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Can We Build AI Without Losing Control Over It?

The fear over intelligent machines taking over and killing us all has been around for some time now. The Terminators glowing eye and the smoldering ruins of a once thriving city remain imprinted in our minds. Just how warranted are these fears? And perhaps more importantly, what are we doing about them? Sam Harris, author of books on diverse topics…

Mind Control: From Thought to Robotic Limbs and Beyond

We’re still in the early stages of understanding just how the brain works. That being said, we know enough to start considering all the possibilities regarding merging it with technology—including that of mind control. In The Brain Electric, Malcolm Gay talks about the current drive among many intelligent scientists and wealthy entrepreneurs towards merging mind and machine. He begins with…

The Three Laws of Robotics

Intelligent machines are not far off. The phone in your pocket is already more powerful than many older super computers. As things progress and self-learning algorithms become smarter, it becomes essential to safeguard ourselves from possible harm at the hand—erm, robotic limbs—of the machines. Isaac Asimov, the great sci-fi writer and witty cultural critic laid out his own set of…