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50 years old, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ still offers insight about the future

50 years old, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ still offers insight about the future Even 17 years beyond 2001, spacesuits are bulkier than this. Matthew J. Cotter/Flickr, CC BY-SA Daniel N. Rockmore, Dartmouth College Watching a 50th anniversary screening of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” I found myself, a mathematician and computer…

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Robots can learn a lot from nature if they want to ‘see’ the world

Robots can learn a lot from nature if they want to ‘see’ the world ‘Seeing’ through robot eyes. Shutterstock/TrifonenkoIvan Michael Milford, Queensland University of Technology and Jonathan Roberts, Queensland University of Technology Vision is one of nature’s amazing creations that has been with us for hundreds of millions of years.…

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Why AI can’t solve everything

Why AI can’t solve everything artificial-intelligence-503593_1920/flickr Vyacheslav Polonski, University of Oxford The hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. There seems to be no shortage of sensationalist news about how AI could cure diseases, accelerate human innovation and improve human creativity. Just looking at the media headlines,…

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What is it about AI that unnerves us? Alan Finkel suspects it’s a combination of things. Wes Mountain, CC BY-ND

Finkel: overcoming our mistrust of robots in our homes and workplaces

Finkel: overcoming our mistrust of robots in our homes and workplaces What is it about AI that unnerves us? Alan Finkel suspects it’s a combination of things. Wes Mountain, CC BY-ND Alan Finkel, Office of the Chief Scientist Here’s a question: do you consider yourself to be a trusting person?…

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Voice control: why AI must resist our bad habit of stereotyping human speech

Voice control: why AI must resist our bad habit of stereotyping human speech Parrot fashion. Shutterstock Trevor Cox, University of Salford Voice control gadgets – such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Home or Apple’s Homepod – are becoming increasingly popular, but people should pause for thought about advances in machine learning…

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AI slaves: the questionable desire shaping our idea of technological progress

AI slaves: the questionable desire shaping our idea of technological progress Charles Taylor/Shutterstock.com Beth Singler, University of Cambridge From high impact Hollywood dystopic accounts such as the infamous Terminator films to public responses to the story of a burger flipping robot being “fired”, the stories we tell ourselves about AI…

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Artist’s impression of Proxima b, a planet orbiting the star Proxima Centauri within the closest known star system outside of our solar system. (ESO/M. Kornmesser), CC BY-SA

Can Artificial Intelligence help find alien intelligence?

Can Artificial Intelligence help find alien intelligence? Artist’s impression of Proxima b, a planet orbiting the star Proxima Centauri within the closest known star system outside of our solar system. (ESO/M. Kornmesser), CC BY-SA Michael P. Oman-Reagan, Memorial University of Newfoundland In the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), we’ve often…

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Unfortunately for the intrepid astronauts in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, a Space Odyssey, the HAL 9000 computer knows how to read lips. IMDB

Artificial intelligence talks (and talks): the story since ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

Artificial intelligence talks (and talks): the story since ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Unfortunately for the intrepid astronauts in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, a Space Odyssey, the HAL 9000 computer knows how to read lips. IMDB Franck Guarnieri, Mines ParisTech Almost everyone knows the story of HAL 9000, the killer supercomputer in Stanley Kubrick’s landmark film 2001:…

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Five reasons why robots won’t take over the world

Five reasons why robots won’t take over the world Shutterstock Norbert Krüger, University of Southern Denmark and Ole Dolriis, University of Southern Denmark Scientists are known for making dramatic predictions about the future – and sinister robots are once again in the spotlight now that artificial intelligence has become a…

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Fact or fiction? Either way, an alien still seems menacing. Cindy Zhi/The Conversation, CC BY

Stephen Hawking: blending science with science fiction

Stephen Hawking: blending science with science fiction Fact or fiction? Either way, an alien still seems menacing. Cindy Zhi/The Conversation, CC BY Christopher Benjamin Menadue, James Cook University This article is part of our occasional series Zoom Out. Here we offer authors a slightly longer essay format to widen their…

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Stephen Hawking both warned about and benefited from artificial intelligence. Hoo-Me.com/MediaPunch/IPX/AP

Stephen Hawking warned about the perils of artificial intelligence – yet AI gave him a voice

Stephen Hawking warned about the perils of artificial intelligence – yet AI gave him a voice Stephen Hawking both warned about and benefited from artificial intelligence. Hoo-Me.com/MediaPunch/IPX/AP Ana Santos Rutschman, DePaul University The late Stephen Hawking was a major voice in the debate about how humanity can benefit from artificial…

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With artificial intelligence weapons on both sides, are we in a new cold war? Dim Dimich/Shutterstock.com

Artificial intelligence is the weapon of the next Cold War

Artificial intelligence is the weapon of the next Cold War With artificial intelligence weapons on both sides, are we in a new cold war? Dim Dimich/Shutterstock.com Jeremy Straub, North Dakota State University It is easy to confuse the current geopolitical situation with that of the 1980s. The United States and…

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Humans and robots can work together to create jobs for the future. Shutterstock/Gennady Danilkin

We should learn to work with robots and not worry about them taking our jobs

We should learn to work with robots and not worry about them taking our jobs Humans and robots can work together to create jobs for the future. Shutterstock/Gennady Danilkin David Tuffley, Griffith University We have all heard the dire predictions about robots coming to steal our jobs. Some would even…

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Google’s artificial intelligence finds two new exoplanets missed by human eyes

Google’s artificial intelligence finds two new exoplanets missed by human eyes Artist impression of Kepler-90i, the eighth planet discovered orbiting around Kepler-90. NASA Jake Clark, University of Southern Queensland Two new exoplanets have been discovered thanks to NASA’s collaboration with Google’s artificial intelligence (AI). One of those in today’s announcement…

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