A computational life

By ast | Issues at the intersection of computation and social life.

It’s This Easy To Look Inside An Algorithm

How could we get a look behind the algorithms? Here’s proof it doesn’t need to be so complicated.<p>Why is Google serving us that ad? Why is Facebook suddenly showing us an ex’s status updates? Why did Chase suddenly offer me a new mortgage rate–and how come it’s not lower?<p>advertisement<p>These are the …

Machine Learning

The secret lives of Google raters

They spent years testing Google's algorithms—then everything changed.<p>Something disturbing has been happening to Google's advertising algorithms. …

Google

People are scared of artificial intelligence for all the wrong reasons

People in Britain are more scared of the artificial intelligence embedded in household devices and self-driving cars than in systems used for predictive policing or diagnosing diseases. That’s according to a survey commissioned by the Royal Society, which is billed as the first in-depth look at how …

Alibaba founder Jack Ma: AI will cause people ‘more pain than happiness’

The billionaire said key social conflict will be the rise of artificial intelligence and longer life expectancy, which will lead to aging workforce fighting for fewer jobs<p>Artificial intelligence and other technologies will cause people “more pain than happiness” over the next three decades, …

Artificial Intelligence

The First Wave of Corporate AI Is Doomed to Fail

Artificial intelligence is a hot topic right now. Driven by a fear of losing out, companies in many industries have announced AI-focused initiatives. Unfortunately, most of these efforts will fail. They will fail not because AI is all hype, but because companies are approaching AI-driven innovation …

Machine Learning

God in the machine: my strange journey into transhumanism

After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy – but its promises of immortality and spiritual transcendence soon seemed unsettlingly familiar<p>I first read Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Age of Spiritual …

Singularity

Jürgen Schmidhuber on the robot future​: ‘They will pay as much attention to us as we do to ants'

The German computer scientist says artificial intelligence will surpass humans’ in 2050, enabling robots to have fun, fall in love – and colonise the galaxy<p>In a soft-furnished studio space behind a warehouse in west Berlin, a group of international scientists are debating our robot future. An …

Robots

There's a dark secret at the heart of artificial intelligence: no one really understands how it works

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn’t look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General …

Artificial Intelligence

AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals

Machine learning algorithms are picking up deeply ingrained race and gender prejudices concealed within the patterns of language use, scientists say<p>An artificial intelligence tool that has revolutionised the ability of computers to interpret everyday language has been shown to exhibit striking …

Algorithms

Google’s Dueling Neural Networks Spar to Get Smarter, No Humans Required

The day Richard Feynman died, the blackboard in his classroom read: “What I cannot create, I do not understand.”<p>When Ian Goodfellow explains the …

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by …

Machine Learning

What Will Happen When Your Company’s Algorithms Go Wrong?

When you’re ready to incorporate artificial intelligence technologies in your business, the analysis you should perform is this: What can possibly go wrong? What is our product or service expected to do? What happens if it fails to do so? Do we have a damage mitigation plan? Consider the …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Chases General Intelligence With New AI That Has a Memory

For a mind to be capable of tackling anything, it has to have a memory.<p>Humans are exceptionally good at transferring old skills to new problems. …

Artificial Intelligence

AI Bots are Creating their own Language as a Way to Communicate

So you want to learn a new language, and you’re browsing through what’s on offer. You read, Italian, Spanish, Russian then Bot? It may sound crazy, …

Artificial Intelligence

The Arrival of Artificial Intelligence

Chris Dixon opened a truly wonderful piece in the Atlantic entitled How Aristotle Created the Computer like this:The history of computers is often …

Singularity

New to deep learning? Here are 4 easy lessons from Google

Google employs some of the world’s smartest researchers in deep learning and artificial intelligence, so it’s not a bad idea to listen to what they …

Machine Learning

Google’s new AI learns nearly as fast as humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Artificial intelligence can only progress as fast as it can learn, and now that it can learn at almost human speed it’s …

Machine Learning

Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning …

Elon Musk

A New Direction for Artificial Intelligence?

OpenAI will describe a new machine-learning approach at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Digital conference.<p>Ilya Sutskever, director of OpenAI, on …

Artificial Intelligence

Bored? No way. Ditching technology makes life complicated and beautiful

For three months I’ve lived without tech and now realise we need to question its ever-encroaching invasion – before we end up in bed with a sex robot<p>We are walking eyes half-open, half-asleep into a techno-dystopia even George Orwell couldn’t imagine. 1984 is starting to look primitive compared to …

Mind

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning and How they Differ from One Another

These are three terms that are heard all the time now, but often people still get confused about what each one really entails. Below is a quick …

Algorithms Can Be Pretty Crude Toward Women

My friend Michael Harris, a fellow mathematician and author, recently sent me his psychological profile as compiled by Apply Magic Sauce, an algorithm operated by the Cambridge University Psychometrics Centre. This is a cousin of an algorithm that profiles people via access to their Facebook …

These AI bots created their own language to talk to each other

A next step in the development of artificial intelligence.<p>It is now table stakes for artificial intelligence algorithms to “learn” about the world around them. The next level: For AI bots to learn how to talk to each other — and develop their own shared language.<p>New research released last week by …

Artificial Intelligence

An A.I. Just Developed Its Own Totally New Language

New research from OpenAI and UC Berkeley has created A.I. agents that can form and use their own new language, without instruction, whenever they …

IBM Speech Recognition System Beats Microsoft's Less Than Five Months Later

Less than five months after Microsoft announced that its Speech Recognition Technology had achieved a 5.9 percent word error rate (WER) which brings …

New breakthrough gives AI a human memory

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Unknown to many AI’s are amnesiacs, they forget almost everything they’re taught, but now a new human like memory system …

OpenAI’s Deep Learning to Invent Language

OpenAI research has a short introduction on their newest research “Learning to Communicate”. There are many trends that I watch for in the field of …

The Mobile Internet Is Over. Baidu Goes All In on AI - Bloomberg

On Dec. 6, 2016, thousands of translators filed into office buildings across mainland China to pore over brochures, letters, and technical manuals, …

Google's DeepMind AI learns like a human to overcome 'catastrophic forgetting'

Forgetfulness is a major flaw in artificial intelligence, but researchers have just had a breakthrough in getting 'thinking' computer systems to remember.<p>Taking inspiration from neuroscience-based theories, Google’s DeepMind researchers have developed an AI that learns like a human.<p>Deep neural …