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Something new? AIs and us

It is tempting to align oneself with the wisdom of the “nihil novum sub sole” (there is nothing new under the sun) stance. But once in a while there are truly new things around us, and it is crucially important to recognize them and to be able to properly understand them. The forthcoming era of …

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The Singularity Arrives in Europe, Streaming Live

Originally published in KuzweilAI News On Saturday, March 5, for the first time, a Singularity-related event will be held in Europe — at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, Italy. Produced by Milan-based research institute iLabs(Wikipedia page here), the one-day, free iLabs Singularity Summit (not affiliated with the Singularity Institute’s Singularity Summit) will feature speeches …

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Computer security and AGI

That spam filters would be the first computer systems to wake up, has been a part of the AI lore for some time. There is a steep evolutionary trajectory forced upon the algorithms by the relentless pressure of incoming spam adapting itself to changing conditions. At the same time, the complex system made up by …

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Joining SIAI and participating in the Singularity Summit

Image by David Trowbridge This spring I joined the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI). After having followed Ray Kurzweil‘s, Eliezer Yudkowsky‘s, and Ben Goertzel‘s work for some time, it is my opinion that the institute that they are directing, together with Tyler Emerson, Bruce Klein, and others, is one of the most important today, …

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Italian post-code database liberated from paywall

The Italian Post Office was privatized recently, and they pulled the freely downloadable database of Italian postcodes, right before introducing a new series of postcodes, extensive changes to existing ones, and a new rule by which they would refuse the delivery of any letter with an imprecise postcode on it. Simultaneously they started selling a …

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Fiction is not science

I would be surpised if Asimov thought his laws could become the basis of the real science of AI or sentient robots. The fun of his short stories, and probably of writing them as well must have been been also coming from the quirks of the interactions of the laws with the real world, and how their …

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