The New York Times reports that a group of computer scientists, organized by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, met in February to discuss advanced A.I.'s potentially dangerous results. No need to panic, though. Robots aren't about to bust down your door and murder you in your sleep. However, these scientists do believe that, as A.I. more convincingly copies human behavior (e.g. a home service robot or a self-driving car), it could take more and more jobs from humans. There's also concern that criminals could use A.I. for dirty deeds -- for instance, stealing personal information from smartphones by using a speech synthesis system.
It's nice to know there are some forward-thinking folks taking a close look at the progress of A.I. Knowing when to say "when" is always a good thing, even in science. After all, the world can't always depend on Will Smith or Tom Cruise to save it. [From: The New York Times]
Derek Paravicini isn't the first to mimic a music player's capability. As soon as animitronics started resembling something real, humans strove to imitate the mechanical. Call it a critique on technology or just plain cool, the history of people playing machine is as old and varied as technology itself. From beatboxing to 8-bit, take a look at some of our favorite machine-like moments.
Japanese father-daughter dance duo -- better known overseas as Machine 1 and 2 -- strut their stuff at Anime Matsuri this past January. Strong Machine 2 (12-year old Mao Murakami) did the robo-boogie for New Wave band Polysics, in the Korg-laden video "I My Me Mine." Must run in the family.