“algorithms have parents, and those parents are computer programmers, with their values and assumptions. Those values – who gets to determine what they are and who controls their application – will help define the digital age.

Algorithms can reflect standards of beauty, standards of morality, standards of acceptable behavior. As computers learn and adapt from new data, those initial algorithms can shape what information we see, how much money we can borrow, what health care we receive, and more.”

Read more at: http://www.knightfoundation.org/articles/ethics-and-governance-of-artificial-intelligence-fund

and at: http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/01/14/tech-billionaires-create-fund-to-prevent-robot-apocalypse/

China turns to robots as workers age

Wuzhen (China) (AFP) – Flat, orange robots glide under stationary cars and ferry them to empty Chinese parking bays, using space more efficiently and, their creators say, reducing driver stress.

It is one of a number of elegant — and expensive — mechanical solutions China is turning to as it faces an ageing population, which, even in the world’s most populous country, is making workers harder to come by.

With an eye on the rising numbers of cars on Chinese roads, Hikvision has been testing a robotic parking system in Wuzhen, 130 kilometres (80 miles) west of Shanghai.

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Robot kill switches & legal status: MEPs endorse AI proposal

A European Parliament committee has voted in favor of a draft report that proposes granting legal status to robots, categorizing them as “electronic persons”.

The draft report, approved by 17 votes to two and two abstentions by the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs, proposes that “The most sophisticated autonomous robots could be established as having the status of electronic persons with specific rights and obligations, including that of making good any damage they may cause.”

Read more at: https://www.rt.com/viral/373450-robot-kill-switches-status/

Tarantula Found Eating a Snake in Wild for First Time

Scientists have made a grisly discovery: the first recorded instance of a tarantula eating a snake in the wild.

Leandro Malta Borges, a graduate student at Brazil’s Federal University of Santa Maria, stumbled across the macabre scene on October 23, 2015, while he and his colleagues were walking through a grassland in southern Brazil called Serra do Caverá.

Read more at: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/tarantula-eating-snake-first-animals/