Eric Schmidt, for one, welcomes our new robot overlords

The technology world’s top executives gathered in New York this week to pay homage to the enormous benefits artificial intelligence will deliver to the world with nary a word from the Google chairman about the obvious and immediate existential threat it poses. Eric Schmidt told a conference in New York that he desires his own AI assistant, which shall be dubbed “Not-Eric”, according to Bloomberg. The Google man also had kind words for artificial technology, praising its ability to deliver the world from some of its ills. While current developments in AI are unlikely to see a Skynet-style computer creation declare war on humanity, the ability to automate complex data analysis has a tremendous capacity to accelerate the search for solutions to what the CEO described as “hard problems,” by…


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