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Episode 2.21: The World Ends with Robots

Andy and Dave begin with an AI-generated podcast, using the “dumbed down” GPT-2 with the repository of podcast notes; GPT-2 ends the faux podcast with a video called “The World Ends with Robots” and Dave later discovers that a Google search on the title brings up zero hits. Ominous! Andy and Dave continue with a discussion of the Boeing 737 MAX crashes and the implications for autonomous systems. Stanford University launches the Stanford Institute for Human-centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), which seeks to advance AI research to improve the human condition. Ahead of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in Geneva, Japan announces its intention to submit a plan for maintaining control over lethal autonomous weapons systems. A new report from Hal Hodson at the Economist reveals that should DeepMind successfully create artificial general intelligence, its Ethics Board will have legal “control” of the entity. And Steve Walker and Vint Cerf discuss other US Department of Defense projects that Google is working on, including the identification of deep fakes, and exploring new architectures to create more computing power. NVidia announces a $99 AI development kit, the AI Playground, and the GauGAN. In research topics, Google explores whether neural networks show gestalt phenomena, looking specifically at the law of closure. Researchers with IBM Watson and Oxford examine supervised learning with quantum-enhanced feature spaces. Shashu and co-workers explore quantum entanglement in deep learning architectures. Dan Falk takes a look at how AI is changing science. And researchers at Facebook AI and Google AI examine the pitfalls of measuring emergent communication between agents. The World Intellectual Property Organization releases its 2019 trends in AI. A report takes a survey of the European Union’s AI ecosystem. While another paper surveys the field of robotic construction. Kiernan Healy releases a book on Data Visualization. Allen Downey publishes Think Bayes: Bayesian Statistics Made Simple. The Defense Innovation Board releases a video from its public listening session on AI ethics at CMU from 14 March. The 2019 Human-Centered AI Institute Symposium releases a video. And Irina Raicu compiles a list of readings about AI ethics.

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John Stimpson, Communications Associate