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Bill Gates is Worried About AI, Follow Super Bowl XLIX on Facebook [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 29-01-2015

Bill Gates is scared of robots, Facebook goes all-in for Super Bowl XLIX, Spotify comes to PlayStation, GoPro goes slow-mo, Louis CK loves the Internet, and a mind-blowing Unreal Engine 4 demo.


Bill Gates Foresees The Matrix Happening

Bill Gates is worried about artificial intelligence, repeating fears previously expressed by both Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. The Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist, and billionaire expressed his opinion on AI in a recent Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything The Best Reddit AMAs Of All Time [Weird & Wonderful Web] Under the IAmA subreddit, you'll find informal interviews with all sorts of interesting people. These are some of the best AMAs online. Read More ).

Gates said, “I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First, the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that, though, the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern.” Thus Gates predicted a future already seen in countless movies, most notably The Matrix.

After stepping down as Chairman of Microsoft, Gates took on the role of Technology Advisor. And he revealed during the AMA one of the things he is currently working on, saying, “One project I am working on with Microsoft is the Personal Agent which will remember everything and help you go back and find things and help you pick what things to pay attention to. The idea that you have to find applications and pick them and they each are trying to tell you what is new is just not the efficient model. The agent will help solve this. It will work across all your devices.

Gates was also asked what he thought of Microsoft’s recent innovations Microsoft Shows Off Windows 10, HoloLens, Cortana On PC & More... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft reveals the future, with Windows 10, HoloLens, Cortana, and Spartan, BlackBerry wants app neutrality, Twitter launches While You Were Away, The Elder Scrolls Online is set free, and LittleBigPlanet does Game Of Thrones. Read More , to which he replied, “The Hololens is pretty amazing. Microsoft has put a lot into the chips and the software. It is the start of virtual reality. Making the device so you don’t get dizzy or nauseous is really hard. The speed of the alignment has to be super fast. It will take a few years of software applications being built to realize the full promise of this.

Bill Gates hasn’t always endeared himself to the public, but in recent years the proto-geek has shown his softer side. He always comes across as refreshingly honest too, just as he has here with his comments on AI, the Personal Agent, and HoloLens. Which likely means he’ll be first against the wall when the machines eventually take over Here's Why Scientists Think You Should be Worried about Artificial Intelligence Do you think artificial intelligence is dangerous? Does AI may pose a serious risk to the human race. These are some reasons why you may want to be concerned. Read More .


Facebook Launches Super Bowl Experience


Facebook has launched the Super Bowl Experience just in time for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday (Feb. 1). The Super Bowl Experience on Facebook, located at, focuses the whole Facebook experience on the Super Bowl before, during, and after the game.

The Super Bowl Experience features posts about the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, real-time reactions to events on the pitch, play-by-play updates, and media content from news outlets covering the game. All of which saves you from ever leaving Facebook 10 Reasons Why People Still Use Facebook [We Ask You Results] The main reason people still use Facebook is because everyone else uses it. Go figure. Read More . Which is the idea.

Sony Brings Spotify to PlayStation



Sony is shuttering its Music Unlimited streaming service, and replacing it with PlayStation Music. However, rather than being a like-for-like change in name only, Sony is now outsourcing its music streaming offering to Spotify, which will solely power PlayStation Music.

Music Unlimited, which struggled to compete with the big boys of the music streaming world, will disappear on March 29, 2015. PlayStation Music, as powered by Spotify, will then replace it, with both the free (supported by ads) and premium offerings making the transition.

Existing Spotify users Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify is the biggest music streaming service around. If you're not sure how to use it, this guide will walk you through the service, as well as offer some crucial top tips. Read More will be able to link their Spotify account with their PlayStation Network account. PlayStation Music will be available on PS4, PS3, and Xperia smartphones and tablets. As an added bonus, PS4 owners will be able to listen to PlayStation Music in the background while playing games.

GoPro’s Slow-Motion HD Revealed

GoPro has released a video teasing the slow-motion HD video capabilities coming to the Hero4 camera via a future firmware update. The video comes courtesy of Gizmodo, which was lucky enough to be given an exclusive first look at the update.


We get to see GoPro footage 6 Ways To Use GoPro Cameras That Don't Involve Extreme Sports GoPro cameras can be used in plenty of ways other than shooting extreme sports, six of which we'll be exploring in this article. Read More from the Winter X Games shot in 720p HD at 240 frames-per-second which is then slowed down to 24fps to give it that epic cinematic quality. The update, which brings a host of other improvements with it, is due to be issued sometime in February.

Louis CK Releases Comedy Special Online

Controversial comedian Louis CK has released another comedy special online, cutting out the middleman and delivering his jokes directly to his fans. Louis CK: Live At The Comedy Store, CK’s first nightclub special, is available to stream online in 1080p or as a DRM-free download, and is priced at just $5.

Is This the Future of Game Graphics?

And finally, the video above may look like a tour of a real Parisian apartment, but everything you can see was actually created using a computer. This could, therefore, represent the future of video game graphics Graphics Aren’t Everything: 5 Ugly Games That Are Crazy Fun Not all games look good. Here are five fun games that’ve received strong reviews in spite of ugly graphics. Read More .

This demo, which shows someone walking around a contemporary home, was created using Unreal Engine 4 Project Morpheus Vs. Oculus Rift, Unreal Engine 4, Flappy Bird Returns [Tech News Digest] Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift bring virtual reality back, Unreal Engine 4 debuts, Flappy Bird is returning, Firefox 28 drops Metro, Google Docs phishing, and Mongolia tries to ban swearing on the Web. Read More . The man responsible is Benoît Dereau, who designed levels for the popular Bethesda action-adventure game Dishonored.


Mind blown. And not only because I want to live in this apartment.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you worried about AI and the possibility of humanity being superseded? Will you be embracing or avoiding Super Bowl XLIX on social networking sites? Are you excited at the prospect of ultra-realistic graphics in video games?

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  1. dragonmouth
    January 29, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    "Is This the Future of Game Graphics?"
    All I can say is "Big, Fat, Hairy Deal." It is a step in the right direction but moving objects/figures in games are still a long way from what has been done in the movies. ex. Forrest Gump receiving the Medal of Honor from JFK.

  2. DonGateley
    January 29, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    These guys should refocus the discussion on artificial sentience. Artificial intelligence covers many things that are now considered mundane like Siri but artificial sentience is what is truly scary when coupled with AI. I think people in general will get a better sense of the problem if it's called artificial sentience.

    That Paris apartment is beyond anything I thought possible. With the amazing detail I'd love to know how many human-hours went into its creation.

    (On my tired subject, please check out DISCUS for a third party discussion/comment framework. Wired uses it and it's pretty fantastic. Nothing home grown could ever match the thought that's gone into it much less its power.)

  3. merry
    January 29, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I don't believe Gates seriously thinks about an evil "singularity".

    Anyway, we shouldn't believe that the humanity's evolution is stagnant while the AI is a raising curb ... Truth is it's some sort of X = (humanity + AI) function, with the new technologies always increasing human prowesses.
    Long story short the human being will absorb techs and become some kind of cyborg rather than consider AI totally split out of human control.