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Ed Webb

An Algorithm Summarizes Lengthy Text Surprisingly Well - MIT Technology Review - 0 views

  • As information overload grows ever worse, computers may become our only hope for handling a growing deluge of documents. And it may become routine to rely on a machine to analyze and paraphrase articles, research papers, and other text for you.
  • Parsing language remains one of the grand challenges of artificial intelligence (see “AI’s Language Problem”). But it’s a challenge with enormous commercial potential. Even limited linguistic intelligence—the ability to parse spoken or written queries, and to respond in more sophisticated and coherent ways—could transform personal computing. In many specialist fields—like medicine, scientific research, and law—condensing information and extracting insights could have huge commercial benefits.
  • The system experiments in order to generate summaries of its own using a process called reinforcement learning. Inspired by the way animals seem to learn, this involves providing positive feedback for actions that lead toward a particular objective. Reinforcement learning has been used to train computers to do impressive new things, like playing complex games or controlling robots (see “10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017: Reinforcement Learning”). Those working on conversational interfaces are increasingly now looking at reinforcement learning as a way to improve their systems.
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  • “At some point, we have to admit that we need a little bit of semantics and a little bit of syntactic knowledge in these systems in order for them to be fluid and fluent,”
Ed Webb

China's New "Social Credit Score" Brings Dystopian Science Fiction to Life - 1 views

  • The Chinese government is taking a controversial step in security, with plans to implement a system that gives and collects financial, social, political, and legal credit ratings of citizens into a social credit score
  • Proponents of the idea are already testing various aspects of the system — gathering digital records of citizens, specifically financial behavior. These will then be used to create a social credit score system, which will determine if a citizen can avail themselves of certain services based on his or her social credit rating
  • it’s going to be like an episode from Black Mirror — the social credit score of citizens will be the basis for access to services ranging from travel and education to loans and insurance coverage.
weismans95

Black Mirror - 0 views

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    This dark and often disturbing mini-series covers many themes from this class. Each episode questions the role of different technologies in society: from recording memories to talent shows. The episode "Be Right Back" is especially relevant to our discussions of cyborgs and AI.
weismans95

Ex Machina move trailer - 1 views

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    Yet another take on the cyborg/robot/AI story
Ed Webb

untitled - 0 views

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    In 1959, a solar storm threw an electromagnetic pulse at Earth so strong it fried the telegraph system. A whole lot more is on the line now.
katiegimbert

Going up! Cosmic elevator could reach space on a cable made of diamonds - 0 views

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    A Japanese construction company, Obayashi Corporation, has been investigating the concept for a space elevator. Their researchers believe that advances in carbon nanotechnology could make a space elevator possible as soon as 2030. (CNN) -- Want to ride an elevator into space?
colburcl

The Right Chemistry: Soylent is no longer just a science-fiction concoction - 0 views

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    Soylent Green is here, people. Kind-of. The bigger question: can they make it taste like Nutella?
straussr

Light Memory Experiment Affects Mice Brains Like An MIB Neuralyzer - 1 views

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    Scientists think they've found a way to alter memory using beams of light... Freaky stuff.
weismans95

Don't Get Too Excited About That New "Hoverboard" Just Yet - 0 views

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    Only works on metallic surfaces...limited battery life...tough to ride. The hoverboard from Uglies will soon be a disappointing reality.
weismans95

We Are Already Cyborgs - YouTube - 2 views

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    Technology+evolution?
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