Sunday, 4 May 2014

SCIENCE


Photo: Trascendence still via Kurtzweilai.net

"Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks, says a group of leading scientists." Stephen Hawking, Stuart Russell, Max Tegmark and Frank Wilczek wrote an article in The Independent that starts like this: "With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction. But this would be a mistake, and potentially our worst mistake in history." Read full article in The Independent. E.T.P. 5'

Image via Newsweek.

Anna Bernasek wonders in Newsweek: If scientists can make Doritos addictive, can’t they do the same for kale? "At stylish restaurants in California, leafy kale has replaced ordinary lettuce in the classic Caesar salad. In some parts of New York, kale smoothies are more common than bagels, while at Whole Foods supermarkets nationwide, kale chips have crept into the snack aisles." Read full article in Newsweek. E.T.P. 3'

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