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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:15 pm

Autonomous robot following general instructions, or is there a human pilot?

Very technically impressive either way, but relevant to the replacing humans issue.
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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by Rob Lister » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:34 am

I'm seeing some real progress.


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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by Witness » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:54 am

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
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/ ... -companies

So we'll have to fake being robots soon? :notsure:

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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:57 pm



A robot that can moonwalk and shake its booty.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:23 pm

It may be shaking something, but I see no robot "booty" there.

Maybe in Japan. :BigGrin3:
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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by Witness » Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:33 am

Is artificial intelligence set to become art’s next medium?

AI artwork sells for $432,500 — nearly 45 times its high estimate — as Christie’s becomes the first auction house to offer a work of art created by an algorithm
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Meh. :roll:

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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by Witness » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:14 am

Transkribus system makes breakthrough in understanding medieval texts

The Tyrolean State Archive in Innsbruck stores countless documents dating from the 11th century onwards — mostly official records, legal documents and other important handwritten documents from the past. Transcribing these books isn't easy. But this archive is working with scientists to automate the transcription using cutting-edge computer technologies.

"With difficult scripts I believe the new technique will have problems. But with relatively nice calligraphy, the new system has great advantages and helps us a lot," says the Director of the archive, Christoph Haidacher.

To digitise such books, scientists working on a European research project, READ, designed a simple-to-use system based on a specially-developed smartphone application: it detects when pages are turned and automatically takes high-resolution photos of each page.

"We use, of course, a combination of low-tech and high-tech. A dark tent is a relatively simple, low-tech accessory. But it works with a high-tech app running on a smartphone that is connected to the Transkribus platform: the app uploads the images to the server that performs the recognition of the handwritten text," says the READ project co-ordinator & Researcher in Digitalisation & Digital Preservation at the University of Innsbruck, Dr. Guenter Muehlberger.
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The server at the University of Innsbruck uses machine-learning algorithms to teach the computer new writing styles. After users transcribe part of the text manually, the software engine learns to identify the characters and then finishes the task automatically with impressive accuracy - higher than 95% for historical documents independent of their language or writing style.
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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:21 pm

If they can make one that puts a little more "feeling" in its voice, we could have Walter Cronkite back. :coolspecs:
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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by sparks » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:16 pm

Why not just hire someone to read the fucking news? Is it really cheaper now to build one of these things to replace a human?
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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:23 pm

sparks wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:16 pm
Why not just hire someone to read the fucking news? Is it really cheaper now to build one of these things to replace a human?
When humans read the news they get too big for their britches.

This is a bad thing. :BigGrin3:
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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by xouper » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:30 pm

It will be even more interesting when an AI news anchor interviews AIs that look like celebrities or politicians. Imagine the hilarity that might ensue.

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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by xouper » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:32 pm

sparks wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:16 pm
Why not just hire someone to read the fucking news? Is it really cheaper now to build one of these things to replace a human?
It will be soon.

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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:34 pm

It's like the likely future 'bots at McDonalds that will not spit in your food.

Sure you could hire people, but people can be difficult. 8)
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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by sparks » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:44 pm

Well, apples and oranges: A McShitBurger could be completely automated right now without the need for human looking AI. Peeps might not respond to that very well, but then let the assholes eat cake. Uppity fucking meat-sacks. :)
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Thanked but also reported for being a meanie. :notsure:
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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:56 pm

UK police wants AI to stop violent crime before it happens

What happens when they discover that the AI is racist?
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Police in the UK want to predict serious violent crime using artificial intelligence, New Scientist can reveal. The idea is that individuals flagged by the system will be offered interventions, such as counselling, to avert potential criminal behaviour.

However, one of the world’s leading data science institutes has expressed serious concerns about the project after seeing a redacted version of the proposals.

The system, called the National Data Analytics Solution (NDAS), uses a combination of AI and statistics to try to assess the risk of someone committing or becoming a victim of gun or knife crime, as well as the likelihood of someone falling victim to modern slavery.


West Midlands Police is leading the project and has until the end of March 2019 to produce a prototype. Eight other police forces, including London’s Metropolitan Police and Greater Manchester Police, are also involved. NDAS is being designed so that every police force in the UK could eventually use it.

Police funding has been cut significantly over recent years, so forces need a system that can look at all individuals already known to officers, with the aim of prioritising those who need interventions most urgently, says Iain Donnelly, the police lead on the project.

Pre-emptive counselling
As for exactly what will happen when such individuals are identified, that is still a matter of discussion, says Donnelly. He says the intention isn’t to pre-emptively arrest anyone, but rather to provide support from local health or social workers. For example, they could offer counselling to any individual with a history of mental health issues that had been flagged by NDAS as being likely to commit a violent crime. Potential victims could be contacted by social services.
"Modern slavery"? Is that common in the UK? :notsure:
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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:14 pm

Didn't Philip K Dick write that story in 1956?

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OK, those were human mutants not AI, so it's not the same at all. :notsure:
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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by Witness » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:33 am

Android child's face strikingly expressive

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A trio of researchers at Osaka University has now found a method for identifying and quantitatively evaluating facial movements on their android robot child head. Named Affetto, the android's first-generation model was reported in a 2011 publication. The researchers have now found a system to make the second-generation Affetto more expressive. Their findings offer a path for androids to express greater ranges of emotion, and ultimately have deeper interaction with humans.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2 ... 104632.htm

Still way to go, but soon you'll don't need to get a dog anymore, when the kids are grown up. :mrgreen:

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Re: Humans Need Not Apply

Post by sparks » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:49 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:50 pm
Thanked but also reported for being a meanie. :notsure:
I prefer not nice to meanie. But it's the thought that counts. :)
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