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Paul Bloom on Cruelty – Econlib
I think that's one of the biggest mistakes we make about morality. I think that the reality is that fully appreciating someone's humanity opens up so many positive things--you can't be human without it; you can't have a decent relationship. It's the foundation of love, and friendship. But, it carries with it so many terrible risks. Really loving somebody, really knowing somebody opens up the possibility for love; but it also opens up the possibility for hatred.

we need to respect the fact that often we had no bad intentions and we will be right; and yet we can appreciate that our own small acts when accumulated makes people's lives miserable. And so we should stop these small acts.

The first point is that the robots are probably sentient. I mean, it's impossible to know. It's the standard, you know, undergraduate dormitory argument at 2 in the morning, how can I know you're conscious? How can you know that I'm conscious? But, these robots are of such sophistication, complexity, it beggars belief that they don't have feelings.
utilitarianism  human  cruel  thinking  movie  culture  debate  mind  other  love  family  morality  anger  incel  mob  robot 
october 2018 by aries1988
RT : 'Labor shortage and low productivity were threatening the future of the Kato farm, on the Japanese island of Hokkai…
ai  video  japan  farming  population  crisis  youth  workforce  research  reportage  fromage  milk  robot  children  family 
may 2018 by aries1988
We Know How You Feel
just as the increasing scarcity of oil has led to more exotic methods of recovery, the scarcity of attention, combined with a growing economy built around its exchange, has prompted R. & D. in the mining of consumer cognition. “What people in the industry are saying is ‘I need to get people’s attention in a shorter period of time,’ so they are trying to focus on capturing the intensity of it,” Teixeira explained. “People who are emotional are much more engaged. And because emotions are ‘memory markers’ they remember more. So the idea now is shifting to: how do we get people who are feeling these emotions?”
emotion  business  research  story  egypt  female  scientist  startup  robot  ai  future 
february 2018 by aries1988
The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions - MIT Technology Review

We see a similar pattern with other technologies over the last 30 years. A big promise up front, disappointment, and then slowly growing confidence in results that exceed the original expectations. This is true of computation, genome sequencing, solar power, wind power, and even home delivery of groceries.

modern-day AGI research is not doing well at all on either being general or supporting an independent entity with an ongoing existence. It mostly seems stuck on the same issues in reasoning and common sense that AI has had problems with for at least 50 years. All the evidence that I see says we have no real idea yet how to build one. Its properties are completely unknown, so rhetorically it quickly becomes magical, powerful without limit.

Today’s machine learning is not at all the sponge-like learning that humans engage in, making rapid progress in a new domain without having to be surgically altered or purpose-built.

What Gordon Moore actually said was that the number of components that could fit on a microchip would double every year. That held true for 50 years, although the time constant for doubling gradually lengthened from one year to over two years, and the pattern is coming to an end.

The U.S. Air Force still flies the B-52H variant of the B-52 bomber. This version was introduced in 1961, making it 56 years old. The last one was built in 1962, a mere 55 years ago. Currently these planes are expected to keep flying until at least 2040, and perhaps longer—there is talk of extending their life to 100 years.
robot  ai  future  technology  opinion 
october 2017 by aries1988
The race to build the world’s first sex robot
something as lifelike as possible – it’s his brand’s USP (unique selling point).

Matt McMullen says he’s helping the socially isolated, but once it becomes possible for a man to own a companion whose sole reason for existing is to give him pleasure, without the inconvenience of its own ambitions and needs, menstrual cycles and jealous passions, bathroom habits and in-laws, he may turn away from human relationships altogether.
reportage  robot  manufacturing  captor  industry  emotion  human  love  sex  money 
may 2017 by aries1988
How robots are making humans indispensable

Mr Shestakovsky initially assumed that his research would show how machines were replacing human workers. When he did grassroots analysis he realised that the company was growing so fast, with such big and complex computing systems, that it was constantly drafting more humans — not robots — to monitor, manage and interpret the data. Software automation can substitute for labour but it also creates new human-machine complementaries, he told an American Anthropological Association meeting recently, noting that companies are creating new types of jobs.

new digitised jobs may seem less attractive than the old roles since they are often structured as contingent work, with self-employed workers who provide services on demand.

the urgent need for a bigger policy debate about how to prepare workers for this new world. Workforce training needs to change to instil more digital skills. New types of social security, health and pension systems are necessary to accommodate contingent workers.
automation  workflow  usa  robot  ai 
december 2016 by aries1988
Our Automated Future

"I for one welcome our new computer overlords."

Could another person learn to do your job by studying a detailed record of everything you’ve done in the past? Martin Ford, a software developer, asks early on in Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future (Basic Books).

Imagine a matrix with two axes, manual versus cognitive and routine versus nonroutine. Jobs can then be arranged into four boxes: manual routine, manual nonroutine, and so on. (Two of Brynjolfsson and McAfee’s colleagues at M.I.T., Daron Acemoglu and David Autor, performed a formal version of this analysis in 2010.) Jobs on an assembly line fall into the manual-routine box, jobs in home health care into the manual-nonroutine box. Keeping track of inventory is in the cognitive-routine box; dreaming up an ad campaign is cognitive nonroutine.

Later, Ford notes, A computer doesn’t need to replicate the entire spectrum of your intellectual capability in order to displace you from your job; it only needs to do the specific things you are paid to do.

Each new technology displaced a new cast of workers: first knitters, then farmers, then machinists. The world as we know it today is a product of these successive waves of displacement, and of the social and artistic movements they inspired: Romanticism, socialism, progressivism, Communism.

Even as robots grow cleverer, some tasks continue to bewilder them. At present, machines are not very good at walking up stairs, picking up a paper clip from the floor, or reading the emotional cues of a frustrated customer

Routine jobs on the factory floor or in payroll or accounting departments tend to fall in between. And it’s these middle-class jobs that robots have the easiest time laying their grippers on.

As recently as twenty years ago, Google didn’t exist, and as recently as thirty years ago it couldn’t have existed, since the Web didn’t exist. At the close of the third quarter of 2016, Google was valued at almost five hundred and fifty billion dollars and ranked as the world’s second-largest publicly traded company, by market capitalization. (The first was Apple.)

Google also illustrates how, in the age of automation, new wealth can be created without creating new jobs. Google employs about sixty thousand workers. General Motors, which has a tenth of the market capitalization, employs two hundred and fifteen thousand people. And this is G.M. post-Watson. In the late nineteen-seventies, the carmaker’s workforce numbered more than eight hundred thousand.
ai  automation  robot  manufacturing  industry  workforce  future  crisis  opportunity  politics  book  opinion  prediction  history  explained  watson 
december 2016 by aries1988
If Animals Have Rights, Should Robots?

In a paper, she names three factors: physicality (the object exists in our space, not onscreen), perceived autonomous movement (the object travels as if with a mind of its own), and social behavior (the robot is programmed to mimic human-type cues).

The problem with torturing a robot, in other words, has nothing to do with what a robot is, and everything to do with what we fear most in ourselves.
right  robot  animal  human  essay  debate 
november 2016 by aries1988
Canada’s hitchhiking robot is brutally decapitated after two short weeks in the US
Setting out from Boston, hitchBOT wanted nothing more than to see America, really see it, from sea to shining sea. Unfortunately, the friendly thumbs-upping robot got its head bashed in after getting only as far as Philadelphia. Lauren O'Neil, a journalist with Canada's CBC, tweeted a photo of what looks like the poor state the robot was found in.
robot  travel 
august 2015 by aries1988
John Donoghue : « Osons interpréter les signaux du cerveau »
Il faut être certain qu’aucun fluide cérébral ne pénètre dans l’interface, d’où sortent une centaine de microfils connectés avec l’électrode implantée. Il faut ensuite s’assurer que l’interface communique en Wi-Fi avec une haute bande passante, car une quantité énorme d’informations doit être transmise vers l’extérieur. Pour cela, il faut des batteries durables, tant il est impensable de répéter souvent l’intervention chirurgicale pour en changer ; sur notre prototype, elles peuvent durer cinq ans. Ce dernier a pour l’heure la taille d’une boîte d’allumettes. Mais c’est aussi ce qui se fait de plus complexe au monde.
human  robot  future 
november 2014 by aries1988
他的艺术作品目前已受到一定关注,而且因为他的背景关系,其作品与科技仍然有非常深的关联。例如早前他展出的 Pulse Machine(脉搏机器),这件与雕刻家 Alicia Eggert 合作的展品,外形上只是一个平平无奇的鼓。不过 Reben 却赋予它 “生命”——Pulse Machine 每分钟敲击 60 次,就像人的心脏一样,当这部机器敲击数相当于 78 岁的时候就会停止运作。出乎意料的是,这款作品获得外界的共鸣,参观者观看这款作品时表示会感到难过。

Reben 后来又尝试了一个名为 BlabDroid 的机器人项目(上图),这部机器人的外形可以说是山寨版 Wall-E,它有这一双大眼睛和七岁孩子的声音,当这部机器出现在人群里,Reben 发现人们并不排斥和它说话。这位艺术家认为,人对机器有某种社会化投射。比如当我们暗暗咒骂死机的电脑、卡纸的打印机时,其实也是一种拟人化的情感投射。Reben 认为,人都是社交的动物,当我们身边一切都走向智能的时候,我们同样需要赋予这些物件社交的属性,来满足自身的需要。

这位艺术家认为,人对机器有某种社会化投射。比如当我们暗暗咒骂死机的电脑、卡纸的打印机时,其实也是一种拟人化的情感投射。Reben 认为,人都是社交的动物,当我们身边一切都走向智能的时候,我们同样需要赋予这些物件社交的属性,来满足自身的需要。
art  human  robot 
april 2014 by aries1988
作者:tuuuva 大家也许小时候都有过一个疑问:人们走路的时候为什么要甩手呢?为什么如果走顺拐了会感觉特别别扭呢?一个常见的解释是,为了保持身体平衡。这种解释了和没解释没什么区别的答案是永远正确的,
human  robot 
august 2012 by aries1988
先来看张图,这些就是最近两周我用做练习的Arduino程序,同时也学会了用SVN和Google Code进行版本管理。
diy  robot  programming  future 
april 2012 by aries1988

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