Saturday, June 14, 2014

Torvalds on patents: 'Sane people know it's bullsh*t but making real change is difficult'

'In 1991, Captain Cyborg said we'd have real life Terminators'

Quotw This was the week when a piece of software (supposedly) passed the Turing Test, giving the world all the “robot overlord” headlines they could possibly need in a slow, sunny news week.
Facts were hard to come by in the tale of Eugene Goostman, the 13-year-old-boy-simulating software that apparently hit the controversial benchmark of artificial intelligence.
First it was a supercomputer, then it was just a piece of software. First it passed the Turing Test in a blaze of glory, and then it transpired that after a number of attempts, it finally convinced judges that it was a real boy just 33 per cent of the time. Nevertheless, media junkie Kevin Warwick, visiting professor at the University of Reading and head of the event, was keen to stress the momentous nature of the whole thing:

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