This is so Cyberpunk: billionaires in Silicon Valley would rather cure death than make life worth living!
With Amazon Alexa a possible "witness" in an upcoming murder trial, this article asks: should the Justice system know more about ESI (electronically stored information) than the average teenager? Particularly as IoT devices are expected to outnumber human by three-to-one by 2020!
This post has now been revised to include an update on the Amazon story!
Boffins discover dead cockroaches make the best fridge magnets. Wait, you got a research grant for that?
Anything worse than a rogue #AI - how about two AIs firing lasers at each other? Thank you Deepmind!
We know it is a cliché about well-meaning but mad scientists inadvertently unleashing horrors on mankind but the boffins at Google's Deepmind artificial intelligence research outfit have just taught a pair of AIs to become aggressive when they need to fight for scarce resources. If it is any consolation, apparently it's a variation on the Prisoner's Dilemma. Personally, I for one welcome out new robot overlords...
In a case of Science Fiction meets Science Fact, Elon Musk recently said that in a few years time you will be able get into your car, go to sleep and wake up at your destination. A bit like trains now then! And no snarky comments on how you can already do this with cars, providing your intended destination is A&E. As for Elon Musk: is he inspired to be a real-life Tony Stark/Iron Man - or does Tony Stark draw his inspiration from Elon Musk. You can read the full story here...
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