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Things We Saw Today: Riz Ahmed Drops the Mic on Sean Spicer, Pepsi, and More in Epic Rap Battle

Riz Ahmed, a.k.a. Rogue One's Bodhi Rook, a.k.a. the love of my life in whose eyes glitters the light of distant stars, once again demonstrates his awesome range of talent. On The Late Late Show, Ahmed took on host James Corden in an old-fashioned rap battle about current hot topics. Ahmed is mine, but you may gaze upon him from afar.

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Things We Saw Today: Aziz Ansari Turned the SNL Studio Into a Nightclub in New Promo

Aziz Ansari hosts Saturday Night Live this weekend, and here's hoping he made the whole thing look like a music video.

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Robert Downey Jr. Volunteers as Tribute, Wants to Voice Mark Zuckerberg’s Artificial Intelligence

Because he seems to just kind of show up whenever someone mentions Jarvis or Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr. replied to Zuckerberg's question about who should voice is AI, volunteering as tribute.

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Ghosts in the Machine: Female Computers in Science Fiction and History

You can take the woman out of the workplace, but you can't take the woman out of the machine she helped create.

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Sunspring, a Sci-Fi Short Written by Artificial Intelligence Starring Thomas Middleditch

Ars Technica Videos shared a short film titled Sunspring directed by Oscar Sharp in collaboration with Ross Goodwin, who built "Benjamin" (previously named "Jetson"), the AI who wrote the screenplay.

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Google and Oxford Are Working on an A.I. Kill Switch That A.I. Won’t Learn to Turn Off

Google isn't going to let robots take over the world. That's Google's job.

Google wants to make sure that if anyone is going to take over the world and subjugate humanity, it's going to be Google the company not Google the inevitable self-chosen name of the sentient AI that will one day destroy us all. That's why they're working on an off switch for artificial intelligence, which is a trickier proposition than it may seem.

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This Predictive AI Guessed the Oscar Winners and Will Guess the U.S. President Next

A Silicon Valley startup called Unanimous A.I. has built a methodology for gathering poll results based on public opinion, using predictive artificial intelligence to guess the decisions that people will make.

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Things We Saw Today: Bill Murray’s Baloo Naps (a Lot) in New The Jungle Book Clip

Bill Murray's Baloo is a bear who announces he takes lots of naps in this new The Jungle Book  clip. Same.

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Teaching Robots to Read and Understand Stories Might Make Them More Human

Do you enjoy bedtime stories? I hope you do, because the reading of these stories might be the best way to teach robots how to be more human.

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Things We Saw Today: Sammus’ Amazing New Music Video for “1080p”

We love Sammus around here. That's for real.

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Google Developing Deep Learning AI to Reply to Your Millions of E-mails for You

Just ... don't judge me or the way I e-mail, okay?

Google's cooking up some neat stuff for their next Gmail innovation: Smart Reply, an AI that will analyze incoming e-mails and provide you with three options to reply back with.

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Stephen Hawking’s Reddit AMA to Focus on Artificial Intelligence

If you've ever wanted to talk to Stephen Hawking about the future robot uprising artificial intelligence, here's your chance.

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Robot-On-Robot Action: Which Movies, Games, and Shows Pass The Botdel Test?

The Bechdel test has helped raise awareness about the dearth of strong, autonomous women in movies, and while the Bechdel test is monumentally important, there is another group often neglected in discussions of social equality: ROBOTS.

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Domhnall Gleeson is About to Make a Scary, Lady Robot Friend in the Ex Machina Trailer

And make everyone super uncomfortable.

Yesterday we showed you the iffy poster, now watch the trailer for Ex Machina starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac. And we were just discussing how certain forms of artificial intelligence make us feel about the direction the world is heading. This movie will not comfort you if you're among the fearful.

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A.I. Experts Working on a Turing Test Replacement That Isn’t Just an Imitation Game

Sorry, Cleverbot.

If we want to create truly sophisticated artificial intelligence, we're going to have to set the bar a little higher than a test that Cleverbot can pass.

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A.I. Mario Figures out How to Destroy His Enemies; Now You’re Playing God With Power

"If I talk to the humans, they certainly learn to trust me."

Researchers at the University of Tübingen in Germany have given Mario the ultimate power up: he can learn about his environment and enemies. They gave him rudimentary "feelings," too, but apparently forgot empathy, because he sure is obsessed with how to kill things. So, par for the course for artificial intelligence.

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How Well Does Your Computer Know You? Machines May Understand Us Better Than Our Friends or Family

Time to embrace our robot overlords.

According to Wu Youyou, lead author on a study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, "the human-computer interactions depicted in science fiction films such as Her seem to be within our reach." Yay?

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You Can Now Have Your Very Own A.I. Personal Robot Lady Friend

If you have no fear of death at the hands of robot overlords, I guess.

Did no one see Her? Or Battlestar Galactica? Or like... any piece of fiction where teaching robots to be our friendly BBFs/have any artificial intelligence ever is a horrible idea?

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A.I. Experts Sign Open Letter to Recommend We Don’t Make A.I. a Sociopathic Nightmare

They're afraid we might do that, Dave.

Sure, we nearly constantly warn the Internet about the impending threat of our eventual robot overlords, but who wants to listen to a bunch of bloggers making nervous Terminator jokes? Now there's an open letter signed by actual experts in artificial intelligence that urges everyone to make sure that they build their AI to factor "is this good for humans" into its decisions.

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You Can Try to Beat an Unbeatable A.I. at Poker Online, But You Won’t Succeed

The only winning move is not to play.

Somebody call Matthew Broderick; there's an unbeatable AI on the Internet that wants to play a game with you. Luckily for the safety of the world, that game is poker.

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