A.I.

By 2020, China is aiming for half of the industrial robots sold in the country to be made by Chinese companies, up from 27 percent currently -- with a target of 70 percent by 2025

China Recruits ‘Patriotic’ Children to Design Killer Robots

The Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) this week announced an ambitious “experimental program for intelligent weapons systems” that recruited several dozen teenagers with exceptional high-school grades to design killer robots.

Julian Assange has sought refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy during his legal stand-off with Britain

Julian Assange Predicts ‘AI Model’ will Replace Capitalism

In Julian Assange’s final interview before Ecuadorian officials shut off his internet access, the WikiLeaks founder told the World Ethical Data Forum in Barcelona, Spain, that artificial intelligence will replace capitalism, not only by transforming current industries but creating “whole new sectors.”

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Tech Leaders Promise Not to Build Killer Robots

Thousands of tech leaders pledged this week to not develop lethal autonomous weapons and called on governments to create laws and regulations around such weapons.

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New York Times: How a Pentagon Contract Became an Identity Crisis For Google

In an article on Wednesday, the New York Times revealed how Google’s contract with the Pentagon created an identity crisis at the company, and how Google Cloud’s Chief Scientist for A.I. Fei-Fei Li warned colleagues against mentioning weaponized artificial intelligence to the press and public.

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Virgil: The New Frankensteins 

As he scans the news about tech abuses—from violating privacy, to manipulating the news, to mowing down pedestrians with driverless cars—Virgil is reminded that this year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein.