Posts Tagged ‘Artificial intelligence’

This robot reads the Bible to old people Comments 0

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Seniors in search of some high-tech companionship may find comfort in a small robot that can listen to them and read relevant scripture. SanTO is a foot-and-a-half tall robot resembles the sort of altar or figurine a Catholic may use to decorate their home. But it’s equipped with software it uses to listen to people, scan their faces Read more

Microsoft ‘s president meets pope about AI ethics Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Microsoft’s President Brad Smith met Pope Francis on Wednesday to discuss the ethical use of artificial intelligence (AI). He also discussed ways to bridge the digital divide between rich and poor nations. Read more Related Posts:Pope meets Israeli presidentPope meets Palestine’s presidentRockstar-to-rockstar at weekly papal audienceBangladesh PM and Pope discuss Rohingya crisis

Artificial intelligence a technology in search of a guiding philosophy – Kissinger Comments 0

Thursday, May 17th, 2018
Artificial intelligence

Henry Kissinger, ‘historian and occasional practising statesman,’ has flagged concerns about the effect digital technology is having on humanity. He says “for all its achievements, it runs the risk of turning on itself as its impositions overwhelm its conveniences. “Beyond factual questions (“What is the temperature outside?”), questions about the nature of reality or the Read more

Robot to conduct funerals – an affordable alternative Comments 0

Monday, August 28th, 2017

In Japan, a plastic moulding company called Nissei Eco is planning to introduce SoftBank’s Pepper robot as a cheaper substitute for human priests reading sutras at Buddhist funerals. Pepper is the first humanoid robot capable of recognising the principal human emotions and adapting his behaviour to the mood of his interlocutor. Continue reading Related Posts:As Read more

As artificial intelligence grows, so do perceived threats to human uniqueness Comments 0

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk got into a spat recently on Twitter with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg over the dangers of artificial intelligence. Musk urged a group of governors to proactively regulate AI, which he views as a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.” “Until people see robots going down the street killing people, they Read more

Artificial intelligence – Vatican conference discusses progress, benefits and limits Comments 0

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Artificial intelligence was the subject of a conference held at the Vatican last week. One of the attendees described artificial intelligence as being “a very powerful technology”. “So I think as a society we need to think very carefully about the ethical use of technologies, and as one of the developers of this kind of Read more

Artificial intelligence — possible, but delayed Comments 0

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

It is uncontroversial that the human brain has capabilities that are, in some respects, far superior to those of all other known objects in the cosmos. It is the only kind of object capable of understanding that the cosmos is even there, or why there are infinitely many prime numbers, or that apples fall because Read more