Why Jeff Bezos Isn’t Afraid of Artificial Intelligence

While artificial intelligence continues to become a part of everyday life for consumers, the technology has gathered a pretty impressive collection of critics and fearmongers. Don’t count Jeff Bezos among them. The Amazon founder and CEO paints a fairly rosy picture when it comes to A.I.–and he thinks there should be much more of it.

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Machine learning requires careful stewardship says Royal Society | Robohub

The many potential social and economic benefits from advances in AI-based technologies depend entirely on the environment in which these technologies evolve, says the Royal Society. According to a new report from the UK’s science academy, urgent consideration needs to be given to the “careful stewardship” needed over the next ten years.

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How Steve Wozniak Got Over His Fear of AI Taking Over the World | WIRED

STEVE WOZNIAK IS one half of Silicon Valley’s most prototypical founder’s myth. But whereas Steve Jobs went on to define what it meant to be a modern founder—the turtleneck uniform, the keynote showmanship, the scorn for formal education and steamrolling managerial style—Woz just became a wealthier version of his former self

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“Like a giant metal baby”: whether you like it or not, robots are already part of our world

There were no fireworks to dazzle the crowd lining the streets of Alexandria to celebrate Cleopatra’s triumphant return to the city in 47BC. Rather, there was a four-and-a-half-metre-tall robotic effigy of the queen, which squirted milk from mechanical bosoms on to the heads of onlookers. Cleopatra, so the figure was meant to symbolise, was a mother to her people.

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Philosopher Daniel Dennett on AI, robots and religion

It would be hard to confuse Daniel Dennett for anyone other than a philosopher. With his voluminous white beard, imposing frame, and jolly demeanour, he cuts a distinctive figure in the sleek restaurant atop London’s National Portrait Gallery. It is a hazy, sunny day as we gaze out across the rooftops. The Union Flag hangs limply over Parliament.

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