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How Artificial Intelligence is starting to have a serious effect on our lives?

Have you seen Minority Report directed by Steven Spielberg? 

 

 

For those who haven’t I recommend watching it because the prophecy of this film begins to meet.

Due to the fact that technological process is constantly developing and thanks to that the meaning of Artificial Intelligence in our lives increase, we can definitely be scared about this what is happening around us.

 

Have you ever been thinking about which is one of the most intimate things in people lives?

It is sexuality orientation. Nowadays many people hide them real sexuality in fear of social indignation for example: sport players, family members, schoolmates. This people have to bother with this inside battle of “coming-out” every single day and now it is going to be worse. Nowadays the AI can guess whether you are gay or straight based of photos of your face. It is the fact not the opinion! Now we can say that machines started to be better “gaydar” than people. The study work from Stanford University – has found algorithm which could distinguish with 81% of accuracy whether you are gay or straight for men and with 74% of accuracy for women.

The algorithm was tested on machine intelligence which had to research of 35 000 facial photos from the one of dating sites and thanks to that had find out the real sexual orientation.

“The research found that gay men and women tended to have “gender-atypical” features, expressions and “grooming styles”, essentially meaning gay men appeared more feminine and vice versa. The data also identified certain trends, including that gay men had narrower jaws, longer noses and larger foreheads than straight men, and that gay women had larger jaws and smaller foreheads compared to straight women.”   – Sam Levin, The Guardian

 

Okay what if I am straight?

The authors of study which was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Dr. Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang, claim that this algorithm can also be used as a similar AI system which could be trained to spot others human traits such as IQ or political views. They are also warning us against this AI develop process because it can turn into something that we don’t really want to in our lives.

It is happening now!

Police in the UK are piloting a new project which provides to use AI to determines how someone is likely to commit the crime. Seems familiar? Back to that what I wrote at the beginning of my post, Steven Spielberg (Director) and Philip K. Dick (writer) were right. AI is going to prevent us from committing the crime.

 

“(…) The system has 1,400 indicators from this data that can help flag someone who may commit a crime, such as how many times someone has committed a crime with assistance as well as how many people in their network have committed crimes. People in the database who are flagged by the system’s algorithm as being prone to violent acts will get a “risk score,” New Scientist reported, which signals their chances of committing a serious crime in the future. (…)

(…) Donnelly told the New Scientist that they don’t plan to arrest anyone before they’ve committed a crime, but that they want to provide to those who the system indicates might need it. He also noted that there have been cuts to police funding recently, so something like NDAS (National Data Analytics Solution) could help streamline and prioritize the process of determining who in their databases most needs intervention. (…)”
– Melanie Ehrenkranz, gizmodo.com

The project now is in its infancy in comparison to how important it can be for the future of the justice system.

To sum up my post, there are billions of facial images of people that are publicly available on social media sites, government databases and also these ones which come from the streets cameras. In my opinion we should try to care more about our privacy in a media and don’t let the governments to have that serious impact on our lives because as we know the systems are like people, they sometimes fail.

 

 

 

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Science makes telekinesis a reality!

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A team of researchers at Duke University headed by brain interface expert Miguel Nicolelis is the reason for a recent breakthrough. They have built a wireless brain machine interface (BMI) that can control a wheelchair. This was tested on two primates. The two monkeys were able to manoeuvre the wheelchair using their mind to get to the place where a bowl of grapes was placed as their reward. Basically, the brain signals are converted into an algorithm that translates cortical activity into physical movements. Brain imaging shows that they were able to calculate distances between themselves and the grapes.

srep22170-f1The BMI was a wireless, high throughput multi-channel device implanted in the brain and the primates used about 300 neurons for motion. The device tracked their brain signals for trajectory to navigate toward the target. This was then used to move the wheelchair in the same path.

This brings a tremendous opportunity for heavily paralyzed people to be able to navigate independently. This opens up a whole lot of possibilities. In future, this could be extended to include other daily activities as well where one can control all the surrounding objects by just using their mind. This is good news for Stephen Hawking, I’m sure!

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