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Mind control | Artificial intelligence and war

Mind control | Artificial intelligence and war

As computers play a bigger role in warfare, the dangers to humans rise THE CONTEST between China and America, the world’s two superpowers, has many dimensions, from skirmishes over steel quotas to squabbles over student visas. One of the most alarming and least understood is the race towards artificial-intelligence-enabled warfare. Both countries are investing large sums …

What are companies for? Big business is beginning to accept broader social responsibilities

What are companies for? Big business is beginning to accept broader social responsibilities

Pursuing shareholder value is no longer enough, it seems AT A RECENT dinner in London, a chief executive promised that his airline would soon offer electric flights. A credit provider enthused about increasing financial inclusion in the developing world; a luxury-car executive promised to replace the leather in her vehicles’ opulent interiors with pineapple matting and …

Fooling Big Brother | As face-recognition technology spreads, so do ideas for subverting it

Fooling Big Brother | As face-recognition technology spreads, so do ideas for subverting it

They work because machine vision and human vision are different POWERED BY advances in artificial intelligence (AI), face-recognition systems are spreading like knotweed. Facebook, a social network, uses the technology to label people in uploaded photographs. Modern smartphones can be unlocked with it. Some banks employ it to verify transactions. Supermarkets watch for under-age drinkers. Advertising …

Gaia meets · AI Cyborgs will save humanity, says James Lovelock

Gaia meets · AI Cyborgs will save humanity, says James Lovelock

A distinguished centenarian scientist prophesies the future Novacene: The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence. By James Lovelock with Bryan Appleyard. The MIT Press; 160 pages; $22.95. Allen Lane; £14.99. “MY FATHER WAS, in many ways, a hunter-gatherer,” recalls James Lovelock on the patio of his cottage above Chesil Beach, on England’s south coast. In a poor household, the …