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Orlando Police Testing Amazon's Real-Time Facial Recognition

<b>Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET</b><p>Tech companies are trying to sell police real-time facial recognition systems, which can track and identify people as they walk down the street. As NPR reported two weeks ago, American police have generally held off, but there's new evidence that one police department — …

Surveillance

The military just created an AI that learned how to program software

Tired of writing your own boring code for new software? Finally, there’s an AI that can do it for you.<p>BAYOU is an deep learning tool that basically …

Computer Science

"That doesn't even *seem* innocent:" Elon Musk calls out Google’s eerie and invasive Clips camera

Is Google’s personal cameraman Clips a step too far?<p>Google Clips is Google’s latest product “innovation”, introduced as a tiny, wireless pocket-sized …

All aboard the Immortality Bus: the man who says tech will help us live forever

Zoltan Istvan leads the Transhumanist party and believes that, through science, humans will reverse ageing and eventually death. Can he convert the skeptics?<p>“I’ve been pegged as the antichrist, which I felt was a little unfair,” says Zoltan Istvan, the leader of the Transhumanist party and …

Deus ex machina: former Google engineer is developing an AI god

Way of the Future, a religious group founded by Anthony Levandowski, wants to create a deity based on artificial intelligence for the betterment of society<p>Intranet service? Check. Autonomous motorcycle? Check. Driverless car technology? Check. Obviously the next logical project for a successful …

Artificial Intelligence
Social Media

Fake Obama created using AI tool to make phoney speeches

Researchers at the University of Washington have produced a photorealistic former US President Barack Obama.<p>Artificial intelligence was used to precisely model how Mr Obama moves his mouth when he speaks.<p>Their technique allows them to put any words into their synthetic Barack Obama’s mouth.<p>BBC …

Artificial Intelligence

Lyrebird claims it can recreate any voice using just one minute of sample audio

The results aren’t 100 percent convincing, but it’s a sign of things to come<p>Artificial intelligence is making human speech as malleable and replicable as pixels. Today, a Canadian AI startup named Lyrebird unveiled its first product: a set of algorithms the company claims can clone anyone’s voice …

Google used your pictionary sketches to teach its AI to draw

Google has been working on a wide range of AI-based projects lately – earlier this week, it showed off one that can identify what you’re trying to draw and surface clean clipart that resembles your doodle.<p>Its latest experiment is called Sketch-RNN, and it’s a neural network system that has learned …

Artificial Intelligence

Google's security AI is now so smart it doesn't need to ask if you're "not a robot"

Google’s security AI has become so smart, it can now tell whether you’re a human or a robot without asking you to check a box or solve annoying puzzles… most of the time, anyway.<p>We’ve all come across CAPTCHAs, those challenges that ask you to type in the characters you see in scrambled images (the …

New $27 million fund aims to save humanity from destructive AI

A group of entrepreneurs and nonprofits have just pledged $27 million to protect humanity from destructive artificial intelligence. Backed by the likes of LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, eBay founder Pierre Omidayar, and the Knight Foundation, the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence …

One small step for man, one giant step for robot suit with man inside

When you mention South Korean tech companies, the name Hankook Mirae Technology isn't the first to come to mind. But on Tuesday, the company made its 13-foot, 1.5-ton manned robot, the Method-1, take a step -- as shown in the YouTube video above.<p>The robot would be more accurately described as a …

Google Inbox Will Start Using A.I. To Answer Emails For You

The automation of you<p>Google's mobile software is inching closer to becoming a true personal assistant, with the coming integration of an upcoming feature called Smart Reply.<p>Google's Inbox email app will soon be able to answer your emails, by suggesting a few short replies based on the content of …

Artificial Intelligence

Click here for the AI apocalypse (brought to you by Facebook) | Robert Smith

Never mind fake news and Trump/Pence, what we should be fearful of is Facebook’s algorithms, and their relentless pursuit of economic self-interest<p>After the US election, many people feel we’re on the verge of an apocalypse. What might not be obvious is that it’s an artificial intelligence …

Humans will ruin driverless cars, just like everything else

If 2016 has proven one thing, it’s that the human race is awful and really, it’s all been downhill since the dinosaurs. The latest edition to our …

'Nightmare Machine' is an AI project that uses our own fears against us

It’s safe to say that there’s a paranoid subset of our readers that fear the future as it relates to AI. Those people should look away now.<p>Artificial intelligence already scares people. It makes sense; we have entire generations raised on ‘The Terminator’ in which ‘Skynet’ is hell-bent on …

DeepMind’s new computer can navigate London’s Underground using memory

DeepMind, the AI research firm that is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, has created a computer that can learn and accomplish tasks from its own memory. The computer uses a neural network that can store and recall facts. This allows it to, for example, find the best route from one point to …

London Underground

To power through more pushups, this robot breaks a sweat

To stay pumped up, it helps to cool off<p>Like humans, robots that are working hard generate a lot of heat, a byproduct that adds stress to their systems and limits the amount of time they can be active before they need to recharge. One of the things that makes humans such good distance runners is our …

Google’s head of self-driving tech: We’re not building a car, we’re building the driver

Dmitri Dolgov showed Recode how sensors on Google’s self-driving car help it navigate and interact with pedestrians.<p>Google — which has been working on its self-driving cars since 2009 — is not in the car-making business. Nope, Google is in the superhuman-driver-making business, according to Dmitri …

Bumble's new feature will use selfies to verify your identity

Bumble users will soon have a new way to make sure the profile they're looking at isn't fake.<p>The company will launch a new photo feature next week …

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan aim to 'cure, prevent and manage' all disease

Couple plans to invest $3bn over next decade to help scientists develop and utilise tools such as artificial intelligence and blood monitors to treat illnesses<p>Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have laid out plans to invest $3bn over the next 10 years with the not insignificant goal of …

Mark Zuckerberg

Google’s car will automatically pull you over for the police

Google’s self-driving cars might yield the road to emergency vehicles, like police cars, automatically. A new U.S. patent shows sensors inside the car recognizing police lights, red and blue, and moving to the side of the road before the emergency vehicle passes.<p>This may reduce accidents associated …

Google Is Making It Harder To Pick Out Fake Voices

Robotic human speech is becoming less robotic and more human.<p>Google's DeepMind AI is learning how to talk. And learning how to do it like a person, not a computer.<p>DeepMind has many learning projects going on right now, but the newest one to catch our ears seems to be an increasingly realistic voice …

Google AI

Amazon Echo will soon speak up without voice commands, report says

Alexa is ready to speak freely.<p>Amazon's digital assistant will soon be able to talk to you even if you haven't issued a voice command, according to a …

The 'Google Brain' is a real thing but very few people have seen it

(Google's cloud chief Diane GreenBusiness Insider/Okta)<br>The entire tech industry is racing to build artificial intelligence and machine learning …

The Freaky Artificial Muscles on this Human Skeleton Are the Future of Robotics

Using pneumatic pistons and servos to power robots makes them fast and strong, but also bulky and extremely heavy. No one is going to mistake ATLAS …

Robotics

Facebook wants chatbots to learn the way people do

Current deep learning technology is not advanced enough for computers to understand language, a major figure in the field said today.<p>The ability to learn the way people learn — through observation and experience — is what Facebook will use to teach chatbots and computers to carry on a conversation …

Android inventor Andy Rubin thinks the future of smartphones might be a single AI

'It just has to be conscious'<p>Andy Rubin, who co-founded Android and jump-started Google's robotics efforts, imagines a future where artificial intelligence is so powerful that it powers every connected device. Speaking at Bloomberg's Tech Conference in San Francisco today, Rubin said a combination …

Lenovo, Google unveil phone that knows its way around a room

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Lenovo smartphone unveiled Thursday will be clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings — such as the room's size and …

The Harvard RoboBee has a new trick up its sleeve

The stated goal of the National Science Foundation is to create autonomous robots capable of sustained flight. Enter the RoboBee, and exit any last hope I had of avoiding a swarm of robotic, insectoid death in future.<p>Late last year, the Harvard scientists led by Robert Wood demonstrated that the …