AI

By Tom Higley | Artificial Intelligence

Help EFF Track the Progress of AI and Machine Learning

The field of machine learning and artificial intelligence is making rapid progress. Many people are starting to ask what a world with intelligent …

Machine Learning

The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence

BEIJING — What worries you about the coming world of artificial intelligence?<p>Too often the answer to this question resembles the plot of a sci-fi thriller. People worry that developments in A.I. will bring about the “singularity” — that point in history when A.I. surpasses human intelligence, …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Unveils an AI Investment Fund. It's Betting on an App Store for Algorithms.

Google just placed yet another bet on the idea that artificial intelligence will remake the world—and throw off wild profits.<p>The company disclosed …

MIT and Google researchers have made AI that can link sound, sight, and text to understand the world

If we ever want future robots to do our bidding, they’ll have to understand the world around them in a complete way—if a robot hears a barking noise, what’s making it? What does a dog look like, and what do dogs need?<p>AI research has typically treated the ability to recognize images, identify …

Artificial Intelligence

Canada has a chance to monopolize the artificial intelligence industry

<i>John Kelleher is a partner at McKinsey & Co. and the co-chair of Next Canada. Laura McGee is an engagement manager at McKinsey & Co. and co-founder of #GoSponsorHer.</i><p>John Kelleher is a partner at McKinsey & Co. and the co-chair of Next Canada. Laura McGee is an engagement manager at McKinsey & Co. …

Artificial Intelligence

Andrew Ng announces Deeplearning.ai, his new venture after leaving Baidu

Andrew Ng, the former chief scientist of Baidu, announced his next venture, Deeplearning.ai, with only a logo, a domain name and a footnote pointing to an August launch date. In an interesting twist, the Deeplearning.ai domain name appears to be registered to Baidu’s Sunnyvale AI research campus — …

Artificial Intelligence

Is it unethical to design robots to resemble humans?

Three men deliver an endless assault of kicks as the victim lies motionless on the grass. With venom in their eyes, one of the perpetrators delivers a crushing blow with a wooden bat. Another gets down on his knees and delivers a flurry of fists.<p>The printer is dead. Plastic parts and microchips are …

Robots

We Need Next Generation Algorithms To Harness The Power Of Today's AI Chips

At the GTC technology conference this year, NVIDIA launched their latest and most advanced GPU called Volta. At the center of this chip is Tensor Core, an Artificial Intelligence accelerator that that is poised to usher in the next phase of AI applications. However, our current AI algorithms are …

Machine Learning

AI Acquires Spatial Reasoning Abilities, in a Victory for Our Machine Overlords

The London-based AI group DeepMind is at it again, inching us closer to the robot apocalypse and collecting news headlines along the way. In a …

Artificial Intelligence

In the AI Age, “Being Smart” Will Mean Something Completely Different

Andrew Ng has likened artificial intelligence (AI) to electricity in that it will be as transformative for us as electricity was for our ancestors. I can only guess that electricity was mystifying, scary, and even shocking to them — just as AI will be to many of us. Credible scientists and research …

Harvard Business Review

Real Musicians Evaluate Music Made by Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has already proven its worth at performing routine tasks. But how good can it be at artistic creativity? A group of researchers at Kingston University and Queen Mary University of London are exploring the concept with AI that composes music.<p>folk-rnn, the machine learning …

Artificial Intelligence

Google advances AI with ‘one model to learn them all’

Google quietly released an academic paper that could provide a blueprint for the future of machine learning. Called “One Model to Learn Them All,” it lays out a template for how to create a single machine learning model that can address multiple tasks well.<p>The MultiModel, as the Google researchers …

Machine Learning

A discussion about AI’s conflicts and challenges

Thirty five years ago having a PhD in computer vision was considered the height of unfashion, as artificial intelligence languished at the bottom of the trough of disillusionment.<p>Back then it could take a day for a computer vision algorithm to process a single image. How times change.<p>“The …

Machine Learning

Computers are starting to reason like humans

New artificial intelligence beats humans at understanding relationships between objects

Machine Learning

An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language

When Facebook designed chatbots to negotiate with one another, the bots made up their own way of communicating.<p>A buried line in a new Facebook report about chatbots’ conversations with one another offers a remarkable glimpse at the future of language.<p>In the report, researchers at the Facebook …

Artificial Intelligence

Google releases new TensorFlow Object Detection API

Google is releasing a new TensorFlow object detection API to make it easier for developers and researchers to identify objects within images. Google is trying to offer the best of simplicity and performance — the models being released today have performed well in benchmarking and have become …

Machine Learning

AI Could Test For Autism Before It Even Emerges—But It's No Cure-All

Artificial intelligence is ascendant in medicine—from AI eye doctors to chatbot therapists. As medical databases balloon in size and complexity, …

Autism

Elon Musk and linguists say that AI is forcing us to confront the limits of human language

In analytic philosophy, any meaning can be expressed in language. In his book <i>Expression and Meaning</i> (1979), UC Berkeley philosopher John Searle calls this idea “the principle of expressibility, the principle that whatever can be meant can be said”. Moreover, in the <i>Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus</i> …

Philosophy

Google open-sources mobile-first computer vision models for TensorFlow

Google is helping smartphones better recognize images without requiring massive power consumption, thanks to a new set of models the company released today. Called MobileNets, the pre-trained image recognition models let developers pick between a set of models that vary in size and accuracy to best …

Machine Learning

Element AI, a platform for companies to build AI solutions, raises $102M

The race for artificial intelligence technology is on, and while tech giants like Google and Facebook snap up top talent to build out their own AI-powered products, a new startup has just raised a huge round of funding to help the rest of us.<p>Element AI — a Montreal-based platform and incubator that …

Startups

One of Europe's most influential investors gave a brutal example of how AI could wipe out white-collar jobs

The numbers are in: robots are starting to replace humans working in factories and other manual jobs. But will they ever replace white-collar workers?<p>Fred Destin, former general partner at Accel and currently raising his own seed fund, predicted that automation will wipe out up to 70% of …

Intelligence

3 Steps To Embedding Artificial Intelligence In Enterprise Applications

In the context of contemporary applications, it’s hard to think of an application that doesn’t use a database. From mobile to web to the desktop, every modern application relies on some form of a database. Some apps use flat files while others rely on in-memory or NoSQL databases. Traditional …

Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence can now predict suicide with remarkable accuracy

When someone commits suicide, their family and friends can be left with the heartbreaking and answerless question of what they could have done differently. Colin Walsh, data scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, hopes his work in predicting suicide risk will give people the opportunity …

Machine Learning

Human-Level AI Is Right Around the Corner—or Hundreds of Years Away

Ray Kurzweil, Rodney Brooks, and others weigh in on the future of artificial intelligence Photo-Illustrations: Gluekit 3. Engineering Cognition</b> …

Singularity

Goodbye doctors, hello robots

It’s time we started treating our healthcare with the same respect that we’ve given our music libraries. It’s time to personalize mental health and optimize physical training — and I don’t want to wait around for appointments with six-figure graduate students using decades-old technology to give me …

Mental Health

Why AI Would Be Nothing Without Big Data

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most transformative forces of our times. While there may be debate whether AI will transform our world in good or evil ways, something we can all agree on is that AI would be nothing without big data.<p>Even though AI technologies have existed for several …

Big Data

Rethinking Chatbots: They're Not Just for Customers

Chatbots and digital assistants benefit a business's internal communications and decision-making, too.<p>Grabbing that morning Starbucks fix got a little easier this year, thanks to artificial intelligence. Starbucks launched a new feature in January that allows customers who own iPhones or Amazon …

Chatbots

Experts Weigh in on AI and the Singularity

AI Visionaries<p>Artificial intelligence (AI) is progressing so fast that there are new developments in the field almost every week. The tendrils of AI …

Singularity