As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential

John Markoff The New York Times Imagine receiving a phone call from your aging mother seeking your help because she has forgotten her banking password. Except it’s not your mother. The voice on the other end of the phone call just sounds deceptively like her. It is actually a computer-synthesized voice, a tour-de-force of artificial intelligence technology that has been crafted to make it possible … Continue reading As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential

Robot journalists to start writing news and sports stories for Britain and Ireland’s national news agency

The Mirror Robot journalists are set to start working at Britain and Ireland’s national news agency. Non-human hacks will be rolled out to cover sports, football and elections for thePress Association in the next few months. The cybernetic scribes will be “more accurate” than flesh and blood journos in some cases, according to PA’s editor in chief Pete Clifton. Addressing the Society of Editors conference in Carlisle this … Continue reading Robot journalists to start writing news and sports stories for Britain and Ireland’s national news agency

Robot Pilots May Someday Fly Passenger and Cargo Planes

AP MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — Think of it as the airborne cousin to the self-driving car: a robot in the cockpit to help human pilots fly passengers and cargo – and eventually even replace them. The government and industry are collaborating on a program that seeks to replace the second human pilot in two-person flight crews with a robot co-pilot that never tires, gets bored, … Continue reading Robot Pilots May Someday Fly Passenger and Cargo Planes

Drones will be crashed into passenger jets in mid-air to test safety after string of near misses near airports

Chris Greenwood
The Daily Mail

Drones, like the one above, are being used by police for surveillance, but the number of people with them has increased in recent years.

Drones will be deliberately smashed into passenger jets as part of a radical testing programme triggered by fears of a catastrophe in British skies.

Ministers ordered the tests after a series of near misses, some near major airports.

They have committed more than £250,000 to pay for a private study of what would happen if a drone struck a window or the fuselage of a plane.

Pilots warn it is only a matter of time before there is a collision and at one stage a close call was being reported every week. Continue reading “Drones will be crashed into passenger jets in mid-air to test safety after string of near misses near airports”

Google team develop AI bot that can learn on its own (VIDEO)

RT Scientists from DeepMind, Google’s artificial intelligence division, have created a computer program that uses basic reasoning to learn complex systems such as the London Underground and family trees. The advancement could mark a major breakthrough in the development of AI, as the “differentiable neural computer”(DNC) can solve problems without any prior knowledge. The article on DNCs is #DeepMind's third @Nature paper in just over … Continue reading Google team develop AI bot that can learn on its own (VIDEO)

‘This is awful’: robot can keep children occupied for hours without supervision

If children are raised by robots – even just for ‘a couple of hours’ a day – what are the consequences? Photograph: Julia Carrie Wong for the Guardian Humanoid robots were out of fashion at this year’s RoboBusiness, the annual exhibition in San Jose, California, that pegs itself as “the most important robotics event in the world”. Make your robot look and sound too much … Continue reading ‘This is awful’: robot can keep children occupied for hours without supervision

The era of robots: thousands of builders to lose jobs as machines take over, says construction boss

Tim Wallace The Telegraph Skyscrapers in the City of London could soon be built by robots rather than by people, according to the boss of one of the UK’s biggest construction firms. The result would be huge productivity gains as more work could be done by fewer people – but also mass layoffs as traditionally labour-intensive construction projects hire fewer and fewer staff. “We’re ,” said Alison Carnwath, … Continue reading The era of robots: thousands of builders to lose jobs as machines take over, says construction boss

Uber plans self-flying drone taxis to beat city traffic

James Titcomb The Telegraph If you summon an Uber in 10 years’ time, you will probably get a car that drives itself. But then again, you may not be travelling in a car at all. The taxi-hailing app is working on technology that would allow airborne passenger drones to fly its users short distances around cities, it has emerged, raising the prospect of a future … Continue reading Uber plans self-flying drone taxis to beat city traffic

Self-driving trucks threaten one of America’s top blue-collar jobs

Natalie KitroeffThe Los Angeles Times Trucking paid for Scott Spindola to take a road trip down the coast of Spain, climb halfway up Machu Picchu, and sample a Costa Rican beach for two weeks. The 44-year-old from Covina now makes up to $70,000 per year, with overtime, hauling goods from the port of Long Beach. He has full medical coverage and plans to drive until he … Continue reading Self-driving trucks threaten one of America’s top blue-collar jobs

U.S. Signals Backing for Self-Driving Cars

WASHINGTON — Federal auto safety regulators on Monday made it official: They are betting the nation’s highways will be safer with more cars driven by machines and not people.

In long-awaited guidelines for the booming industry of automated vehicles, the Obama administration promised strong safety oversight, but sent a clear signal to automakers that the door was wide open for driverless cars.

“We envision in the future, you can take your hands off the wheel, and your commute becomes restful or productive instead of frustrating and exhausting,” said Jeffrey Zients, director of the National Economic Council, adding that highly automated vehicles “will save time, money and lives.” Continue reading “U.S. Signals Backing for Self-Driving Cars”