Items tagged with Artificial Intelligence

The greatest chess matches are no longer played by mere mortals comprised of flesh, bone, and blood, but sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) schemes. Sitting at the top, at least for now, is AlphaZero, a product of Google's DeepMind division where machine learning rules the day. It also rules the chess board—AlphaZero took down Stockfish, the sophisticated open-source chess engine that many players use to prepare for big matches. Stockfish's recent string of successes includes winning the 2016 TCEC Championship and and the 2017 Chess.com Computer Chess Championship. It is a formidable... Read more...
We often hear about the eventual robot uprising, especially when it comes to the advances being made in artificial intelligence. Bright minds like Tesla co-founder Elon Musk and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban warn of the potential downsides, hinting at a possible Skynet scenario playing out in real life. But if you ask Ray Kurzweil, and AI expert and futurist who works at Google, what his thoughts are on the subject, he will tell you that we have never had it so good than we do know. That, and we will be cyborgs within the next couple of decades. More on that in a moment. During a question-and-answer... Read more...
Stephen Hawking, one of the brightest minds of all time, believes that artificial intelligence can not only be developed to match the human brain in its ability to solve problems, but exceed it. If used in the right manner, AI has can transform every aspect of our lives and undo the damage to the natural world caused by the industrial revolution, Hawking says. However, there is also the potential for something catastrophic. "Every aspect of our lives will be transformed [by AI]. In short, success in creating effective AI could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization, or the worst.... Read more...
One of the fastest growing fields in technology right now is artificial intelligence. We see AI being employed in various different categories, everything from digital assistants and video games, to autonomous vehicles and robotics. Be that as it may, Eric Schmidt, Chair of Google's parent company Alphabet, believes the United States needs a national strategy for developing AI to avoid falling behind."If you believe [AI] is important, as I believe, then we need to get our act together as a country," Schimdt said during a question and answer session at an event organized by the Center for New American... Read more...
There is a ton of attention being paid to artificial intelligence and machine learning in the tech industry at the moment, encompassing a variety of fields, everything from digital assistants in smartphones and other gadgets, to self-driving vehicles, and more. It is no surprise, then, that chipmaker ARM has gone and created a new machine learning group to accelerate its efforts in AI as it continues to develop increasingly sophisticated processors.ARM confirmed the new division to EE Times, though it appears a bit gun shy to get into specifics, such as how many people will comprise the dedicated... Read more...
One of the challenges that exists for self-driving cars is being able to anticipate the unseen, such as a child running out from behind a tree and into the road. But what if there were cameras mounted to the car that could somehow see hidden objects? Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a clever algorithm that allows cameras to detect people and objects hidden behind corners. The implication of this technology extends beyond autonomous vehicles and into a wide range of fields, including emergency... Read more...
Every Star Trek fan in the world has been waiting for a real-life Holodeck to emerge. NVIDIA has gone and built one and is now inviting designers and developers to test it out. Well, sort of. NVIDIA unveiled an intelligent virtual reality platform that is capable of delivering photorealistic visuals and real-world physics, all simulated in a VR environment. Called Holodec, NVIDIA is essentially offering developers the necessary tools to build and immerse themselves into a virtual design lab. "NVIDIA Holodeck empowers designers to bring peers, partners and customers along the design journey to explore... Read more...
Do you remember the movie The Circle with Tom Hanks and and Emma Watson? It was not all that great, though the message of user privacy is one that could serve as a cautionary tale to consumers. Tesla founder Elon Musk is certainly aware of what is at stake, and he took to Twitter to voice concern over Google's new AI-based camera, Google Clips. Image Source: Google In response to an article link on the new camera, Musk responded, "This doesn't even *seem* innocent." Musk has made his reservations about the potential downsides of artificial intelligence well known, and when you mix in privacy concerns,... Read more...
Hot on the heels of the debut of its 8th gen Core series, and also its brand-new top-end Core X chips, Intel just announced Loihi. With this new chip, Intel is going all-in on artificial intelligence (AI) and self-learning. It also drops a term you may have heard recently: neuromorphic computing; in effect, neural systems simulation. In his blog post, Intel's Corporate VP and Managing Director of Intel Labs Dr. Michael Mayberry lays down a couple of great examples of how AI could benefit our lives in the future. Picture, for example, stoplight-mounted cameras being tied to an AI backend that adjusted... Read more...
Researchers are doing some wonderful things with machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies—gaining a better understanding of weather patterns, creating safer and more efficient transportation, predicting heart attacks, and even helping save a princess. Not just any princess, mind you, but Princess Peach. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Interactive Computing have harnessed these awesome technologies to give AI a better understanding of how video games work, and they used Super Mario Bros. to do it.Granting, teaching an AI to watch a video game and learn... Read more...
It turns out there is a very real downside to the many digital assistants that were designed to make our day-to-day lives easier. Researchers at Zhejiang University discovered it is possible to flex control over Siri, Alexa, and others using a technique called DolphinAttack. By translating voice commands into ultrasonic frequencies that are inaudible to the human ear, a hacker could instruct someone's smartphone or other device with a digital assistant to perform any number of tasks, such as visiting a malicious website. Apple and Amazon are the not the only companies affected by this. The vulnerability... Read more...
Chinese phone and chip designer Huawei unveiled its first artificial intelligence (AI) smartphone chipset, the Kirin 970. By combining the power of the cloud with the speed and responsiveness of the processor's native AI capabilities, Huawei claims it can give the competition a run for their money, including top-shelf mobile chipsets such as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, Apple's custom A11 SoC that will power upcoming iPhone 8 devices, and Samsung's Exynos family. "The Kirin 970 is faster, better and more secure than anything else available [in the market]. This is the latest technology and it is... Read more...
If you already find yourself glued to Apple's Siri assistant, then you may be glad to learn that it's only going to become an even bigger part of your life going forward. That is, as long as assumptions are correct with regards to the latest shuffling around of executive responsibilities at Apple. Since 2012, Apple's Senior VP of software and services Eddy Cue has been overlooking Siri. Cue has a long history with Apple, and much success to gloat about. He's played an important role in securing streaming deals with content companies, and if that's not enough of a job in itself, he also oversees... Read more...
A couple of decades ago, the idea of autonomous killing machines being an actual problem seemed like a thing of science-fiction. 1984's The Terminator has captivated audiences since its release, with its portrayal of what things could look like if robots take over. Today, you can't avoid a Skynet reference when someone talks about artificial intelligence gone wrong. The world has changed a lot since the release of The Terminator (and even Terminator 2), and if we're not in the time where this kind of thing could actually be a reality, it's coming soon. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been... Read more...
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