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Machine learning academics are flocking to tech giants and that might be a problem

The die is very much cast when it comes to the growth of machine learning. With the expansion of tech companies like Google, Amazon and Uber, artificial intelligence-based research and products is a growth industry that’s only just getting started. Research from the International Data Commission forecasts that spending on AI and ML will rise from $12 billion in 2017 to $57.6 billion by 2021. The skyrocketing research funding into these fields is mirrored by the resulting patents being filed, wit...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Science, Syndication, Tech


Stanford's New Institute to Ensure AI Is 'Representative of Humanity' Mostly Staffed by White Guys

Stanford University, the bastion of higher education known for manufacturing Silicon Valley’s future, launched the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence this week with a massive party. Big names and billionaires like Bill Gates and Gavin Newsom filed into campus to back the stated mission that “the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Stanford, Artificial Intelligence, Bill Gates, Silicon Valley, Stanford University, Gavin Newsom, Letter From Silicon Valley, Safiya Noble, New Institute


Poll: 25 Percent of European Adults Think Maybe Robots Should Be Calling the Shots, Not Politicians

A January 2019 poll conducted by the Center for the Governance of Change at Spain’s IE University has found considerable anxiety throughout Europe about the pace of automation and technological change, Quartz reported—though it also found that about a quarter of respondents believed that maybe artificial intelligence…Read more...
Tags: Europe, Science, Technology, Spain, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Robots, Ai, Polls, Center for the Governance of Change


What can psychopaths teach us about AI?

What happens when machines learn to manipulate us by faking our emotions? Judging by the rate at which researchers are developing human-like AI agents, we’re about to find out. Researchers around the world are trying to create more human-like AI. By definition, they’re developing artificial psychopaths. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – there’s nothing inherently wrong with being a psychopath, and all AI agents are artificial psychopaths simply because they lack the full range of neurotypical...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence


IonQ Path to Thousands of Qubits and Quantum Supremacy

Quantum Supremacy is defined as the point when quantum computers become faster than regular computers. Quantum computers can become thousands of times more powerful when the number of qubits are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, Future, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Quantum Computers, Qubits, Trapped Ion, Quantum Supremacy, Ionq


IBM’s latest trick: Turning noisy quantum bits into machine learning magic

IBM‘s figured out how to ignore noisy qubits and run machine learning algorithms in quantum feature spaces. Eureka-cadabra! The age of quantum algorithms is upon us. A team of IBM researchers created a pair of quantum classification algorithms and then experimentally implemented them on a hybrid system utilizing a 2-qubit quantum computer and a classical superconductor. Basically, they demonstrated that quantum computers can provide advantages in machine learning that classical computers, alone,...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm, Insider


Tiny claws let drones perch like birds and bats

Drones are useful in countless ways, but that usefulness is often limited by the time they can stay in the air. Shouldn’t drones be able to take a load off too? With these special claws attached, they can perch or hang with ease, conserving battery power and vastly extending their flight time. The claws, created by a highly multinational team of researchers I’ll list at the end, are inspired by birds and bats. The team noted that many flying animals have specially adapted feet or claws suited to...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Yale, Robotics, Biomimetic, Science Robotics, Biomimesis, Kaiyu Hang Ximin Lyu Haoran Song Johannes, Stork Aaron M Dollar Danica Kragic, Fu Zhang


Google Is Trying to Clean Up Internet Comments With an AI Chrome Extension, Isn't That Cute

“Don’t read the comments” has become a common maxim among anyone who has spent any meaningful time online—it means that, if you go sifting through online comments, you’re going to see some shit. A new experimental tool from Google is trying to give users more power over what they do and don’t see—as it stands, it…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Ai


OpenAI Made Super Spam Generator and Now Seeks Investors and Profit

Last month, OpenAI announced that they had made an AI system could be used for next-generation super spam and a tsunami of fake news. They chose to keep the super-spam system secret to prevent misuse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Deep Learning, Openai


Koala-sensing drone helps keep tabs on drop bear numbers

It’s obviously important to Australians to make sure their koala population is closely tracked — but how can you do so when the suckers live in forests and climb trees all the time? With drones and AI, of course. A new project from Queensland University of Technology combines some well-known techniques in a new way to help keep an eye on wild populations of the famous and soft marsupials. They used a drone equipped with a heat-sensing camera, then ran the footage through a deep learning model tr...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Australia, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Conservation, Queensland, Machine Learning, Uavs, Endangered Species, Koalas, Computer Vision, Koala


The Government Wants to Hear Your Creepy Plan to Predict Behavior With AI and Ankle Monitors

Have a plan to track and predict the behavior of ex-cons using artificial intelligence? The U.S. Department of Justice is all ears.Read more...
Tags: Science, Artificial Intelligence, Predictive Policing, Ai, U S Department of Justice


Artificial Humans Fight for Freedom in This Stylish Sci-Fi Short

We’ve sung the praises of filmmaker K-Michel Parandi on io9 in the past, and now there’s a new verse: XYZ, From Fire and Dust, a proof-of-concept short about artificial humans that Parandi hopes may become a series one day, according to Short of the Week.Read more...
Tags: Science, Artificial Intelligence, Short Films, Short Of The Week, K Michel Parandi, Xyz From Fire And Dust, Michel Parandi, Parandi


Elon Musk-backed AI Company Claims It Made a Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Release

Researchers at the non-profit AI research group OpenAI just wanted to train their new text generation software to predict the next word in a sentence. It blew away all of their expectations and was so good at mimicking writing by humans they’ve decided to pump the brakes on the research while they explore the damage…Read more...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Openai, Text Generator


AI will soon decide what we eat

Machine learning is disrupting the food industry. From how farmers determine which seeds to plant, to what toppings your local mom and pop pizza-joint serves, there’s an AI-powered solution at work that’s revolutionizing what and how we eat. After about 200,000 years of managing our own basic nutritional needs — poorly, in most cases — the grown-ups are finally putting machines in charge. IBM recently unveiled its “5 in 5” for 2019 – five innovations the company believes will change our lives in...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm


DARPA wants smart bandages for wounded warriors

Nowhere is prompt and effective medical treatment more important than on the battlefield, where injuries are severe and conditions dangerous. DARPA thinks that outcomes can be improved by the use of intelligent bandages and other systems that predict and automatically react to the patient’s needs. Ordinary cuts and scrapes just need a bit of shelter and time and your amazing immune system takes care of things. But soldiers not only receive far graver wounds, but under complex conditions that ...
Tags: Apple, Health, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Government, Medical, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Darpa, Medtech, Paul Sheehan, BETR


Tech Genius Donald Trump to Sign Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence Today

President Donald Trump reportedly plans to sign an executive order today creating something called the American AI Initiative. The executive order is apparently a symbolic nod to artificial intelligence that doesn’t create any new funding but encourages the federal government to do more with AI. And we can’t help but…Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Computers, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Donald Trump, New Cold War, Border Wall, President Trump, Our Garbage President, American Ai Initiative


Why the criminal justice system should abandon algorithms

Here’s a choose-your-own-adventure game nobody wants to play: you’re a United States judge tasked with deciding bail for a black man, a first-time offender, accused of a non-violent crime. An algorithm just told you there’s a 100 percent chance he’ll re-offend. With no further context, what do you do? Judges in the US employ algorithms to predict the likelihood an offender will commit further crimes, their flight risk, and a handful of other factors. These data points are then used to guide huma...
Tags: Startups, Science, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States


Gig Workers Unknowingly Helped Google and the Pentagon Build AI for Drones: Report

The future of artificial intelligence and war sounds dizzyingly high-tech, but that’s not always the case.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, War, Artificial Intelligence, Pentagon, Project Maven, Crowdsourced War


Let’s save the bees with machine learning

Machine learning and all its related forms of “AI” are being used to work on just about every problem under the sun, but even so, stemming the alarming decline of the bee population still seems out of left field. In fact it’s a great application for the technology and may help both bees and beekeepers keep hives healthy. The latest threat to our precious honeybees is the varroa mite, a parasite that infests hives and sucks the blood from both bees and their young. While it rarely kills a bee out...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Bees, Conservation, Switzerland, GreenTech, EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Varroa, Beekeeping, Colony Collapse, Alain Bugnon, Bugnon


A deadly tree disease is devastating the citrus industry – AI can help

It’s estimated that 100 percent of citrus trees over three-years-old in the state of Florida have an incurable, deadly disease. They will wither and die within the next few years. California’s orchards are next. Thankfully, we have a new ally in the fight to save the citrus industry: artificial intelligence. While scientists race to create disease-resistant trees, politicians and activists argue over where we should draw the line with pesticide use. The net result of these efforts may yield opti...
Tags: Startups, Florida, Science, California, Tech, Artificial Intelligence


Don’t worry, this rocket-launching Chinese robo-boat is strictly for science

It seems inevitable that the high seas will eventually play host to a sort of proxy war as automated vessels clash over territory for the algae farms we’ll soon need to feed the growing population. But this rocket-launching robo-boat is a peacetime vessel concerned only with global weather patterns. The craft is what’s called an unmanned semi-submersible vehicle, or USSV, and it functions as a mobile science base — and now, a rocket launch platform. For meteorological sounding rockets, of course...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Asia, Science, Hardware, Climate Change, China, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Boats, Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics, Antarctic, Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Bohai Bay


Ancient civilizations' fascination with AI, robots, and synthetic life

Stanford folklorist and science historian Adrienne Mayor has a fascinating-sounding new book out, titled "Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology." It's a survey of how ancient Greeks, Romans, Indian, and Chinese myths imagined and grappled with visions of synthetic life, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robots. From Mayor's interview at Princeton University Press: Who first imagined the concept of robots? Most historians of science trace the first automa...
Tags: Post, Books, Science, News, Stanford, History, Artificial Intelligence, Pandora, Mythology, Robots, Classics, Ai, Princeton University Press, Jason, Folklore, Buddha


IBM builds a more diverse million-face data set to help reduce bias in AI

Encoding biases into machine learning models, and in general into the constructs we refer to as AI, is nearly inescapable — but we can sure do better than we have in past years. IBM is hoping that a new database of a million faces more reflective of those in the real world will help. Facial recognition is being relied on for everything from unlocking your phone to your front door, and is being used to estimate your mood or likelihood to commit criminal acts — and we may as well admit many of the...
Tags: TC, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm, Smith, Facial Recognition, John r smith, Sen Harris


IBM builds a more diverse million-face dataset to help reduce bias in AI

Encoding biases into machine learning models, and in general into the constructs we refer to as AI, is nearly inescapable — but we can sure do better than we have in past years. IBM is hoping that a new database of a million faces more reflective of those in the real world will help. Facial recognition being relied on for everything from unlocking your phone to your front door, and being used to estimate your mood or likelihood to commit criminal acts — and we may as well admit many of these app...
Tags: TC, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm, Smith, Facial Recognition, John r smith, Sen Harris


AI Finds Traces of a Lost Species in Human DNA

Buried deep within the DNA of Asian individuals is a genetic clue pointing to the existence of an unknown human ancestor. Remarkably, it wasn’t a human who reached this startling conjecture, but rather an artificially intelligent algorithm. Welcome to archaeology in the 21st century.Read more...
Tags: Science, Artificial Intelligence, Genetics, Ai, Neanderthals, Denisovans, Human Evolution, Early Humans


Deep Mind Artificial Intelligence Wins 10 Out 11 Games Versus Pro Human Players

Deep Mind has a StarCraft II program AlphaStar. It is the first Artificial Intelligence to defeat a top professional human player. In a series of test matches held on 19 December, AlphaStar... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, Video Games, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Deep Learning, Deep Mind


Deep Mind Artificial Intelligence Wins 10 Out 11 Games Versus Best Human Players

Deep Mind has a StarCraft II program AlphaStar. It is the first Artificial Intelligence to defeat a top professional human player. In a series of test matches held on 19 December, AlphaStar... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, Video Games, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Deep Learning, Deep Mind


StarCraft II-playing AI AlphaStar takes out pros undefeated

Losing to the computer in StarCraft has been a tradition of mine since the first game came out in 1998. Of course, the built-in “AI” is trivial for serious players to beat, and for years researchers have attempted to replicate human strategy and skill in the latest version of the game. They’ve just made a huge leap with AlphaStar, which recently beat two leading pros 5-0. The new system was created by DeepMind, and in many ways it’s very unlike what you might call a “traditional” StarCraft AI. T...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Starcraft, Protoss, Deepmind, Zerg, MANA, AlphaStar


Autonomous subs spend a year cruising under Antarctic ice

The freezing waters underneath Antarctic ice shelves and the underside of the ice itself are of great interest to scientists… but who wants to go down there? Leave it to the robots. They won’t complain! And indeed, a pair of autonomous subs have been nosing around the ice for a full year now, producing data unlike any other expedition ever has. The mission began way back in 2017, with a grant from the late Paul Allen. With climate change affecting sea ice around the world, precise measurements a...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Paul Allen, Antarctica, Robotics, Antarctic, Lee, University of Washington, UW, Chris Lee, Seaglider


Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility

Robots are amazing things, but outside of their specific domains they are incredibly limited. So flexibility — not physical, but mental — is a constant area of research. A trio of new robotic setups demonstrate ways they can evolve to accommodate novel situations: using both “hands,” getting up after a fall, and understanding visual instructions they’ve never seen before. The robots, all developed independently, are gathered together today in a special issue of the journal Science Robotics dedic...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Ikea, Robotics, Berkeley, Eth Zurich, Goldberg, Ken Goldberg, ETHZ, Science Robotics, Ikea Assembly



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