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Articles about artificial intelligence

Machines That Can Replicate and Evolve

By Neil Yager

Smart software and hardware may be able to solve some of the future’s most challenging problems, but not without risks.

Evolution by natural selection is a powerful process. It drives the creation and adaptation of life on our planet, and most likely countless other planets throughout the universe. Recently, researchers have been investigating ways to harness the power of evolution and to use it to find innovative solutions to challenging problems in science and engineering.

Three conditions are necessary for evolution to occur in a population:

  • There are not enough resources for everyone, so members of the population must compete to survive.

Artificial intelligence – can we keep it in the box?

By Huw Price (1) and Jaan Tallinn (2)

We should stop treating intelligent machines as the stuff of science fiction.

We know how to deal with suspicious packages – as carefully as possible! These days, we let robots take the risk. But what if the robots are the risk? Some commentators argue we should be treating AI (artificial intelligence) as a suspicious package, because it might eventually blow up in our faces. Should we be worried?

This article was originally published at The Conversation.