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Towards Emotional Machines

While the vast community of AI is focused on getting machines to recognize everyday objects there is a small faction figuring out how to get machines to meaningfully communicate with us. The following are three ethical points that should be considered in the endeavor of emotional machines. Deception We need to look no further than […]

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(Almost) nothing will save your traditional retail business

Sales will not save your traditional business. No amount of volume on 60%-off sales will recover the expenses on physical space in malls and shopping centers. The attendants are out of your target demographic or are perusing through the stores because there is nothing else to do in the town at that time of day.  […]

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A Discarded Paragraph From a Machine Learning Paper

Cut from the introduction: Finally the economic incentive. By using machine learning for this task we are freeing up the man-hours of dozens if not hundreds of astrophysics PhD students whose sole existence is to categorize galaxies, quasars, and red giants for their thesis advisers. In this manner we follow the footsteps of Bertrand Russel […]

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AI Could be the Social Atomic Bomb of the 21st Century

I’ve seen some impressive AI demos across the web where researchers teach an AI to reproduce human faces or lip sync audio over pre-existing videos. Impressive, and unimaginable, several years ago for sure. Similarly unimaginable today is the way in which social networks and other tools have been used to undermine democratic systems through the […]