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You think it and a robot sees it: The future is here with mind-reading AI

The first “this could change everything” AI story of the year comes to us in the form of (yet another) AI that’s supposed to read minds. This time however, there’s no parlor trick. We’re one step closer to being able to broadcast our thoughts to a screen, thanks to artificial intelligence.<p>Japanese …

Artificial Intelligence

The light and dark of AI-powered smartphones

Analyst Gartner put out a 10-strong listicle this week identifying what it dubbed “high-impact” uses for AI-powered features on smartphones that it suggests will enable device vendors to provide “more value” to customers via the medium of “more advanced” user experiences.<p>It’s also predicting that, …

Artificial Intelligence

If you think AI is terrifying wait until it has a quantum computer brain

Rigetti, a quantum computer startup, recently announced its researchers created a method for quantum computers to run a clustering algorithm (a way for AI to separate data into groups). There are a number of companies, including IBM and Google, using AI in the development of quantum systems, but …

Quantum Computing

The Next Great Design Challenge: Make AI Comprehensible To Humans

For the promise of AI to be fully realized, humans have to trust the machine.<p>Imagine going to your doctor to learn you have cancer. You sit down in front of her desk, and she shuffles through some scans that you took the previous week. Finally, she brings up a sheet of paper, looks at it, then …

Artificial Intelligence

For The First Time, AI Can Teach Itself Any Language On Earth

A universal translator–the stuff of sci-fi legend–may be closer than we think.<p>Machine-based translation is amazing, but hundreds of millions of people on our Pale Blue Dot can’t enjoy its benefits–because their language is nowhere to be found in the translator’s pull-down menu. Now, two new …

Language

Elon Musk claims we only have a 10% chance of making AI safe

Outlook Not So Good<p>Elon Musk has put a lot of thought into the harsh realities and wild possibilities of artificial intelligence (AI). These …

How much autonomy is too much for AI?

AI has the power to make decisions on our behalf and the world is getting excited. But there’s always that nagging question: Who will be the servant and who will be the master? Should we approach AI from a completely different angle? Should we actually hand over control at all and let the AI make …

Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI Are Going to Decimate Middle Class Jobs

Artificial intelligence and increasing automation is going to decimate middle class jobs, worsening inequality and risking significant political …

The Future

AI is about to drastically change

Artificial Intelligence<p>Artificial intelligence (AI) and its corresponding technology all hinge on our human understanding of what intelligence is. …

Artificial Intelligence

What is Bitcoin2X and what does it mean for you?

For the normal or beginner Bitcoiner, all this information may seem overkill. What will happen to your Bitcoin? The answer is that, should the hard fork occur on or around November 17, for each BTC you own, you’ll receive an equal amount of B2X.<p>Currently, miners are signaling 85 percent in favor of …

Cryptocurrency

Ray Kurzweil: "AI will not displace humans, it's going to enhance us"

A Different Take<p>Amidst all the talk about how artificial intelligence (AI) is threatening society with great harm—beginning with taking over …

Intuit launches QuickBooks Capital, a small business lending service powered by AI

Intuit, the company behind products like QuickBooks and TurboTax, is getting into the small business lending space. With QuickBooks Capital, QuickBooks users can now get access to small business loans up to about $35,000 for up to six months right from inside their bookkeeping software.<p>It’s worth …

Small Business

What a world of AI robot writers will look like

Just as video killed the radio star, so too will AI demolish writers, journalists, and editors. Legions of wordsmiths — from Fiverr freelancers to <i>The New York Times</i> reporters — may soon find themselves out of work. However, they will be defeated not by competitors overseas, but by algorithms.<p>To …

Hawking: Creating AI Could Be the Biggest Event in the History of Our Civilization

A Technological Revolution<p>Speaking at the launch of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) in Cambridge, science icon Stephen …

Artificial Intelligence

Google’s DeepMind achieves machine learning breakthroughs at a terrifying pace

It’s time to add “AI research” to the list of things that machines can do better than humans. Google’s Alpha Go, the computer that beat the world’s greatest human go player, just lost to a version of itself that’s never had a single human lesson.<p>Google is making progress in the field of machine …

AI Is Changing Our Brains

Artificial intelligence is shaping not only how we think, but how we see ourselves. Will you one day be held accountable for something your digital self did without you knowing?<p>In 1976, philosopher Julian Jaynes issued the provocative theory that recent ancestors lacked self-awareness. Instead, …

Artificial Intelligence

IBM Chief: Computers Will Soon be Smarter Than Humans

Cognitive Computing<p>According to <i>Inverse</i>, an estimated 2.5 exabytes of data <i></i>bombard us every day. That’s <i>a lot</i>, considering the human brain can only …

Artificial Intelligence

Our Computers Are Learning How to Code Themselves

On the Hunt for Code<p>Those of you who followed the first season of HBO’s “Westworld” know that one of the things that made an artificially intelligent …

Machine Learning

AI is saving doctors time – and patients' lives

In healthcare, time is of the essence. Mere minutes can be the difference between life and death for someone who’s suffering from a stroke. To a patient who’s terminally ill, getting an early diagnosis means spending a few more months with their loved ones.<p>Many doctors, however, are unable to spend …

New breakthrough allows machines to literally predict the behavior of molecules

Simplifying the Complex<p>Though much noise has been made of what’s still to come from artificial intelligence (AI), the technology has already changed …

Machine Learning

Microsoft Ventures, Madrona and others launch $3.5M AI startup competition

Microsoft Ventures today announced a new AI startup competition with a total prize purse of $3.5 million in investments into the winners.<p>The firm is partnering with Madrona Venture Partners, Notion Capital and Vertex Ventures to host this competition, which is looking for (very) early-stage AI …

Venture Capital

Standard Cognition gets $5M to build a machine vision-powered checkout

While image recognition in photos and video has become increasingly sophisticated at an incredible rate, Standard Cognition co-founder Jordan Fisher says everyone is chasing autonomous driving — or, the “shiny object,” as he calls it.<p>That’s not the aim of Fisher and his team, who set out to start a …

7-Eleven

An AI Law Firm Wants to 'Automate the Entire Legal World'

An AI Lawyer<p>Whether it’s a new employment contract, a rental contract, or sale contract, it needs to be checked before signing. Everyone knows the …

Artificial Intelligence

AI Will Help Humanity Soar Past the Limits of Our Intelligence

Three times a day I take a drug called levodopa. I take it because my brain does not produce enough dopamine, without it my hands and feet shake and …

Artificial Intelligence

Here's Everything You Need to Know about Elon Musk's Human/AI Brain Merge

Neuralink Has Arrived<p>After weeks of anticipation, details on Elon Musk’s brain-computer interface company Neuralink have finally been revealed. In a …

Elon Musk

This news-reading AI could scan for police shootings nationwide

Ask how many people have been killed in the last couple decades by police officers, and results vary widely. Local and federal authorities may track them differently, likewise activist and research groups. One project hopes to keep better tabs on police-related fatalities by having an AI system …

Machine Learning

One of the oldest AI companies is about to start selling its chat bot DNA

One of the biggest players in the chat bot space, Next IT, is now opening its libraries up commercially so businesses can create their own chat bots. According to the company this represents the largest repository of AI skills available for chat bots. The move also signifies the demand for …

Weaponized AI ushers in the Terminator era

We knew one day we would have to face the prospect of weaponized AI, but now Kalashnikov has made a lot of people nervous with its line of robot soldiers.<p>The Terminator is already here.<p>This was science fiction just a few years ago. It was the stuff of Hollywood fantasy. Now, suddenly, we are faced …

Artificial Intelligence

The Future of Investing? AI-Run Hedge Funds

Reading Financial Data With AI<p>Artificial intelligence, previously just a sci-fi fantasy, is now here and outsmarting us all.<p>Aidyia, a Hong Kong-based …

Artificial Intelligence

AI can make justice truly blind — but not just yet

“Justice is blind.”<p>It’s a wonderful concept that represents an even-handed legal system that is impartial and objective in equal measure. But there’s no denying the fact that the justice system is deeply flawed.<p>So, could Artificial Intelligence provide the answer? Yes, in the end, but not yet.<p>We …