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Someone Will Purposefully Wake It Up

In a recent article at Business Insider, Oblong Industries CEO and computer interface visionary John Underkoffler criticised the foundation of OpenAI and the very idea that strong AI is a likely development. His idea that strong AI is “…just not plausible…” and “…not going to wake up…” seems to stem from a belief that all AI research is focused on predictive aspects of user interface.

This conclusion falls short of reality in three ways.

Elon Musk Is Not A Luddite

I’m generally annoyed by stories about people being nominated for some “award” as a thinly veiled method to criticize their actions or insult their beliefs, and usually do my best to ignore them. However the recent spate of articles announcing that Elon Musk had been nominated as “Luddite of the Year” piqued my interest with their sheer audacity.

“Honestly, if I had to pick one bug to find in Pi 2 at this stage, an excessive sensitivity to paparazzi would probably be it.” — Eben Upton, CEO at Raspberry Pi

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Minicomputers Can Be Light Sensitive?

“Honestly, if I had to pick one bug to find in Pi 2 at this stage, an excessive sensitivity to paparazzi would probably be it.” — Eben Upton, CEO at Raspberry Pi Apparently, bright flashes of light can cause a power supply reset on the Raspberry Pi 2.  No kidding....

The Mushroom Kingdom Becomes An A.I. Laboratory

"Mario Lives!", winner of the AI Videos Competition People’s Choice Award, has been causing a bit of controversy since it was posted to YouTube on January 15th.  The offhanded manner the video, and many of its users, describe Mario as “alive” or “self aware” have...

Saturday Morning “Me Time”

Like many people aspiring to write more, I am trying to combat procrastination by forming new habits.  I see a path toward comfortable, easy writing through creating material on a regular schedule or associated with regular activities.  Today I'm employing this plan...

Autodesk Has An Online Arduino Lab

I bought an Arduino Uno and a Voice Shield more than a year ago, but only recently bothered to start messing around with them.  At the time I purchased it I was intrigued to use a microprocessor platform with so much community support and a powerful language, but once...

The McRib & Perspectives On Fast Food Critics

McDonald's McRib sandwich, as bought in America. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I love the slow food movement.  I get quite a bit of joy from choosing local produce.  I prefer to eat at restaurants that source their meat and dairy locally.  I receive great joy when I try...

Adventures In Chemistry

Otis Archives images from the National Museum of Health & Medicine Once upon a time, my life was full of more adventure than I could comfortably handle.  Throughout High School I was constantly learning new skills, building new devices, trying new experiments, and...

The Next Android Deluge: Netbooks

H6 Android Netbook Over the last few months the world has been introduced to Android in a new way.  Not only have Android tablets started to see real success but we're seeing Android devices make their way to TVs as well.  Google has introduced the first of their...

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