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Future Computers Could Express Ideas Like Humans

“In the future, you might be able to talk to computers and robots the same way you talk to your friends.

Researchers are trying to break down the language barrier between humans and computers, as part of a new program from the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA), which is responsible for developing new technologies for the U.S. military.”

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In Big Step for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learns To Master Video Games

by Michael Keller

Competitive gamers beware: There’s a new top dog in the classic arcade category. This champion has cracked 49 vintage Atari 2600 titles, from Breakout to Star Gunner and Space Invaders, outperforming professional game testers by more than 1,000 percent in some cases. Success didn’t come easy. Improvements happened one attempt at a time through an intense period of training, which included playing and then studying each frame of every game millions of times without a break. 

It’s understandable if this newly minted master’s name isn’t familiar to the millions who play Call of Duty or GTA every day, because its creators have been keeping it under wraps while they improved its algorithms. The name is deep-Q network, but you can call it DQN.

Its developers at a Google enterprise called Deepmind say the system is capable of quickly learning how to excel at games even though it starts with minimal background information. DQN represents a significant advance in artificial intelligence, combining machine learning and the principles of neuroscience to make a computer program learn like animals do.   

“This work is the first time anyone has built a single general learning system that can learn directly from experience to master a wide range of challenging tasks—in this case a set of Atari games—and perform at or better than human level on those games,” says Demis Hassabis, an AI researcher and neuroscientist. His team’s work was published today in the journal Nature.

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The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won’t look like little green men, or spiny insectoids. It’s likely they won’t be biological creatures at all, but rather, advanced robots that outstrip our intelligence in every conceivable way. While scores of philosophers, scientists and futurists have prophesied the rise of artificial intelligence and the impending singularity, most have restricted their predictions to Earth. Fewer thinkers—outside the realm of science fiction, that is—have considered the notion that artificial intelligence is already out there, and has been for eons.

Susan Schneider, a professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, is one who has. She joins a handful of astronomers, including Seth Shostak, director of NASA’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, program, NASA Astrobiologist Paul Davies, and Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology Stephen Dick in espousing the view that the dominant intelligence in the cosmos is probably artificial.

“Most people have an iconic idea of aliens as these biological creatures, but that doesn’t make any sense from a timescale argument. I’ve bet dozens of astronomers coffee that if we pick up an alien signal, it’ll be artificial life.”Seth Shostak, Director of SETI


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Living forever as a robot? Prototype lets humans upload their mind into mechanized ‘heads’

Entrepreneur Martine Rothblatt has created a new robotic head that she hopes, one day in the future, humans will be able to upload their minds into. Bina-48 is named after Rothblatt’s real-life wife, Bina Aspen, and serves as a proof-of-concept for the futuristic idea. The robot version is designed to carry on a conversation, with scientists hoping that these mind clones could give human owners a sort of artificial afterlife.

“I believe Mind Clones will be humanity’s biggest invention. The market opportunity is limitless,” Rothblatt told Bloomberg News. “Ultimately – just like we all want a smart phone, we all want a social media account – we are all going to want a Mind Clone. It will make everything in our life more useful, more valuable. It will give us twice as much time to do everything.”