AI in the News (AAAI)

Artificial Intelligence News from AAAI

  1. The Myth Of AI: A Conversation with Jaron Lanier

    If you talk about AI as a set of techniques, as a field of study in mathematics or engineering, it brings benefits. If we talk about AI as a mythology of creating a post-human species, it creates a series of problems that I've just gone over, which include acceptance of bad user interfaces, where you can't tell if you're being manipulated or not, and everything is ambiguous. It creates incompetence, because you don't know whether recommendations are coming from anything real or just self-fulfilling prophecies from a manipulative system that spun off on its own, and economic negativity, because you're gradually pulling formal economic benefits away from the people who supply the data that makes the scheme work.

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  2. Artificial Intelligence That Performs Real Magic Tricks [Video]

    The perfect sleight is a flawlessly coordinated act of deception. Magicians dedicate hours to bullying their fingers into precise positions and years mastering the art of misdirection.

    Scientific American - Mind & Brain
  3. The hyper-real robots that will replace receptionists, pop stars... and sex dolls: Unnervingly human androids coming to a future very near you

    Chillingly life-like robots are causing a storm in Japan - where their creators are about to launch them as actresses, full-size mechanical copies for pop idol fans, and clones of the dearly departed. There is even talk that the naturalistic, even engaging, she-droids may be taken up as men as partners in the not-too-distant future.

    Daily Mail - Sciencetech (UK)
  4. The Unknown Start-up That Built Google's First Self-Driving Car

    One of technology's time-honored traditions is getting intellectual property by buying companies rich in ideas but poor in cash or connections. Burroughs Corp., for example, got the Nixie tube in 1955 by buying Haydu Brothers Laboratories.

    IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel
  5. e-con Systems introduces monochrome USB 3.0 camera with changeable lenses

    See3CAM_CU51, the latest See3CAM USB 3.0 camera from e-con Systems, features a 5 MPixel MT9P031 monochrome CMOS image sensor from Aptina that has a 2.2 um x 2.2 um pixel size and achieves a frame rate of 120 fps at VGA and 14 fps at 5 MPixel. The camera is provided with an S-Mount (M12) lens mount that enables users to interchange lenses and is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports.

    Vision Systems Design - Non-Industrial Vision