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Remembering Ali Maow Maalin: "Somalia was the last country with smallpox. I wanted to help ensure that we would not be the last place with polio too."
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(Sequential) disk access has better throughput than (random) memory access.
Databases · Download PDF version of this article PDF. July 6, 2009. Volume 7, issue 6. The Pathologies of Big Data. Scale up your datasets enough and all your apps will come undone. What are the typical problems and where do the bottlenecks generally surface? Adam Jacobs, 1010data Inc.
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A fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, helping to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind
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What's the best way to wire up a neural network? I dunno, try them all and see: "we evaluated over ten thousand different RNN architectures ..."
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Today, we're announcing a new series of workshops and an interagency working group to learn more about the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence.
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Skip the programming part: Just write the test cases and do the code review -- the compiler generates the implementation.
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> When Kennedy was elected in 1960, before he had even been sworn in, there were calls for him to tackle the issue of technological unemployment.
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This is the best short work of fiction that I've ever read. I cry every time.
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Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely

“A typical person is more than five times as likely to die in an extinction event as in a car crash,” says a new report.
“A typical person is more than five times as likely to die in an extinction event as in a car crash,” says a new report.
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> A common question when discussing the social implications of AI is the question of whether to expect a soft takeoff or a hard takeoff. In a hard takeoff, an AI will, within a relatively short time, grow to superhuman levels of intelligence and become impossible for mere humans to control anymore.

> Essentially, a hard takeoff will allow the AI to achieve what’s a so-called decisive strategic advantage (DSA) – “a level of technological and other advantages sufficient to enable it to achieve complete world domination” (Bostrom 2014) – in a very short time. The main relevance of this is that if a hard takeoff is possible, then it becomes much more important to get the AI’s values right on the first try – once the AI has undergone hard takeoff and achieved a DSA, it is in control with whatever values we’ve happened to give to it.

> However, if we wish to find out whether an AI might rapidly acquire a DSA, then the question of “soft takeoff or hard” seems too narrow. A hard takeoff would be sufficient, but not necessary for rapidly acquiring a DSA. The more relevant question would be, which competencies does the AI need to master, and at what level relative to humans, in order to acquire a DSA?
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