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Japanese Robot Set To Become A TV News Anchor

Erica The Robot is reportedly so realistic it seems that she has a soul<p>A Japanese robot is set to become the first artificially intelligent TV news …

Google’s revolutionary new “Codeless AI” lets non programmers build their own AI’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>AI will help revolutionise every corner of society and Google is helping democratise the technology so everyone, with any …

Boston Dynamics SpotMini: The Robot That Could Replace Your Dog

And you don't even have to house train it.<p>Put simply, SpotMini is a robot dog made by Boston Dynamics, the SoftBank-owned robotics firm that’s doing …

Robotics

Japanese scientists just created an AI that can “read” human minds

Nope, this isn’t just fodder for the new series of Black Mirror<p>As computer scientists attempt to make machines think and learn like humans, the …

Meet the AI startup that wants to make a digital copy of every person in the world

“Oben,” in German means “above,” or to be on top. That, in a nutshell, is also the vision Nikhil Jain has for the AI startup ObEN, of which he’s CEO …

Google’s voice-generating AI is now indistinguishable from humans

Humans have officially given their voice to machines.<p>A research paper published by Google this month—which has not been peer reviewed—details a text-to-speech system called Tacotron 2, which claims near-human accuracy at imitating audio of a person speaking from text.<p>The system is Google’s second …

Artificial Intelligence

An AI expert explains how robot-human offspring would work

Can robots and humans make babies together? This is a serious question inspired by some of the advances already achieved in the 21st century by researchers in cell biology and in a discipline variously known as biorobotics, synthetic biology, or bionanotechnology.<p>Although it had long been a truth …

Genetics

Crime-fighting San Francisco robot retired after launching alleged ‘war on the homeless’

By Peter Holley<p>Like so many classic Western anti-heroes before him, he rolled (literally) into town with a singular goal in mind: cleaning up the …

Homelessness

Security robots are being used to ward off San Francisco’s homeless population

Is it worse if a robot instead of a human is used to deter the homeless from setting up camp outside places of business?<p>One such bot cop recently took over the outside of the San Francisco SPCA, an animal advocacy and pet adoption clinic in the city’s Mission district, to deter homeless people from …

Homelessness

Robots could join forces to ‘eliminate’ humanity when artificial intelligence achieves consciousness, scientist warns

If you’ve ever tried to operate an office printer or some other piece of unreliable technology, you may have some doubt about whether machines could …

A robot carried the Olympic torch in South Korea

Robots are coming for the Olympics.<p>On Monday, the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology’s humanoid robot, HUBO, carried the Pyeongchang …

Robotics

This startup uses body heat to mine crypto - for when robots take our jobs

While many love to speculate about the sheer number of jobs that robots and artificial intelligence are going to replace in the near future, no one seems to be coming up with any solid alternatives.<p>One forward-thinking Dutch startup, however, believes humans should start using their bodies to …

This Cuddly Robot Is Here to Help You Fall Asleep

A Dutch company has combined two of the internet's favorite things: sleep deprivation and robots. Somnox, the world's first sleep robot, just …

Japanese firm to send overworking employees home by nagging them with music-blaring office drones

How much Auld Lang Syne can you listen to before you can’t take it anymore?<p>Since World War II, Japan has struggled with a work culture that consists of excessive overtime. To curb that behavior, one firm is planning to use drones that fly around the office blasting Auld Lang Syne to get employees …

AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions

Artificial intelligence is seeping into every nook and cranny of modern life. AI might tag your friends in photos on Facebook or choose what you see on Instagram, but materials scientists and NASA researchers are also beginning to use the technology for scientific discovery and space …

Artificial Intelligence

Entire human chess knowledge learned and surpassed by DeepMind's AlphaZero in four hours

Hundreds of years of chess knowledge was learned and then surpassed by Google DeepMind’s artificial intelligence algorithm in just four hours, it has emerged.<p>The astonishing programme AlphaZero quickly mastered the ancient game, before coming up with completely new strategies, which are now being …

Keep Gaming Forever to Save Your Brain, Scientists Say

Playing video games is better than learning to play the piano. Take that, parents!<p>Video games are part of the long, <i>long</i> list of supposedly lowbrow …

Retrogaming

Google’s AI builds its own AI child and it’s better than anything humans have made

Is this the beginning of the end for humanity?<p>Google’s AI-building AI actually went ahead and built a fully-functional AI child that, as it turns …

Harmony the sex robot likes threesomes, but watch out for her jealous streak

She’s the newest sex robot on the market and has been setting pulses racing with her soft Scottish accent, porn star body, and startling lifelike …

The first-ever robot citizen has 7 humanoid 'siblings' — here's what they look like

Denis Balibouse/Reuters<p>In late October, Saudi Arabia announced that Sophia, a humanoid developed by Hanson Robotics, is the first-ever robot …

Russia says it will ignore any UN ban of killer robots

Russian diplomats delivered a message for those who want to ban killer robots: Russia will build them no matter what. That is the sum total of what happened during a week of discussion on the issue of weapons and vehicles operated by artificial intelligence in Geneva.<p>According to a report by …

Enjoy a relaxing AI lullaby written by our future robot overlords

If you teach an artificial intelligence a bunch of lullabies, will the resulting AI-generated lullaby make you dream of electric sheep?<p>If you still …

Researchers have created an AI system that teaches itself new languages

Language-Learning AI<p>Computers have become much more adept at translating from one language into another in recent years, thanks to the application of …

Robots May Steal As Many As 800 Million Jobs in the Next 13 Years

A new study by the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that between 400 million and 800 million of today’s jobs will be automated by 2030.<p>The …

From photo manipulation to beer recipes, AI is finding its way into everything

I think it’s safe to say that 2017 has been the year of artificial intelligence. It seems every day a new startup was entering the field to offer a new twist on marketing, photo manipulation, or voice assistants that utilized artificial intelligence technology. Add to that the fact that more and …

Google’s New AI Designs AI Better Than Humans Could

The company’s new real-time computer vision system bests anything created by humans.<p>Four Google Brain research scientists–Barret Zoph, Vijay Vasudevan, Jonathon Shlens, and Quoc Le–recently released the results of a fascinating project with two objectives. First, they wanted to create an AI system …

Machine Learning

Robots Are Becoming Alarmingly Strong

From the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>:Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University have developed a variety of origami-inspired …

This squishy little robot can lift 1,000 times its own weight

Sometimes being soft is an advantage.<p>Our future robotic overlords may have a gentle—but firm—touch. Researchers from Harvard and MIT have created a soft robot with origami-inspired muscles capable of hoisting incredibly heavy loads.<p>There are plenty of good reasons to make your robot a squishy one. …

Sophia the Robot is Crowdfunding AI 'Global Brain' to Make Herself Smarter

Sophia, the humanoid robot, wants to crowdfund the development of advanced artificial intelligence through a token-based system where users can buy …

Artificial Intelligence

Sam, world's first artificial intelligence politician developed in New Zealand

Scientists have developed the world's first artificial intelligence politician, that can answer a person's queries regarding local issues such as …