Machines Want Your Job : Interrogators

Fascinating. It shouldn’t be too surprising to hear that human’s are very susceptible to suggestion by authority figures when being asked to remember events such as police questioning. But apparently, this new study found that if the identical words are used for questioning but delivered by a robot (I don’t know if it was a disembodied robotic voice or some physical robot) then this influence disappears. I assume there would still be lots of ways to bias the witness by the text of questions you ask but a huge amount of the influence comes from reading cues and listening to the human voice. So, chalk that up for another future career under threat from robots: Interrogator.

New Scientist: Robot inquisition keeps witnesses on the right track.

Discussion on G+

Could Machines Make Art?

Fascinating study out of the University of Trento on using Machine Vision algorithms to learn how people respond emotionally to abstract art.

Link : Computers identify what makes abstract art move us

Abstract art might be easier to replicate automatically since you don’t need to worry about as much symbolism and meaning as much. Is this going to put artists out of a job? Well no, people create art because they want to, or need to. If computers can generate abstract patterns and images that are emotionally evocative on demand then that would surely hurt artists who rely on selling their images or the rights to reproduce them in other media.

So, something for artists to be aware of.

The Consequences of Machine Intelligence – Moshe Y. Vardi – The Atlantic

The Consequences of Machine Intelligence – Moshe Y. Vardi – The Atlantic

I just started reading this, but it’s right along the lines of what I’m talking about with people being aware of how advancing technology could affect their career plans. I’ll read it and write more later. Do you have any thoughts on it? It would be an interesting group discussion topic here or on G+.

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