6 min read · Jun 11th · Need more data for deep learning? Synthetic data companies will make it for you.
Datagen is now generating facial expressions to monitor driver alertness in smart cars, body motions to track customers in cashier-free stores, and irises and hand motions to improve the eye- and hand-tracking capabilities of VR headsets.
To generate its synthetic humans, Datagen first scans actual humans. It partners with vendors who pay people to step inside giant full-body scanners that capture every detail from their irises to their skin texture to the curvature of their fingers.
9 min read · May 26th · I’m confident that machine intelligence will be our final undoing. Its potential to wipe out humanity is something I’ve been thinking and writing about for the better part of 20 years. I take a lot of…
Yudkowski points out, it’ll be next to impossible for us to predict all possible pathways that an intelligence could follow.
“If we could predict what a superintelligence will do, we would be that intelligent ourselves,” Roman Yampolskiy
8 min read · Jun 3rd · Computers are increasingly guiding decisions about elder care – and tracking everything from toilet visits to whether someone has bathed
Welcome to caregiving in the 2020s: in rich societies, computers are guiding decisions about elder care, driven by a shortage of caregivers, an ageing population, and families wanting their seniors to stay in their own homes longer.
The systems use everything from motion sensors to cameras to even Lidar, a type of laser scanning used by self-driving cars, to monitor spaces. Others monitor individuals using wearables.
10 min read · May 4th · To help humanity solve fundamental problems of cooperation, scientists need to reconceive artificial intelligence as deeply social.
Even in work involving multiple AI agents, the field has not yet tackled the hard problems of cooperation.
Cooperative intelligence is unlikely to emerge as a by-product of research on other kinds of AI. We need more work on cooperative games and complex social spaces, on understanding norms and behaviours, and on social tools and infrastructure that promote cooperation.
3 min read · May 14th · The way we look for information online hasn’t changed in decades. A new idea from Google researchers could make searching the web more like talking to human experts
The problem is that even the best search engines today still respond with a list of documents that include the information asked for, not with the information itself. Search engines are also not good at responding to queries that require answers drawn from multiple sources. It’s as if you asked your doctor for advice and received a list of articles to read instead of a straight answer.