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Report Casts Doubt On Claims That The US Is Falling Behind China On Funding AI Research

China’s lack of transparency makes it virtually impossible to determine how much the country is devoting to the research on its massive artificial intelligence apparatus, a new report shows.  The report comes after the Trump administration published a budget proposal Tuesday asking for a nearly 70% increase in funding for non-defense AI. American officials argue the increase in funding is ...

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Google Dings AI Ethics Panel After Employees Throw A Fit Over Conservative Member

Google announced Thursday night that the company will be dissolving an artificial intelligence ethics panel following internal backlash from employees who criticized one of the board’s conservative members. The company’s decision came after employees complained about Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James’ position on the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC). More than 1,000 “Googlers” signed a petition Monday claimingthat ...

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What Would It Mean for AI to Become Conscious?

As artificial intelligence systems take on more tasks and solve more problems, it’s hard to say which is rising faster: our interest in them or our fear of them. Futurist Ray Kurzweil famously predicted that “By 2029, computers will have emotional intelligence and be convincing as people.” We don’t know how accurate this prediction will turn out to be. Even ...

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Japan To Support Restrictions On Developing Real Life Terminators

Japan’s government will publicly back restrictions on developing robots that can kill without human intervention at an upcoming U.N. conference, departing from their usual policy. The Japanese government already opposed the creation of lethal autonomous weapons systems, or LAWS, which are robots empowered with artificial intelligence that equips them to kill human beings without the direction of another human. Japan ...

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Musk Distances Himself From AI Monitoring Group After It Created Convincing Fake News Software

Tech guru Elon Musk announced he is leaving OpenAI after the artificial intelligence research group developed a program demonstrating how easy it is for a robot to produce fake news. The California billionaire co-founded the company to keep an eye on what he believes is out-of-control AI. “I’ve not been involved closely with OpenAI for over a year & don’t ...

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New Defense Strategy Outlines Path Forward for Artificial Intelligence

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The Department of Defense on Feb. 12 released the summary of its strategy on artificial intelligence. The strategy, Harnessing AI to Advance Our Security and Prosperity, outlines how DOD will leverage AI into the future. Key tenets of the strategy are accelerating the delivery and adoption of AI; establishing a common foundation for scaling AI’s impact across DOD and enabling ...

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Trump Signs EO Targeting China’s Growing Dominance In Artificial Intelligence

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday designed to beef up how the U.S. approaches artificial intelligence. The effort comes as China continues making inroads in AI development. The so-called American AI Initiative does not directly target the communist country, but some experts believe approach leaves no doubt about the administration’s designs. The move is light on details but ...

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Donald Trump Wants To Make Sure The US Workforce Is Ready For AI

The Trump administration is taking steps to insulate the American workforce from the most severe effects of rapid technological development while maintaining a strong global position in artificial intelligence, according to senior Trump administration officials. President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Monday launching the American Artificial Intelligence Initiative (AAII). The initiative prioritizes resources for AI development ...

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Amazon’s Alexa Goes Haywire, Tells Customer To ‘Kill’ Your Foster Parents’

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One of Amazon’s newest projects is researching ways to make Alexa a more human-like communicator for customers, but sometimes the virtual assistant’s language comes as creepy and offensive. New research is making Alexa better mimic human response, Reuters reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The research sometimes results in awkward moments for people who frequently interact with the ...

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Artificial Intelligence Is Not The Future Of Work; It’s Already Here

Survey shows one-third of U.S. workers already exposed to AI on the job Business pundits trumpet AI as the future for U.S. employment, but a large-scale survey of U.S. workers indicates that more than 32% are already exposed to some form of AI in their jobs. An additional 6% of workers will begin using AI tools for the first time ...

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Study: Organizations Gearing Up for Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence

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A new study shows that business leaders are taking steps to ensure responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI) within their organizations. Most AI adopters – which now account for 72 percent of organizations globally – conduct ethics training for their technologists (70 percent) and have ethics committees in place to review the use of AI (63 percent). AI leaders – ...

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Google Ends AI Program With Pentagon After Employees Resign In Protest

  by Kyle Perisic Google was set to help develop an artificial intelligence program to help military drone strikes reduce the number of civilian casualties — that is, until 12 employees resigned from the company in protest and another 3,000 signed an open letter blasting the program as evil. Google had an employee meeting to discuss whether AI should be used ...

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Artificial Intelligence Can Now Write Music and it’s not terrible

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The jobs that were supposed to be safe from artificial intelligence are looking a lot less safe. The creative fields of storytelling, moviemaking and now music composition are being invaded by Skynet’s predecessor. Creativity was the last bastion of hope for human work. Jobs that required our innate ability to effectuate novel ideas were supposed to remain ours. Now, AI ...

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