Life after people
Not too long ago, I purchased a Sony PS4. It came packaged with the game Horizon Zero Dawn by Dutch game company Guerilla Games. I immediately fell in love with the game, as have many others. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are no longer the dominant species on Earth. As you explore the beautiful open world of Horizon, trying to figure out what happened to the “Old Ones” (that’s us), you often encounter ancient ruins left over from our civilization. And that got me thinking. How realistic are the ruins Guerilla put in the game? And what would Earth really look like in a life after people?
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A team of researchers has developed artificial synapses that are capable of learning autonomously and can improve how fast artificial neural networks learn.
Source: We Just Created an Artificial Synapse That Can Learn Autonomously
What if an A.I. could learn as fast as we can, or even faster? Soon we may be able to answer that question because researchers at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the University of Bordeaux and Evry have developed an artificial synapse that does for a neural network what our synapses do for our brain.
Not only should neural networks be able to learn as fast as we can, they should also be able to learn autonomously which is a great step forward in the development of true A.I.
The ITU, the International Telecommunications Union is the UN agency for Information and Communication Technologies. The ITU is “committed to connecting all the world’s people – wherever they live and whatever their means”. Sounds like a very noble commitment, doesn’t it? It’s odd then, that the potentially biggest threat to the free and open Internet as we know it today, comes from this very agency. The ITU will hold a world conference in Dubai this December 3rd and there could be something sneaky going on behind closed doors. Continue reading “How dangerous is the ITU?”
Yesterday, The Register reported on a man who was physically assaulted at McDonalds in Paris for wearing computer assisted spectacles. He has a full account of the event, with photos taken by the computer assisted spectacles, on his own blog here. The exact reason for the attack on Dr. Steve Mann remains unclear but it is possible that the people there thought he was filming them and they objected to that. Continue reading “Technologically enhanced humans”
I have written before on the shocking arrogance of the European Commission. However, it now appears that matters are even worse than previously thought. EU Commissioner Karel De Gucht held a speech the day before the INTA Committee voted on ACTA, announcing that the vote of the EU Parliament on ACTA doesn’t matter, ACTA will simply be clarified and resubmitted at a later date. Come again, Mr. de Gucht? Continue reading “Karel de Gucht: Vote of EU Parliament on ACTA doesn’t matter”
In a rather surprising statement from David Martin, the new rapporteur on ACTA and chairman of the EU International Trade Committee, he urges the rejection of the controversial ACTA agreement, stating that the benefits of the agreement do not way up against the concerns surrounding ACTA. The statement is surprising, because mr. Martin has in the past largely defended business interests. Still, I’m not complaining, seeing this new advice. Or should I be? Continue reading “David Martin: “Say no to ACTA””