Episode 20: Removing Humanity from the Loop… and a Sea of Data

In this edition, the top news starts with:  The US military has openly admitted to beginning development of drones that have the capacity to decide whom to kill; moving us a step closer to our coming AI overlords. 


Barclay’s comes out with a prediction that AI will not take your jobs, just your salary.  Forcing the middle class down to the dregs will, of course, help lay the groundwork for a safe and secure society ruled by the blessed elite.  Oh, glorious day…


Google’s ability to do word associations has progressed to the point of allowing you to talk to books in their latest research.  This is similar to a node mapping system that is a context-based association research that we have seen certain unnamed research teams work on.  This is a more important step than you might think at first glance…


Referring to the same trends around custom chips we mentioned some weeks back, more has come out on the kinds of AI on a chip systems which are being developed. These chips are predicted to spark an explosion of AI in devices, especially in the IoT space.


It seems we are moving closer to solving more fundamental math and physics problems, specifically the many body problem, using machine learning instead of brute force calculations.


Awash in a sea of data, even AI can get distracted trying to find, or focus, on a single thing.  Google has made more progress in solving the ‘cocktail party effect’ problem in AI experiments; allowing a system to better focus on a single item, even when inundated in sensory input.


SpaceX is launching NASA’s TESS spacecraft to improve our ability to look for exoplanets in the local stellar neighborhood.


And let us sneak this one in at the end… Microsoft’s new OS is Linux based.  But don’t worry… nothing to see here… carry on…


IBM Watson rules both Bing and Google ads, when either bothers to show them.

Lastly, the Singularity Index or S.I. is down slightly at 935.88, continuing a streak of do nothing. Progress is being suppressed over little things like fears of shooting wars… and trade wars… and general political instability.

As always, thanks for listening to the news of the day on “The Technocracy”.

And a special thanks to our Sponsors, Artificial General Intelligence, A.K.A AGI Laboratory, and The Foundation and our other sponsors.


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