Universe works like a cosmological neural network, argues new paper

Controversial physics theory says reality around us behaves like a computer neural network.

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  • Physicist proposes that the universe behaves like an artificial neural network.
  • The scientist's new paper seeks to reconcile classical physics and quantum mechanics.
  • The theory claims that natural selection produces both atoms and "observers".
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AI feat helps machines learn at speed of light without supervision

Researchers discover how to use light instead of electricity to advance artificial intelligence.

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  • Researchers at George Washington University discover how to supercharge AI machine learning.
  • Their method uses photons instead of electricity.
  • The approach allows artificial intelligence to learn independently, without needing as much power.
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    A.I. is translating messages of long-lost languages

    MIT and Google researchers use deep learning to decipher ancient languages.

    • Researchers from MIT and Google Brain discover how to use deep learning to decipher ancient languages.
    • The technique can be used to read languages that died long ago.
    • The method builds on the ability of machines to quickly complete monotonous tasks.
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    We’re smart enough to create intelligent machines. But are we wise enough?

    What is the danger in creating something smarter than you? You can't control it, and pretty soon it could control you.

    Some of the most intelligent people at the most highly-funded companies in the world can't seem to answer this simple question: what is the danger in creating something smarter than you? They've created AI so smart that the "deep learning" that it's outsmarting the people that made it. The reason is the "blackbox" style code that the AI is based off of—it's built solely to become smarter, and we have no way to regulate that knowledge. That might not seem like a terrible thing if you want to build superintelligence. But we've all experienced something minor going wrong, or a bug, in our current electronics. Imagine that, but in a Robojudge that can sentence you to 10 years in prison without explanation other than "I've been fed data and this is what I compute"... or a bug in the AI of a busy airport. We need regulation now before we create something we can't control. Max's book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence is being heralded as one of the best books on AI, period, and is a must-read if you're interested in the subject.

    How to build an A.I. brain that can surpass human intelligence

    Artificial intelligence has the capability to far surpass our intelligence in a relatively short period of time, but we have to lay the right groundwork now while we still can.

    Artificial intelligence has the capability to far surpass our intelligence in a relatively short period of time. But AI expert Ben Goertzel knows that the foundation has to be strong for that artificial brain power to grow exponentially. It's all good to be super-intelligent, he argues, but if you don't have rationality and empathy to match it the results will be wasted and we could just end up with an incredible number-cruncher. In this illuminating chat, he makes the case for thinking bigger. Ben Goertzel's most recent book is AGI Revolution: An Inside View of the Rise of Artificial General Intelligence.

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