MachineMachine /stream - tagged with intelligence en-us LifePress <![CDATA[Why Computers Won’t Make Themselves Smarter | The New Yorker]]>

In the eleventh century, St. Anselm of Canterbury proposed an argument for the existence of God that went roughly like this: God is, by definition, the greatest being that we can imagine; a God that doesn’t exist is clearly not as great as a God that does exist; ergo, God must exist.

Mon, 17 May 2021 23:55:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Why Are Octopuses So Smart? - The Atlantic]]>

A small shark spots its prey—a meaty, seemingly defenseless octopus. The shark ambushes, and then, in one of the most astonishing sequences in the series Blue Planet II, the octopus escapes. First, it shoves one of its arms into the predator’s vulnerable gills.

Thu, 08 Oct 2020 23:13:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Computers Evolve a New Path Toward Human Intelligence]]>

In 2007, Kenneth Stanley, a computer scientist at the University of Central Florida, was playing with Picbreeder, a website he and his students had created, when an alien became a race car and changed his life.

Sat, 09 Nov 2019 10:51:26 -0800
<![CDATA[Yes, the Octopus Is Smart as Heck. But Why? - The New York Times]]>

It has eight arms, three hearts — and a plan. Scientists aren’t sure how the cephalopods got to be so intelligent. To demonstrate how smart an octopus can be, Piero Amodio points to a YouTube video. It shows an octopus pulling two halves of a coconut shell together to hide inside.

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:01:03 -0800
<![CDATA[Asking the Right Questions About AI – Yonatan Zunger – Medium]]>

In the past few years, we’ve been deluged with discussions of how artificial intelligence (AI) will either save or destroy the world. Self-driving cars will keep us alive; social media bubbles will destroy democracy; robot toasters will rob us of our ability to heat bread.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 07:07:29 -0800
<![CDATA[Orion Magazine | Deep Intellect]]>

ON AN UNSEASONABLY WARM day in the middle of March, I traveled from New Hampshire to the moist, dim sanctuary of the New England Aquarium, hoping to touch an alternate reality. I came to meet Athena, the aquarium’s forty-pound, five-foot-long, two-and-a-half-year-old giant Pacific octopus.

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:31:04 -0800
<![CDATA[Orion Magazine | Deep Intellect]]>

ON AN UNSEASONABLY WARM day in the middle of March, I traveled from New Hampshire to the moist, dim sanctuary of the New England Aquarium, hoping to touch an alternate reality. I came to meet Athena, the aquarium’s forty-pound, five-foot-long, two-and-a-half-year-old giant Pacific octopus.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:51:04 -0800
<![CDATA[The AI That Has Nothing to Learn From Humans - The Atlantic]]>

It was a tense summer day in 1835 Japan. The country’s reigning Go player, Honinbo Jowa, took his seat across a board from a 25-year-old prodigy by the name of Akaboshi Intetsu. Both men had spent their lives mastering the two-player strategy game that’s long been popular in East Asia.

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:50:30 -0700
<![CDATA[Amia Srinivasan reviews ‘Other Minds’ by Peter Godfrey-Smith and ‘The Soul of an Octopus’ by Sy Montgomery · LRB 7 September 2017]]>

In 1815, 15 years before he made his most famous print, The Great Wave, Hokusai published three volumes of erotic art. In one of them there is a woodcut print known in English as ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife’ and in Japanese as ‘Tako to ama’, ‘Octopus and Shell Diver’.

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 03:24:11 -0700
<![CDATA[The Darkness at the End of the Tunnel: Artificial Intelligence and Neoreaction]]>

Science fiction tells us that a change in a past event, caused by the intervention of a time traveler, will open up a parallel timeline that leads to an alternate present. The example that comes to mind, for some reason, is Back to the Future, Part II. After an unexpected disturbance in the spacetime continuum, Marty McFly visits a world in which Biff Tannen, his father’s high school bully, has gone from unscrupulous small-time businessman to a replica of our current president.

If you accept this idea, it raises the stakes of the present moment: each decision leads not to one inevitable outcome, but a multitude of possible futures. The passage of time isn’t a story, following a hero’s journey from “call to adventure” to “return home.” It’s a website with a series of links, each of which leads to a subsequent series of links. You may begin an evening by reading the Wikipedia entry for tulips or graham crackers, and, depending on the decisions you make, find yourself becoming an expert on Jeffrey Dahmer or Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory by dawn. Unlike the linear media of the printed page, time branches out into alternate possibilities, corresponding to what sociologist Ted Nelson, anticipating the internet decades before its invention, named hypermedia.

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:54:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Chatbots Are The New Skeuomorphism. How Do We Find Another Way? | Co.Design | business + design]]>

Pop culture these days is awash in tales of AI run amok, from machines that act like humans to humans in love with machines. The reason seems clear enough: We're anxious about a world in which machines have superseded us. But it isn't just armchair philosophy.

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:04:02 -0800
<![CDATA[The Collective Intelligence of Women Could Save the World - Future of Life Institute]]>

Neil deGrasse Tyson was once asked about his thoughts on the cosmos. In a slow, gloomy voice, he intoned, “The universe is a deadly place. At every opportunity, it’s trying to kill us. And so is Earth. From sinkholes to tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, tsunamis.

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:21:26 -0800
<![CDATA[Humanity and AI will be inseparable | Verge 2021]]>

One of the big trends we’ve seen over the last five years is automation. At the same time, we’re also seeing more intelligence built into tools we already have, like phones and computers. Where do you see this process in five years?

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:30:28 -0800
<![CDATA[Now it’s time to prepare for the Machinocene | Aeon Ideas]]>

Human-level intelligence is familiar in biological hardware – you’re using it now. Science and technology seem to be converging, from several directions, on the possibility of similar intelligence in non-biological systems.

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:48:11 -0700
<![CDATA[The combination of human and artificial intelligence will define humanity’s future | TechCrunch]]>

Through the past few decades of summer blockbuster movies and Silicon Valley products, artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly familiar and sexy, and imbued with a perversely dystopian allure.

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:56:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Beyond humans, what other kinds of minds might be out there? | Aeon Essays]]>

In 1984, the philosopher Aaron Sloman invited scholars to describe ‘the space of possible minds’. Sloman’s phrase alludes to the fact that human minds, in all their variety, are not the only sorts of minds.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:05:12 -0700
<![CDATA[The next AI is no AI | TechCrunch]]>

Artificial Intelligence is starting to turn invisible from the outside in — and vice versa. The exact effects and workings of AI technologies are becoming more challenging to perceive and comprehend for humans. Even the experts themselves don’t always fully understand how an AI system operates.

Mon, 09 May 2016 01:16:28 -0700
<![CDATA[The Emperor’s Love of Slime Mold | Popular Science]]>

Slime mold—a living network of tendrils found on rotting wood and other plant debris—is easily one of the strangest things alive. Neither plant, nor fungus, it’s a collection of individual cells glomming together in a web-like mush that stalks the forest floor.

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:02:59 -0700
<![CDATA[AI & The Future Of Civilization |]]>

What makes us different from all these things? What makes us different is the particulars of our history, which gives us our notions of purpose and goals.

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 17:05:11 -0700
<![CDATA[The Sadness and Beauty of Watching Google’s AI Play Go | WIRED]]>

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — At first, Fan Hui thought the move was rather odd. But then he saw its beauty. “It’s not a human move. I’ve never seen a human play this move,” he says. “So beautiful.” It’s a word he keeps repeating. Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful.

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:09:56 -0800