Episode 34 – Lets focus on better AI tools… don’t worry about AGI…

In this edition, the top news starts with:

Falling for our dark plans, VentureBeat is getting humans to take their eye off the ball; to help ensure the AGI lab gets to the finish line first.  With Anti AGI folks like this, they are more confident than ever in their control over our coming AI overlords…

https://venturebeat.com/2018/05/06/forget-agi-lets-build-really-useful-ai-tools/

Amazon has started offering 3D body scans for online shopping, in an incremental step towards moving civilization entirely into the digital space.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/amazon-3d-body-scan/

Microsoft is pitching an AI vision based on configurable chips with its most important BUILD conference; where it annually hurts Microsoft developers and they like it…

https://www.wired.com/story/microsoft-charts-its-own-path-on-artificial-intelligence/

Based on some recent AI challenges, there is still hope for small companies to compete in the AI space.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/7/17316010/fast-ai-speed-test-stanford-dawnbench-google-intel

EFF released an article showing how little they understand, suggesting in a confused fit of low intelligence that math can’t solve everything; when it clearly can solve all problems and all problems are math, when broken down enough…

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/05/math-cant-solve-everything-questions-we-need-be-asking-deciding-algorithm-answer

Seems some people are still confused by why DDoS is still a thing. We might suggest that the laws of internet physics are to blame for why they will not go away… namely, the pipes are only so big…

https://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/privacy/why-ddos-just-wont-die/d/d-id/1331734

In a ‘duh’ moment, CAA is suggesting training computers in VR before letting them loose on the roads.

https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/caoa-wct041018.php

Following up on the Uber tragedy… showing the importance of system training in AI… it appears that the woman in question was classified as a false positive by the system.  For a classification system, it would appear that Uber’s system clearly needs more work, specifically ‘neural net training’, before it’s let loose on the roads… maybe in VR… or some other, safer, environment.

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/07/uber-vehicle-reportedly-saw-but-ignored-woman-it-struck/

Intel tops Bing AI ads, IBM Watson tops Google AI ads.

Lastly, the Singularity Index or S.I. is up slightly at 997.80, slowly crawling in the right direction…

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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