A.I. Pilots Are Not The Solution To Preventing Airline Disasters

We're still trying to understand the horrific Germanwings tragedy. But already, some people are suggesting it could have been prevented if a computer had been flying the plane. But that's not the solution. We spoke to an expert about why an A.I. pilot would open up an entirely new set of risks and complications. » 3/27/15 11:45am Friday 11:45am

Why The Hell Doesn't Person Of Interest Have An Emmy Yet?

Michael Emerson already has an Emmy for his performance on LOST, but he really deserves one for Person of Interest. Last night's episode, "Skip," was an hour of incredible drama, exploring the twisted relationship between Root and Harold Finch. I lost count of how many times I yelled at the screen. Spoilers ahead... » 3/25/15 5:30pm 3/25/15 5:30pm

Yep, That Anti-Robot Protest At SXSW Was A Marketing Stunt [UPDATED]

When a group of plucky students organized a protest at SXSW against the rising threat of artificial intelligence, they got a ton of attention. Including interviews on NPR and the BBC. A grassroots anti-robot protest seemed almost too good to be true. And it's looking like maybe it was. [Updated!] » 3/16/15 1:30pm 3/16/15 1:30pm

Activists Stage Anti-AI Protest At SXSW

With chants of "I say robot, you say no-bot!", a group of protesters took to the streets in Austin, Texas to warn against the rise of artificial intelligence. The movement, though small in number, may be the start of a larger trend. » 3/16/15 7:40am 3/16/15 7:40am

Person Of Interest Has One Of The Most Heartbreaking Relationships On TV

And it's not a relationship between two people. It's the tortured, father-child dynamic between Harold Finch and the Machine, the artificial intelligence he created. Last night's episode, "Karma," served up a great reminder that the Machine loves its "father," even when he goes way off track. » 3/11/15 6:12pm 3/11/15 6:12pm

The Top 10 Emerging Technologies Of 2015

Bernard Meyerson, chief innovation officer of IBM and chair of the World Economic Forum's Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, today published the Meta-Council's list of the Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2015. » 3/04/15 6:00pm 3/04/15 6:00pm

We're Finally Getting To See Eva, A Beautiful Film About Love And Robots

Check out the first U.S. trailer for Eva, a movie about the "first free robot," a small girl named Eva, created in 2041. This Spanish movie contains some incredible visuals — but it also looks like it addresses a lot of important stuff about A.I. and identity. Even in a year of robot movies, this looks like a great… » 2/27/15 11:44am 2/27/15 11:44am

How Much Longer Before Companies Start To Run Themselves?

Increasingly powerful AI is poised to threaten many well-established professions. A strong case can be made that no industry or job is safe — including the upper echelons of corporate governance. The era is fast approaching when companies will be able to operate with virtually no human intervention. Here's how it… » 2/20/15 12:00pm 2/20/15 12:00pm

​When Superintelligent AI Arrives, Will Religions Try to Convert It?


Like it or not, we are nearing the age of humans creating autonomous, self-aware super intelligences. Those intelligences will be part of our culture, and we will inevitably try to control AI and teach it our ways, for better or worse. » 2/04/15 5:23pm 2/04/15 5:23pm

Bill Gates has joined the growing chorus of concern over the potential risks of artificial superintelligence. He shared his thoughts in a recent Reddit AMA, writing: "I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don't understand why some people are not concerned." He has now added his name to an open letter… » 1/29/15 3:40pm 1/29/15 3:40pm

The Science Fiction Books That Every Computer Scientist Should Check Out

With so many prominent scientists warning about the dangers of rogue artificial intelligence, and so many ethical concerns coming down the pike in A.I. research and computer science generally, how can computer experts educate themselves? By reading science fiction books. » 1/29/15 2:20pm 1/29/15 2:20pm

We're fast approaching an era when companies will be able to run themselves. Called Distributed Autonomous Corporations (DACS), they'll utilize cloud robots to manage supply chains without human supervision. But as an article at Aeon asks, will these blockchain-style systems set us free, or just make the rich richer? » 1/27/15 4:00pm 1/27/15 4:00pm

Edge Asks The Intellects: What Do You Think About Machines That Think?

This year's Edge.org question asks, "What do you think about machines that think?" Editor John Brockman collected 182 individual responses from such prominent thinkers as Nick Bostrom, Daniel Dennett, Rodney Brooks, Susan Blackmore, Alison Gopnik, Andy Clark, and Martin Rees. » 1/22/15 4:40pm 1/22/15 4:40pm

Leading AI Experts Are Gathering To Improve The Turing Test

This coming weekend at Austin's annual convention of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, a group of AI experts will attend a workshop in hopes of hammering out a new-and-improved version of the Turing Test. » 1/21/15 1:30pm 1/21/15 1:30pm

No, This Artificially Intelligent Super Mario Is Not Self-Aware

German researchers have created a version of Nintendo's Super Mario Advance in which the videogame hero can learn and venture through the game according to his "feelings." It's an exciting advance, but the claim that Super Mario is now "self-aware" is grossly overstated. » 1/20/15 9:40am 1/20/15 9:40am

Vice Is The Least Subtle Dystopia Ever, And That's Saying Something

There's nothing subtle about Vice, an astonishingly unoriginal thriller that plays off familiar fears that violent video games will turn players into real-world trigger-happy sociopaths. The movie is now viewable on demand; some spoilers ahead. » 1/16/15 12:17pm 1/16/15 12:17pm

Prominent Scientists Sign Letter of Warning About AI Risks 

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and many other prominent figures have signed an open letter pushing for responsible AI oversight in order to mitigate risks and ensure the "societal benefit" of the technology. » 1/14/15 7:00pm 1/14/15 7:00pm

Jock Unveils Sleek, Dreamy Concept Art For Ex Machina  

Ahead of the artificial intelligence thriller Ex Machina's release (January 21 in the UK; April 10 in the US), artist Jock shared some of his early concept art on Twitter, highlighting the film's sophisticated artificial intelligence, Ava (portrayed by Alicia Vikander). » 1/14/15 5:30pm 1/14/15 5:30pm

Forget Skynet: How Person Of Interest Depicts A Realistic A.I. Uprising

Tons of science fiction stories have shown artificial intelligence turning against us — but Person of Interest has broken new ground in showing an A.I. takeover that most people don't even know is happening. Creators Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman tell io9 why their show's take on A.I. revolt is subtler than Skynet. » 1/13/15 1:19pm 1/13/15 1:19pm

What Do Bhopal And Chernobyl Have To Do With Artificial Intelligence?

Everything, actually. Artificial intelligence is poised to accompany humanity for the rest of its existence. We have a responsibility to make it safe. While we still can. » 1/08/15 2:20pm 1/08/15 2:20pm