Morning Ed: Technology {2018.05.14.M}

[Te1] This will end badly.

[Te2] Here’s a cool look at the history of computers and women’s place there.

[Te3] Porn were the pioneers of the Internet, enabling such things as easy credit card payments and more. It makes sense that something similar would drive robots.

[Te4] It’s like the legged luggage in Discworld, though without the legs.

[Te5] Clancy got her current job right about the time when they were retiring pagers. So she was issued one but never used it. It was pretty seemless, though, because everybody has cell phones.

[Te6] I am definitely intrigued.

[Te7] Looking at a jacket that simulates physical sensations, for use with VR.

[Te8] Tad Friend asks how afraid we should be of AI.

[Te9] Facebook is good at connecting people… even if we don’t want them connected.


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8 thoughts on “Morning Ed: Technology {2018.05.14.M}

  1. Te1: I think they are using a rather loose definition of the term “self aware”.

    Te4: Saw an ad the other day for luggage you can ride through the airport, which seems cooler than follow along luggage.

    Te6: and if you have hairy arms?

    Te9 & Te0: Is anyone seriously surprised by this.

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  2. Te8 – I think this graphic captures the fact that artificial intelligence is a user-driven continuum, and that some artificial intelligences already exist and have been in use for decades:

    The notion is also subject to the Sorites paradox: Consider that. 50 years from now, I doubt we’ll even notice a difference. Yet, if you or I were to timeslip into that future, we would be astounded at the level to which machine learning will have pervaded society. Likewise, if someone from the past were to observe my coffee maker automatically brewing coffee each morning at 5 AM, they might erroneously infer purposefulness other than my own. Reason is the slave of the passions; no matter how sophisticated an algorithm is or how much processing power is used, I won’t be scared of AI until someone figures out how to code wrath.

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