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AI in Ex Machina  looks more human than earlier robots

Review about Ex Machina, a film and related issues about the future

If you have ever spent time thinking about the future and artificial intelligence and you haven’t seen the film Ex Machina, you should.

It’s terrifying.

It’s terrifying because the image above is old style robots. The next generation look and sound totally human.

And it’s terrifying in its apparently gentle reasonableness. A young man is employed by a mysterious modern genius to run a Turing test on an attractive and appealing female machine, Ava.

Ex Machina is a thriller, a psychological thriller, a power game as the young man learns more, the older man wants more and the female entity appears to play them off. It’s about intelligence, artificial and human. It’s about trust and lies.

It plays on all the technology we have and that which is surely imminent to set against natural emotions including jealousy, human frailty, sex and love. Just what makes us human? Read more »

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The idea that standalone computers – not connected to the web – and a web that is beyond, above and below our existing, known www is an appealing idea for those who are concerned about protecting data from prying eyes.

Where ultra-high security is needed, air-gapped systems are standalone computers, not connected to any other device which is itself connected to the web.

At Ben Gurion University in Israel, researchers have just come up with a way to retrieve data from air-gapped systems ‘using only heat emissions and a computer’s built-in thermal sensors.’

And those who thought if there was another internet fed by servers not connected to the one we know about, then we’ll be safe – criminals will not know about it – can now get into the Deep Web, but it will not be secret. Criminals and/or law enforcement will still know. Read more »

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Most teachers and many older people conclude that today’s youngsters have a shorter attention span than they did or than is desirable. Some suffer a now recognised condition, ‘attention deficit disorder.’

The arrival and wholesale adoption of the digital era has meant that more people are second screeners, hopping between devices, doing different things at once but always less deeply than they did a generation ago.

Some observers lament the fact that the proliferation in information technologies mean that we are building our world on short-termism so that we ignore the future. We are impatient because we are conditioned to get results instantly.

And we no longer acquire any knowledge, but only how to access knowledge.

Is that right and is it all bad? Read more »

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coolbrick2Design and 3D Printing Will Change Our World Beyond Recognition

The Cool Brick is not yet a household name, but that is set to change in the near future.

We have already begun to both be amazed and then accept as normal the profound changes that 3D printing is having on the world. Combine the process with intelligent design, and our landscape, the very fabric of our world is set to be transformed.

The Cool Brick is set to do several things simultaneously – harness age-old technology in a contemporary way, provide sustainability and affordability where people struggle and stimulate further development in new technologies. Read more »

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Despite all the hype about the Apple Watch fakes and spoofs and the doubts about the need for it, now comes news of a wristband which will change everything.

The Halifax bank is thought to be the first to test technology which will permit customers to to prove their identities through slim wristbands, or bracelets.

What makes this system stand out is that the wristband will contain a cardiac signature – every person’s cardiac rhythm is unique. Read more »