The result was a spirited discussion this past Friday night at John Jay College in Manhattan, site of the World Science Festival, now in its twelfth year. The evening's discussion, which played to a packed auditorium, was called "Making Room for Machines: Getting Ready for AGI," and moderator Daniel Sieberg, who is CEO and founder of a startup called iO, suggested that what was at stake was "What happens if we succeed or if we don't" in creating AGI and "Who are the winners and who are the losers?" … [Read more...] about Artificial general intelligence is a Rorschach Test: Perhaps we need orangutans?
I have a soft spot for the film, standing as it does sort of on the bridge between Clarke’s slickly utopian machines-as-humans future and a grittier, '70s-influenced, hard-bitten dystopian corporate vision of the way things might be (though Hyams’ 1981 film Outland is far dirtier and grittier—and has far more exploding heads!). But like most films from the Cold War era, it failed to predict the end of Communism and the downfall of the Soviet Union. The central conflict in the film involves the Cold War turning very, very hot, and the lesson we’re supposed to take away—emphasized clumsily by a message from aliens—is that we need to all play nice because we’re all people. … [Read more...] about Video: Movies that predicted the future—and some that didn’t
Then electronics took over the throttle and the steering, and now you can reprogram a car's mood with the scroll of a jog-wheel. Set a car to "Sport" mode and suddenly the gas pedal remaps; now you get 100 percent throttle when the pedal is only 50 percent through its travel. Tweak a control and now the steering firms up. It means that GM can build aggressive 650 horsepower Corvettes that are friendly enough not to kill the car's traditional audience of older people who like a gentle cruise. It's not just the feel of the ride, either; we can even augment a car's engine note with speakers that cancel out unpleasant harmonics. … [Read more...] about Does too much technology make a car artificial?
Razer's marketing materials say you get 25 hours of battery with the Opus, which is at least five hours less than many other headphones in this category claim. And in my testing, that battery life was much closer to 21-22 hours of battery life. I found myself putting the headphones on the charger at the end of the day just to make sure I didn't have a dead battery halfway through the next day. Then again, I'm a somewhat of a more "extreme use" case in how long I'm at a desk with headphones on. It is worth pointing out the headphones still work perfectly when plugged in and charging, but it would still be better if these headphones could deliver closer to 40 hours on a charge. … [Read more...] about Razer Opus review: Fantastic sound, amazing price
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