Google just passed the Turing test with Google Duplex – is this frightening to you?

A Turing test is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent (sentient) behavior equal to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human.

In simple speak, does a computer act like a human?

It appears Google Duplex just passed the Turing test.

Is this creepy, awesome or somewhere in between?

Here is proof Transhumanism is alive and well.

Marques Brownlee (a.k.a. MKBHD) nails the pros and cons of Google Duplex… watch this:

Here are the smartest countries in the world (and no, the USA does not top this list)

Ever wonder what the average IQ is by country.

Wonder no more. Here is the map:

iq by country

And here is the list of the smartest countries in the world.

Would you take an Uber ride in this flying taxi? (Video)

Predictions from the 1962 Jetson’s TV show are going to become reality in just a few short years.

Uber has partnered with the US Army to produce a silent air taxi. Uber plans to launch it in as little as 19 months.

Via Autoblog:

Uber is holding its Uber Elevate conference on flying vehicles this week in Los Angeles, where it also revealed a variety of aircraft designs (shown above), and offered some other details:

Initially, a ride in the sky will cost a passenger $5.73 per mile, then Uber hopes to eventually get the cost down to 44 cents per mile, which would be comparable to the cost of owning and driving a car.Uber’s goal is to conduct demonstration flights in 2020.

UberAIR plans to begin commercial service in 2023 in Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles, and has dropped Dubai from its plans.

It plans airspeeds up to 200 mph and cruising altitudes of 1,000 to 2,000 feet — higher than drones but lower than small aircraft or jetliners.

Its eVTOL aircraft would travel 60 miles on a charge.

Here is an animated rendition of what this flying taxi service might look like:

How to build a drag-and-drop-deep-learning model in 13 minutes (video)

Lobe just launched publicly last week.

Yes, this is complex stuff. But this video is fascinating no matter who watches…

Lobe is an easy-to-use visual tool that lets you build custom deep learning models, quickly train them, and ship them directly in your app without writing any code. Start by dragging in a folder of training examples from your desktop. Lobe automatically builds you a custom deep learning model and begins training. When you’re done, you can export a trained model and ship it directly in your app.

It’s a completely visual tool from designer Mike Matas and his co-founders Markus Beissinger and Adam Menges. I am always interested in anything Matas does, and Lobe is no exception.

You build and edit Lobe models through a web interface, and there’s a cloud API developers can use for finished models in production. But Lobe also exports to CoreML (for Apple platforms) and TensorFlow. My analogy: writing CoreML by hand is like writing PostScript by hand — possible, but only by a small number of talented experts. Lobe is to CoreML what Illustrator was to PostScript — a profoundly powerful tool that exposes the underlying technology to non-experts through an intuitive visual interface. Lobe looks utterly Matas-ian.

If you have any interest whatsoever in machine learning, drop what you’re doing right now and watch their 13-minute introductory tour. And if you’re not interested in machine learning, watch the video anyway and you’ll become interested in machine learning. It looks that amazing.

Via John Gruber at DaringFireball.net