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We are the Borg.
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This App Is a Dangerous Invasion of Your Privacy—and the FBI Uses It

What if you could instantly identify every stranger you ever saw?
  • Clearview AI, a small startup that was mostly unknown until a story from The New York Times called it the app to "end privacy as we know it," lets strangers figure out your identity through the quick snap of a single photo.
  • Hundreds of law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are already using this facial recognition technology, despite bans on the tech in cities like San Francisco.
  • The app uses over three billion images to find a match. These photos were sourced from social media sites and even apps like Venmo.
https://www.popularmechanics.com/techno ... ew-ai-app/

But:
Clearview AI Has Promised To Cancel All Relationships With Private Companies

Facing numerous lawsuits, the New York startup said it "is cancelling the accounts of every customer who was not either associated with law enforcement or some other federal, state, or local government department, office, or agency.”
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ry ... -companies
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YouTube's censor-bot is having trouble distinguishing between videos promoting disinformation and those debunking disinformation.

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https://imgur.com/HESXZah
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I stumbled across this today, the website (a click bait thing) claims it is from 1953.
https://historydaily.org/content/180937 ... 2d79e2.jpg
A man predicts the invention of cellphones in 1953 🤯

As much as this looks like a prank, this article about the ubiquitous nature of the telephone is one hundred percent real. It’s fascinating. This article from the Tacoma News Tribune, from April 11, 1953, features and oddly prescient prediction about the future of cell phone technology.The writer, Mark R. Sullivan, notes that people will be surrounded by telephones wherever they go, unable to get away from them even if they don’t want to be around them. He writes:
Just what form the future telephone will take is, of course, pure speculation. Here is my prophecy:
In its final development, the telephone will be carried about by the individual, perhaps as we carry a watch today. It probably will require no dial or equivalent, and I think the users will be able to see each other, if they want, as they talk. Who knows but what it may actually translate from one language to another?
https://historydaily.org/iconic-photogr ... 23anroo3SE
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Why this topic?
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Skeeve wrote: Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:53 am I stumbled across this today, the website (a click bait thing) claims it is from 1953.

https://historydaily.org/content/180937 ... 2d79e2.jpg
A man predicts the invention of cellphones in 1953 🤯

As much as this looks like a prank, this article about the ubiquitous nature of the telephone is one hundred percent real.
https://i.imgur.com/9VAj71M.jpg
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100% real
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The prescient thing about it is the words "no escape".
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https://old.reddit.com/r/Unexpected/com ... botic_dog/


:mrgreen:
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Robot lives matter!
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Not yours
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:27 am So that's one more human role to be taken by robots. 8)
I look forward to the time Humanity will only have to relax in the shade. :coolspecs:
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While robots tend to our every need
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Witness wrote: Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:22 pm
Abdul Alhazred wrote: Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:27 am So that's one more human role to be taken by robots. 8)
I look forward to the time Humanity will only have to relax in the shade. :coolspecs:
homeless?
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Never happen. Everyone needs a charging station.
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Rob Lister wrote: Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:17 pm homeless?
I'll have to use sarcasm tags, it seems.





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A college kid’s fake, AI-generated blog fooled tens of thousands. This is how he made it.

“It was super easy actually,” he says, “which was the scary part.”

At the start of the week, Liam Porr had only heard of GPT-3. By the end, the college student had used the AI model to produce an entirely fake blog under a fake name.

It was meant as a fun experiment. But then one of his posts found its way to the number-one spot on Hacker News. Few people noticed that his blog was completely AI-generated. Some even hit “Subscribe.”

While many have speculated about how GPT-3, the most powerful language-generating AI tool to date, could affect content production, this is one of the only known cases to illustrate the potential. What stood out most about the experience, says Porr, who studies computer science at the University of California, Berkeley: “It was super easy, actually, which was the scary part.”

GPT-3 is OpenAI’s latest and largest language AI model, which the San Francisco–based research lab began drip-feeding out in mid-July. In February of last year, OpenAI made headlines with GPT-2, an earlier version of the algorithm, which it announced it would withhold for fear it would be abused. The decision immediately sparked a backlash, as researchers accused the lab of pulling a stunt. By November, the lab had reversed position and released the model, saying it had detected “no strong evidence of misuse so far.”

The lab took a different approach with GPT-3; it neither withheld it nor granted public access. Instead, it gave the algorithm to select researchers who applied for a private beta, with the goal of gathering their feedback and commercializing the technology by the end of the year.

Porr submitted an application. He filled out a form with a simple questionnaire about his intended use. But he also didn’t wait around. After reaching out to several members of the Berkeley AI community, he quickly found a PhD student who already had access. Once the graduate student agreed to collaborate, Porr wrote a small script for him to run. It gave GPT-3 the headline and introduction for a blog post and had it spit out several completed versions. Porr’s first post (the one that charted on Hacker News), and every post after, was a direct copy-and-paste from one of outputs.

“From the time that I thought of the idea and got in contact with the PhD student to me actually creating the blog and the first blog going viral—it took maybe a couple of hours,” he says.

https://i.imgur.com/MlrwdgC.png
https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/0 ... cker-news/

One more reason to stay away from social media. :mrgreen:
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Actually a few people did point out the blog sounded like it was written by a bot
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Those people were mocked by the people who were fooled
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Which sort of sums up the human condition
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Face restoration from old pictures:

https://i.imgur.com/HJtnpp5.png

If you want to know how it works:

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AI confirms 50 new planets from old NASA data, in a groundbreaking first

Machine learning holds promise for making sense out of heaps of possible planet sightings.

Our planet-hunting telescopes have gotten so good at their jobs that they've located thousands of possible planets outside our solar system. That means scientists have to sift through a whole lot of data to figure out what's a real planet and what's a pretender.

A research team led by David Armstrong at the University of Warwick in the UK has worked out how to harness artificial intelligence to handle some of the heavy-lifting of planet confirmation, giving astronomers a new tool to help validate distant worlds.

Telescopes like NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) look for a telltale dip in brightness that indicates something is passing by a star. Sometimes this is a planet, sometimes it's a glitch, asteroids, dust or a quirk of a binary star system.

The research team created a machine learning algorithm and trained it using data on confirmed planets and false-positives from NASA's retired Kepler mission. Then they turned it loose to analyze a group of unconfirmed planet candidates, also from the Kepler data. In a first, the AI system confirmed 50 planets out of that bunch.

"The algorithm we have developed lets us take 50 candidates across the threshold for planet validation, upgrading them to real planets," Armstrong said in a Warwick release Tuesday. Validating planets can help scientists direct their resources to interesting spots in space without wasting their time on "fake" planets.
https://www.cnet.com/news/ai-confirms-5 ... ing-first/
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Elon Musk says Neuralink will be like a ‘Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires’

The world finally got a close look at the current state of Elon Musk’s Neuralink project, courtesy of a live demo Friday evening. The demo showed a new look for the device, a peek at the robot that would install it in a person’s brain — and a pig with stage fright.

What is the Neuralink? What does it do?

As Musk explained, many neurological problems that people experience — such as memory loss, depression, blindness, and seizures, to name a few — are the result of electrical signals on the brain firing improperly. The Neuralink is an implant that directly interfaces with a person’s brain, reading signals from the brain, and even altering them to fix problems.

It’s essentially a “Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires,” Musk explained.

The original concept for the Neuralink, which we detailed for you in 2017, was a chip positioned behind the ear, with threads extending into the skull. The design has changed significantly, and the device now resembles a small coin.

According to Musk, to install a Neuralink, a tiny piece of your skull is removed and the Neuralink is slotted in, where it will sit flush with the skull (no electronics jutting out). Electrical threads about 1/20th the thickness of hair extend into the brain where they can pick up or manipulate electrical signals.

For many potential Neuralink users, undergoing brain surgery might make them uneasy, but the company is not just building the chip, but also a robot to install it. The robot will ideally handle the most difficult aspects of the surgery, which Neuralink hopes will take under an hour and be done without general anesthesia.

The device has “all-day” battery life, and can be recharged without cords.
https://www.digitaltrends.com/news/neur ... date-2020/ for the rest (demonstrated on pigs).

So ads in your head 24/7? :mrgreen:
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Witness wrote: Sun Aug 30, 2020 1:45 am
Elon Musk says Neuralink will be like a ‘Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires’
So Elon Musk wants to implant a chip in your brain? :notsure:


Seriously though, it sounds like maybe someday it might lead to something interesting.

Of course this has also been a topic in science fiction going back to at least Philip K. Dick.

Will someone agree to be the first human guinea pig? Because research on pigs and other animals may be of limited usefulness.

Will we someday be able to have all of the functions of a smartphone (both good and bad) in a brain implant?

Maybe it will allow people to be punished for having "illicit thoughts" :| :notsure:

The ultimate tool of Big Brother? Or conversely, an "upgrade" to humanity? I know there are some people who can't wait for the cyborg future to arrive.
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More than likely we will see people hooking this shit up to the pleasure centers, and clicking the button until they die in their chair
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That’s the story I was thinking of
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robinson wrote: Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:11 pm More than likely we will see people hooking this shit up to the pleasure centers, and clicking the button until they die in their chair
Yeah, just imagine. Seriously, people will fuck themselves up if you can use it to get high.
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↑ A dearth of guinea pigs? You know some people will do anything to be "different". :mrgreen:




Machine-Generated Knowledge Bases

Human-generated knowledge bases like Wikipedia have a recall problem. First, there are the articles that should be there but are entirely missing. The unknown unknowns.

...

We are publicly releasing free-licensed data about scientists that we’ve been generating along the way, starting with 30,000 computer scientists. Only 15% of them are known to Wikipedia. The data set includes 1 million news sentences that quote or describe the scientists, metadata for the source articles, a mapping to their published work in the Semantic Scholar Open Research Corpus, and mappings to their Wikipedia and Wikidata entries. We will revise and add to that data as we go. (Many thanks to Oren Etzioni and AI2 for data and feedback.) Our aim is to help the open data research community build better tools for maintaining Wikipedia and Wikidata, starting with scientific content.

We trained Quicksilver’s models on 30,000 English Wikipedia articles about scientists, their Wikidata entries, and over 3 million sentences from news documents describing them and their work. Then we fed in the names and affiliations of 200,000 authors of scientific papers.

In the morning we found 40,000 people missing from Wikipedia who have a similar distribution of news coverage as those who do have articles. Quicksilver doubled the number of scientists potentially eligible for a Wikipedia article overnight.

It also revealed the second flavor of the recall problem that plagues human-generated knowledge bases: information decay. For most of those 30,000 scientists who are on English Wikipedia, Quicksilver identified relevant information that was missing from their articles.

Creating an article for a person is only the start. It must be maintained forever, updated as the world changes. The vast majority of information on Wikipedia is known to be correct and well cited, even after more than a decade of stunts and studies to prove otherwise. But as Fetahu et al. showed last year, Wikipedia lags significantly behind news about people and events.
https://primer.ai/blog/quicksilver for details.
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https://www.reddit.com/r/Wellthatsucks/ ... w_old_man/
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Yeah, until somebody shits all over the men’s room
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Amazon warehouses that employ robots have 50 PERCENT more serious injuries than all-human facilities, new report reveals
  • A new report accuses Amazon of hiding a 'mounting injury crisis'
  • Serious injuries at fulfillment centers are nearly twice the industry norm
  • Facilities with robots have even higher rates due to increased production goals
  • Amazon insists the high numbers are due to the firm encouraging employees to report even minor injuries
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech ... thout.html
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Witness wrote: Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:51 am
Amazon warehouses that employ robots have 50 PERCENT more serious injuries than all-human facilities, new report reveals
  • A new report accuses Amazon of hiding a 'mounting injury crisis'
  • Serious injuries at fulfillment centers are nearly twice the industry norm
  • Facilities with robots have even higher rates due to increased production goals
  • Amazon insists the high numbers are due to the firm encouraging employees to report even minor injuries
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech ... thout.html
From the article,
Today, Amazon uses more than 200,000 robotic vehicles, called 'drives,' in dozens of its 175 fulfillment centers.
:shock:

That can't be even close to right. It is the Daily Fail but that still, that's not even trying to be credible. I might believe 200. Hell, I might believe 1000.
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Rob Lister wrote: Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:57 am From the article,
Today, Amazon uses more than 200,000 robotic vehicles, called 'drives,' in dozens of its 175 fulfillment centers.
:shock:

That can't be even close to right. It is the Daily Fail but that still, that's not even trying to be credible. I might believe 200. Hell, I might believe 1000.
According to Business Insider, 45,000 as of January 2017 with a 50% yearly increase: https://www.businessinsider.in/Amazon-n ... 315471.cms

45,000 * 1.54 ~ 230,000.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:43 am How many human employees?
https://www.google.com/
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Robots can’t file lawsuits
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Yet
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Long article, perhaps interesting to history buffs (excerpts, evidently):
Fake video threatens to rewrite history. Here’s how to protect it

AI-generated deepfakes aren’t just a problem for politics and other current affairs. Unless we act now, they could also tamper with our record of the past.

Since deepfakes burst onto the scene a few years ago, many have worried that they represent a grave threat to our social fabric. Creators of deepfakes use artificial intelligence-based neural network algorithms to craft increasingly convincing forgeries of video, audio, and photography almost as if by magic. But this new technology doesn’t just threaten our present discourse. Soon, AI-generated synthetic media may reach into the past and sow doubt into the authenticity of historical events, potentially destroying the credibility of records left behind in our present digital era.

In an age of very little institutional trust, without a firm historical context that future historians and the public can rely on to authenticate digital media events of the past, we may be looking at the dawn of a new era of civilization: post-history. We need to act now to ensure the continuity of history without stifling the creative potential of these new AI tools.
...
This is the age of post-history: a new epoch of civilization where the historical record is so full of fabrication and noise that it becomes effectively meaningless. It’s as if a cultural singularity ripped a hole so deeply in history that no truth can emerge unscathed on the other side.
...
Without reliable digital primary source documents—and without an ironclad chronology in which to frame both the documents and their digital context—the future study of the history of this period will be hampered dramatically, if not completely destroyed.

Potential solutions
  • Maintain better historical archives
  • Train computers to spot fakes
  • Call in the moderators
  • Authenticate trustworthy content
  • Create a universal timestamp
  • Restrict access to deepfake tools
  • Build a cryptographic ark for the future
https://www.fastcompany.com/90549441/ho ... -deepfakes
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Witness wrote: Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:47 pm Long article, perhaps interesting to history buffs (excerpts, evidently):
Fake video threatens to rewrite history. Here’s how to protect it
https://www.fastcompany.com/90549441/ho ... -deepfakes
The whole article is well worth the read.
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U.S. government agencies to use AI to cull and cut outdated regulations

(This Oct 16 story restores dropped words in first paragraph to say tens of thousands of pages, not tens of pages; corrects fourth paragraph to say 185,000 pages remaining, not published annually)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said Friday that federal agencies will use artificial intelligence to eliminate outdated, obsolete, and inconsistent requirements across tens of thousands of pages of government regulations.

A 2019 pilot project used machine learning algorithms and natural language processing at the Department of Health and Human Services. The test run found hundreds of technical errors and outdated requirements in agency rulebooks, including requests to submit materials by fax.

OMB said all federal agencies are being encouraged to update regulations using AI and several agencies have already agreed to do so.

Over the last four years, the number of pages in the Code of Federal Regulations has remained at about 185,000.

White House OMB director Russell Vought said the AI effort would help agencies “update a regulatory code marked by decades of neglect and lack of reform.”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKBN27130L

Big scale Turing test: will the AIs sneak in some self-serving rules? :mrgreen:
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Of course









But it won’t be the AI actually doing it