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Google pledges $1 billion to prepare workers for automation

Before we get worried about the possibility of a robot uprising, we probably have to worry about our jobs first. Yes, that includes me. Since machines could take millions of jobs the next few years, Google has launched a new initiative to help people in the US and around the globe learn new skills …

Nonprofits

Amazon is beating Google in the race to the home computer

Amazon wants Alexa everywhere<p>Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung are all chasing voice-based artificial intelligence with smart digital assistants that you talk to. It’s a future we’ve been promised for years: a computer you can talk to at home, and now the competition to make it a …

Smart Homes

Uber's former self-driving lead is creating an AI religion

In a development that wouldn't be out of place in a <i>Black Mirror</i> episode, we could soon be worshipping an artificially intelligent god figure. And this isn't a satirical take on our existing roles as disciples of social media, or the transcendental joy we feel when an Uber Eats delivery arrives. …

Robots learn to walk naturally by understanding their bodies

The challenge with bipedal robots isn't so much getting them to walk at all (although that's sometimes a problem) as it is getting them to walk naturally. They tend to either step cautiously or quickly run into trouble. Swiss researchers think they can do better, though: they're working on COMAN …

Robotics

Michelin wants to reinvent the wheel for the driverless age

Airless, indestructible, and 3D-printed from orange zest (among other biomaterials)<p>They’re completely airless, last virtually forever, and could be the perfect tire for our autonomous future. Michelin, the 128-year-old tire manufacturer based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, recently unveiled a …

Michelin

Google’s AI head says super-intelligent AI scare stories are stupid

‘I’m definitely not worried about the AI apocalypse,’ says Google’s John Giannandrea<p>The AI apocalypse: disconcerting to imagine, but fun to talk about.<p>Well, that’s if Silicon Valley’s leaders are anything to go by. Tesla’s Elon Musk has been banging the drum about the dangers of super-intelligent …

Artificial Intelligence

The first autonomous drone delivery network will fly above Switzerland starting next month

Like a futuristic postal service... that delivers blood<p>Logistics company Matternet has announced a permanent autonomous drone network in Switzerland that will now see lab samples like blood tests and other diagnostics flown between hospital facilities, clinics, and labs. The first delivery network …

Blood Tests

Robot security guard maker Knightscope shows off new multi-terrain model

Silicon Valley firm Knightscope is best known for its K5 security robot: an ovoid tower on wheels that — when it’s not knocking over toddlers or falling into fountains — patrols a few dozen of California’s parking lots and malls. But the company is now introducing two new model to its line-up: the …

Robotics

DNA 'robots' could sort molecules in your blood

Robots are already good at sorting things, so wouldn't it be nice if they could sort things out on a much smaller scale? They might soon. Caltech researchers have developed a 'robot' made from a single DNA strand that autonomously picks up molecules and moves them to specific places. It certainly …

AI can detect Alzheimer's 10 years before symptoms show up

Various researchers around the globe are developing ways to detect Alzheimer's as early as possible. After all, early detection gives people the power seek treatment that can slow down the condition's effects, as well as enough time to get their legal and financial affairs in order. Some decided to …

Dementia

Facebook opens a new AI research lab in Montreal

Facebook's Artificial Intelligence Research team is expanding. The company announced a brand new AI lab that just opened in Montreal, which joins the network of existing labs based in Menlo Park, New York City and Paris. "The Montreal lab will house research scientists and engineers working on a …

Artificial Intelligence

YuMi the robot makes debut as orchestra conductor in Italy

It led musicians, including renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli<p>Robots can do a lot: they can chant at funerals, swim, guide you through airports, and even dance their way to a Guinness World Record. Now, a robot called YuMi has made its conducting debut in Italy, leading an orchestra and renowned …

The rise of AI is sparking an international arms race

Elon Musk thinks it’s the most likely cause of WWIII.<p>"Artificial intelligence is the future not only of Russia but of all of mankind ... Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world."<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin made this statement to a group of students two …

Artificial Intelligence

IBM is installing a Watson AI lab at MIT

Both MIT and IBM are leaders in the field of Artificial Intelligence and now they're teaming up. IBM announced on Thursday that it had reached a 10-year research partnership agreement with the university worth nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. That investment will see more than 100 researchers …

John Deere bought an AI company to optimize crop spraying

Want to know how pervasive AI is becoming in seemingly all facets of daily life? Just ask Deere & Company. The John Deere brand owner just acquired Blue River Technology, which uses machine learning and computer vision to target herbicide spraying at just the weed-infested portions of a farm field. …

Prowler.io nabs $13M for its new approach to decision making in AI

As we continue to see a wide proliferation of artificial intelligence-based startups come to market, one of the persistent and big questions has been is whether an AI system will ever be able to make decisions as well as a human can.<p>A startup out of Cambridge called Prowler.io is developing a new …

Artificial Intelligence

Putin says the nation that leads in AI ‘will be the ruler of the world’

The Russian president warned that artificial intelligence offers ‘colossal opportunities’ as well as dangers<p>Russian president Vladimir Putin has joined the war of words concerning the international race to develop artificial intelligence. Speaking to students last Friday, Putin predicted that …

Artificial Intelligence

​The Worst Lies You've Been Told About the Singularity

You’ve probably heard of a concept known as the Technological Singularity — a nebulous event that’s supposed to happen in the not-too-distant future. …

AI writes Yelp reviews that pass for the real thing

On any given day, hordes of people consult online reviews to help them pick out where to eat, what to watch, and products to buy. We trust that these reviews are reliable because they come from everyday folk just like us. But, what if the feedback blurbs on sites ranging from Amazon to iTunes could …

Machine Learning

AI trained on Yelp data writes fake restaurant reviews ‘indistinguishable’ from real deal

‘Omgggg! Very flavorful! It was so delicious that I didn’t spell it!!’<p>How much do you trust the reviews you read online? Probably not a lot, right? You know, like most people, that glowing write-ups and five-star ratings can be easily bought. And you might even think you’re pretty good at spotting …

University of Chicago

MIT’s new Ford-funded robot can deftly navigate pedestrian traffic

Robots have a lot of challenges remaining before they become commonplace in our lives, and many of those are likely not even something you’d think about when trying to make a list. One good example is simply walking around among people, and keeping pace with pedestrians on streets and sidewalks. …

Robotics

Smart’s autonomous concept car literally says “Hello”

Smart’s concept of a future autonomous vehicle is, as you might expect from the Daimler-owned automaker, small and adorable. But it’s even easier to anthropomorphize than the existing Smart lineup, thanks to built-in features designed to support self-driving, like external displays front and back …

Carsharing

Two-thirds of Americans approve of editing human DNA to treat disease

But opinions vary based on religious beliefs<p>About two-thirds of Americans support the use of gene editing to treat diseases, according to a new survey. But opinions vary a lot based on people’s religious beliefs and how much they know about gene editing in general.<p>The research, published earlier …

Genetics

Robot airbags could help industrial bots play nice with humans

Better to be booped by an airbag than crushed by a claw<p>Making robots that can work safely alongside humans is an important and unavoidable challenge for the manufacturing industry. If something goes wrong with a robot and it confuses a squishy human body with open air, the result might not just be …

Robotics

The VR dating show makes me want to never date again

You know those gimmick-based dating shows about people going on dates naked, or in the dark, or with some other twist? Someone is doing this for virtual reality now, and while that already may not sound great, I promise that it is worse than it sounds. It’s not that <i>Virtually Dating</i> is dumb about …

Virtual Reality

Google uses machine learning to help journalists track hate

Hate crimes have sadly existed long before last weekend's tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia but tracking them has been difficult. To help fix that, the Google News Lab has partnered with <i>ProPublica</i>, the <i>New York Times</i>, <i>BuzzFeed News</i>, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the University of …

Machine Learning

Facebook patent reveals more details about its AR glasses

Mark Zuckerberg showed off a render of the AR glasses Facebook is working on last year, but he didn't reveal a lot of details about the device. Now, we finally know a bit more about it, thanks to a new patent application filed by members of Oculus' advanced research division. The application, …

Barclays customers can now ask Siri to make payments for them

In today's edition of companies making it all too easy for us to spend money, Barclays has added a feature to its iOS app that will debit your account after hearing you utter but a few words. Or, less sinisterly put, Barclays' mobile banking app now lets you make payments with Siri commands. …

FinTech

Elon Musk urges the UN to limit AI weapons

Elon Musk has signed his name alongside more than 100 others to ask the UN to regulate the use of autonomous weapons systems. The group of concerned engineers, many of whom are respected in the field of AI, is asking the global body to "protect civilians" from "misuse" of AI-driven weapons. They …

Walmart may use a blimp to deploy its delivery drones

Hey, Amazon: you aren't the only one who pictures blimps full of delivery drones. Walmart has applied for a patent on "gas-filled carrier aircrafts" that would serve as airborne bases, helping courier drones fly to homes they couldn't reach if they flew from a fixed location. The concept isn't …

Walmart