—in particular high mobile adoption, low cost sensors able to be fitted to devices, and an increase in IoT investment.
But why, you may be wondering, would anyone want their kettle, car or other devices connected to the internet?
[ https://www.science.org.au/curious/technology-future/internet-of-things ]
ghostgeek: App-controlled smart bulbs in the fixtures, Google Home on the shelf, a thermostat that knows your preferred temperature, a fridge that orders your groceries, a Wi-Fi-enabled video doorbell for security. Think you’ve seen — and installed — it all? Well, smart homes are about to get much smarter.
[ https://www.electronicproducts.com/Internet_of_Things/Household/The_walls_have_ears_Builder_installed_Wi_Fi_comes_to_smart_homes.aspx ]
ghostgeek: Robots aren’t just taking over the skies—they’re taking over our bodies. Or, at least, they could be soon.
A team of researchers from the University of California has recently published a study describing the first successful tests, within a living creature, of nano-robots intended to carry and disperse drugs within the body.
[ https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-test-out-tiny-robots-meant-travel-inside-human-body-180953937/ ]
ghostgeek: Would you care if a story you read in a newspaper or online was "written" by a machine rather than a stressed-out hack? Would you even be able to tell the difference? Welcome to the world of "robo journalism" - and it's coming faster than you think.
Squirrelled away at the Press Association's (PA) headquarters in London is a small team of journalists and software engineers.
They're working on a computer system that can do the work of multiple human beings, picking out interesting local data trends - everything from crime statistics to how many babies are being born out of wedlock.
As part of a trial, the PA has begun emailing selected machine-generated stories, no more than several paragraphs or so in length, to local newspapers that might want to use such material.
"We've just been emailing them samples of stories we've produced and they've been using a reasonable number of them," says Peter Clifton, editor-in-chief.
Sometimes human journalists will rewrite or add to the algorithms' copy, but quite often, he says, it is published verbatim. Automated stories about smoking during pregnancy, recycling rates, or cancelled operations have all found their way online and in print.
[ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42858174 ]
briansmythe: Sounds More like there been pinning on the Russians , Have a look at the digital Imaging there got these days , I reckon its all fake news
ghostgeek: Some people speculate that we may all be part of a huge programme spinning on a monstrous alien computer.