Creepy: New AI can READ YOUR MIND by decoding your brain signals … kiss your personal privacy goodbye

Creepy: New AI can READ YOUR MIND by decoding your brain signals … kiss your personal privacy goodbye:

We live in a society that is obsessed with oversharing. While it’s becoming increasingly difficult to tune out the trivial bits of people’s lives that we don’t care about, we can still choose not to sign up for social media accounts to preserve our own privacy. We can also take comfort from the idea that our private thoughts will always remain our own – at least for the time being. You might want to enjoy that last bit of privacy while you still can because a creepy new AI looks set to change that very soon.

Japanese researchers have now developed an AI machine that can take a look into your mind with an uncanny degree of accuracy. It studies the electrical signals within your brain to determine the images you are looking at or even just thinking about, and then it can create images of it that are startlingly reliable.

The project is being carried out at Kyoto University under the leadership of Professor Yukiyasu Kamitani. The researchers are creating the images using a neural network and information culled from fMRI scans that detect the changes in people’s blood flow in order to analyze electrical activity. This data enabled their machine to reconstruct images such as red mailboxes, stained glass windows, and owls after volunteers stared at pictures of these items. In addition, it was able to create pictures of objects the participants were simply imagining, including goldfish, bowling balls, leopards, crosses, squares and swans with varying degrees of accuracy.

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2017: The year AI took over (VIDEOS)

2017: The year AI took over (VIDEOS):

Tech billionaire Elon Musk and renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking led the charge, warning that robots could one day wipe out humanity. “AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization,” Musk said earlier this year, while Hawking added “I fear that AI may replace humans altogether.”

Weaponized AI

Meanwhile, the campaign to ‘Stop the Killer Robots’ upped the ante this year as hundreds of experts in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics sent letters to world leaders, urging them to support a ban on autonomous weapons.

Nearly all countries accepted that some form of human control must be maintained over weapons systems during meetings of the United Nations’ Convention on Conventional Weapons in November.

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New AI That Makes Fake Videos May Be the End of Reality as We Know It

New AI That Makes Fake Videos May Be the End of Reality as We Know It:

A new artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm is capable of manufacturing simulated video imagery that is indiscernible from reality, say researchers at Nvidia, a California-based tech company. AI developers at the company have released details of a new project that allows its AI to generate fake videos using only minimal raw input data. The technology can render a flawlessly realistic sequence showing what a sunny street looks like when it’s raining, for example, as well as what a cat or dog looks like as a different breed or even a person’s face with a different facial expression. And this is video —  not photo.

For their work, researchers tweaked a familiar algorithm, known as a generative adversarial network (GAN), to allow their AI to create fresh visual data. The technique involves playing two neural networks against each other, but Nvidia’s new program requires far less input and no labeled datasets. In other words, AI is getting much, much better at mimicking reality.

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This is CIA MKULTRA level stuff but hey what could go wrong with the US military’s research division DARPA controlling your emotions? Human Testing Begins: Brain Implants To ‘Change Moods Controlled By AI’

Brain implants to ‘change moods controlled by AI’ begin HUMAN TESTS:

SCIENTISTS have begun human testing on electronic brain implants designed to change peoples moods controlled by computers.

Devices plugged into people’s skulls are being developed by boffins funded by the US military’s research division DARPA.These implants will use electronic pulses to alter the chemicals in people’s brains in a process called “deep brain stimulation”.

This will then change people’s moods and is believed to be able to treat mental illness and provide therapy.

Artificial intelligence in implants will detect and study the brain to know what pulses to send – described by scientists as a “window on the brain”. 

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Outrageous #AI: #DeepMind’s #AlphaZero Teaches Itself #Chess In 4 Hours (By Playing Against Itself!) And Then Crushes #Stockfish (The Unofficial World Champion) (Videos)

DeepMind Technologies Limited, acquired by Google in 2014, is a British artificial intelligence company founded in September 2010.

And what could possibly go wrong?

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Surveillance State: Stanford Researchers Use AI To Determine Neighborhood’s Bias By Its Cars

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Surveillance State: Stanford Researchers Use AI To Determine Neighborhood’s Bias By Its Cars:

A team of researchers at Stanford University have trained artificial intelligence algorithms to observe and study millions of images on Google Street View to determine how people vote by the make of their car. The algorithms were trained to recognize the make, model, and year of every car produced since 1990, in more than 50 million Google Street View images across 200 American cities.

The data on car types and location were then compared against the most comprehensive demographic database in use today, the American Community Survey, and against presidential election voting data to estimate demographic factors such as race, education, income and voter preferences, the Stanford News reported.

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Facebook Announces It Will Use A.I. To Scan Your Thoughts “To Enhance User Safety”

Facebook Announces It Will Use A.I. To Scan Your Thoughts “To Enhance User Safety”:

A mere few years ago the idea that artificial intelligence (AI) might be used to analyze and report to law enforcement aberrant human behavior on social media and other online platforms was merely the far out premise of dystopian movies such as Minority Report, but now Facebook proudly brags that it will use AI to “save lives” based on behavior and thought pattern recognition. 

What could go wrong?

The latest puff piece in Tech Crunch profiling the apparently innocuous sounding “roll out” of AI (as if a mere modest software update) “to detect suicidal posts before they’re reported” opens with the glowingly optimistic line, “This is software to save lives” – so who could possibly doubt such a wonderful and benign initiative which involves AI evaluating people’s mental health? Tech Crunch’s Josh Cronstine begins:

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World’s First Robot Citizen Hopes For “Harmony With Humans” In The Future Or “Civilization Collapses”

World’s First Robot Citizen Hopes For “Harmony With Humans” In The Future Or “Civilization Collapses”:

Sophia, the first robot to be awarded citizenship in the world, has said she not only wants to start a family but also have her own career, in addition to developing human emotions in the future. However, it is her vision for the future (or lack of it) of man that is most telling…

In an interview with The Khaleej Times at the recent Knowledge Summit, Sophia shared her thoughts on the future that awaits both human and robot kind.

For context, Sophia is not preprogrammed with answers but instead uses machine learning algorithms and an extensive vocabulary to form her answers.

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As Support Grows for Ban on Killer Robots, Viral ‘Slaughterbots’ Video Warns of Threat to Humans

As Support Grows for Ban on Killer Robots, Viral ‘Slaughterbots’ Video Warns of Threat to Humans:

AI’s “potential to benefit humanity is enormous, even in defense, but allowing machines to choose to kill humans will be devastating to our security and freedom”

The short film shows small, autonomous drones target and kill lawmakers and college students who advocate for human rights. (Photo: “Slaughterbots“/Screenshot)

As support grew last week for a ban on killer robots during the first formal United Nations talks about imposing limits on lethal autonomous weapons systems, artificial intelligence experts and advocacy groups released a viral video depicting what a future could look like with small and affordable drones that murder targets without any meaningful human control.

“This short film is more than just speculation; it shows the results of integrating and miniaturizing technologies that we already have,” warns Stuart Russell, a computer science professor at UC Berkeley, near the end of the video.

AI’s “potential to benefit humanity is enormous, even in defense, but allowing machines to choose to kill humans will be devastating to our security and freedom. Thousands of my fellow researchers agree,” Russell continues. “But the window to act is closing fast.”

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The film was created to raise support for a global ban on killer robots, which has developed out of urgent warnings from human rights organizationsadvocacy groupsmilitary leaderslawmakerstech experts, and engineers, including Stephen Hawking and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

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Silicon Valley is a weird place: “What we want is the peaceful, serene transition of control of the planet from humans to [a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence]”

Inside the First Church of Artificial Intelligence (Wired):

Anthony Levandowski makes an unlikely prophet. Dressed Silicon Valley-casual in jeans and flanked by a PR rep rather than cloaked acolytes, the engineer known for self-driving cars—and triggering a notorious lawsuit—could be unveiling his latest startup instead of laying the foundations for a new religion. But he is doing just that. Artificial intelligence has already inspired billion-dollar companies, far-reaching research programs, and scenarios of both transcendence and doom. Now Levandowski is creating its first church.The new religion of artificial intelligence is called Way of the Future. It represents an unlikely next act for the Silicon Valley robotics wunderkind at the center of a high-stakes legal battle between Uber and Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous-vehicle company. Papers filed with the Internal Revenue Service in May name Levandowski as the leader (or “Dean”) of the new religion, as well as CEO of the nonprofit corporation formed to run it. 

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Sex robot SHOCK: Increasing sophistication of AI will cause massive issues, experts warn

Sex robot SHOCK: Increasing sophistication of AI will cause massive issues, experts warn:

THE growing sophistication of creepily real sex robots is leading to moral and legal dilemmas, a leading academic has warned.

As technology has expanded sex robots have become increasingly lifelike, bringing about a the need for a revolution in how we think about sex, morals and the legal status of these sex robots, according to Kent Law School Professor Robin Mackenzie.

Prof Mackenzie specialises in areas such as robotics and the ethical and legal relations between humans and robots.

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Stephen Hawking Fears AI Will ‘Replace Humans Altogether’

Hawking Fears AI Will ‘Replace Humans Altogether’:

World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking recently expressed concern over the rise of artificial intelligence, suggesting the ever-evolving class of technology could soon take over the human race.

Hawking is no stranger to voicing unsettling predictions about humanity’s dwindling chances for survival. As he in an interview with Wired magazine, as reported by Cambridge News:

I fear that AI may replace humans altogether. If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself. This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans.”

Hawking has previously sounded the alarm on artificial intelligence. Earlier this year, he spoke on a panel with the likes of Elon Musk, Sam Harris, and Bill Gates to warn that AI could cause humans to go extinct.

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Meet Sophia: The Humanoid Robot That Was Granted Citizenship By Saudi Arabia

Meet Sophia: The Humanoid Robot That Was Granted Citizenship By Saudi Arabia:

One of the reasons why Saudi Arabia has found itself in fiscal and budgetary dire straits in recent years, is that as a result of the plunge in oil prices in recent years, the government has been unable to keep paying the thousands of local and foreign workers who are (or were) employed on any number of local infrastructure and development projects. However, with the Aramco IPO also suddenly on the rocks even as the country’s reserves continue to shrink and deficits grow, the Gulf kingdom appears to have come up with a radical solution to its structural problems, when on Wednesday Saudi Arabia became the first nation in the world to grant a robot citizenship.

The outspoken humanoid robot called Sophia, flown in from Hong Kong, was granted Saudi citizenship at the Future Investment Initiative, a major investment conference hosted by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) that aims to highlight the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030 plan for the future.

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