If you’ve been maintaining and migrating the same Contacts list across Macs over the years then you’ve probably come across your fair share of duplicate contact cards. They can also appear seemingly out of nowhere after setting up iCloud Contacts on your Mac for the first time.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is already besting human intelligence in a number ways. Google and DeepMind’s AlphaGo Zero is arguably the greatest Go player in the world, and it learned the game by teaching itself. DeepMind researchers claim they never even reached the limit of the AI’s potential, meaning it could be capable of even more impressive tasks.
AlphaGoZero is just one of many AIs under development across the globe, and as the industry continues to grow, these systems are going to get smarter and smarter. According to futurist Ian Pearson, humanity’s only option if it wants to maintain pace is to merge with AI.
Pearson made this assertion today, February 13, during a panel hosted by CNBC at the World Government Summit in Dubai.
“The fact is that AI can go further than humans, it could be billions of times smarter than humans at this point,” said Pearson. “So we really do need to make sure that we have some means of keeping up. The way to protect against that is to link that AI to your brain so you have the same IQ…as the computer.”
Pearson isn’t the first to suggest humans merge with AI. Elon Musk has floated the idea in the past, and he even started a company, Neuralink, to work on developing the technology necessary to make it happen.
Pearson cited Musk’s reservations about developing advanced AI during the panel: “I don’t actually think it’s safe, just like Elon Musk…to develop these superhuman computers until we have a direct link to the human brain…and then don’t get way ahead.”
Some foresee such a merger leading to the creation of enhanced humans.
“Such a gathering has been much needed and will help the international community embrace the enormously positive impact of AI while at the same time getting prepared to mitigate potential downsides,” Cyrus Hodes, Vice President and Director of the AI Initiative, told Futurism.
If Pearson is right, we’ll need all of those powerful minds working together to ensure humans remain in control of AI and not the other way around.
Umbrella put up its newest in-house title, Monster Merge, up for pre-order on the App Store for a release in March. Their title about combining creatures brings in some elements of puzzle games, with a heavy dose of idle game mechanics. You drag monsters of the same type together in order to level them up and discover more of the new monsters. As you merge monsters, you can start to expand your base of operations, and use your current array of monsters to complete tasks for you, while they also generate idle revenue for you.
If you liked Down the Mountain‘s [Free] distinctive art style, you’re in luck: Monster Merge uses a similar isometric blocky style for all the creatures. This gives the creatures a unique look, where basic monsters resemble creatures like spiders and snakes, but have a friendlier, more abstract look. As you get further in the game, you’ll see creatures that start to use different design, resembling orcs, dragons, and…skeleton wizards? This game’s gonna have it all. Or at least, it’ll have 30 unique monsters at launch, and there is plenty of potential down the road for the game to use more. How about some cameos from indie games or Down the Mountain? Eli showed up in that one, how about we finally put him to work for a change?!
Umbrella hit the map thanks in large part to the brilliant Boom Dots [Free], and steadily expanded from there with games like Down the Mountain, Wobblers [Free] and Back to Square One [Free]. The studio expanded into publishing in 2017, rapidly putting out a bunch of casual titles from other developers, and giving them the Umbrella polish and promotional push. The studio still does its own games, and Monster Merge is their latest original, in-house-developed title.
You can preorder Monster Merge on the App Store right now. I suppose pre-ordering a free game is kind of silly, but the way to look at it is that this way you know the game will get downloaded to your device the second that it’s available to download. I mean, think about all the other things you take for granted. Is pre-ordering a digital file, which is if not literally infinite (the sun will explode one day) then practically infinite, really the straw that breaks the camel’s back when it comes to the absurdity of our modern existence?
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn’t get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can’t wait for our weekly game roundups, and don’t want to wade through a whole day’s worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we’ve got a minimal logic puzzler, a beautiful 2D platformer, an arcade plane game, a space shooter, a trippy endless runner, and a hero collection game.
In 2016, Shari Redstone wanted Viacom and CBS — the media companies her family controls — to merge. In 2017, she changed her mind, and said they were fine on their own. Now she wants them to hook up again.
But even if Redstone believed that, it looks like the rest of the media industry won’t wait for Viacom’s turnaround.
A series of proposed mergers, kicked off by AT&T’s planned acquisition of Time Warner, is forcing smaller media companies to look for larger homes. The operating theory: Programmers need to bulk up in order to get leverage with distributors — or find a distributor who just wants to buy them.
And while Viacom and CBS are giant media companies that reach tens of millions of people every night, by the standards of today’s media landscape, they’re comparatively small: Investors value CBS at $ 23 billion, and Viacom at $ 14 billion. By comparison, Time Warner is worth some $ 72 billion, and Disney, which is worth $ 168 billion, is swallowing a big chunk of 21st Century Fox, which for now is worth $ 67 billion.
Here’s a visual representation of the market: We’ve grouped distributors and content companies by market cap, and highlighted some of their main lines of business. Note the digital guys on the right side of the chart — many people think Netflix, with its boom streaming business, is spurring some of this consolidation, and we’re still waiting to see if the truly big tech companies like Apple and Amazon enter the market for real.