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Entire human chess knowledge learned and surpassed by DeepMind's AlphaZero in four hours

Hundreds of years of chess knowledge was learned and then surpassed by Google DeepMind’s artificial intelligence algorithm in just four hours, it has emerged.<p>The astonishing programme AlphaZero quickly mastered the ancient game, before coming up with completely new strategies, which are now being …

Inside the Moonshot Effort to Finally Figure Out the Brain

AI is only loosely modeled on the brain. So what if you wanted to do it right? You’d need to do what has been impossible until now: map what actually …

Carnegie Mellon University

Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity

How the secretive Silicon Valley lab is trying to resurrect the lost art of invention<p>I. The Question<p>A snake-robot designer, a balloon scientist, a liquid-crystals technologist, an extradimensional physicist, a psychology geek, an electronic-materials wrangler, and a journalist walk into a room. The …

Silicon Valley

How To Make 500,000 Cars Without Humans

Elon Musk is obsessed with speed. From rockets to hyperloops to electric cars, fast is kind of his thing.<p>Now he wants to apply the same aesthetic to manufacturing.<p>Critics argue it’s another pipe dream, born out of necessity. <b>Tesla</b>, his controversial car business, is supposed to deliver 400,000 …

Inside Airbnb’s Innovation and Design Lab

<b>Hi Backchannel readers,</b><p>It’s Jessi, reporting this week from the Near Future Summit in San Diego, California. Yesterday, I ran into Cameron Sinclair, …

5 Biotech Products U.S. Regulators Aren’t Ready For

New techniques being used to produce our food or shape the environment raise regulatory questions.<p>Lab-made meat. Hornless cattle. Designer bacteria. …

National Academy of Sciences

DeepMind's new algorithm adds 'memory' to AI

When DeepMind burst into prominent view in 2014 it taught its machine learning systems how to play Atari games. The system could learn to defeat the …

The Surprising Way Selfies Are Driving Phone Design

It started with Apple’s Touch ID and Alibaba’s “selfie pay.” Now companies are building deep biological portraits to secure our phones.<p>When Apple …

Inside the Race To Build Next Generation Battery Technology

To solve truly big and complex problems, we need to build new platforms for collaboration.<p>The garage startup has become as much of an American icon in the twenty first century as the automobile and the drive-in were to earlier generations. The idea that anyone with an idea can change the world is …

7 amazing technologies we'll see by 2030

Hollywood's depictions of the future are usually pretty far-fetched — like the flying cars of "Blade Runner" and the hoverboards in "Back to the Future II." The World Economic forum surveyed over 800 experts and executives to find out what the future will actually look like. Here are 7 amazing …

IBM Watson's next target? Hunting down the hackers

The world is going through a cybersecurity pandemic. No day passes without a hack or data theft being carried out, discovered, or begrudgingly …

Get Ready For Multisensory Virtual Reality That Goes Far Beyond Sight And Sound

In October, I had the opportunity to try out the Rez Synesthesia Suit: A Velcro-on body rig concept that uses countless pulsing motors to add the sense of touch to virtual reality experiences. The experience was rough, but somewhat amazing: As I waved my hand through HTC Vive-rendered bubbles, I …

Could we soon 'upgrade' our bodies? Extreme bionics will create modular superhumans

From peg legs through hook hands and iron fists, for millennia prosthetics were a very poor substitute for our basic biology. No-one would have …

Alphabet’s Google is searching for its next hit

“JUDGE a man by his questions, rather than his answers,” Voltaire advised. Google has become one of the most successful firms in history by heeding …

Korean Peninsula

Faraday Future SUV smokes a Tesla Model X in intriguing drag race video

As a hyper-secretive electric car company with a flair for self-promotion and intriguing teaser videos, Faraday Future has been on our radar for …

Electric Vehicles

Supersonic Travel Is Booming

Starting in the early 2020s, business-class travelers will get something more than mere celebrity-chef-curated menus and flat-reclining seats when …

Truckers think automation won’t take their jobs for 40 years. Silicon Valley strongly disagrees.

As far as most truckers can tell, the danger of losing their jobs to robots is still a long, long way off.<p>“I don’t have a single member who’s ready to buy a bunch of automated trucks even if they could,” says R. J. Cervantes, whose California Trucking Association represents fleet owners in the …

This incredible gadget lets you draw physical 3D objects in mid-air

There’s a reason 3D printing is so popular these days: it’s awesome. Instead of having to spend thousands of dollars working with a prototyping …

Hyperloop One Has Huge Ambitions For New Sci-Fi Transport System

As if building a revolutionary transportation system using magnets and vacuum tubes was not insanely ambitious enough, Hyperloop One has now extended …

The Next Global Arms Race Aims to Perfect Artificial Intelligence

Features<p>A country’s dexterity with artificial intelligence technology might be the next strong source of national pride and international power.<p>Knowing it would lay the foundation for the future of medicine, IBM captured the world’s imagination in 2011 with Watson, a supercomputer that not only won …

Forget high streets, by 2030 everyone will be shopping in virtual reality

Tim Flemming is creating virtual environments for everyone from McDonald's, to Ferrari and John Lewis.<p>The founder of Future Visual says virtual …

Why chatbots are the last bridge to true AI

Humans have been storing, retrieving, manipulating, and communicating information since the Sumerians in Mesopotamia developed writing in 3000 BCE. Since then, we have continuously developed more and more sophisticated means to communicate and push information. Whether unconsciously or consciously, …

Anticipating Human Behavior Brings Robot Responses to a New Level of Efficiency

Researchers at Cornell University have created a machine-learning model for generating an appropriate robot response based on evaluating human …

Apps are dying. Long live the subservient bots ready to fulfil your every desire

<b>The app boom is over. There are now more than 4.2 million apps</b> available for Android and iOS, but three-quarters of American smartphone users …

The road to tomorrow: streets need to be as smart as the cars driving on them

Subscribe to WIRED<p><b>Flying-car enthusiasts may plan to make roads redundant, and</b> virtual telecommuting evangelists seek to do away with the need to …

Is Your Company Innovative? Jump The Curve With Big Hairy Audacious Ideas

Innovation. In today’s fast-paced B2B world, success often depends on how quickly your business can adapt to changing conditions. How well versed are you in the art of innovation? When the market changes, are you ready to pivot? Anyone can innovate; it’s just a new way of doing things. You come up …

How Artificial Intelligence Will Redefine Management

Many alarms have sounded on the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to upend the workforce, especially for easy-to-automate jobs. But managers at all levels will have to adapt to the world of smart machines. The fact is, artificial intelligence will soon be able to do the …

Artificial Intelligence

Why Google’s New Phone Will Soon Be Irrelevant

Entering the hardware business is nothing unusual for an Internet giant like Google. But in launching its Pixel phone last week, Google (GOOG) is …

How Economists View the Rise of Artificial Intelligence

To really understand the impact of artificial intelligence in the modern world, it’s best to think beyond the mega-research projects like those that …