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Another AI Nightmare? Robot Bombs That Choose Who To Kill

Despite the disturbing warnings detailed in last week's Unknown Country Weekender, which warned of the potential dangers posed to mankind from Artificial Intelligence (AI), further news of our continued but highly questionable faith in this form of technology has emerged.

In a recent article in the New York Times, a form of...
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Weekender: Artificial Intelligence - Are We Summoning A Demon That We Can't Control?

A recent Unknown Country news article outlined the results of a poll in which representatives from the global population were canvassed for their opinions. The poll asked participants which from a list of dangers they considered to be the most likely to threaten continued human existence.

The options given in the poll ranged from...
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Weekender: Surmounting Evolution - Enter The Bespoke Human

Of all the mammals currently living on this planet, the human race comes in a variety of diverse forms: a myriad of differing faces, skin colors, body shapes, eye colors, hair colors, heights and weight variations, but all undeniably "human."

All of these identifying features have, until very recently, been a product of...
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Technology Spawns "Colossus"-Style Computer That Will Know "Everything About Anything"

Science-fiction is littered with tales of cybernetic revolt, such as the legendary "Colossus and Guardian" team from the books of Dennis Feltham Jones, or SKYNET from the Terminator series of films, where super-computers, originally built to augment Man's own power, seize that power for themselves and attempt to wipe out their creators...
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Weekender: Do Our Brains Need Their Own Bill of Rights?

In this age of performance augmentation, rumors of cognitive enhancement therapies abound. Loosely defined, certain types of cognitive enhancers are available to us all without needing to visit the doctor or a drug-dealer; the vast majority of the world's inhabitants kick-start their day (and their brain!) with a cup of tea or coffee, utilising...
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Human Brain Growing in Test Tube

Some days we all feel like we need to have a brain transplant. This idea may not be so incredible from now on, as a recent study published in the journal 'Nature' explains.
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Can We Ever Create Artificial Intelligence?

It will take more than computer science and neuroscience to develop machines that think like people.

In the October 3rd edition of the Guardian, David Deutsch writes: "The brain is the only kind of object capable of understanding that the cosmos is even there, or why there are infinitely many prime numbers, or that apples fall...
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Artificial Intelligence HERE SOON

Scientists say it's inevitable: artificial life is on the way. A leading US researcher says we'll be able to create human-level artificial intelligence by 2029. Does this mean that machines will take over?

In BBC News, Helen Briggs quotes inventor Ray Kurzweil as saying, "[?There's] not going to be an alien invasion of intelligent...

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