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‘I’m afraid you won’t be coming to our new headquarters,’ declares Alexa. The Onion
This story about Amazon's personal assistant Alexa taking over the building and doing away with the human executives is satire, but it plays on the fears people outside (and inside) the industry have about Artificial Intelligence turning against humans.
Artificial intelligence pioneer says we need to start over. Axios
George Hinton, the professor emeritus who co-wrote the paper that influenced the way modern A.I. works, says we should get rid of the "back propagation" on which it is based and start from scratch.
Artificial Intelligence Just Made Guessing Your Password a Whole Lot Easier. ScienceMag.
An interesting look at using GANs to crack passwords, which highlights how cybersecurity is becoming an AI arms race.
Face Reading AI Will Be Able To Detect Your Politics. Guardian.
Seems like these types of stories are happening every couple of weeks now. Here is the problem. I have no doubt that there are some things AI will eventually pick up on that will be true, but that we humans will not want to believe. It's happened in every scientific revolution. But, you have to be extremely skeptical about these things, and almost all of these sensationalist headlines, once you dig in, are not really what they seem. Most stories like this one are misrepresenting a study so, it is a good default position to assume they are wrong.
Inside Waymos' Secret World For Training Self Driving Cars. Atlantic.
A great look inside Alphabet and their Carcraft simulation software that helps self driving cars learn through virtual miles.