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Think not of super intelligent AI as you would of a normal human

This article nails it (warning: Heavy Spoilers) when talking about how our perception of greater than human intelligence couldn't be further from the truth.

When you think about it, many still seem to think of a super intelligent entity as one with human motivations and desires, one wonders if that is the actual case.
Ex Machina was meant to be a thrilling expose of the dangers of artificial intelligence - in fact the film simply revealed how limited our conceptions of AI
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Basic Income gaining in popularity

Glad to see that the idea of Universal Basic Income is being discussed in ever more popular circles these days.
CNN's John Sutter visited a town where residents get cut a check just for being alive. He says it's time for the U.S. to consider a "basic income" scheme.
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Global Proportional Basic Income is relatively easy to accept, hell, it's free money. What will be difficult is finding a global economic and taxation plan which is equally popular.
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Very sad to hear about Leonard Nimoy's passing.

When I first heard about this I felt like a part of me died.
 
While this had been expected for a while, I am sad to say that today we lost a man who was a great artist, a great actor, and an all-around mensch. The world will be poorer without him.
In addition to acting, Mr. Nimoy directed films; published poetry, autobiographies and books of photography; and recorded music.
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An Interview with Yann LeCunn on Deep Learning and AI

Really enjoyed reading this interview between +IEEE Spectrum  and +Yann LeCun , I think Yan's grounded yet still optimistic approach is worth noting as he seems to be data driven yet he still maintain a dose of optimism.

I found the part where Yan talked about how common sense could arise within a Machine Learning System to be very interesting, if such a feat is accomplished then we could start to see Deep Learning Based systems which can reason on their own, assuming they have enough training data as a foundation for their reasoning capabilities.

Highly recommend reading the interview.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/facebook-ai-director-yann-lecun-on-deep-learning
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Seems like a pretty down to earth guy!
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If this progress is any indication then I expect the next version of Valkyrie to be able to perform physical tasks at speeds very close to a human counterpart.

Who knows, maybe this'll happen in two-three years time.
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+David Amerland, shares his thoughts on Basic Income.

Myself like an increasing number of people think that the time has come for Global Basic Income to become a reality.
 
Good News Everyone...

It's Thursday and if you're beginning to feel the week like I am then you know why we need to consider some big ideas. The mind, unfettered by the tedium of answering emails, replying to calls and taking about humdrum (but oh, so necessary) details takes flight and sheds fatigue. 

In one such a moment, last summer I entertained a thought experiment where the wealth of nations actually meant something substantial for each one of us: http://goo.gl/XuLHrn

The idea did not go away from my head, and hoary as it may sound (and without getting into the game of political ideologies which, quite frankly is a mentally poor exercise) I think it has a lot of merit in terms of unchaining human potential and helping restore human dignity. 

Since then I have been quietly looking at research of real-life experiments that are examining the effects of disrupting the traditional flow of money, much the same way my experiment did. 

Trying to "do good" in the world we have set up charities and organisations and welfare systems that integrate themselves in the same system that exists now (because how else would you have them work?) and end up looking at figures and numbers and targets and the individual, an individual, then becomes a stat on a spreadsheet that aims to produce results that make us feel good. 

But that does not solve the problem. 

A London charity for the homeless decided to break through all that nonsense and actually give the homeless money, directly. No check ups. No counselling. No social worker to guide them. The results were eye-opening: http://goo.gl/nRNWz.

Even earlier than that the town of Dauphin, in Manitoba, spent five years carrying out a guaranteed minimum income experiment (not quite close to my $10 mill each, but still). The results are also thought-provoking: http://goo.gl/3cUk8H.

The reason all this is in front of you today is because the debate is being re-opened. We know the system we have is not working quite the way it should. Maybe we can find a way to fashion another. By degrees. In baby steps and with a lot of trepidation and courage. 

Here's to a thought-provoking Thursday. :) 
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Baxter comes to New Zealand
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Simulating a mouse brain

Very exciting to see that we are at this stage already!

h/t +michael barth 
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I think our cats are still likely to see super intelligent mice as food :)
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Looks like someone at MIT Tech Review tried magic leap's AR tech
A startup is betting more than half a billion dollars that it will dazzle you with its approach to creating 3-D imagery.Availability: 1-3 years
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Watching Coding as a form of entertainment?

Who would've thought something like this could gain an audience? Not the mainstream media that is for sure.

There is something to be said about being able to view a relatively normal person going about an activity while being able to communicate with them.

It is something which mainstream media content cannot do so it misses out on the social aspect of such experiences.
 
Who would have thought that coding would ever become a performance art where thousands, even millions of viewers sit around watching people code!
Twitch has turned watching other people play video games a very popular phenomenon. Could watching other people code be next big livestreaming th
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Yes indeed, I would see the electronic transmission of our other senses becoming very popular shortly after as people would want to experience the smells, tastes of the environment they're watching, on that last note I think the business of watching people eat food for fun would become far more popular than it is today.
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I didn't expect the legal side of things to move so quickly, I am glad to read that at least some regulators around the world are getting on with the times.
 
Driverless cars get the thumbs up by the UK and the Dutch! PIC http://www.autosreign.com/driverless-cars-thumbs-up.html
The future of motoring will accelerate into a new view this year, with UK and Dutch announcing that they will allow driverless cars to legally operate on public
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I wonder if this will bring Bitcoin a step closer to the mainstream

Assuming of course that the clients of Adyen are willing to accept Bitcoins as a form of payment then this could be huge.

#Bitcoin   #Currency   #payments  
Facebook, Spotify, and Airbnb are among thousands of merchants who may accept Bitcoin after Bitpay’s integration with giant payment processor Netherlands-based Adyen. Payment processing giant Adyen has announced the integration of popular Bitcoin processing platform BitPay into its checkout services. Merchants using Ayden’s services will now be able to accept Bitcoin through a single preferenceRead More
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By day I work as a software developer and a technical analyst, I help small and medium businesses get the most out of technology and software automation, most of my work involves building workflow automation software systems, integrating different systems together and using data to generate meaningful business intelligence.

When I'm not working I spend my time with my family, on that note I do need to devote more time to them =)

I see myself as a person who is very interested in improving the human condition and the quality of life for everyone wherever possible, when time permits I do what I can to offer my input to make the above happen.

I believe that anything is possible, if something has not been done or made, it is simply because we don't know how to yet!

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