Four short links: 4 May 2016

AI Murder, Openness in AI, Spectrum Challenge, and SDR Apps

  1. Mika Model (Slate) — a new story from Paolo Bacigalupi, asking whether an AI’d up sex doll could commit murder. The companion article by Ryan Calo takes the story’s situation seriously and tries to answer that question, and is fascinating.
  2. Strategic Implications of Openness in AI Development (Nick Bostrom, PDF) — Some forms of openness are plausibly positive on both counts (openness about safety measures, openness about goals). Others (openness about source code, science, and possibly capability) could e.g. lead to a tightening of the competitive situation around the time of the introduction of advanced AI, increasing the probability that winning the AI race is incompatible with using any safety method that incurs a delay or limits performance. We identify several key factors that must be taken into account by any well-founded opinion on the matter. An argument for a closed-source singularity.
  3. Spectrum Collaboration Challengethe world’s first collaborative machine-intelligence competition to overcome spectrum scarcity, run by DARPA.
  4. LimeSDRa low cost, open source, apps-enabled (more on that later) software defined radio (SDR) platform that can be used to support just about any type of wireless communication standard. With an App Store (via Snappy Ubuntu Core’s app distribution platform).

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