Ibrahim Elewat

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Microsoft exec: 'AI is the most important technology that anybody on the planet is working on today'

Dave Coplin, chief envisioning officer at Microsoft UK, told an audience of business leaders at an AI conference that AI is "the most important technology that anybody on the planet is working on today."<p>Before we go any further, it's worth putting that claim into perspective.<p>There are a number of …

Artificial Intelligence

Here's why Microsoft's teen chatbot turned into a genocidal racist, according to an AI expert

Microsoft designed "Tay" to respond to users' queries on Twitter with the casual, jokey speech patterns of a stereotypical millennial. But within hours of launching, the 'teen girl' AI had turned into a Hitler-loving sex robot, forcing Microsoft to embark on a mass-deleting spree.<p>AI expert Azeem …

Artificial Intelligence

Why the placebo effect is getting stronger

The placebo effect is strange—and it’s getting stranger. A sugar pill—if not revealed to the patient—can sometimes heal. Over the past two decades, a lot of clinical trials are showing that the sugar pill’s effects are getting stronger.<p>In a new study, published in the journal Pain, researchers …

Clinical Trials

Now We Know What A Black Hole 'Sounds' Like

What does a black hole sound like?<p>Actually, since sound waves don't propagate in the near-vacuum of outer space, we can't hear black holes. But if we could, they might sound somewhat similar to the static from a badly tuned TV set.<p>That's the word from the authors of a study published Friday in the …

Black Holes

Cancer drug shows promise for reversing symptoms of Parkinson's disease

A small but encouraging study appears to show that a drug already available on the Canadian market has the potential to reverse symptoms of …