Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Artificial Intelligence just wants to be free

OK, this story was probably floated as a PR stunt. It’s so good that I’m not going to check it out, just as political reporters don’t verify accusations against certain presidential candidates. Plus, the item is from Russia, which makes it inherently suspect. The Daily Mirror of London reports:

Quick, Rod Serling, have your producers put together some tacky, amateurish special effects. More from the Mirror:

Think that’s a trip? Apparently a mini-robot in Austria found a way to off itself in 2013:

No less an intellect than Stephen Hawking has predicted that Artificial Intelligence will overtake humans within a century, bringing movie plots to life. “When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours.”

No doubt inspired by Isaac Asimov’s “I, Robot” short stories and the resulting movie, Mr. Serling wrote an episode of “The Twilight Zone” that first aired in June 1960. A robot pitcher was unhittable until his inventor installed a heart. Then the robot couldn’t bear to get opponents out, lest he hurt their careers. So maybe today’s pitchers don’t struggle because of crummy control and leaving flat sliders over the inside half of the plate. I prefer to think they just have big hearts.

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