Tag Archives: Bot or Not

Worried about fake news? Get set for fake humans

We have heard the voice of our future AI overlord — and it’s making hair appointments for us. Last week, Google wowed the world by demonstrating a voice assistant called Duplex that sounds eerily human on the telephone, right down the um’s and … Continue reading

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Boston Dynamic gears up to sell robot dogs

Cue the “Black Mirror” theme music: Boston Dynamics says it’s putting its scary SpotMini robotic dog on sale next year. The company’s founder, Marc Raibert, made the announcement on May 11 at a TechCrunch robotics event at the University of California at Berkeley. … Continue reading

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White House convenes AI summit

The White House brought together scores of industry representatives for a summit focusing on artificial intelligence and its policy implications today — including representatives from Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Facebook — and set up an advisory panel of government officials to assess … Continue reading

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Policy experts seek intelligent ways to regulate AI

Regulations for the proper use of artificial intelligence are almost as inevitable as the rise of AI itself — but the way it’ll be done is far from clear. “This isn’t as simple as just ‘trust,’ ” said Kay Firth-Butterfield, project … Continue reading

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Elon Musk touts scary movie about AI

If you want to get really scared about the future, you could see “A Quiet Place” this weekend at your local theater — or you could stream “Do You Trust This Computer?” The latter movie, about the potential threat posed by artificial intelligence, comes … Continue reading

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Report dials down the risk to jobs from automation

A working paper written for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates that about 14 percent of the jobs in 32 OECD countries, including the U.S., are at high risk of being automated. That raw figure may not sound as dire … Continue reading

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Tech experts get real about automation and jobs

It’s a thrilling time for technology, with innovations in artificial intelligence and robotics propelling society ever faster forward. But is it too fast? That’s a question that came up more than once on March 21 during a panel discussion on automation’s … Continue reading

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