Tag: AI

First Residency to AI Chatbot Shibuya Mirai

After Sophia, the first robot that was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia, another artificial entity was granted rights traditionally reserved for humans. A Japanese chatbot Shibuya Mirai was granted official residency in the Shibuya Ward in Tokyo. This chatbot is a simulation of a seven-year old boy. According to the press, “he” is enrolled in a real-life local registry and the purpose of this action wass to promote discussion with local residents on how to run local government in the district. The name can be translated as the Future of Shibuya.

Again, such as with Sophia, granting an artificial entity some kind of legal status is in this case rather symbolic. However, it might have unforeseen legal consequences. For instance, residents of Japan are guaranteed fundamental human rights as well as obliged to pay national and local taxes. As Shibuya Mirai is supposed to be a child with no income, he probably will not be obliged to pay any taxes. However, if he is supposed to have the fundamental right to life, could someone object to switching him off?

More from the press can be found on the website of Newsweek or JapanToday.

Human Race against AI with the Help of Brain-Computer Interfaces

Artificial intelligence is getting stronger and so are the people. Elon Musk has recently launched a nanobiotechnology company named Neuralink with the aim to create a brain-computer interface that would enable human brains to utilize advancements and computational powers of AI. This brain-computer interface should have a form of a so called “neural lace”; a flexible electronic mesh that would be physically interconnected with a brain and actively influence neural functioning. A prototype of such device has already been constructed (Syringe-injectable electronics). In the first phase of this project Neuralink will explore possibilities of brain-computer interfaces in alleviating brain-related diseases such as epilepsy, depression or Parkinson’s disease. Only later on the company plans to focus on enhancement of human mental capabilities with help of merging it with AI.

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Elon Musk Just Launched A Company To Merge Your Brain With A Computer

Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to boost the brain to keep up with AI