Google reCAPTCHA Fooled By Bot

CAPTCHA, or Completely Automated Procedures for Telling Computers and Humans Apart, was a system first theorized by cryptographer Alan Turing in 1950.  We find these little “I am not a robot” challenges popping up all over the place, especially when creating a new account, registering for a web service the first time, or sometimes as form of poor man’s two-factor authentication.  (Something ...

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Who Needs Skynet? Robots Are Easily Hacked By Humans

We can’t talk about robots without thinking about robots running amok as in the Terminator movies.  But it turns out that most of the robots that are available today can be easily hacked by humans.

Robots are showing up in industrial settings, in hospitals, on our roads as autonomous vehicles, in secure facilities as guards, and in our homes, as carpet cleaners, children’s companions.  Soon they will be everywhere, assisting, working, moving ...

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Disturbing Uses of Artificial Intellegence

Its been a while since we have written about AI and robotics, but an article in Tech Republic got me inspired to discuss some of the more disturbing uses of autonomous machines, from least to most scary

  • AI Based Medical Treatment  – There are increasing advances in the use of artificial intelligence systems in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
  • Using AI to Predict Future Events – The Nautilus computer system has been able ...
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Trust In Technology?

We have heard plenty of stories about people who blindly followed their GPS over a cliff or missing bridge to their doom.  Now this bit of research from Slate Magazine.

 “Researchers at Georgia Tech had 42 volunteers follow a seemingly autonomous robot into a conference room. However, the robot was actually guided by a hidden researcher, whose goal was to intentionally lead the test subjects astray in order to establish the bot’s unreliability.

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More On The Robot Question

The Singularity.  Artificial Intelligence.  Self-aware, self-actuating, and self-learning robots.  What will our future be like when the machines become self-aware?  Will it be the like the T-1000 from Terminator?  Or more like Johnny 5 from Short Circuit?  Or Andrew from Bicentennial Man?  Here is a run-down of four different versions of our electronic and digital future.

A recent book by Martin Ford, Rise of Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, examines a world in the all ...

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Sunday Funnies: Smart Toaster Disrupts Internet of Things Keynote

burned-toastI’ve been warning about the dangers of self-aware machines for some time.

Here is a story about how a toaster disrupted a keynote address by ARM CEO Simon Segars at the annual ARM TechCon Conference.  It seems that the toaster was toasting a bagel which got stuck, and started burning.  The smoke caused the fire alarms to go of in the middle ...

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Will Self-Aware Computers Keep Humans as Pets?

“Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window.” – Steve Wozniak, co-creator of the Apple computer

I just started reading a book from 1999, written by Ray Kurweil called The Age of Spiritual Machines.  This book explores the consequences of our technological changes as they relate to AI or Artificial Intelligence, sometimes called “the Singularity,” and the future of the human race in the age of self-aware machines.  We have all see the “Terminator” movie series, with its ...

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