Logan Streondj Warns That Robots Will Declare War By 2040

The continual advancement of AI is compelling at the very least; the notion that machines will have the ability to experience human emotions and abilities has opened the door to a whole new world of potential possibilities. But, are machines really a threat to mankind? Sci-fi author Logan Streondj thinks so and has detailed his vision in a blog post.

The aforementioned author suggests that a potential conflict could happen as intelligent robots are predicted to outnumber humans. The acclaimed author references the fact from “World Counts” that there are around 350 thousand human babies born each day or 130 million a year; the growth rate is 1%. According to the International Federation of Robotics, there were around 5 million robots being produced in 2014 with a growth rate of 15%. Within the same year there were approximately 11,000 military robots being produced and this could be significantly higher if you take into consideration the many top-secret projects which are being developed by governments etc.

This suggests that if growth statistics stays the same, in 25 years time or (2040) parity will be reached. Mr. Streondj also conveys the notion that there is a growth rate of 13% of military robots and by 2053, there will be around a million produced each year.

Is this possible or indeed believable? It really depends on the advancements of AI intelligence, the biggest fear among the human race is that robots will be able to decide their own destiny; if this is the case then it is conceivable that robots may not agree with us. An interesting point has been released by the World Fact Book which states that humans have a life expectancy of around 70 years globally, this compares with around 10 years for robots, this means that robots would need to produce approximately 7 times more a year in order to have the same population as humans.

It is really up to us, if we continue our path and develop a robot that is able to think for itself then we may technically see a revolt within the distant future, if not and we contain the abilities with which machines can reach, then we can control our own future.

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The Unique World Of 2016 Cyber Security Predications

2016 is here and I still want my hoverboard, by this, I mean an authentic Back to the Future machine and not the cheap plastic device that is currently being marketed. Anyway, this year promises to be compelling for a number of reasons including Cyber Security and the nature of locking data away from the many threats that now lurk within the Cyber walls. Various individuals have had their predictions concerning the coming year’s potential cyber security issues and I thought it would be interesting to convey a selection of the many theories below.

A Cyber Attack will look to exploit the 2016 US presidential election
This may be classed as an outside possibility, even though it would be technically possible whether it will happen is a different matter, this prediction arrives courtesy of Ryan Olson, director of threat intelligence for Palo Alto Network who states that hackers could look to obtain private information from candidates via emails or social network accounts.  Any sensitive information that might be released could, in theory, sway an election, unless you’re Mr Trump who says what he thinks anyway.

Virtual Boarders that control access to the Internet
This theory is far from new, but could be a reality if certain powerful figures are able to exert major control over the internet.  According to Kaspersky Lab, we could see a development of Internet borders that divide access to information along country lines.

Hacked data could become a huge commodity
2015 became the year of the hack and included everything from Dating websites to the leaking of huge databases containing sensitive government details, according to Dmitri Alperovitch, CTO and co-founder of Crowdstrike, who states that hackers are aiming to build up huge stocks of information that contain multiple strands of data. This could lead to blackmailageddon, or something equally terrifying, whereby extortion attacks on individuals and companies are widespread.

Chinese VS Russian Hackers
This one sounds like an opening scene from Rush Hour, but no, according to experts with IID predict, as China’s economy stops growing, many cyber hackers might turn from Cyber espionage to cybercrime. This could then lead to criminal activity that is far bigger than that of Easton Europe.  Is it possible?  You never know considering the technical expertise many hackers possess in china.

Cyber attacks will destroy a major brand or product.  
This prediction from Mark Painter who is a security evangelist for Hewlett-Packard Enterprises is quite feasible considering the many holes which exist within certain tech products.  This individual states that “We are increasingly close to finding out in 2016 if a major product will shut down due to security issues”. Adobe Flash springs to mind considering we all know companies would quite happily cut their losses if a product becomes more trouble than it’s worth.

Will any of these come true?  Only time will tell, especially if Ronald McDonald becomes president.

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Get Ready for a Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Discount

If you were looking to buy a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, you might consider waiting until next month. Samsung may be dropping their prices for the latest flashgrips soon, so hang in there for a month and get it at a discount.

All facts point to the company trying to get out of their Q2 sticky situation. Their profits fell four percent this year compared to the same time last year and as Apple is getting ready to reveal their latest iPhones, things are not looking so good. The predictions don’t look so good either, falling 3 million smartphone sales prediction short by the end of the year. Oh year, they have teased an event planned for mid August where they plan on announcing a bigger and better S6 Edge, but will they be able to make up for the demands this time?

The whole things started after they announced the S6 and S6 Edge, who had a bigger than anticipated success. This led to a short supply and high demand, thus the company missing their targets right now. However, with this kind of pressure on them, the only practical solution is to make ‘adjustments’ to their latest handsets on the market. This means that the S6 and S6 Edge will see a price drop in the near future, something that Samsung thinks will get them back in the high-end smartphone game by the end of this year.

In the end, people could get to buy their long-awaited S6 or S6 Edge at a lower price and Samsung could see more numbers of smartphone sales added by the end of the year. However, let’s just see how much Samsung is willing to slash off the latter handsets’ price tags. Excited? I know I am!

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PC And Console Gamers Will Be Mobile Gamers According To New Report

A market Research company in California, Grand View Research, has claimed that by 2020, a majority of gamers will have ditched their PC’s and Consoles and switched to mobile gaming.

By using the same tools that many companies use to estimate the future of markets, by focusing on growth trends, GVR has compiled a dossier outlining the possible future that could mean an end to PC and Console based gaming. Claiming that the growth of the mobile platforms (mobiles and tablets) will eventually overshadow the online gaming from Computers, stating that smartphones better hardware and smaller costs are allowing more people to gain access to the mobile gaming market.

They also state that mobile gaming may not be the most profitable, with a lot of people not paying for full games or buying a lot of the in-game options available through in-game stores.

As a PC Gamer (I left the console gaming world after the Gamecube (I have since returned due to Super Smash being amazing on the Wii U)), I don’t see myself trading in my machine for a tablet or a phone anytime soon. The odd casual game is okay with me, but I don’t see games like Skyrim, Smite or Heroes of the Storm disappearing alongside their millions of fans who play them on a regular basis.

What do you think? Are casual games on mobile devices more appealing than sitting down on a computer and having a hardcore gaming sessions for an hour? Will phones and tablets advance to the point where, by 2020, there will be no difference between Console and Mobile gaming, allowing you to play League of Legends while sitting in the office on your phone?

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Microsoft’s Bing Correctly Predicted 84% of Oscar Winners

For the Oscars, the World Cup, Super Bowl and many other famous competitions, a lot of people and even animals like to predict the results. That has included octopuses, dogs and more dogs. Well Bing, the search engine from Microsoft, correctly predicted 84% of last night’s Oscar winners.

Bing correctly predicted 20 of 24 winners, including all of the big name awards such as best picture, director, actor, and best actress. Microsoft researcher David Rothschild is in charge of Bing’s predictions, using a prediction model that has been pretty successful before, correctly predicting 21 of 24 Oscar winners last year and 19 of 24 in 2013.

Leading up to the awards, Bing provided its latest predictions on the site for those who asked for them. It appears that Microsoft is making its predictions a regular thing now too, taking to English football results and last year’s World Cup.

Although Bing can’t top Google, it can certainly do a better job than these animals.

Source: The Verge

Steve Jobs Predicted We Would Buy Computers for the Internet… in 1985

Steve Jobs was a visionary in the technology industry unlike anyone before or after him. He often predicted things that became essential facets of our everyday lives.

Take for instance the “Macintosh in a book”, which he predicted in early 80s and essentially became the iPad of 2010. There’s also the cloud and remote storage, something he understood in 1997, and you can hear him predict in this video. He realised the importance of “interpersonal computing” while at NeXT,  before Sir Tim Berners-Lee developed the World Wide Web on a NeXTcube that would become the world’s first web server.

In fact, I think Jobs’ ideas about “interpersonal computing” are quite often missed in the story arc of his life when we hear about it in the press. Quite often we hear of how he only changed the PC business with the Macintosh, then the music industry with iTunes and the iPod, followed of course by smartphones with the iPhone and then tablets with the iPad. To me, he was an essential figure in the creation of the internet and the web as we know it today.

Not only because the web was born on a NeXT computer, but because Steve Jobs understood and really pushed for the networking standards and concepts that make the internet of today a reality. The NeXTcube featured high-speed ethernet, graphical e-mail and object-orineted programming in 1988. The concepts that the NeXTSTEP OS introduced led to the familiar WebObjects platform used widely on the internet today.

So it’s no surprise that a largely unseen Playboy article has been uncovered today that says Jobs predicted that we’d all buy computers just for access to a “nationwide communications network”… in 1985. Here’s a snippet from it, but you can read the full thing at the source link bellow.

“Playboy: What will change?

Jobs: The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people-as remarkable as the telephone.

Playboy: Specifically, what kind of breakthrough are you talking about?

Jobs: I can only begin to speculate. We see that a lot in our industry: You don’t know exactly what’s going to result, but you know it’s something very big and very good.

Playboy: Then for now, aren’t you asking home-computer buyers to invest $3000 in what is essentially an act of faith?

Jobs: In the future, it won’t be an act of faith. The hard part of what we’re up against now is that people ask you about specifics and you can’t tell them. A hundred years ago, if somebody had asked Alexander Graham Bell, “What are you going to be able to do with a telephone?” he wouldn’t have been able to tell him the ways the telephone would affect the world. He didn’t know that people would use the telephone to call up and find out what movies were playing that night or to order some groceries or call a relative on the other side of the globe. But remember that first the public telegraph was inaugurated, in 1844. It was an amazing breakthrough in communications. You could actually send messages from New York to San Francisco in an afternoon. People talked about putting a telegraph on every desk in America to improve productivity. But it wouldn’t have worked. It required that people learn this whole sequence of strange incantations, Morse code, dots and dashes, to use the telegraph. It took about 40 hours to learn. The majority of people would never learn how to use it. So, fortunately, in the 1870s, Bell filed the patents for the telephone. It performed basically the same function as the telegraph, but people already knew how to use it. Also, the neatest thing about it was that besides allowing you to communicate with just words, it allowed you to sing.”

Source: Longform Via: The Verge

Facebook Predicts The University of Princeton’s Future, No More Students By 2021?

The University of Princeton has recently made a study, predicting that Facebook will lose more than 80% of its users by 2021. But apparently, that prediction did not go too well with Facebook’s officials.

It appears that Facebook analysts now claim that the University of Princeton will lose half of its students by 2018, and there will be no more students at the university by 2021. Facebook’s analysts use the same principle based on which the original Facebook prediction was based, and came up with the numbers, which can be seen on a dedicated Facebook page called Debunking Princeton.

“In keeping with the scientific principle “correlation equals causation”, our research unequivocally demonstrated that Princeton may be in danger of disappearing entirely,” said Facebook’s Mike Develin.

He claimed Facebook likes and Google searches had shown an alarming trend for the university based in New Jersey. He added: “This trend suggests that Princeton will have only half its current enrollment by 2018, and by 2021 it will have no students at all, agreeing with the previous graph of scholarly scholarliness.”

He also made a statement about the air disappearing in time, but after that, Mr. Develin admitted he just wanted to prove a point involving the study made and that not all studies are accurate.

“We don’t really think Princeton or the world’s air supply is going anywhere soon. We love Princeton (and air),” he said. “Not all research is created equal – and some methods of analysis lead to pretty crazy conclusions.”

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