Weapons-Grade Chatbot and Turing Test – computers outsmart humans for good or evil? #artificialintelligence #algorithms #FakeNews #FactCheck #FactsMatter

angry at something on the screenYour news source may be an algorithm.

The Turing test evaluates conversations between a human and a machine:

Developed by Alan Turing in 1950, is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. Wikipedia

Maybe in conversation we can still spot a machine, but not in posts and articles. There’s a new text-generating algorithm that can write compelling articles without any ethical need to be truthful.

Last week, the nonprofit research group OpenAI revealed that it had developed a new text-generation model that can write coherent, versatile prose given a certain subject matter prompt. However, the organization said, it would not be releasing the full algorithm due to “safety and security concerns.” Slate

The algorithm was happy to write an article when prompted with nonsense like “scientists discover a herd of unicorns…” or “Russia declares war on the United States…”

Some observers think the danger to political discourse and public understanding of science is exaggerated, but if so, that will be temporary. How will you know what to believe any more on social media? On blogs? Can a giant like Facebook find a way to detect and delete such articles? Can you and I?

It will get worse. Software is being developed to create video and audio files too. If you think crazy memes mislead people today, imagine fake images of real people better than any CGI you’ve seen in the movies.

Perhaps we’ll lose faith in all news on social media and revert to viewing nothing but lol cats and baby pictures.

Fact checkers will be more important than ever, but we already have trouble agreeing on which fact checkers to trust. People are likely to seize on one source to trust and give up trying to evaluate what they see. Because sorting truth from lies can be hard and no one is an expert in everything.

You’ll be granting a lot of power to whomever you choose to follow. Be careful, because as the saying goes, power corrupts. We’re in for a wild ride.

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Stupid Worse Than Evil? #science #robotics #technology #artificialintelligence #AI

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In my science fiction stories about colonizing Mars, I send robots ahead to prove out construction methods and then work with the colonists. They have an Artificial Intelligence, too, to rely on. It seems unreasonable to write about humanity’s near future in space without robots and AIs.

But are they a good idea?

Some have speculated robots might kill us off even if programmed to create maximum happiness – since humans are a sorrowful lot, an AI might decide eliminating humans would make the world a happier place. Or maybe they’ll just decide we’re too stupid to keep around (which is sorta what happens in The Terminator.)

Or disaster may be our own fault.

HAL - not evil but deadly

HAL – not evil but deadly

Humans can be way too trusting of robots—and that our inclination to follow our robotic overlords could actually be a very dangerous human behavior that needs to be taken into account when designing everything from autonomous vehicles to emergency evacuation tech.

Scientists developing robots to lead people in high-rises to safety in case of a fire discovered people would follow the robot even when it made obviously dangerous and ridiculous errors. We seem all too ready to shift our brains into neutral and follow orders.

I see echoes of this problem in myself. I can no longer remember the date because my phone will tell me. I hop in a car without a thought to where I’m going because the GPS will tell me. I’m ready to hop into a self-driving car, too. Good luck to me.

How about you – ready to let an AI drive you to the grocery store? or fly you to Mars?

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#Mars Colony Without an AI? #MarsSurvivalTips #scifi #Amazon #kindle

GLORY Ebook 300 dpiColonists take an Artificial Intelligence with them in my On Mars Series because, as one of my beta readers said, could anyone believe a novel about the future without AI? It feels like a given that computers will soon approach consciousness. Sometimes I have to ask on-line chat help if they’re human or not – sadly, because they didn’t seem to be answering me – maybe not the best argument for AIs. Intelligence is hard to come by.

Scientists from Toronto, NYU, and MIT developed an algorithm that captures our learning abilities, enabling computers to recognize and draw simple visual concepts that are mostly indistinguishable from those created by humans. Their work appears in the journal Science.

We human beings turn out to be pretty darned smart:

It has been very difficult to build machines that require as little data as humans when learning a new concept.

The machine’s not yet as smart as a human child, but even science fiction AIs are still learning.

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Science Ficiton Mars Rover Inspired by Classic ‘Lost in Space’ Chariot #Mars #Tech #scifi #rover #sciencefiction

The_Chariot Lost in SpaceI give my Martian settlers a pair of pressurized rovers in Glory on Mars, classic pieces of science fiction equipment for exploring planets. As the movie The Martian shows, NASA is planning pressurized vehicles for their human exploration of Mars, too. It’s an obvious need on a frozen, nearly airless world.

The Chariot
I had a classic scifi rover in mind as I wrote: The Chariot from Lost in Space, which was based on a Snowcat. A boxy shape seems perfect. Martian air isn’t dense enough for a vehicle to need streamlining, and a cuboid shape offers the most interior space on a pair of treaded tracks. My rover can be driven by the colony’s Artificial Intelligence and be tracked by a satellite system – advantages the Robinson’s of Lost in Space never had.

The Chariot has more windows than I gave my settlers, and I had to fit in an airlock and life support systems. But I still like the look of the old classic.

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See more about my books here. In Glory on Mars, settlers take a one-way journey to Mars, and that may be a mistake. It’s vital for them to explore in their robotic rovers – they need to find minerals if the colony is to succeed. But that’s not as easy as it sounds, even surrounded by the immense dead volcanoes of the Tharsis Plain. From Amazon and other favoite stores.

Wikipedia has more on the Lost in Space TV series. And there’s a Lost in Space wiki here.