Max Tegmark: ‘Machines taking control doesn’t have to be a bad thing’

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Max Tegmark: ‘Machines taking control doesn’t have to be a bad thing’
Max Tegmark: ‘Machines taking control doesn’t have to be a bad thing’

The artificial intelligence expert’s new book, Life 3.0, urges us to act now to decide our future, rather than risk it being decided for us

Afew years ago the cosmologist Max Tegmark found himself weeping outside the Science Museum in South Kensington. He’d just visited an exhibition that represented the growth in human knowledge, everything from Charles Babbage’s difference engine to a replica of Apollo 11. What moved him to tears wasn’t the spectacle of these iconic technologies but an epiphany they prompted.

“It hit me like a brick,” he recalls, “that every time we understood how something in nature worked, some aspect of ourselves, we made it obsolete. Once we understood how muscles worked we built much better muscles in the form of machines, and maybe when we understand how our brains work we’ll build much better brains and become utterly obsolete.”

We’re in a situation where something truly dramatic might happen within decades – that’s a good time to start preparing

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U-space: Global Partners Demonstrate Drone Traffic Management
U-space: Global Partners Demonstrate Drone Traffic Management

Along with its project partners, skyguide, an air navigation service provider in Switzerland, demonstrated yesterday in Geneva how drones can be safely and efficiently integrated into existing airspace (i.e., unmanned aircraft traffic management). The project partners – which included AirMap, SITAONAIR, senseFly and PX4 – performed three live missions flown by senseFly’s albris and eBee […]

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Beechville-based AeroVision Canada mapping Irma’s destruction
Beechville-based AeroVision Canada mapping Irma’s destruction

Devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma on the tiny, dual-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is going to be assessed from the air next week with the help of Beechville-based AeroVision Canada and its drones. AeroVision Canada was recruited by humanitarian aid organization, GlobalMedic. A two-man team will be travelling to the island nation on a volunteer […]Read more… #quadcopters #drones

EPFL Collapsible Drone Offers “Last-centimeter Delivery”
EPFL Collapsible Drone Offers “Last-centimeter Delivery”

A team at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), a Swiss university specializing in engineering, has developed a foldable, origami-style delivery drone that encloses its package and has internal propellers for safer transport. It’s been labeled as a drone for “last-centimeter” delivery.  Last-centimeter Delivery When reading about the exciting potential of drone delivery, you’ve probably seen […]

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Chinese Firm Sets Drone Fight Time Record
Chinese Firm Sets Drone Fight Time Record

Last Saturday a Chinese drone supplier claims to have set the world record for longest flight time for a drone. Foxtechhobby posted to their Facebook page that, “We JUST did it!!!!!! Broke the Flight Time Record!!!!!” What they did was fly a Foxtech GAIA 160-Hybrid from a boat in Changdao to the Dalian coast, a […]

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Would you want a robot to be your child’s best friend?
Would you want a robot to be your child’s best friend?

As toys reach new levels of sophistication, how concerned should we be about our children playing with artificial buddies that appear to have feelings? The little robot on the table wakes up. Its eyes, a complex configuration of cyan dotsRead more… #quadcopters #drones

What does a portrait of Erica the android tell us about being human?
What does a portrait of Erica the android tell us about being human?

As robots grow more lifelike, and religious faith in our uniqueness wanes, it is a challenge to understand what it means to be mortal Perhaps the best way to think of what makes a human being human is to lookRead more… #quadcopters #drones

Tinder Gold takes us nearer to the app’s grim endpoint: robot-style dating | Roisin Kiberd
Tinder Gold takes us nearer to the app’s grim endpoint: robot-style dating | Roisin Kiberd

The new paid-for dating service offers a ‘first-class swipe experience’ at the bottomless buffet of human experience. What’s not to like? “We know you. You live in a world where every moment counts – where speed equals success, you’re alwaysRead more… #quadcopters #drones

Is Viatek About to Launch the Real Lily Drone?
Is Viatek About to Launch the Real Lily Drone?

Over the past few days, the fallout from the failed Lily drone project has started to gain momentum. We revealed last week that the Lily was back from the dead thanks to the Mota Group, who purchased the rights to the Lily brand at auction. On the surface, buying the rights to a tarnished brand […]

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Asian Hornets Attack DJI Pest Control Drone
Asian Hornets Attack DJI Pest Control Drone

If you haven’t encountered the giant Asian hornet before, you’re one of the lucky ones. The things are pure evil in insect form. They are also rapidly making their way through Europe, killing people and devastating local bee populations they go. This week, a DJI drone inspecting a suspected nest on the island of Jersey […]

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