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Neurosurgeon Eric Leuthardt: ‘An interface between mind and machine will happen’

The US researcher – and sci-fi author – on how brain implants will drive the next turning point in human evolution<p><b>Dr Eric C Leuthardt, 45, is a neurosurgeon at Washington University in St Louis. He is also the co-founder of NeuroLutions, a research laboratory developing direct</b> <b>interfaces between</b> …

FDA

Shared Autonomy via Deep Reinforcement Learning

Siddharth Reddy Apr 18, 2018<p><i>A blind, autonomous pilot (left), suboptimal human pilot (center), and combined human-machine team (right) play the Lunar</i> …

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

It’s Simple, Really: How a Differential Works, Explained in a Vintage Video

The standard open differential in most cars is a brilliant piece of engineering, allowing you to take the tightest turns without fighting your tires or tearing apart your drivetrain. But even if you understand implicitly how a car’s differential works, it’s kind of difficult to explain.<p>That’s why …

Ann Arbor

Using Tensorflow Object Detection to do Pixel Wise Classification

Tensorflow recently added new functionality and now we can extend the API to determine pixel by pixel location of objects of interest. So when would …

Deep Learning

The Smiling Axolotl Hides a Secret: A Giant Genome

Scientists have decoded the genome of the axolotl, the Mexican amphibian with a Mona Lisa smile. It has 32 billion base pairs, which makes it ten times the size of the human genome, and the largest genome ever sequenced.<p>The axolotl, endangered in the wild, has been bred in laboratories and studied …

Genetics

Google is using AI to predict flight delays

Flight delay alerts are helpful, but they usually depend on airlines notifying you in a timely fashion... and they're not always quick on the draw. Google, however, is happy to fill that gap. It's updating its Flights feature with not only explanations for delays, but predictions. Its machine …

Air Travel

I Can't Stop Drinking Coffee Out of This Temperature-Regulating Mug

My daily coffee routine goes something like this: I arrive at the office, drop my bag next to my desk, grab my mug, and head to the kitchen. I fill …

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 …

You'd Never Have to Reach for Anything Placed on This Living Robotic Table

If you happened to be in Tokyo, Japan, this past weekend, you might had a chance to check out the 2017 International Robot Exhibition, where …

Google Has Released an AI Tool That Makes Sense of Your Genome - MIT Technology Review

Almost 15 years after scientists first sequenced the human genome, making sense of the enormous amount of data that encodes human life remains a …

Machine Learning

Nvidia's new AI creates disturbingly convincing fake videos

Nvidia continues to pave a path towards the end of reality as we know it. The company recently made an AI capable of creating images of people out of thin air. Now, it’s made one that can change the weather, turn day into night, and change a leopard’s spots.<p>AI researchers for the company developed …

Watch This Diesel Engine Explode With More Boost Than God

Lavon Miller, the owner of Plain City, Ohio’s Firepunk Diesel, has been building and testing engines for years now, but he never had one blow up on …

8 changes experts made to vastly improve the real résumé of a mid-level job hunter

As an experienced talent acquisition professional, Lewis (not his real name) knew his résumé would be held to a higher caliber.<p>Despite his years of experience in the recruitment field, he says even he needed help pulling the right information together for his résumé so he could better highlight his …

This algorithm cleverly recreates 3D objects from tiny 2D images

With a lifetime of observing the world informing our perceptions, we’re all pretty good at inferring the overall shape of something we only see from the side, or for a brief moment. Computers, however, are just plain bad at it. Fortunately, a clever shortcut created by a Berkeley AI researcher may …

Microsoft unveils Brainwave, a system for running super-fast AI

Microsoft made a splash in the world of dedicated AI hardware today when it unveiled a new system for doing high-speed, low-latency serving of machine learning models. The company showed off a new system called Brainwave that will allow developers to deploy machine learning models onto programmable …

Machine Learning

This fast robot will make Adidas shirts cheaper - and kill hundreds of jobs

A robotic sewing system will soon produce hundreds of thousands of shirts for Adidas, which could potentially change textile manufacture.<p>The machine — called a “Sewbot” uses cameras and bots to cut and sew the soft fabric, a task which has eluded other forms of automation. Until now, the task was …

Clothing

The mostly complete chart of Neural Networks, explained

The zoo of neural network types grows exponentially. One needs a map to navigate between many emerging architectures and approaches.<p>Fortunately, …

New metal 3D printer is 100x faster, 10x cheaper than existing laser technologies

3D-metal printing could very easily become the go-to method for manufacturing around the world. Desktop Metal just developed a new metal 3D printer …

No, Facebook Did Not Panic and Shut Down an AI Program That Was Getting Dangerously Smart

In recent weeks, a story about experimental Facebook machine learning research has been circulating with increasingly panicky, Skynet-esque headlines.<p>…

How do you know your code is bad?

The other day, I was watching this video of Robert Martin where he mentions the three symptoms to spot a bad code. And I couldn’t have agreed …

Let the robots take our jobs and pay for a universal basic income

As developments in artificial intelligence and robotics advance, there is going to be a severe and swift disruption of many working classes. Large swaths of laborers are going to lose their jobs, leading to unprecedented levels of unemployment.<p>To account for this problem, having access to basic …

Universal Basic Income

China says it'll be world AI leader by 2025

China today announced plans to become the global leader in AI research and development. It will increase government spending on core AI programs to $22 billion in the next few years, with plans to spend nearly $60 billion per year by 2025.<p>The announcement sends a clear message: this is the age of …

This little USB stick is designed to make AI plug-and-play

The Neural Compute Stick from Movidius makes it easy to add a machine vision processor to any device<p>Step by step, artificial intelligence is moving down from the cloud and into the device in your hand. The latest sign? This unassuming little thumb drive from chipmaker Movidius, which packs one of …

Google’s AI Guru Says That Great Artificial Intelligence Must Build on Neuroscience - MIT Technology Review

Demis Hassabis knows a thing or two about artificial intelligence: he founded the London-based AI startup DeepMind, which was purchased by Google for …

Artificial Intelligence

China has pulled off a 'profound' feat of teleportation that may help it 'dominate the way the world works'

In early July, scientists in China revealed they had used a "spooky" property of the universe to pull off teleportation between the ground and space for the first time.<p>No people or things were teleported, only properties of photons — or particles of light — using a physics theory called quantum …

Quantum Mechanics

Robot sculptors are hijacking galleries all around the world

Two weeks ago, in an industrial shed in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, a team of engineers installed a large, orange robot arm. It was a standard industrial robot arm, but it was not going to be used for standard purposes. The robot’s job would be to carve moulds for the casting of large-scale, …

Robotics

Elon Musk is working on 'consensual telepathy'

The billionaire tesla CEO's new startup, Neuralink Corp, wants to merge our brains with machines.<p>Facebook isn't the only one working on linking the human brain with computers.<p>Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, on Thursday laid out a plan for his new company, Neuralink Corp. The …

Elon Musk

Original Stitch uses AI to tailor your button-down from a single photo

A custom shirt startup thinks it has found the key to making bespoke garments using artificial intelligence. Rather than having users measure themselves, Original Stitch’s new Bodygram feature uses computer vision to extract the dimensions of a user’s favorite button-down shirt and replicate …

Artificial Intelligence

Google's DeepMind Is Now Capable of Creating Images from Your Sentences

The folks at Google’s DeepMind are hard at work bringing the world the latest developments in artificial intelligence (AI). Their latest breakthrough …