A World Of Infinite Paper Clips

An arti­cle in the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald raises a com­mon apoc­a­lyp­tic thought exper­i­ment about arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and machines that is worth con­sid­er­ing: Of all the rea­sons robots might rise up and destroy human­ity, mak­ing paper clips is not an obvi­ous one. But the pop­u­lar the­ory goes that an arti­fi­cially intel­li­gent machine pro­grammed to pro­duce as many paper […]

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The Science Fiction of Drone Hype

The FBI is inves­ti­gat­ing a “drone” sup­pos­edly spot­ted near JFK Air­port in New York City. An Ali­talia pilot claims he saw, com­ing in to land, a small quadro­tor “drone” fly­ing within 200ft of his air­plane. The real ques­tion is why such a thing would be fly­ing 1,700 ft high near an air­port, as the pilot […]

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Basics Matter in Killer Robots Debate

Last year, Human Rights Watch launched a cam­paign to ban the devel­op­ment of autonomous weapons sys­tems, which they dys­phemisti­cally call “killer robots.” The report and email cam­paign has sev­eral prob­lems to it, which Greg McNeal lays out ably here — namely, that it’s based entirely on an over­sim­pli­fied cam­paign of fear and doesn’t take into […]

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