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'Is all truth final?': French baccalaureate kicks off with philosophy exam

On Monday, as the final-year baccalaureate exam kicks off in France, thousands of students poured into schools throughout the country to sit one of the most demanding – and perhaps dreaded - exams of all: philosophy.<p>For four hours, students turned their critical minds to elaborate on deeply …

Philosophy Of Education

How an anxious, lost raccoon conquered a Minnesota skyscraper — and our hearts

The internet sensation of the past 24 hours, explained.<p>Every once in a while, a story comes around that reminds us of the sheer power of grit and determination. This time, it is a raccoon that climbed a UBS Plaza building in St. Paul, Minnesota.<p>The saga of MPR Raccoon — or #MPRraccoon, as it became …

Raccoons

Almost every country in the world can power itself with renewable energy

The planet is pretty much ready to go 100 percent renewable by 2050.<p>The country’s energy mix is under scrutiny. A report commissioned by Energy Secretary Rick Perry acknowledges that low natural gas prices—not renewables—are behind the recent closure of coal energy plants, and that the grid has …

Renewable Energy

Artificial Intelligence Has a Bias Problem, and It's Our Fault

From racist Twitter bots to unfortunate Google search results, deep-learning software easily picks up on biases. Here's what can be done about racism …

Artificial Intelligence

US spy agencies want to store data on DNA computers

Government intelligence agencies have a plan to build computers that store information inside DNA and other organic molecules.<p>Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a group within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that develops technologies for U.S. intelligence …

Robotics

Deadly Chinese poultry flu could be 'disease X' that sparks worldwide pandemic

A new strain of bird flu which kills 38 per cent of those it infects has been identified by the deputy chief medical officer for England as the most likely candidate to spark a worldwide flu pandemic.<p>Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England with special responsibility …

Public Health

Will you catch the flu? Answer could be in your blood

During last winter's severe flu season, you may have found yourself worrying about whether you'd catch the notorious virus. But what if there was a way to predict whether you'd get the flu or whether you'd make it through the season scot-free?<p>Early research suggests that this may indeed be possible.<p>…

Public Health

An AI Has Simulated 100,000 World Cups And Discovered Who's Going to Win This Year

Would you bet your money on it?<p>With the biggest event in the soccer calendar now underway, fans are speculating on which team might emerge victorious …

Machine Learning

Meet the new fastest supercomputer in the world

It's more powerful than a million high-end laptops.<p>Later this month, when a ranking of supercomputers called the TOP500 comes out, the highest spot is expected to go to an American machine called Summit.<p>If you wanted to put Summit on your desk, you’d need a workstation that’s about the size of two …

Artificial Intelligence

AI Discovers New Cheat Playing Q*Bert on Atari

What looks like random behavior turns out to be the AI taking full advantage of a bug nobody knew existed in Q*bert.<p>PCMag reviews products …

Retrogaming

An AI just beat top lawyers at their own game

The nation's top lawyers recently battled artificial intelligence in a competition to interpret contracts — and they lost.<p>A new study, conducted by …

Artificial Intelligence

Thanks, Boston Dynamics! We are doomed.

I’m sorry to inform you, but it appears the end is nigh.<p>Boston Dynamics, the robotics company now owned by SoftBank (and once deemed too creepy for Google to keep its hands on), released a new video today (Feb. 12) of its latest four-legged creation.<p>The video shows the latest iteration of its Spot …

Robotics

These Chinese facial recognition glasses are a dystopian nightmare come true

Chinese officials recently showed off the latest tool in their already impressive surveillance arsenal: facial recognition eyeglasses. Each set is equipped with bleeding edge optics and advanced facial recognition algorithms capable of pinpointing a single fugitive in even the most crowded of …

Surveillance

Can A.I. Be Taught to Explain Itself?

<b>In September,</b> Michal Kosinski published a study that he feared might end his career. The Economist broke the news first, giving it a self-consciously anodyne title: “Advances in A.I. Are Used to Spot Signs of Sexuality.” But the headlines quickly grew more alarmed. By the next day, the Human Rights …

Machine Learning

Opinion: Facial recognition tech makes suspects of us all

For six months, cameras have been scanning passengers' faces at a Berlin train station. It's the beginning of the end of democracy, DW's Martin Muno …

Elon Musk And Over 100 AI Experts Are Urging The UN to Ban Killer Robots

Before it's too late.<p>Elon Musk and more than 100 leaders and experts in artificial intelligence (AI) have come together urging the UN to commit to an …

Artificial Intelligence

China declares AI war with U.S.

Beijing responded its usual way when, one after the other, Google's AlphaGo beat first a South Korean master of the board game Go, and then China's …

Artificial Intelligence

Our Machines Now Have Knowledge We’ll Never Understand

The new availability of huge amounts of data, along with the statistical tools to crunch these numbers, offers a whole new way of understanding the …

Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence Can Create Faces Never Before Seen

When you’re an A.I. researcher at Google, even your days off are filled with neural nets. Mike Tyka is a Google scientist who recently helped create …

Artificial Intelligence

Here's when machines will take your job, as predicted by AI gurus

While technology develops at exponential speed, transforming how we go about our everyday tasks and extending our lives, it also offers much to worry …

Artificial Intelligence

European parliament calls for robot law, rejects robot tax | Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European lawmakers called on Thursday for EU-wide legislation to regulate the rise of robots, including an ethical framework for their development and deployment and the establishment of liability for the actions of robots including self-driving cars.<p>A worker makes technical …

European Parliament

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI - MIT Technology Review

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by …

Machine Learning

Google Test Of AI's Killer Instinct Shows We Should Be Very Careful

If climate change, nuclear weapons or Donald Trump don’t kill us first, there’s always artificial intelligence just waiting in the wings. It’s been a …

Artificial intelligence 'judge' developed by UCL computer scientists

Artificial intelligence software that can find patterns in highly complex decisions is being used to predict our taste in films, TV shows and music with ever-increasing accuracy. And now, after a breakthrough study by a group of British scientists, it could be used to predict the outcome of …

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming as biased as we are

When you perform a Google search for every day queries, you don’t typically expect systemic racism to rear its ugly head. Yet, if you’re a woman searching for a hairstyle, that’s exactly what you might find.<p>A simple Google image search for ‘women’s professional hairstyles’ returns the …

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence that spots abuse and harassment could be the answer to internet trolls

Jigsaw, an organization that once existed as Google's think tank, has now taken on a new life of its own and has been tasked with using technology to address a range of geopolitical issues.<p>The latest software to come out of the group is an artificial intelligence tool known as Conversation AI.<p>As …

Self-Driving Taxis Hit the Streets of Singapore

NuTonomy might not have the name recognition of Google, Ford, General Motors, or Uber. But at only three years old, the autonomous vehicle software …

Skynet Anti-Drone Rifle Can Jam Signals In The Air

Hope you like jamming too<p><i>Terminator</i>, the 1984 film about a time-traveling robot assassin, looms large in the popular understanding of drones. At the core of the Terminator universe is SkyNet, an artificial intelligence that nukes humanity to save itself. I only mention Terminator as a preface to …

Drones

Robot drivers: another blow by Uber against working people

<b>To the editor:</b> I couldn’t help but wonder why<p>Uberwould be working like gangbusters to use something as asinine as driverless cars, but then the answer came in the fifth paragraph right from its head honcho: The company wants to lay off all of its drivers “as quickly as possible.” (“Uber is about to …

Mind-Reading Program Translates Thoughts Into Text

Ever wished Siri could just read your mind?<p>Technology can reconstruct video based on a person's thoughts and even anticipate your moves while you drive. Now, a brain-to-text system can translate brain activity into written words.<p>In a recent study in <i>Frontiers in Neuroscience</i>, seven patients had …

The Brain