Chess is just a game. Real people aren’t pieces. You can’t assign more value to some of them than to others. Not to me. Not to anyone. People are not a thing that you can sacrifice. The lesson is … that anyone who looks on the world as if it was a game a chess deserves to lose.
—  Harold Finch (character) in Person of Interest, s04e11 ‘If-Then-Else’
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Earlier this week, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking reiterated his major fears that artificial intelligence will bring about the decline of humanity in a speech at London’s Zeitgeist 2015 conference. “Computers will overtake humans with AI at some point within the next 100 years,” he said. “When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours.”

“Our future is a race between the growing power of technology and the wisdom with which we use it,”

This little computer chip just raised $1.2M on Kickstarter.

Meet the smallest, cheapest and possibly most world-changing computer to date. CHIP is a tiny machine that can do everything a regular-sized computer can do: It surfs the Internet. It runs an office suite. It connects to a keyboard to make music. It plays video games. It teaches users to write code. How did it raise $1.2M? Probably, with its price tag.

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Look for Google’s self-driving cars on the road starting this summer

New Wolfram AI project takes on image recognition

The newly launched Wolfram Language Image Identification Project lets users upload a picture to use the new ‘ImageIdentify’ function. Try it out here.

From the Wolfram blog:

It won’t always get it right, but most of the time I think it does remarkably well. And to me what’s particularly fascinating is that when it does get something wrong, the mistakes it makes mostly seem remarkably human.

It’s a nice practical example of artificial intelligence. But to me what’s more important is that we’ve reached the point where we can integrate this kind of “AI operation” right into the Wolfram Language—to use as a new, powerful building block for knowledge-based programming.

If one had lots of photographs, one could immediately write a Wolfram Language program that, for example, gave statistics on the different kinds of animals, or planes, or devices, or whatever, that appear in the photographs.