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Alibaba's new AI can generate 20,000 lines of copy in a second

Step aside humans, your copy writing days are almost done.<p>Chinese tech firm Alibaba has an AI that can generate 20,000 lines of copy (the text you see in an ad) in a second, and has even passed the Turing Test, reports Mumbrella. And it seems that brands, such as Esprit and Texas-based clothing …

Clothing

AI might need a therapist, too

If AI learns to think like a human, it could one day also be susceptible to stress and disorders like depression, according to a new paper from a …

Machine Learning

Disney Imagineering has created autonomous robot stunt doubles

For over 50 years, Disneyland and its sister parks have been a showcase for increasingly technically proficient versions of its “animatronic” characters. First pneumatic and hydraulic, and more recently fully electronic, these figures create a feeling of life and emotion inside rides and …

Robotics

Tech companies just woke up to a big problem with their AI

Tech companies are beginning to accept that the artificial intelligence they’re building their futures on could be flawed. From studies showing that language-processing AI can be sexist to more recent research on facial recognition’s failures on darker skin tones, years of research have erupted …

Artificial Intelligence

This AI Just Beat Human Doctors On A Clinical Exam

The lights were dimmed in an auditorium packed with doctors on Wednesday night at London’s Royal College of Physicians. They were there to find out how AI might fundamentally change the way they work.<p>On stage Dr. Mobasher Butt, a director at digital healthcare startup Babylon Health, stood before a …

Artificial Intelligence

Google's eerily human phone bot is ready for the real world

For one minute and ten seconds on Tuesday, I worked in a trendy hummus shop and took a reservation from a guy who punctuated his sentences with "awesome" and "um."<p>"Hi, I'm calling to make a reservation," the caller said, sounding a lot like a stereotypical California surfer. Then he came clean: …

Customer Service

Expert predicts 'AI nationalism' will change geopolitical landscape

The US and China are leagues ahead of any other country when it comes to AI technology. And it’s because they know how to prioritize their own programs. Rather than waste time discussing the dangers of AI with the UN, or crafting global policy, the two countries have become AI …

Artificial Intelligence

In Army of None, a field guide to the coming world of autonomous warfare

The Silicon Valley-military industrial complex is increasingly in the crosshairs of artificial intelligence engineers. A few weeks ago, Google was reported to be backing out of a Pentagon contract around Project Maven, which would use image recognition to automatically evaluate photos. Earlier this …

Military

Boeing's robot submarine is back roaming off the California coast

Boeing Co.’s Echo Voyager has headed back to sea for a second round of testing, as the aerospace company looks to demonstrate the underwater drone’s more sophisticated capabilities for a U.S. Navy contract competition.<p>The 51-foot-long, yellow and grey autonomous undersea vehicle is being designed …

Military

Man Was Fired By His Company’s AI System Due To Human Error, As Managers ‘Stood Powerless’

Ibrahim Diallo was fired from his job by the company's AI system, as managers scrambled to figure out the problem and watched him be escorted from …

Artificial Intelligence

Like a rolling stone: A surveillance robot that can travel on any terrain

GuardBot is a camera in a sphere that can roll around on any terrain. Other than being used for surveillance, its creators are also hoping to develop it as a companion bot for patients with dementia and for sports broadcasting.

Surveillance

Uber is working on AI to identify drunk passengers

Uber is working on technology that could determine just how drunk passengers are when ordering a ride. According to <i>CNN</i>, Uber Technology Inc. filed a patent for a machine learning application that could accurately predict a user’s state of sobriety and alert the driver with this information.<p>The …

Artificial Intelligence

Move Over, China: U.S. Is Again Home to World’s Speediest Supercomputer

The United States just won bragging rights in the race to build the world’s speediest supercomputer.<p>For five years, China had the world’s fastest computer, a symbolic achievement for a country trying to show that it is a tech powerhouse. But the United States retook the lead thanks to a machine, …

Artificial Intelligence

Can Google keep its promises on building ethical AI?

Google's collaboration with the Department of Defense to develop AI system's for the US military's fleet of war drones, dubbed Project Maven, proved a double-edged sword for the technology company. On one hand, the DoD contract was quite lucrative, worth as much as $250 million annually.<p>On the …

AI researchers allege that machine learning is alchemy

Ali Rahimi, a researcher in artificial intelligence (AI) at Google in San Francisco, California, took a swipe at his field last December—and received …

Machine Learning

This sci-fi author predicted everything about the smartphone, now he has insights for our AI world

Science fiction writers are some of the great creative forward-thinkers of our time.<p>Hard science fiction is the particular category within the genre that matters the most in imagining our shared future, where the laws of physics are adhered to, usually with specified accuracy. The debate here isn’t …

Robotic insect takes flight powered by frickin' laser beams

Miniscule robotic drones might be the future, but they've been tricky to get off the ground. Until now, any wing-flapping insect robot had to have a power source, making it too heavy to lift off with its tiny wings. Now, however, researchers at the University of Washington have found a way to …

University of Washington

Google promises ethical principles to guide development of military AI

The company says the guidelines will include a ban on the development of AI weaponry<p>Google is drawing up a set of guidelines that will steer its involvement in developing AI tools for the military, according to reports from <i>The New York Times</i> and <i>Defense One</i>. What exactly these guidelines will …

Opinion: 5 things to know about investing in single-family rental homes

Single-family rental homes comprise more than one-third of all U.S. rental properties — about 16 million currently, with another 13 million new …

Real Estate

This Side Hustle Can Help You Build Long-Term Wealth, and You Don't Need a Ton of Money to Start It

Ask yourself these questions to build yourself a profitable empire.<p>Some of the wealthiest people I know made their money in real estate.<p>They didn't start out big. They started by buying one small property or project, and then after the first came a second, and so on.<p>I personally didn't start …

Real Estate

Microsoft acquires AI company to make Cortana and bots sound more human

Microsoft is acquiring conversational AI startup Semantic Machines in an effort to make bots and intelligent assistants like Cortana sound and respond more like humans. Founded in 2014, Semantic Machines uses machine learning to make bots respond in a more natural way to queries. Semantic Machines …

Artificial Intelligence

Watch a laser-powered RoboFly flap its tiny wings

Making something fly involves a lot of tradeoffs. Bigger stuff can hold more fuel or batteries, but too big and the lift required is too much. Small stuff takes less lift to fly but might not hold a battery with enough energy to do so. Insect-size drones have had that problem in the past — but now …

​Pawsey gets new GPU nodes to bolster AI capability

A year after launching Nimbus, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Western Australia has announced the cloud service's expansion.<p>Australia's Pawsey …

Boston Dynamics will start selling its dog-like SpotMini robot in 2019

After 26 years, Boston Dynamics is finally getting ready to start selling some robots. Founder Marc Raibert says that the company’s dog-like SpotMini robot is in pre-production and preparing for commercial availability in 2019. The announcement came onstage at TechCrunch’s <i>TC Sessions: Robotics</i> …

Penn doctors perform the first robot-assisted spinal surgery

Surgical robots are capable of feats that even the most skilled doctors can't manage, and the University of Pennsylvania just offered a textbook example. The school has confirmed that it performed the first-ever robot-assisted spinal surgery, using Da Vinci's robotic arms to remove a rare tumor …

This Is the Worst Use of Artificial Intelligence You Will Read About All Day. Thank You So Much, Google

Google Duplex is in development, but it's easily one of the worst examples of A.I. "advancement," causing more problems than it's worth. It could make phone calls even more annoying.<p>I had a reflex reaction to Google Duplex.<p>It was not to give anyone a high-five or lean back in my chair and think …

Artificial Intelligence

Pretty sure Google's new talking AI just beat the Turing test

So that whole Turing test metric, wherein we gauge how human-like an AI system appears to be based on its ability to mimic our vocal affectations? At the 2018 I/O developers conference Tuesday, Google utterly dismantled it. The company did so by having its AI-driven Assistant book a reservation. On …

Google Billionaire Sergey Brin Urges Caution On AI Development

“It was the best of times,<br>it was the worst of times,<br>it was the age of wisdom,<br>it was the age of foolishness,<br>it was the epoch of belief,<br>it was the epoch of incredulity,<br>it was the season of Light,<br>it was the season of Darkness,<br>it was the spring of hope,<br>it was the winter of despair …”<p>These are the words …

Artificial Intelligence

The ETF With Lots of 'BUZ' Around It

The ETF industry has something for everyone -- the BUZZ U.S. Sentiment Leaders ETF (ticker: BUZ) tracks an index that uses artificial intelligence to …

Pimco’s New Bond King Could Be a Robot in Austin

Pacific Investment Management Co. used to rely heavily on one man to make many of its key investment decisions. Now it’s betting a big part of its future on millions of lines of software code.<p>Pimco will open a new office in Austin, Texas, later this year to help recruit more tech-savvy workers who …

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