The Tricky Ethics of Knightscope’s Crime-Fighting Robots

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  THE San Francisco SPCA deployed a 5-foot-tall, 400-pound robot to patrol its campus. Not for muscle, mind you, but for surveillance. The SPCA, a large complex nestled in the northeast corner of the city’s Mission neighborhood, has long dealt with vandalism, break-ins, and discarded needles in its surrounding parking lots. Fearing for the safety of… Read more »

Now computers are writing perfectly acceptable pop songs

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Taryn Southern, a YouTube star and content creator, has just released a song she wrote with the help of artificial intelligence.  Called Break Free, it’s a brooding ballad that wouldn’t sound out of place on the Hunger Games soundtrack. Southern wrote the lyrics and melody, but the backing track was built by her laptop, after she punched in… Read more »

Meet the Woman Making Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Smarter, Cheaper

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Raquel Urtasun joined Uber to set up a new autonomous-vehicle research lab . She still works one day a week in her old job as an associate professor at the University of Toronto. And she has long argued that that self-driving vehicles can’t reach the masses unless the industry weans itself off lidar. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November 9th,… Read more »

The robot lawyers are here – and they’re winning

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Amid the dire – and somewhat overhyped – predictions of occupations that will be decimated by artificial intelligence and automation, there is one crumb of comfort. Yes, lorry drivers, translators and shop assistants are all under threat from the rise of the robots, but at least the lawyers are doomed too. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November… Read more »

Google DeepMind: AI becomes more alien

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Google’s DeepMind says it has made another big advance in artificial intelligence by getting a machine, AlphaGo Zero, to master the Chinese game of Go without help from human players.  The combinations available in the game Go number more than there are atoms in the universe making it one of the most complex games out… Read more »

Does Saudi robot citizen have more rights than women?

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Meet Sophia, a robot who made her first public appearance in the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh on Monday. Sophia was such a hit she was immediately given Saudi citizenship in front of hundreds of delegates at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh on 25 October.  Sophia, created by Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics, addressed the audience in English… Read more »

How may I help you? Virtual Shopping Assistants

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Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 10th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/disruptors_how_may_I_help_you Discussion 1) “In the brave new world of retail this won’t necessitate a trek out to the nearest late night supermarket. Instead the shop can come to you.  With the touch of an app button, you hail a low-slung electric vehicle, like a glass-sided motorhome, which quietly glides into… Read more »

Google Clips camera: creepy or fun?

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Google has revealed a small camera that uses artificial intelligence to recognise individuals, and decides when to record short videos by itself. Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 4th, 2017 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-41504748/google-clips-camera-creepy-or-fun Discussion 1) Creepy or fun?  And what decides the difference? 2) How might you build a business around this technology?      

Self-Driving Cars Will Kill People. Who Decides Who Dies?

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To understand the trolley problem, first consider this scenario: You are standing on a bridge. Underneath you, a railroad track divides into a main route and an alternative. On the main route, 50 people are tied to the rails. A trolley rushes under the bridge on the main route, hurtling towards the captives. Fortunately, there’s… Read more »