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.
8 min read · Apr 18th · Scientists are getting closer to inventing human-level artificial intelligence. Find out whether it will be conscious or not.
Hofstadter’s perspective is critical. If these hyper-capable algorithms aren’t built with a proper understanding of our own minds informing them, an understanding that is still very much inchoate, how could we know if they attain conscious intelligence?
More pressingly, without a clear understanding of the phenomenon of consciousness, will charging into the future with this technology create more problems than it solves?
“To achieve the singularity, it isn’t enough to just run today’s software faster. We would also need to build smarter and more capable software programs. Creating this kind of advanced software requires a prior scientific understanding of the foundations of human cognition, and we are just scraping the surface of this. This prior need to understand the basic science of cognition is where the “singularity is near” arguments fail to persuade us.”
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8 min read · Mar 23rd · The copyright section of the call for views considered how the law treats the use, storage, creation, and infringement of copyright works by AI systems, and whether there are opportunities to provide…