artificial intelligence

The future of artificial intelligence.

  • Alan Kotok
    Published 3 years ago
    A Thinking Person's Artificial Intelligence

    A Thinking Person's Artificial Intelligence

    Over the past decade, artificial intelligence migrated from computer geeks' workshops to something many people encounter in their everyday lives, but not without fears of its effects. Last year, the Pew Research Center assembled a panel of more than 1,300 experts, polled on the impact of increasing our reliance on algorithms—mathematical models underpinning artificial intelligence that aid in making decisions and completing tasks—and whose responses were boiled down into a set of themes.
  • Futurism Staff
    Published 3 years ago
    Interview With Dr. Louis Rosenberg, Founder Of Unanimous A.I.

    Interview With Dr. Louis Rosenberg, Founder Of Unanimous A.I.

    It's rather fitting that Dr. Louis Rosenberg, an individual wholly dedicated to preparing humans for the immediate and distant future, is featured in a project titled Year Million, National Geographic Channel's six-part documentary series that explores and postulates on the future of humanity; on what it will be like to be human one million years into the future.
  • Mickey Finn
    Published 3 years ago
    The Pick Up
  • Brian S. Converse
    Published 3 years ago
    A Practical Man, Part II

    A Practical Man, Part II

    John paced the aisle of his locomotive prison, his hand on the apple in his pocket the entire time. Hunger pains gnawed at his insides, and his mouth and tongue had begun to swell from lack of water. It wasn't this way in any of the books he had read about a nuclear war. No one mentioned you could die all alone on a train car while the world burned outside. He missed Daryl. He hadn't talked to the man much when he was alive, but felt a longing for his company now that he was dead. It was a confusing feeling for someone who was always alone. He hadn’t even minded that Daryl had gone crazy at the end, thrusting himself into the falling poison outside the train car. He sat down in his favorite seat. The pacing wasn't helping to distract his mind or body. Looking out the window, he saw that nothing had changed. He had expected nothing less, and wasn't disappointed. Soft flakes of ash drifted lazily outside his window. There was no wind that he could tell. All was peaceful and dead. He thought of his life before. A mundane job counting parts in a factory. His only responsibility making sure that each box had the same number before being sealed and shipped to who knew where. An empty apartment, except for the anti-social cat and the roaches that it chased at times as they scurried about underfoot. No light for most of the day and only darkness when he arrived home. It was a dismal existence, and he missed it terribly. His thoughts strayed back to Daryl. He had recognized the man, having ridden on the train together multiple times, though they had never talked until the train had come to a rumbling, permanent stop. Daryl had looked at him right away then, and they had both shrugged in their confusion. Their car had been sparsely populated, and everyone else had fled. John, being a practical man, had stayed on the train while weighing his options. By the time he had made the decision to leave, it was too late. The city took a direct hit, and it was only chance that the train had stopped far enough away from its destination that it wasn't incinerated instantly as well. Daryl had begun to panic almost immediately. He seemed a high-stress person to begin with, but after the first shockwave, he had begun to rant. Sometimes he would rail against the government. Sometimes, it was pleading for redemption from some higher power. Sometimes he just sat and rocked back and forth in his seat and cried silently, tears streaming from tightly closed eyes. John had been afraid at first that the man might try to harm him in some way, but Daryl had ignored him for the most part. It was odd to watch the other man fall apart, and strangely fascinating. All the while as the other man had gone insane, John has sat and thought about how his world would change. At least the factory was a pile of ash now, he thought with a measure of satisfaction. All the parts were destroyed, and would never be used as they were intended. He felt a sense of closure at this, almost a sense of freedom. He sighed, knowing the feeling was merely an illusion. He was, after all, trapped on a train car from which there was no escape, with only a small apple in his pocket for sustenance as the hours passed by until his inevitable death. Sometimes it was difficult being such a practical man.
  • Mickey Finn
    Published 3 years ago
    The Matrix: Sci-Phi...?
  • Tomás Brandão
    Published 3 years ago
    The Wickedness of A.I.

    The Wickedness of A.I.

    Like with most things in life “There's no rose without a thorn”, in other words, there are going to be some negative points to this tale, and they don't exactly sound very reassuring, quite the contrary. Some of these have even been the target of works of fiction, TV series, games, podcasts, you name it, it has been done; movies like The Matrix, The Terminator, AI, 2001 space odyssey, and the movie adaptation of Marvel's Avengers (where the main villain is a being of "evil" artificial intelligence). Almost every apocalyptic scenario, every "machine turn on the humans that created them" scenario has been covered one way or another. These works of fiction can to some extent be seen as cautionary tales to what may come if ethics and caution are put aside.
  • Michael Thielmann
    Published 3 years ago
    Natural Evolution

    Natural Evolution

    This issue has been on many people's minds for a while now, sometimes in the form of science fiction content, but also as a real-life consideration that has gained traction as our technologies continue to develop by leaps and bounds. Artificial intelligence is a concerning thing to contemplate, and it behooves us to consider the track we are on, and the type of thoughts and activities that would lead us towards an increasingly automated and virtual way of being in the world.
  • Madeline Basirico
    Published 3 years ago
    Artificial Intelligence Programs For Startups

    Artificial Intelligence Programs For Startups

    Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is a growing field where technology and machines are created to obtain knowledge and learn from it, just like humans. Algorithms are created that allow machines to comprehend information, and these days there are programs that use lifelike problem solving and reasoning skills. Many artificial intelligence apps exist that simplify traditionally tedious or time-consuming tasks, and are used in a variety of fields, including medicine, and politics.
  • Ksenia Kozhenkova
    Published 3 years ago
    The Awakening Diary

    The Awakening Diary

    Voice is Calling....
  • F. Simon Grant
    Published 3 years ago
    Postal Automations

    Postal Automations

    “As you may know, the Red Queen Corporation, when it bought the U.S. Postal Service, decreed all of you would be replaced by robots.” Maury Holliday, the postal supervisor, had given a similar sort of speech for a million mornings (it seemed) with dispassionate tones he hoped sounded professional and authoritative and stone-like in its superior power, but certainly his subordinates must have seen it as the pure, broken, sucked dry dispassion it actually was. All the postal faces he spoke to were so drawn down by gravity, so prone to dying at any moment, how could he put any passion into any of this variety of speechifying? “We’ve known for a long time you’d be integral in training the robots who’d replace you. However, news has come down the pipeline that, considering the expense of programming robots, the Red Queen Corporation has outsourced the development to mad scientists who work on the cheap with the agreement that their robots may also be used one day to take over the world. That being said, as you train your robot replacements, please, and this is vital: don’t let them take over the world.”
  • Theresa McGarry
    Published 3 years ago
    Quantum Stills of a Thin-Spun Life  - Part 6

    Quantum Stills of a Thin-Spun Life - Part 6

    The once secret Augur Chamber echoed with many awed and exclamatory voices as the Masters, Elders and senior Journeymen looked about and studied the strange objects. It was the first time any of them had entered the room, but for this meeting of the Advisory Council, Naera thought it best to convene where she could offer answers to some of the questions she knew were coming. That she had her own misgivings about both the immediate and ongoing future was something she couldn’t allow them to see.
  • Joshua Sky
    Published 3 years ago
    Interview with Trina Phillips, Chief Futurist at SciFutures

    Interview with Trina Phillips, Chief Futurist at SciFutures

    Trina Phillips is a writer, editor and one of the chief futurists at SciFutures, a company dedicated to helping companies bridge the gap between science fiction and reality, via ideation, prototyping and storytelling. Trina has been published in numerous science fiction publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, AE and Daily Science Fiction. I had the opportunity to sit with her to discuss her career, and the myriad of ways her company is helping to shape forthcoming technology.