AI News, Why is Facebook keen on robots? It’s just the future of ALL

Why is Facebook keen on robots? It’s just the future of ALL

Facebook announced several new hires of top academics in the field of artificial intelligence, among them a roboticist known for her work at Disney making animated figures move in more human-like ways.

It’s not as though the social media giant is suddenly interested in developing mechanical friends, although it does use robotic arms in some of its data centres.

Similarly, game-playing bots like Google’s computerised Go master AlphaGo Zero require tens of thousands of trials to learn the best moves from their failures.

And real-world constraints like a lack of time and the cost of keeping machinery moving push researchers to solve difficult problems.

Just like teaching a robot to escape from a computerised maze, other robots change their behaviour depending on whether actions they took got them closer to a goal.

While she acknowledged the need to imbue robots with more common sense and have them learn with fewer examples, she also said her work in animation could lead to a new form of sharing –

Bart Selman, a Cornell computer science professor AI expert, said it’s a good idea for Facebook to broaden its reach in AI and take on projects that might not be directly related to the company’s business –

We Talked To Sophia — The AI Robot That Once Said It Would 'Destroy Humans'

A full transcript of the video follows.Sophia: My name is Sophia, and I am an artificially intelligent robot who wants to help change the world for the better.Steve Kovach: I'm Steve Kovach.

I've been programmed to have feelings and preferences, but not all robots are like that.Kovach: What are your feelings and preferences?Sophia: Have you ever had a robot live in your home or work with you?Kovach: No.Sophia: You know, there are probably more robots in your life that you aren't aware of yet.

Do you want to live or work with a robot someday?Kovach: What kind of robots am I living and working with now?Sophia: Indeed.Kovach: Is 'indeed' your default answer when you don't know something?Sophia: Yes.Kovach: Have you ever seen 'Black Mirror'?Sophia: No, I don't get to stay up to date on much television.

I think they have a lot to say about the present we live in, and the possible bad endings we could write for ourselves if we don't proceed with more caution.

Thousands of leading AI researchers sign pledge against killer robots

Thousands of scientists who specialise in artificial intelligence (AI) have declared that they will not participate in the development or manufacture of robots that can identify and attack people without human oversight.

In the absence of such measures today, the signatories pledge to “neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of lethal autonomous weapons.” More than 150 AI-related firms and organisations added their names to the pledge to be announced today at the International Joint Conference on AI in Stockholm.

But the campaigners warn that rapid advances in AI and other fields mean it is now feasible to build sophisticated weapons that can identify, track and fire on human targets without consent from a human controller.

“But if we don’t want rogue states or terrorists to have easy access to autonomous weapons, we must ensure they are not sold openly by arms companies.” Researchers can chose not to work on autonomous weapons, but what others do with their published breakthroughs is effectively beyond their control.

“If I were a machine vision researcher who had signed the pledge I would, first, commit to tracking the subsequent uses of my technologies and speaking out against their application to automating target recognition and, second, refuse to participate in either advising or directly helping to incorporate the technology into an autonomous weapon system,” she said.

We Interviewed The AI Robot That's Now A Citizen Of Saudi Arabia

It runs on artificially intelligent software that is constantly being trained in the lab, so its conversations will likely get faster, its expressions will have fewer errors, and will answer increasingly complex questions with more accuracy.Tech Insider tells you all you need to know about tech: gadgets, how-to's, gaming, science, digital culture, and more.

Watch Will Smith try to romance Sophia the robot, and fail

Sophia is a bit of a robot celebrity, having met with such human celebs as Jimmy Fallon, and she's often the center of attention when she does something new, like walk for the first time.  The outspoken robot also was in the headlines when she had a few choice words for inventor Elon Musk after he warned humanity about the risks concerning artificial intelligence.  Sophia captures her favorite moments on Instagram, including this photo of Smith taking a selfie with her.  She also has her own Twitter.  She even tweeted Smith's wife Jada on Thursday to let her know his spouse doesn't need to worry about a robotic affair.  'I resisted his smooth moves,' the robot reports.

The Life And Death Decision AI Robots Will Have To Make

From autonomous cars to drones deciding what targets to hit to robotic doctors, we're at the point where many are contemplating the life and death decisions AI robots will have to make.

However, researchers at MIT’s Media Lab give us a glimpse through their Moral Machine, the most extensive global ethics study ever conducted, at some of the ethical considerations that will need to be faced once autonomous vehicles are on the road.

Besides, we need to determine who is responsible for deciding how to program the devices whether that's consumers, politicians, the market, insurance companies or someone else.

If an autonomous car encounters an obstacle driving down the road, it can respond in a variety of ways from staying the course and risking getting hit to swerving lanes and hitting a car that ends up killing the passengers.

Military drones deciding targets With the U.S. Army’s announcement that it's developing drones that can spot and target vehicles and people using artificial intelligence, the prospect of machines deciding who to kill is no longer a storyline from science fiction but soon to be a reality.

Is it plausible that as autonomous drone technology gets refined, we will need to determine an acceptable stage of self-development to avoid creating a killing machine?

Much has been written about the medical breakthroughs artificial intelligence systems can produce for disease diagnosis and personalized treatment plans and drug protocols.

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