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Posts tagged with "Artificial intelligence"

  • Unsecured Futures
    Lucy Seal, curator

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    An AI-driven artist’s exhibition hints at, but never fully explores, the ethics of algorithms

    My train ride from London to Oxford is filled with anticipation. Having just watched the latest season of Black Mirror, I anticipate the same blending of wit, unintended consequences, and dystopian paradox from the new exhibition that has just opened at the Barn Gallery in St John’s College, Oxford. Unsecured Futures is the solo show… Read More
  • Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology
    Adrienne Mayor

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    Technology tales from classical literature reveal the storied history of artificial intelligence

    Long before the advent of modern robots and artificial intelligence (AI), automated technology existed in the storytelling and imaginations of ancient societies. Hephaestus, blacksmith of the mythical Greek gods, fashioned mechanical serving maids from gold and endowed them with learning, reason, and skill in Homer’s Iliad. Designed to anticipate their master’s requests and act on… Read More
  • Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology
    Lisa Margonelli

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    Lisa Margonelli’s Underbug book is definitely not about termites—at least, not as an entomologist would view them. Instead, it consists of stories of visits to labs and field sites, with reflections on questions raised by the research and researchers she encounters. Accounts of the biology of termites are scattered through chapters on how so-called “advanced”… Read More
  • Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War
    Paul Scharre

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    A sober treatise on the future of warfare warns of the perils of autonomous robotic combatants

    Sooner than you may think, robotic swarms will intercept incoming missiles at hypersonic speed, while dueling cyberattacks and countermeasures transpire at nearly the speed of light. Such strikes and counterstrikes will quickly overwhelm the capacities of human combatants to respond. Fiscal constraints and decreasing human resources, together with the promise of enhanced precision, effective risk… Read More
  • Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
    Max Tegmark

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    A physicist explores the future of artificial intelligence

    Whether it’s reports of a new and wondrous technological accomplishment or of the danger we face in a future filled with unbridled machines, artificial intelligence (AI) has recently been receiving a great deal of attention. If you want to understand what the fuss is all about, Max Tegmark’s original, accessible, and provocative Life 3.0: Being… Read More
  • Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead
    Hod Lipson, Melba Kurman

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    Contemplating the path forward for autonomous vehicles

    Everyone is talking about driverless cars. Recent advancements in power storage, computational power, sensory technology, communication bandwidth, algorithm efficiency, and more have moved autonomous vehicles from the realm of science fiction into the real world. In Driverless, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman delve into these and other contributing technologies. Included is an exhaustive revie… Read More