If a robot is conscious, is it OK to turn it off? The moral implications of building true AIs

Philosophers say now is the time to mull over what qualities should grant an artificially intelligent machine moral standing.

Anand Vaidya, Associate Professor of Philosophy, San José State University • conversation
today ~10 min

Tags:  artificial-intelligence  robots  philosophy  consciousness  star-trek  peter-singer  turing-test  deep-blue  human-consciousness

Stressed on the job? An AI teammate may know how to help

Researchers are working toward intelligent machines that can sense cognitive fatigue and suggest interventions to help a human improve performance.

Kylie Foy | MIT Lincoln Laboratory • mit
yesterday ~9 min

Tags: machine-learning health artificial-intelligence mental-health research lincoln-laboratory human-computer-interaction

Mask vs. muzzle: Even words are now polarized

Americans are essentially speaking separate, polarized languages, an analysis of words in cable news video comments indicates.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence politics journalism television united-states society-and-culture rhetoric languages

Machine learning comes of age in cystic fibrosis

World-leading AI technology developed by the Cambridge Centre for AI in Medicine and their colleagues – some of which is being showcased this week at the North

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence big-data cystic-fibrosis

AI counts 1.8 billion trees in Sahara Desert

There are more trees in the West African Sahara Desert that you might think, according to a study that used artificial intelligence and satellite imagery.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence trees earth-and-environment deserts sahara satellite-imagery


Neural pathway crucial to successful rapid object recognition in primates

Recurrent processing via prefrontal cortex, necessary for quick visual object processing in primates, provides a key insight for developing brain-like artificial intelligence.

Alli Gold | School of Science • mit
Oct. 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: neuroscience artificial-intelligence vision research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences center-for-brains-minds-and-machines mcgovern-institute

A global collaboration to move artificial intelligence principles to practice

Convened by the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, the AI Policy Forum will develop frameworks and tools for governments and companies to implement concrete policies.

MIT Schwarzman College of Computing • mit
Oct. 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence ethics industry policy law research government global computer-science-and-technology technology-and-society algorithms collaboration mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing

The real promise of synthetic data

MIT researchers release the Synthetic Data Vault, a set of open-source tools meant to expand data access without compromising privacy.

Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems • mit
Oct. 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence data research laboratory-for-information-and-decision-systems-lids edx mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing

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