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Meet Sofia, the Robot That Looks, Thinks, and Talks Like a Human

The latest robot from Hanson Robotics took the stage at the Web Summit in Lisbon, displaying simple emotions, humanlike facial expressions. and bad jokes<p>Right now, artificially intelligent robots are part of the workforce, from hotel butlers to factory workers. But this is just the …

The Internet of Things Is Just a Pit Stop On the Way to Smart Dust

Over the next decade or two we can expect to see general purpose computing, sensors, and wireless networking, all bundled up in millimeter-scale sensor motes that can drift in the air currents around us.<p>As processors get faster and smaller we seem to reach points of inflection, our technological …

Internet of Things

The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

CAMP EDWARDS, Mass. — The small drone, with its six whirring rotors, swept past the replica of a Middle Eastern village and closed in on a mosque-like structure, its camera scanning for targets.<p>No humans were remotely piloting the drone, which was nothing more than a machine that could be bought on …

Fujitsu Laboratories' new architecture rivals quantum computing

Fujitsu Laboratories announced this morning that it has teamed up with the University of Toronto to build a computer architecture that's basically …

Quantum Computing

​AI expert: Super-smart cars are just a glorious beginning

Sebastian Thrun, who led Google's self-driving car effort, believes newly powerful computers will free us from drudgery.<p>Prepare for your car to become an intellectual giant -- and for you to like it.<p>In a highly optimistic forecast at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco, …

This is the LeEco LeSEE Pro self-driving electric car

The grand unveiling of the LeEco LeSEE Pro electric car didn't go exactly as planned. After a long shaggy dog story involving a car accident, sleepless nights, and Michael Bay, it turns out the car made it to LeEco's grand event. Which meant I had a chance to fight through a literal mob of people …

DeepMind Invented a Computer That Learns How to Use Its Own Memory

Like, whoa man.<p>DeepMind, Alphabet's artificial intelligence development wing, published its third research paper in <i>Nature</i> on Wednesday, and it's a doozy: the team invented a new kind of AI that actually learns how to use its own memory. They call it a "Differential Neural Computer," or DNC for …

Artificial Intelligence

This AI company is teaching computers to read like humans do

The AI company's results beat Google's and Facebook's<p>Today, Canadian artificial intelligence company Maluuba released impressive results for a type of machine learning focused on teaching computers to read like humans do. Companies like Google, Facebook, and IBM have actively been working on this …

Robot panic peaked in 2015 – so where will AI go next?

This year experts from Elon Musk to Stephen Hawking warned about the havoc robots could cause the economy and humanity. How do we ensure machines are friends rather than foes?<p>Ever since IBM’s Deep Blue defeated then world chess champion Garry Kasparov in a six-game contest in May 1997, humanity has …