Taxi Drones, App Apathy & More: 5 Things We Learned This Week

From the possibility of an artificial intelligence “off switch” to bulletproof bookbags, here are five things we learned this week in Tech and Science:  What if Skynet, the fictional artificial intelligence system that was responsible for the nuclear wasteland of the Terminator movies, could have been flipped off with a switch? Well, we’d be spared decades of sequels at least. It turns out that researchers from Google are planning for pretty much that possibility and have floated the idea of an “off” switch that could disable a superintelligent system before it goes rogue. “If such an agent is operating in real-time under human supervision, now and then it may be necessary for a human operator to press the big red button to prevent the agent from continuing a harmful sequence of…


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