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Artificial intelligence is nearly better at poker than you

Poker playing artificial intelligence has already "approached the performance" of human experts and can use "state-of-the-art methods" in its gameplay.<p>Researchers from University College London - including a staff member from DeepMind's Go defeating team - have created a series of reinforcement …

Poker

What We Can Learn from Robots

On a crisp october day last year, Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute kicked off its 25th-anniversary celebration, as the world’s …

Artificial Intelligence

AlphaGo and the Declining Advantage of Big Companies

Last week, machine learning took a big leap forward when Google’s AlphaGo, a machine algorithm, beat the world champion, Lee Sedol, in the game Go. An ancient Chinese board game that dates back nearly 3,000 years, Go is played on a 19-by-19 square grid, with each player trying capture the …

Artificial Intelligence

Exclusive: In boost to self-driving cars, U.S. tells Google computers can qualify as drivers

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads.<p>The National Highway …

Autos

Driving a car will be illegal by 2030

Our economy will be severely impacted as millions of lorry drivers, cabbies and delivery people are put out of work. In this era of endless innovation, humanity's century-long relationship with the automobile is about to be permanently disrupted. The reason has nothing to do with millennials, Uber …

Autos

Will LiFi Take Big Data And The Internet Of Things To A New Level?

The enormous demand for WiFi and transmissions of mass quantities of data is putting a strain on the current technologies. With the predicted exponential growth of mobile devices, by 2019 more than ten billion mobile devices will exchange 35 quintillion (1018) bytes of information each month — and …

Big Data

Self-driving cars will kill the auto industry

LONDON (MarketWatch) — A state-of-the-art vehicle that picks up your kids from school, and delivers them home while you finish off some work at the office. Fleets of computer-controlled vans dropping parcels off at your house. Executives sitting in comfort and catching up on some e-mail while a …

Financial Markets

Carl Zeiss thinks it can make smart glasses you'll want to wear

The German company is developing lenses that can make smart glasses subtle and fashionable.<p>After the initial bubble of excitement, Google Glass was ultimately rejected by the public and sent back to the drawing board, all for one simple reason: Despite repeated attempts to tone down the design of …

The Ehang 184 is a self-piloting drone you can ride inside

Drones are currently best at carrying cameras for recording (sometimes-illicit) videos of sunsets, skyscrapers and sporting events, and, well, not much else.<p>The future, though,will probably see our skies grow increasingly cloudy with swarms of actually-useful drones: Amazon (and many others) want …

Drones

The Rise Of Thinking Machines: How IBM's Watson Takes On The World

Many people know Watson as the IBM-developed cognitive super computer that won the Jeopardy! gameshow in 2011. In truth, Watson is not actually a computer but a set of algorithms and APIs, and since winning TV fame (and a $1 million prize) IBM has put it to use tackling tough problems in every …

IBM

The Important Business Lesson Too Many Leaders Ignore

Especially entrepreneurs<p><i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute answers to timely questions about entrepreneurship and careers. Today’s answer to the question “What’s something you wish you knew</i> …

Startups

Ford and Google Could Be Making the Model T of Automated Driving

A deal between the mass-market automaker and the company furthest ahead in automated driving would accelerate adoption. Google’s prototype …

Google

Google's Quantum Dream Machine

Physicist John Martinis could deliver one of the holy grails of computing to Google—a machine that dramatically speeds up today’s applications and …

Google

NASA's using PlayStation VR to train its space robots

The simulated demo is designed to control humanoids on a shuttle.<p>Virtual Reality tricks the human brain. With a headset strapped on your face, you can pet a dino, visit restricted sites or even experience the horror of being devoured by a shark. But outside the realms of entertainment and news, the …

Google's Verily is developing surgical robots

Verily Life Sciences - formerly known as Google Life Sciences - has partnered with Johnson & Johnson medical devices subsidiary Ethicon to form Verb Surgical Inc. The new company "aims to develop a comprehensive surgical solutions platform that will incorporate leading-edge robotic capabilities and …

Google

Here’s what the world will be like in 2045, according to DARPA’s top scientists

The world is going to be a very different place in 2045.<p>Predicting the future is fraught with challenges, but when it comes to technological advances and forward thinking, experts working at the Pentagon's research agency may be the best people to ask.<p>Launched in 1958, the Defense Advanced Research …

DARPA

Computer learns like a human and (sort of) beat the Turing Test

There is a fundamental difference between the way computers learn and the way humans learn. Humans can see one example and intuit what that object or symbol might be used for and quickly identify similar things. A computer can only arrive at the same conclusions after being fed thousands and …

Artificial Intelligence

3 Tips To Create A Workplace Culture That Employees Love

Workplace culture has made the news a lot lately — and it’s not always pretty.<br>This summer, the <i>New York Times</i> reported on Amazon’s “little-known experiment” in pushing its white-collar workers. Between internal competition and long hours, they revealed that pressure is so high employees regularly …

Human Resources

Mercedes-Benz Wants to Beat Google, Uber to Our Driverless Future

At a recent tour of the Mercedes-Benz research and development lab in Sunnyvale, Calif., a space meant to showcase a command of innovation for the future of transit, the luxury carmaker did something counterintuitive: It led with the past.<p>The company began with a brief history of its German …

Google

Fortune Prediction: Apple Will Buy Tesla

What better way to jump-start their electric-car project?<p><i>The staff of Fortune recently assembled its predictions for 2016. Here’s one of our forecasts.</i><p>Apple AAPL has announced plans to build an electronic car, targeting 2019. Apple could dramatically accelerate this timetable by buying Tesla TSLA . …

Predictions

How Google Aims to Dominate Artificial Intelligence

Crafting human search algorithm may soon be over after <b>Google</b> announced a new artificial intelligence referred to as <b>RankBrain</b>. It is meant to process …

Google Aims to Make VR Hardware Irrelevant Before It Even Gets Going

Smartphones have sidelined digital cameras and other special-purpose devices. Now Google thinks mobile phones will shove virtual-reality headsets …

Augmented Reality

The future of drones is apps — Quartz

Phones used to just call people. Then we put cameras and the internet in them, and a man in a mock turtleneck created one that revolutionized the way we communicate. You might be surprised to hear it, but we’re near a similar inflection point with drones. Right now, they’re seen either as scary, …

Unmanned Aircraft

5 Cities With Driverless Public Buses On The Streets Right Now

Last week it was announced that the US will be getting its first driverless bus fleet in a Bay Area office park as soon as next year. But say you …

Cities

Self-driving taxis will begin trials in Japan next year

Self-driving cars are a few years away from becoming a thing, right? Not in Japan, where the company Robot Taxi has announced that it'll start testing robotic taxis in 2016. A report by the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reveals that the firm will begin by offering autonomous rides to 50 people in Kanagawa …

We Don't Need The Best People, We Need The Best Teams

In 1997, in a landmark article, McKinsey declared the war for talent. The firm argued that due to demographic shifts, recruiting the “best and the brightest” was even more important than “capital, strategy, or R&D.” The report was enormously influential and continues to affect how enterprises …

Navy SEALs

Harvard Business School really has created the classroom of the future

Whether they’re in Beijing, Warsaw, or San Francisco, every student in Harvard’s HBX Live! virtual classroom now sits front and center.<p>(Poets&Quants) — The day’s Harvard Business School case study poses a simple question: Is Uber really worth $50 billion?<p>Bharat Anand, a Harvard strategy professor, …

Education

This gadget brings GPS navigation to your bike

No need to check your smartphone for directions.<p>SmartHalo is a new bicycle GPS system that eliminates the need to check your smartphone for directions and makes biking a much safer mode of transportation.<p>The accessory is compatible with any regular bicycle’s set of handlebars. It connects to your …

Gear & Gadgets

Why Self-Managed Teams Are the Future of Business

Could you build a business around teams of people who have no manager and who report to no one up a "food chain"? If you want your business to thrive going forward, you just might want to<p><b>Self-Managed Teams Are Already A Proven Success</b><p>A recent Harvard Business Journal article was titled, "Are We …

Management

The Efficiency Paradox

Leaders today can no longer afford to think in conventional terms of efficiency, but must shape networks in the context of a shared mission. Related …

Paradoxes