We can think of ourselves as an animal’s peer—or its protector. What will robots decide about us?
After almost 400 years, a new portrait ‘by Rembrandt’ was unveiled in Amsterdam yesterday. The portrait was created by art historians and technicians using data and facial recognition techniques from 346 of Rembrandt’s paintings.
Source: Rembrandt goes digital
Stop thinking of Silicon Valley as an engineer’s paradise. There’s far more work for liberal arts majors — who know how to sell and humanize.
Reality seems pretty stubborn, pretty fixed — and pretty much independent of whatever is going on in your head. But is it, really? Astrophysicist Adam Frank explores the scientific debate.
Source: How Real Is Reality?
“Caught in the Pulpit” author Daniel Dennett on closeted atheist clergy and our new age of radical transparency
Source: You Are Not Just Your Brain
Via – NYT
Researchers and experts urged a worldwide ban on so-called autonomous weapons, saying they could set off a revolution in weaponry comparable to gunpowder and nuclear arms.
Google’s cars can already handle real-world hazards, such as cars’ suddenly swerving in front of them. But in some situations, a crash is unavoidable. (In fact, Google’s cars have been in dozens of minor accidents, all of which the company blames on human drivers.) How will a Google car, or an ultra-safe Volvo, be programmed to handle a no-win situation — a blown tire, perhaps — where it must choose between swerving into oncoming traffic or steering directly into a retaining wall?