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Human speech will be replaced by thought communication by 2050, claims expert

GETTYSpeech will be replaced by thought communication by 2050, it has been claimed<p>'It is very similar to the work of Elon Musk – it is an open source …

I trained an AI to copy my voice and it scared me silly

Over the past year, I wrote about a bunch of companies working on voice synthesis technology. They were very much in the early stages of development, and only had some pre-made samples to show off. Now, researchers hailing from the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms at the Universite de …

Google AI Creates Its Own Offspring

The process of designing AI systems has historically been time-consuming and fraught with the potential for error. Google tested whether an existing …

Artificial Intelligence

AT&T Joins the Open-Source Artificial-Intelligence Arms Race

Big technology companies want to make it easier to use artificial intelligence to attack real-world problems. In recent years, companies including …

These people never existed. They were made by an AI.

Better Than Doodles<p>Back in June, an image generator that could turn even the crudest doodle of a face into a more realistic looking image made the …

Artificial Intelligence

Alexa is about to disappear into other devices, thanks to a new technology

Today, the reason you have an Amazon Alexa sitting on your coffee table or by a couch is because it needs to be able to hear you clearly when you speak. Too near the TV and it’ll go ordering strange things, whenever someone, like South Park’s Cartman, says “Alexa!”<p>What is required is a …

Automation

Where human intelligence outperforms AI

David Kline Contributor<p>David Kline is a journalist, author and intellectual property strategist.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>A new (old) way for product makers to defeat patent roadblocks<p>With every new trend comes a counter-trend. And so despite the current excitement over the wonders of …

Artificial Intelligence

Intel Begins Making Chips That Resemble The Brain

Intel is beginning to experiment with so-called neuromorphic chips that attempt to more closely resemble how a real brain functions.<p>Coming out of the chip giant’s research lab, the new chip, dubbed the Intel Loihi test chip, consists of 128 computing cores. Each core has 1,024 artificial neurons, …

Deep Learning

Impact of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning on Workforce Capability

The application of AI/ML is reshaping the job market and will eventually create new jobs & roles that we can’t even imagine today. Reskilling the workforce and reforming learning and career models will play a critical role in facilitating this change. The question remains if that will be provided …

Artificial Intelligence

Synthetic muscle breakthrough could lead to 'lifelike' robots

A breakthrough in soft robotics means scientists are now one step closer to creating lifelike machines. Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a 3D printed synthetic tissue that can act as active muscle. The material, which can push, pull, bend, and twist (thanks to its use of silicone …

Robotics

New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning

A new idea called the “information bottleneck” is helping to explain the puzzling success of today’s artificial-intelligence algorithms — and might …

Machine Learning

This Neuroscientist Thinks He Knows the Future of Human Evolution, and It Will Surprise and Inspire You | Inc.com

What do you see as the next stage of human evolution? Do you imagine we will be catered-to by robots and become fatter, lazier versions of our current selves? Or maybe batteries in a dystopian future where we service machines (much like the humans depicted in pretty much every Hollywood film). Do …

Singularity

Stop pretending you really know what AI is and read this instead

You’ve probably heard the news: AI is going to take your job. Wait, no: It’s going to create a new job for you. AI is going to kill us all! Wait, no it’s not. AI is already totally smarter than us at, like, all the smart things. But that probably doesn’t matter? Neural networks. Machine learning. …

Artificial Intelligence

Researchers Develop an Artificial Skin That Can Help Robots Sense Temperature

A breakthrough in stretchable electronics has been made this month as researchers from the University of Houston develop an artificial skin that …

IDG Contributor Network: How artificial intelligence is transforming learning

In an increasingly polarized country, we all share one thing in common: everyone has taken a standardized test. Whether it was the SAT, ACT, GMAT, …

Artificial Intelligence

Researchers have linked a human brain to the Internet for the first time ever

Brain Meets IoT<p>A team of researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa have made a major breakthrough in the field of biomedical …

Machine Learning

6 Essential Skills You Need to Survive an A.I. Work Force | Inc.com

Automation is coming for us, whether we like it or not. It will effect every department, from sales, to R&D, to marketing and talent management. While the tendency is to clutch on to granular technical skills, these are likely to be the first that will be replaced. The real skills you need to …

Creativity

How We'll Eventually Control Everything With Our Minds

Brain-controlled computers are currently helping paralyzed patients, but one day they might be used to control everything around you.<p>The ability to control the world around you with only your mind has been a feature of some of the best science fiction stories ever written, but even today the idea …

Singularity

3 Reasons You Won't Mind When Artificial Intelligence Replaces 1 in 2 Jobs | Inc.com

About one in two jobs will disappear in the next few years because of artificial intelligence and automation. That's how Joe Davis, global chief economist at Vanguard, opened his keynote at Morningstar's ETF conference last week in Chicago. It sounds dire, but unpacking the economist's perspective, …

Artificial Intelligence

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

FLORENCE, N.J. — Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans. It was not, she says, the most stimulating activity. And lifting the bins, which often weigh 25 pounds each, was also tiring over …

Robotics

Microsoft and Facebook launch open source project to make neural networks portable

Microsoft and Facebook have announced a new open source project today that’s aimed at creating a shared model representation for neural networks across different programming frameworks. Called the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX), the new project will make it possible to share models across the …

IBM is modeling new AI after the human brain

Attentive Robots<p>Currently, artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are able to exhibit seemingly-human traits. Some are intentionally humanoid, and …

Google set to dominate Apple, Amazon and Samsung in the race for the best voice assistant

The concept of virtual assistance has been in consumers’ mind for more than half a century, first introduced through Sci-Fi movies such as <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> (1968) featuring virtual assistant HAL and infamous quote “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”<p>Portrayed as a must-have feature by …

Robots will kill most retail jobs, and it's going to suck, pessimistic expert warns

The decline of traditional retail has led to job losses across the country, and at least one expert says that's likely to be the new norm.<p>“Retail is …

If Machine Learning is the question, open source is the answer. Right?

Why Google's gift of TensorFlow is not what it seemsMachine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) are extraordinarily hard to pull off in …

Machine Learning

A new t-shirt sewing robot can make as many shirts per hour as 17 factory workers

Sewing simple items of clothing is one of those repetitive, labor-intensive tasks that seems like it would have been automated ages ago. But getting a robot to do it right is tricky. Fabric stretches, especially the comfy, flexible knits used for t-shirts. A human can easily adjust on the spot, …

IBM Watson: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

In 2011, <b>IBM</b>'s (NYSE: IBM) Watson artificial intelligence (AI) supercomputer beat 74-time-straight <i>Jeopardy!</i> champion Ken Jennings in a man-vs.-machine showdown on primetime television. "Winning" $77,147 to Jennings' $24,000, Watson arguably proved itself three times as intelligent as his human …

Artificial Intelligence

This AI Butler Wants to Roam Your Home

Say hello to Temi. <i>Wired</i> reports that this sleek, three-foot robot with a tablet for a face is essentially a kind of traveling AI butler for your …

Artificial Intelligence

Ready for a Robot Co-Worker? Find Out How Likely Your Job Is to Be Automated

The robots are coming for our jobs—and we should welcome them. Why? Automation may help the U.S. economy break out of its productivity malaise. From …

The Future