Elon Musk’s Neuralink unveils effort to build implant that can read your mind

Startup plans to use small ‘threads’ to detect neuron activityMusk claims tests already show ‘monkey can control computer with its brain’ Elon Musk’s secretive “brain-machine interface” startup, Neuralink, stepped out of the shadows on Tuesday evening,…

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Amazon staff listen to customers’ Alexa recordings, report says

Staff review audio in effort to help AI-powered voice assistant respond to commands When Amazon customers speak to Alexa, the company’s AI-powered voice assistant, they may be heard by more people than they expect, according to a report.Amazon employee…

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‘Tech tax’ necessary to avoid dystopia, says leading economist

Exclusive: Jeffrey Sachs warns AI could lead to wealth being concentrated in the hands of a few thousand peopleA “tech tax” is necessary if the world is to avoid a dystopian future in which AI leads to a concentration of global wealth in the hands of a…

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Joseph Stiglitz on artificial intelligence: ‘We’re going towards a more divided society’

The technology could vastly improve lives, the economist says – but only if the tech titans that control it are properly regulated. ‘What we have now is totally inadequate’It must be hard for Joseph Stiglitz to remain an optimist in the face of the gri…

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Apple poaches Google’s AI chief in push to save Siri

Scottish-born John Giannandrea joined search firm in 2010 and helped it become market leader Apple has poached Google’s AI chief, John Giannandrea, to run its machine learning and AI operations, in the clearest sign yet that the iPhone creator is attem…

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I’m a GP: will a robot take my job in 2017?

They already perform surgery, take blood and help people walk. But can robots replicate vital human interaction?

Robots don’t do my job as a GP yet, but computers are definitely the third person in the room in every consultation. The computer can feel like an attention-seeking teenager, asking random questions that demand a response. A person comes in to discuss their suicidal ideas or recent cancer diagnosis and the computer flashes reminders about smear tests and flu jabs.

But to ignore the computer is to run the risk of missing vital information. Integrating the machine into the face-to-face encounter between doctor and patient is an art form most of us never master. And working with a robot is an even more daunting prospect.

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