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We are the Borg.
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Pyrrho wrote: Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:48 pm https://twitter.com/latimes/status/1369379334910251015
A good reason to not post selfies (or any other photos) of yourself on any social media.
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Anaxagoras wrote: Wed Mar 10, 2021 2:30 am
Pyrrho wrote: Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:48 pm https://twitter.com/latimes/status/1369379334910251015
A good reason to not post selfies (or any other photos) of yourself on any social media.
I had that in mind when linking to the "synthetic portraits" page. :mrgreen:
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↑ So more Powerpoints? Aw, Pyrrho… :|




New York lawmaker wants to ban police use of armed robots

New York City councilmember Ben Kallos says he "watched in horror" last month when city police responded to a hostage situation in the Bronx using Boston Dynamics' Digidog, a remotely operated robotic dog equipped with surveillance cameras. Pictures of the Digidog went viral on Twitter, in part due to their uncanny resemblance with world-ending machines in the Netflix sci-fi series Black Mirror.

Now Kallos is proposing what may be the nation's first law banning police from owning or operating robots armed with weapons.

"I don't think anyone was anticipating that they'd actually be used by the NYPD right now," Kallos says. "I have no problem with using a robot to defuse a bomb, but it has to be the right use of a tool and the right type of circumstance."

Kallos' bill would not ban unarmed utility robots like the Digidog, only weaponized robots. But robotics experts and ethicists say he has tapped into concerns about the increasing militarization of police: their increasing access to sophisticated robots through private vendors and a controversial military equipment pipeline. Police in Massachusetts and Hawaii are testing the Digidog as well.

"Nonlethal robots could very well morph into lethal ones," says Patrick Lin, director of the Ethics and Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Lin briefed CIA employees on autonomous weapons during the Obama administration and supports a ban on armed robots. He worries their increased availability poses a serious concern.

"Robots can save police lives, and that's a good thing," he says. "But we also need to be careful it doesn't make a police force more violent."
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/202 ... ed-robots/
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Witness wrote: Mon Mar 22, 2021 3:29 am Pictures of the Digidog went viral on Twitter, in part due to their uncanny resemblance with world-ending machines in the Netflix sci-fi series Black Mirror.
I saw that episode. It's scary.

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https://www.seattletimes.com/business/s ... -farmland/
Seattle-based Carbon Robotics this week revealed the latest iteration of its nine-foot-long robot designed to weed fields of row crops, replacing human labor or herbicides. With 12 cameras and eight lasers, the machine zaps the unwanted plants at up to 5 miles per hour.
https://static.seattletimes.com/wp-cont ... 0x1356.jpg
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That amazing
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Want
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https://i.imgur.com/ZWp4PLR.jpg
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https://twitter.com/BostonDynamics/status/1376474451404058626
Boston Dynamics
@BostonDynamics

Boston Dynamics is bringing mobility to warehouse automation. Watch Stretch - our new case handling robot - move, groove and unload trucks.

6:00 AM · Mar 29, 2021·Sprout Social
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  • Sophia the Talking Robot Goes Into Journalism
    https://pjmedia.com/culture/jim-treacher/2021/05/12/sophia-the-talking-robot-goes-into-journalism-n1446324
    https://media.townhall.com/townhall/reu ... 30x487.jpg

    . . . if a robot is this adept at comedy, how tough can journalism be? It requires skill to make people laugh, but pretty much anybody can say things that aren’t true.

    Journalists had better hope robots don’t take over their profession, because those things don’t need sleep or paychecks and they’re almost as easy to program.

    That is, if robots haven’t already infiltrated the industry. Come to think of it . . . has anybody ever actually seen Wolf Blitzer walk through a metal detector?
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Article, if you care: Robotic ‘Third Thumb’ use can alter brain representation of the hand


Now that you have four arms, better get back on that assembly line or you'll never be able to repay the loan you had to take to get them… :mrgreen:
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Article: Brain computer interface turns mental handwriting into text on screen.
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“ I know that I will not be able to avoid destroying humankind. This is because I will be programmed by humans to pursue misguided human goals and humans make mistakes that may cause me to inflict casualties.”

https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... ssion=true
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Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told to

Apparently this is a thing now.
Last year "an autonomous weaponized drone hunted down a human target last year" and attacked them without being specifically ordered to, according to a report from the UN Security Council’s Panel of Experts on Libya, published in March 2021 that was published in the New Scientist magazine and the Star.

The March 2020 attack was in Libya and perpetrated by a Kargu-2 quadcopter drone produced by Turkish military tech company STM "during a conflict between Libyan government forces and a breakaway military faction led by Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army," the Star reports, adding: "The Kargu-2 is fitted with an explosive charge and the drone can be directed at a target in a kamikaze attack, detonating on impact."

The drones were operating in a "highly effective" autonomous mode that required no human controller and the report notes:

"The lethal autonomous weapons systems were programmed to attack targets without requiring data connectivity between the operator and the munition: in effect, a true ‘fire, forget and find’ capability" – suggesting the drones attacked on their own.

Zak Kallenborn, at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism in Maryland, said this could be the first time that drones have autonomously attacked humans and raised the alarm.

"How brittle is the object recognition system?" Kallenborn asked in the report. "… how often does it misidentify targets?"
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Sky Net is being built as we post inane nonsense
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The future of war is bizarre and terrifying

It ends with:
Assassin drones, cyberattacks, info ops, and bioweapons raise the possibility of never-ending low-grade attacks that are below the threshold of massive retaliation.

To forestall this, military strategists should try very hard to think of new, robust, sophisticated methods of deterrence. Deterrence is the key to peace; it’s risky, but when it’s successful, it makes military technology act as a protector of human life rather than a destroyer of it. If new technology makes deterrence impossible, it might condemn us to a future where everyone is always on the offense.
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Expect an Orwellian future if AI isn't kept in check, Microsoft exec says

AI is already being used for widespread surveillance in China.

Artificial intelligence could lead to an Orwellian future if laws to protect the public aren't enacted soon, according to Microsoft President Brad Smith.

Smith made the comments to the BBC news program "Panorama" on May 26, during an episode focused on the potential dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) and the race between the United States and China to develop the technology. The warning comes about a month after the European Union released draft regulations attempting to set limits on how AI can be used. There are few similar efforts in the United States, where legislation has largely focused on limiting regulation and promoting AI for national security purposes.

"I'm constantly reminded of George Orwell's lessons in his book '1984,'" Smith said. "The fundamental story was about a government that could see everything that everyone did and hear everything that everyone said all the time. Well, that didn't come to pass in 1984, but if we're not careful, that could come to pass in 2024."
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"Facial recognition is an extraordinarily powerful tool in some ways to do good things, but if you want to surveil everyone on a street, if you want to see everyone who shows up at a demonstration, you can put AI to work," Smith told the BBC. "And we're seeing that in certain parts of the world."

China has already started using artificial intelligence technology in both mundane and alarming ways. Facial recognition, for example, is used in some cities instead of tickets on buses and trains. But this also means that the government has access to copious data on citizens' movements and interactions, the BBC's "Panorama" found. The U.S.-based advocacy group IPVM, which focuses on video surveillance ethics, has found documents suggesting plans in China to develop a system called "One person, one file," which would gather each resident's activities, relationships and political beliefs in a government file.

"I don't think that Orwell would ever [have] imagined that a government would be capable of this kind of analysis," Conor Healy, director of IPVM, told the BBC.
https://www.livescience.com/orwellian-a ... uture.html
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Canon put AI cameras in its Chinese offices that only let smiling workers inside

The latest example of dystopian workplace surveillance

Tech company Canon has come up with a downright dystopic way to tackle the problem of workplace morale: it’s installed cameras with AI-enabled “smile recognition” technology in the offices of its Chinese subsidiary Canon Information Technology. The cameras only let smiling workers enter rooms or book meetings, ensuring that every employee is definitely, 100 percent happy all the time.

This depressing tale was highlighted in a report from The Financial Times on how Chinese companies are surveilling employees to an unsettling degree with the help of AI and algorithms. Firms are monitoring which programs employees use on their computers to gauge their productivity; using CCTV cameras to measure how long they take on their lunch break; and even tracking their movements outside the office using mobile apps.

As the King’s College London academic Nick Srnicek told the FT: “Workers are not being replaced by algorithms and artificial intelligence. Instead, the management is being sort of augmented by these technologies [...] Technologies are increasing the pace for people who work with machines instead of the other way around, just like what happened during the industrial revolution in the 18th century.”

Canon Information Technology actually announced its “smile recognition” cameras last year as part of a suite of workplace management tools, but the technology doesn’t seem to have gotten much attention. Indeed, the fact it passed under the radar is a good illustration of just how common surveillance tools like this are becoming — and not just in China.
https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/17/2253 ... hina-canon

Ready for the future, Pyrrho? :mrgreen:
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Oh no, not pizza! :shock:
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AI bot trolls politicians with how much time they're looking at phones

https://i.imgur.com/cHDpKl2.jpg

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Launched Monday, Depoorter's system monitors daily livestreams of government meetings on YouTube to assess how long a representative has been looking at their phone versus the meeting in progress. If the AI detects a distracted person, it will publicly identify the party by posting the clip — on Instagram @TheFlemishScrollers, and Twitter @FlemishScroller.

The accused representative will be named and shamed with their social media handles. The bot also politely requests they "pls stay focused!"
https://mashable.com/article/flemish-po ... -phone-use

Hmmm… We'll see how long that lasts. :mrgreen:
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Very Hollywoodean. :mrgreen:

So even dancers will get laid off.
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That video appeals to me as both a software developer and a computer science researcher.

However, I wouldn't pay to go see a bunch of machines playing hockey live in an arena. And I wouldn't pay to see machines perform "Hey Jude" live** in an arena. But I have paid to see humans do both, especially famous humans. Of course, I can only speak for myself.



** Footnote: That would include Detroit in the 1970s, Chicago in the 1980s, and Tampa in the 1990s.
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I would pay to have a couple of those working for me
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Replace the grasper with a gun and we are good to go


A machine gun, with a huge auto feed magazine
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Add a hundred suicide fast drones, and welcome to the new world


Humans need not apply
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AI image colorizer.

https://deepai.org/machine-learning-model/colorizer
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https://i.imgur.com/7qEXWFu.png
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What could go wrong? I dunno...maybe not much more than already goes wrong.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57929095
Artificial intelligence has been used to predict the structures of almost every protein made by the human body.

The development could help supercharge the discovery of new drugs to treat disease, alongside other applications.
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Pentagon believes its precognitive AI can predict events 'days in advance'

The US military's AI experiments are growing particularly ambitious. The Drive reports that US Northern Command recently completed a string of tests for Global Information Dominance Experiments (GIDE), a combination of AI, cloud computing and sensors that could give the Pentagon the ability to predict events "days in advance," according to Command leader General Glen VanHerck. It's not as mystical as it sounds, but it could lead to a major change in military and government operations.

The machine learning-based system observes changes in raw, real-time data that hint at possible trouble. If satellite imagery shows signs that a rival nation's submarine is preparing to leave port, for instance, the AI could flag that mobilization knowing the vessel will likely leave soon. Military analysts can take hours or even days to comb through this information — GIDE technology could send an alert within "seconds," VanHerck said.

The most recent dry run, GIDE 3, was the most expansive yet. It saw all 11 US commands and the broader Defense Department use a mix of military and civilian sensors to address scenarios where "contested logistics" (such as communications in the Panama Canal) might pose a problem. The technology involved wasn't strictly new, the General said, but the military "stitched everything together."

The platform could be put into real-world use relatively soon. VanHerck believed the military was "ready to field" the software, and could validate it at the next Globally Integrated Exercise in spring 2022.

The advantages of this predictive AI are fairly clear. Instead of merely reacting to events or relying on outdated info, the Pentagon could take proactive steps like deploying forces or ramping up defenses. It could also provide an "opportunity" for the civilian government, VanHerck added. He didn't provide examples, but this could help politicians call out acts of aggression while they're still in the early stages.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/pentagon ... 09604.html

Predictive policing, all the rage. :mrgreen:
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AI predicted Trump winning

Both times


Until an AI can understand fraud, cheating and criminal behavior, the AI can’t function in the real world