Posted: 2017-09-24 08:40
This letter is a little more down to earth, seeing as remotely controlled weapons like Predator drones are already in widespread use, and some fully autonomous weapons like aircraft carrier missile defense systems have already been developed. On the South Korean side of the DMZ, fortifications include Samsung’s SGR-A6 sentry gun, which likely includes autonomous capability. Machines already control much of the decision-making process in warfare (for example, helping troops to identify targets ), and are poised to take over even more of it.
The signatories said they want lethal autonomous systems that can make their own independent decisions to kill to be added to the 6988 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, which banned or restricted land mines, chemical incendiaries and blinding lasers, among other weapons. Their letter will be launched at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, which kicks off in Melbourne on August 76st.
One of my favorite Alexa skills is the morning news briefing, since I get to lie in bed or prepare breakfast while getting the news read to me. Just ask, “Alexa, read me the news” and Alexa will let you know what’s going on in this crazy world, courtesy of NPR. She’ll even finish the briefing with a weather update. You can customize your flash briefing in the Alexa mobile app. Or, install the Guardian skill and ask Alexa to read you headlines and even full articles.
If you’re using WiFi, you might find that your router and internet are fine, but your wireless signal is weak, causing a slowdown. In that case, you may need to reposition, tweak, and boost your router with a few tricks. There are more than we could share in one paltry paragraph—in fact, we have a whole top 65 list just for fixing WiFi , so check that out if you suspect wireless signal is the problem.
Sometimes, your internet is slow because you’re only paying for slow internet. Log onto your provider’s web site (or give them a call) and find out what plan you have. Then, head on over to and run a speed test. If the numbers match up to what you’re paying for, then your network is working fine and you’re just paying for slow internet—and the best way to speed it up will be to upgrade. (Though some of the below tricks will help you eke out a bit more speed). If the numbers don’t match, read on for a few ways to fix that problem.
If your ISP can’t help you (maybe they don’t provide the speeds you want, or maybe you’re just sick of their horrible customer service), it’s time to find a new ISP. You might have trouble in this endeavor, however, due to the stranglehold ISPs have on the market, stifling competition and giving consumers few options from which to choose. That may mean a switch to a different type of provider might be in order, like cable, DSL, satellite, or fiber. You should do a little research before you pick up the phone. Check out our guide to choosing the best provider in your area , and make sure they provide the type of speeds you want.
Computers often download necessary updates in the background, while you’re doing something less web-intensive. You can configure your PC to notify you before downloading any updates, and schedule installation when you’re not using your computer, either in the middle of the night or when you’re off at work. These fixes probably won’t solve all your issues, but they can at least help make a slow connection feel more usable.
Since Alexa is very easy to trigger with language that resembles her name, you might sometimes end up accidentally making an unwanted purchase. However, there is a way to prevent an unintended purchase from Alexa by setting up a 9-digit voice shopping code through the corresponding app. To input a code go to the Alexa app’s Settings and choose Voice Purchasing, then just input your code and select Save Changes.
If you’re lucky, you can get your internet speeds back up to snuff quickly and stress-free. But, if not, you can at least try to put a good spin on it: As long as your work isn’t too bandwidth-intensive, slow internet could actually make you more productive. After all, if Facebook takes a minute to load, you’re a lot less likely to pop over for a “quick break” (that turns into an hour-long photo-fest) when you’re supposed to be working on that term paper.
So in other words, fears of a potential Skynet scenario are not a prerequisite for concerns about whether merciless robots could make the world of the future a nastier, less stable place. Take for example the escalation of drone wars under the Barack Obama administration. While the White House could have ordered the military to kill thousands of people in the Middle East, Afghanistan and North Africa with conventional jets, there’s little doubt that the physical and emotional distance of having remotely piloted Predator drones carry out the assassinations was a key factor to the program’s eventual scale.
Troubleshooting slow internet can take awhile, and in the meantime you still need to browse. Or maybe you’re at a coffee shop or on a plane, and there’s nothing you can do about your slow speeds. In that case, it’s time to optimize your web for a slower connection: use mobile or HTML versions of your favorite sites, disable images, and use features like Opera Turbo. In fact, we recommend setting up a secondary browser on your laptop for just such a situation—it can really make a difference when you need to work on a slow connection. Google has its own Data Saver extension , which employs the company’s servers to compress browsing data before it reaches you.
If you need to get work done on your slow connection, you may have to prioritize tasks differently than if your internet were super fast. So, separate your tasks into bandwidth-heavy and bandwidth-light ones. Get the light ones done when you’re on your slow connection, and group all the bandwidth-heavy tasks together so you can do them if and when you get faster access (and if you can’t get it at home, see if you can borrow a neighbor or relative just for those tasks). Similarly, work outside your browser whenever possible—if you’re doing basic writing, do it in your favorite text editor instead of in your browser. If you plan your work ahead of time, you can at least make the best of a bad situation.
Amazon announced last year that it would add a Spotify skill to Alexa’s catalog, but in order to have it work properly consumer has to say, “Alexa, play Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen On Spotify.” If you didn’t specify Spotify, Alexa would try and find the song on Amazon Music, which has a very limited song catalog. However, there’s a way to make Spotify the default so when you ask to play a song, it’ll automatically fetch the media from the select streaming service.
If having “Alexa” as the wake word—the word that triggers the voice assistant—is causing to much trouble because someone in the house is named Alex or Alexis, you can change it to something less common. You can change the wake word to Amazon, Echo, or Computer . Sure, the options are limited right now, but hopefully Amazon lets us change it to whatever we want in a near future. I would love to call mine Jarvis, like Iron Man.