MIT scientists created a “psychopath” AI by feeding it violent content from Reddit

We’ve all seen evil machines in The Terminator or The Matrix, but how does a machine become evil? Is it like Project Satan from Futurama, where scientists combined parts from various evil cars to create the ultimate evil car? Or are machines simply destined to eventually turn evil when their processing power or…

Welcome to 2018: A computer-generated, pro-Trump Instagram model is going haywire

Remember in 2016 when everybody was saying, “Can’t wait for this year to be over!” and then 2017 came and everybody was like, “Oh no, it can get worse?” Well, it seems the plan for 2018 is to press the pedal to the metal in the ol’ apocalypse machine and get this thing over with because, as reported by Motherboard,…

Inject a little eroticism and video game jargon into your timeline with this Twitter bot

There’s plenty of sex in video games, but that does not make talking about video games sexy. Here to change that is @vg_erotica, a Twitter bot designed by game designer Liz England, that “mashes together romance novel excerpts and dank video game memes.” Be forewarned, however: these aren’t n00b cracks about Mario and…

AI generates hilariously unsexy romance-novel titles

Neural networks are fascinating, with their ability to create text that, despite being nonsensical, nevertheless exposes some core truth about whatever data it’s attempting to emulate. We’ve seen them create new paint colors, dating app responses, and even an episode of Friends. Now, Elle O’Brien’s curiosity as to…

Look upon this conversation between two artificial intelligences and despair

With the growth of machine learning and its immediate manifestation in much smarter artificial intelligences, it’s been easy in recent years to make Skynet jokes any time we see a computer do something moderately impressive. Combine this with warnings from people like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking about our future…

Watch Judah Friedlander explore our terrifying, robot-filled future

The conventional wisdom over the past few years is that, while we weren’t looking, the ’50s utopian sci-fi dream of a robot and AI-assisted future has started to look increasingly like a reality. We regularly marvel over the work of Boston Dynamics, which makes frighteningly limber, strong, adaptive robots that could…

Train your new robot overlords to think in this surprisingly fun Google game

Ever wanted to play Pictionary with HAL-9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey? How about a round of Win, Lose Or Draw with David from A.I.: Artificial Intelligence? None of those may ever happen, but Quick, Draw! comes damn close. Billed as “an A.I. experiment” from Google, this is essentially a drawing game in which the…

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Thomas Middleditch stars in a short film written entirely by AI

We don’t need to worry too much about sentient computers taking over the world, at least judging by this new short sci-fi film written completely by an artificial intelligence. The script is virtual jibberish, but that didn’t stop filmmaker Oscar Sharp and actors like Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch from turning…

Microsoft’s chat bot returns to spout nonsense, this time of the non-racist kind

Microsoft took one small step for artificial intelligence, one giant leap for bigoted mankind when it introduced the Tay chat bot to Twitter last week: The AI program was designed to have “zero chill” in the Twittersphere while replicating the speech patterns of teenage girls, but its repertoire was quickly filled…