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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Feb 10, 2019

Scary or Cute - What do you think this robot is?

I stumbled upon this new robot from Boston Dynamics and I'm unable to figure out if this robot is cute to too scary (given the movies it can make). You decide!     

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHBcVlqpvZ8

It was scary until 0.20 and then suddenly it's cute. 

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Feb 11, 2019

Yeah! Cool moves! This one's scarier though -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LikxFZZO2sk

Did you say Boston Dynamics or Dynamite?

I have always followed BD’s developments in Robotics and thrilled by  them.

durga ch
durga ch • Feb 12, 2019

Boston Dynamics creations are all quite fascinating. Its amazing the precision with which they compute their environment. I only wonder if they can do as good in a unfamiliar environment.

Mohit Patil
Mohit Patil • Feb 12, 2019

More scary shit from BD https://youtu.be/-7xvqQeoA8c

durga ch
durga ch • Feb 12, 2019

Why is this scary? 

Great development , but if you see the third one , its quite capable of doing anything.

Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • Feb 12, 2019

That's not as scary as the thought that the robots might have filmed themselves when after the engineer's shift was over. ? 

Mohit Patil
Mohit Patil • Feb 12, 2019

I think that bot with a gun would be scary as hell. @durga ch 

durga ch
durga ch • Feb 12, 2019

why would bot have a gun? Ironically until now, humans with guns are far more scarier.May be we all should be less influenced by terminator sort of movies.

The scarier part in my opinion is what will humans do if AI can do things more efficiently and effectively?Current AI is quite narrow, we still have a long way to reach Artificial general intelligence.  

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Feb 13, 2019

@Mohit Patil - if the bots had to have a gun, we'll still have humans to blame for it. 

@durga ch  - I believe AI development is going unchecked.  There's nothing to prevent BostonDynamics folks from creating bots with guns and rifles. I'm not sure about it - but there were updates in the media that China is looking to deploy AI powered drones near Indian border. I couldn't find any reference to it but sure AI is the technology to carefully observe and keep eye on. 

I am fascinated by how companies like Amazon and Google are making their computing power open to public via APIs. They can't really check how are their APIs being used. Yes, it's still nascent but the pace of development is quite fast. 

durga ch
durga ch • Feb 13, 2019

@Kaustubh Katdare  : Humans are capable of turning anything into a weapon of mass destruction and AI is no exception. I dont think absence of regulations should deter R&D efforts.

Mohit Patil
Mohit Patil • Feb 13, 2019

@Kaustubh Katdare don't get me wrong humans are scarier than everything else on earth.... But do not undermine the scary part of AI and ML. Musk to fears AI. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-Osn1gMNtw

@durga ch it is impossible to stop AI development. Do you not think there should be some kind of check on the development? I fear technology landing in the hands of bad people. 

durga ch
durga ch • Feb 13, 2019

@Mohit Patil - do you recon there is no AI component in Tesla cars or spacex rockets? I don't think so.

As I mentioned earlier, lack of regulations should not deter Researxch in AI. It's quite easy to draw parallels between AI and CRISPR when it comes to research . Both are deemed controversial and not necessarily human-friendly. Recent article around Chinas first CRISPR baby caused much backlash and uproar. But can you stop them? No. This is how we are progressing at this point in history. Rather, efforts should also be made to regulate them So we know when to Draw the line

Mohit Patil
Mohit Patil • Feb 14, 2019

Agreed and I think we agree that no one can stop China or anyone from doing what they want. I think that makes it scary. WWII has seen how US used Nuclear bombs and even though everyone knew they were fatal, no one could stop them. I do not know if I should compare atom bomb and AI. AI research is driven by financing from big corporations and government agencies. Each of them have their own agenda and I think there's no general guidance on where to draw the line. 

durga ch
durga ch • Feb 16, 2019

Again, why is it frightening? They aren't releasing it to public. The deep fakes existed since quite some time now. And since Elon Musk is on board , it looks as though there is some responsibility in regulating here. Few months ago- Facebook's AI bots started communicating in their own language and we're eventually shut( can't confirm) , Microsoft's Tay's plug was pulled as soon as idiots around internet started teaching her radical stuff.

As I mentioned earlier, only when we go so far can we know how far. Regulations are secondary. 

15m training set. And a huge model. 

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