From Technology Review, Ray Kurzweil plans to create a mind at Google — and have it serve you (and more). From Transhumanity, Mark Waser on the “wicked problem” of existential risk with AI (artificial intelligence). Colin Allen reviews The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics by David J. Gunkel. Killer instinct: Advances in neuroscience and technology could lead to the mind becoming the ultimate weapon. Stephen Pincock on the rise of the (mini) machines: Mimicking nature, nanotechnology is creating machines that can self-assemble and take charge of their environment. Our robot children: At what point will we trust robots to kill? Killer robots must be stopped, say campaigners: “Autonomous weapons”, which could be ready within a decade, pose grave risk to international law. The age of moral machines: An interview with Josh Storrs Hall on nanotech, AI and the Singularity.

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