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The CIA Is Investing in Firms That Mine Your Tweets and Instagram Photos

SOFT ROBOTS THAT can grasp delicate objects, computer algorithms designed to spot an “insider threat,” and artificial intelligence that will sift …

Artificial Intelligence Can Now Design Realistic Video and Game Imagery - MIT Technology Review

If you close your eyes and imagine a brick wall, you can probably come up with a pretty good mental image. After seeing many such walls, your brain …

Artificial Intelligence

What Happens When You Apply Machine Learning To Logo Design

The rise of neural networks and generative design have created new opportunities for designers. But what if it went the other way, and robots created a Skynet that kills off human designers (or at least their careers) once and for all?<p>A heady question. Depending on whether you embrace or fear the …

Machine Learning
Big Data

Why Robots Need to be Able to Say 'No'

Should you always do what other people tell you to do? Clearly not. Everyone knows that. So should future robots always obey our commands? At first …

Robotics

Artificial Intelligence Is Helping Us Find The Authors Of The Bible

Both the most controversial and best-selling book ever written, the Bible is an unusual book not least because, for the most part, we’ve got no idea who wrote it. Which makes it easy to pull find-replace jobs and make unfortunate typos. The Old Testament, in particular, is more or less anonymous. …

'Sea Hunter': World's First Unmanned Ship Stalks Subs

A new hunter is lurking in the deep — and it's made of metal, silicon, and lots and lots of artificial intelligence.<p>The Defense Advanced Research …

Artificial Intelligence

Why female sex robots are more dangerous than you think

I was going to start this article about robots with a reference to Fritz Lang’s <i>Metropolis</i>. But then I spoke to Blay Whitby, a philosopher concerned with the social impact of emerging technologies and the trivialisation of robots in the media - and I decided otherwise.<p>Because when it comes to …

How Data Mining Reveals the Hidden Evolution of American Automobiles - MIT Technology Review

Evolution is an extraordinary process. It is difficult to understate its role in creating the diversity of life on Earth. But the study of this …

Great Depression

Facebook begins using artificial intelligence to describe photos to blind users

Second sight<p>Ask a member of Facebook’s growth team what feature played the biggest role in getting the company to a billion daily users, and they’ll likely tell you it was photos. The endless stream of pictures, which users have been able to upload since 2005, a year after Facebook’s launch, makes …

Artificial Intelligence

Can we trust robots to make moral decisions?

Last week, Microsoft inadvertently revealed the difficulty of creating moral robots. Chatbot Tay, designed to speak like a teenage girl, turned into a Nazi-loving racist after less than 24 hours on Twitter. “Repeat after me, Hitler did nothing wrong,” she said, after interacting with various …

Machine Learning

Tech firms have an obsession with "female" digital servants, and this needs to change

They are not a "they" at all, or for that matter, a "she." Instead, it's code that's been programmed to have a "female" persona. And that code has …

Artificial Intelligence

Here's why Cortana leaves Siri and Google Now in the dust

Cortana Intelligence Suite<p>Cortana, it would seem, is about to get a lot more useful thanks to bots, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. …

Artificial Intelligence

This neural network ‘hallucinates’ the right colors into black and white pictures

The machine overlords of the future may now, if it pleases them, eliminate all black and white imagery from the history of their meat-based former masters. All they’ll need is this system from Berkeley computer scientist Richard Zhang, which allows a soulless silicon sentience to “hallucinate” …

Deep Learning

Build 2016: Project Murphy - Microsoft's new artistic AI which imagines the unimaginable

Microsoft has announced a new AI-based web service called Project Murphy which takes face-swapping to a new extreme.<p>Billing it as “the robot with …

What Happens When You Combine Artificial Intelligence and Satellite Imagery

Facebook (fb) has a vested interest in helping the 4.2 billion people who still lack reliable Internet access find their way online. But when the …

Artificial Intelligence

IBM's 'brain-inspired' supercomputer to help watch over US nuclear arsenal

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory says collaboration project with IBM "could change how we do science".<p>It's often said that the human brain is …

Quantum Computing
Machine Learning

How Google Photos uses machine learning to create customized albums

The cloud-based photo app will now automatically create albums showing the 'best' photos from a particular event, such as a vacation, while …

Machine Learning

Human-like Robot Mimics 62 Facial Expressions

Human-like robots have taken a big step toward becoming a reality.<p>Sophia, as she is called, has life-like skin called “Frubber” through which an …

Physicists Unleash AI to Devise Unthinkable Experiments

Quantum physics can fly in the face of human intuition—even that of a physicist such as Mario Krenn at the University of Vienna. This …

Quantum Mechanics

‘Pikazo’ App Lets You Paint Neural Network Art Masterpieces

This new imaging app allows users to run their photos through a Deep Dream-esque neural network.<p>Just when someone might assume the Google Deep Dream neural network is a bit of a novelty, programmer and artist Johan Nordberg ups the ante by giving Deep Dream visuals motion, sending the viewer into a …

Deep Learning

LinkedIn open sources its WhereHows data mining software

LinkedIn said it will open source an internal application called WhereHows, which is a data mining portal for enterprise information.<p>Technically, …

Reimagining Libraries In The Digital Era: Lessons From Data Mining The Internet Archive

As the digital revolution fundamentally reshapes how we live our lives, libraries are grappling with how to reinvent themselves in a world in which they are no longer a primary gatekeeper to knowledge. As I wrote in 2014 for the Knight Foundation’s blog, “perhaps the future of libraries lies in a …

Humanities

Machine learning algorithm can identify drunken tweeting | Ars Technica

But the algorithm can't stop you from drunk tweeting in the first place.<p>Maybe the one single thing more regrettable than drunk texting is drunk …

Social Media

Whiskey Embeddings

A little background:<p>Recently my friends and I started a whisky club. Every 3 weeks, we get together, bring a few bottles of whiskey/beer and just …