ArchiTECHt Daily: Suicide and superintelligence in the AI world

I don't have a lot to say up top today, except that I was quite pleased to come across a research pap
ArchiTECHt Daily: Suicide and superintelligence in the AI world
By ARCHITECHT • Issue #28
I don’t have a lot to say up top today, except that I was quite pleased to come across a research paper titled “Don’t Fear the Reaper: Refuting Bostrom’s Superintelligence Argument.” 
Bostrom’s book Superintelligence is thought-provoking, but also is partially to blame for the whole AI doomsday discussion that has taken the world by storm over the past couple years. If, like me, you think many of its ideas are a little preposterous, you might welcome this attempt to deflate them. 
And, yes, I am more than willing to eat a generous portion of crow should AI go horribly awry in my lifetime. 

Sponsor: Datos IO
Sponsor: Datos IO
Around the web: Artificial intelligence
Good for Pinterest, which, as I’ve noted several times here, is uniquely positioned to drive some useful, if not groundbreaking, advances in computer vision and other commercial areas.  •  Share
With a new system called Deep Voice, the Chinese search giant is claiming real-time—and realistic—voice-to-text capabilities. You might not think there’s a lot of work to do here, but just listen the audio samples.
What is there to say? You have to hope it can be successful at this goal, but there are some grim realities about social media’s role in some suicides that the company might need to face, as well.
This is pretty cool. Embedded deep learning chips are definitely on the way, but there’s a lot of utility to be found by retrofitting everything from laptops to cars. Especially for prototyping purposes.
Smart, smart, smart. It’s helping to ensure smooth playback by making compression dynamic based on what’s on the screen.  •  Share
More specifically, it’s trying to make it easier to search through huge vector-representation datasets using GPUs.  •  Share
Source: Colovore
Source: Colovore
Around the web: Cloud and infrastructure
Private cloud aficionados can begin counting down the days—the Azure Stack appliance is set to be released later this year.
Starting a data center business a few years ago wouldn’t seem like a bright idea, unless you’re targeting machine learning and other beefy workloads. Colvore says its facility is full of GPUs.
Acronym soup, I know. gRPC is a tool for helping ensure consistency (as in policies, not data) across distributed systems and heterogeneous languages. You can see why microservices shops love it.  •  Share
Which, to be fair, does have some seemingly good features around containers and scheduling. Perhaps the project is in better shape now that big vendors have stopped pushing it?
Around the web: All things data
This is a good Q&A (although mostly for practitioners) about how Airbnb is using Apache Airflow to improve its data pipelines and automation. With new technologies everywhere, data tools need a refresh, too.  •  Share
Another analytics startup saying all the right things about being faster and easier than data warehouses. 
Swiss researchers are developing a system in which lots and lots of semi-anonymous data can be used to both ensure user privacy and provide high-quality analytics for a service provider.  •  Share
Around the web: Security
A masterful humblebrag by Google about Operation Rosehub, and how it’s patching Mad Gadget vulnerabilities across the open source landscape.
We can all sleep easier now. The world has not ended yet. Apparently …
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