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Chalk one up for artificial intelligence! Google’s AlphaGo computer, which hails from Google’s DeepMind division, scored a decisive victory over one of the most decorated Go players in the world. Alpha Go played in “such a perfect manner,” says Lee Sedol, who was defeated in roughly three and a half hours. Go is an ancient Chinese board game, which has been deemed more difficult to play and master than chess. So it’s quite remarkable that AlphaGo was able to defeat one of the world’s most Go players in the first computer versus human matchup. Like Deep Blue’s (IBM) win over chess great Garry Kasparov... Read more...
We must say, Microsoft has gotten pretty good at using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to bring us cool smartphone and web apps. Microsoft has tried its best at guessing our age, and even our emotional state. Now, Microsoft is targeting man’s best friend with its new Fetch app. Let’s get this out of the way first: Fetch, which comes by way of the Microsoft Garage app skunkworks, is currently only available for the iOS platform. Although we’re certain that users that are sticking with Microsoft’s struggling Windows Phone efforts wish that they were thrown a bone, it wasn’t mean... Read more...
Not long after Apple unveiled its Siri personal assistant to the world, people began asking her outrageous questions, sometimes inappropriate or just humorous, if for no other reason than they just could. When creating Cortana, Microsoft was well-aware of what its digital assistant was going to have to deal with. As as result, Cortana was designed in such a way to handle abuse or inappropriate questions in a rather specific, simple manner. According to Microsoft's Deborah Harrison, who is one of eight writers for Cortana, a chunk of the earliest queries were about Cortana's sex life. Over time,... Read more...
SwiftKey has been one of the more popular predictive keyboard offerings in the mobile space since it was first released in beta form on the Android market back in 2010. What made SwiftKey so appealing, aside from the myriad of customization options, clean layout, support for numerous languages, an innovative input method, was its intelligent predictive text technology. SwiftKey isn’t a simple keyboard replacement. Rather, the software uses a combination of artificial intelligence technologies and algorithms that give it the ability to learn usage patterns and predict the next word the user most... Read more...
Everyone likes to talk about the impending rise of Skynet, as portrayed in the Terminator series. Our increasing reliance on computers and the rapid advanced in artificial intelligence and deep machine learning have people like Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak worried about AI being used for autonomous war machines. However, it looks as though Skynet has already arrived; albeit it’s probably not exactly what you envisioned. Government agencies around the world are looking for ways to combat a staggering increase in the number of drones that are taking to the skies. In the United States... Read more...
Computer learning has helped a multitude of different technologies become a reality, with one in particular being emotion-detection. Most examples I've seen in the past have been simple, though, such as being able to detect a smile or a frown - something that shouldn't be that challenging. But with today's super-fast computers, and even mobile devices, we're now able to detect emotion with far greater granularity. To see an example, we just have to turn to facial recognition expert Rana el Kaliouby. She gave a talk at TED last month to highlight just how accurate emotion-detection has become, and... Read more...
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak isn't the only one envisioning a world where artificially intelligent systems rise up and rule over mankind. So Dr. Stuart Armstrong, an academic at the Future of Humanity at Oxford University. According to Armstrong, we're precariously close to creating computers that will ultimately wipe out mankind, though if it comes as any consolation, they'll have good intentions. "Humans steer the future not because we're the strongest or the fastest, but because we're the smartest," Dr. Armstrong told The Telegraph. "When machines become smarter than humans, we'll be handing... Read more...
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has reportedly spent many sleepless nights fretting about the day when technology would have dominion over humans. Like the turning point when the student surpasses the master, his fear was of a future where artificial intelligence would become smarter than people and take over the world, but then he had an epiphany. Wozniak surmised that when (not if, mind you) AI machines become smarter than us piddling mortals, they'll keep us around because they'll realize we're needed, that we as the human population are part of a delicate ecosystem,... Read more...
When it comes to science fiction, the idea that artificial intelligence could be the cause of the human race’s extinction is a concept that has been used many times. For example, The Matrix and Terminator franchises depict futures where mankind is dominated, or being driven to extinction, by machines when the AI became self-aware. Now, as companies are creating thinking machines, Professor Stephen Hawking believes that such AI could threaten our existence. When responding to a question about the technology behind how he communicates, which involves a basic form of AI, Professor Hawking answered... Read more...
Setting aside for a moment how jarring it is to see Ashton Kutcher’s name associated with Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, the trio are among investors in a startup called Vicarious FPC that has lofty goals for artificial intelligence technology. Specifically, Vicarious wants to essentially replicate the human brain’s neocortex, which is the area that involves thought and language, spatial senses, body movements, and more. That’s of course the great dream of all AI--if you can accomplish all of that you basically have a human--but Vicarious thinks it can pull it off with its Recursive... Read more...
Charlie Rose sat down with Google’s Larry Page to talk turkey about the present and future of Google and technology at a TED talk, and the main takeaway is that the most exciting innovations are yet to come. If there was any doubt about Google’s intentions in the AI space, making computers smarter, Page made it clear how Google sees things shaping up in the years to come. “Computing’s kind of a mess,” he said. “Your computer doesn’t know where you are, what you know, what you’re doing. We’re trying to make devices work, to understand your context... Read more...
Apple has snagged a patent from the USPTO for what amounts to Siri, evolved. The “method and apparatus for building an intelligent automated assistant” appears to be a situation where your whole home or office is littered with sensors that track where you are and what you’re doing while always being at the ready for voice commands and gestural input. The patented system would include message-passing between sensors as well as features such as language, activity, and time recognition with task automation, culled in part from events “collected from a user's environment”.... Read more...
Over the past few years, short game writing "jams" have become a popular way to bring developers together in a conference with a single overarching theme. These competitions are typically 24-48 hours long and involve a great deal of caffeine, frantic coding, and creative design. The 28th Ludum Dare conference from held from December 13 - 16 of this past year was one such game jam -- but in this case, it had an unusual participant: ANGELINA. (Hereafter capitalized normally for reasons of my sanity). Angelina is a computer AI designed by Mike Cook of Goldsmiths, London University. His long-term goal... Read more...
Google has become infamous for its persons data-mining; it would love nothing more than to understand every inch of you. But while Google's been in the spotlight for this for a good while, I'd bet that the company would jump at the chance to feed off of Facebook's gathered information. Why? Because the best information these companies have is the information you give them, and the amount of information people give Facebook is nothing short of staggering. So what's next for the big blue F? We're not sure, but with a recent hire of artificial intelligence expert Yann LeCun, we can begin to speculate... Read more...
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