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This Is Flight in the World of Tomorrow

March 24th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Vision of the Future A sleek new helicopter design was unveiled by Bell Helicopter at the Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. Called the FCX-001, the next-generation machine will be built from sustainable materials and run on a hybrid power system. It will come equipped with augmented reality (AR), an artificial intelligence (AI) co-pilot, and rotor blades […]



How to Upgrade Judges with Machine Learning

March 20th, 2017 at 11:01 am » Comments Off

When should a criminal defendant be required to await trial in jail rather than at home? Software could significantly improve judges’ ability to make that call—reducing crime or the number of people stuck waiting in jail. In a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, economists and computer scientists trained an algorithm to […]



AImotive aims to convert regular cars into driverless ones inexpensively

March 18th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

The AImotive office is in a small converted house at the end of a quiet residential street in sunny Mountain View, spitting distance from Google’s headquarters. Outside is a branded Toyota Prius covered in cameras, one of three autonomous cars the Hungarian company is testing in the sleepy neighborhood. It’s a popular testing ground: one […]



Robots won’t just take our jobs – they’ll make the rich even richer

March 17th, 2017 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

Should robots pay taxes? It may sound strange, but a number of prominent people have been asking this question lately. As fears about the impact of automation grow, calls for a “robot tax” are gaining momentum. Earlier this month, the European parliament considered one for the EU. Benoît Hamon, the French Socialist party presidential candidate […]



Why we must teach morality to robots

March 13th, 2017 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Every week comes a new warning that robots are taking over our jobs. People have become troubled by the question of how robots will learn ethics, if they do take over our work and our planet. As early on as the 1960s Isaac Asimov came up with the ‘Three Laws of Robotics’ outlining moral rules […]



Wikipedia bots act more like humans than expected

March 12th, 2017 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

‘Benevolent bots’ or software robots designed to improve articles on Wikipedia sometimes have online ‘fights’ over content that can continue for years, say scientists who warn that artificial intelligence systems may behave more like humans than expected. Editing bots on Wikipedia undo vandalism, enforce bans, check spelling, create links and import content automatically, whereas other […]



AI learns to write its own code by stealing from other programs

March 11th, 2017 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

OUT of the way, human, I’ve got this covered. A machine learning system has gained the ability to write its own code. Created by researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambridge, the system, called DeepCoder, solved basic challenges of the kind set by programming competitions. This kind of approach could make it much easier for […]



Artificial synapse bridges the gap to brainier computers

March 11th, 2017 at 10:02 am » Comments Off

The human brain is nature’s most powerful processor, so it’s not surprising that developing computers that mimic it has been a long-term goal. Neural networks, the artificial intelligence systems that learn in a very human-like way, are the closest models we have, and now Stanford scientists have developed an organic artificial synapse, inching us closer to making computers […]



Do Robots and AI Deserve Rights?

March 9th, 2017 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

When it comes to robot-human relations, the conversation typically centers on the welfare of the sentient. Science fiction paints us as petrified by our own creations; fears of a bot planet have influenced everything from Asimov’s “Laws of Robotics” to HAL 9000′s homicidal impulses to Skynet’s global genocide. These human-centric anxieties are understandable. However, as […]



The Data-Driven Transformation of Intelligence

February 28th, 2017 at 6:23 pm » Comments Off

When “little green men” invaded Crimea in early 2014, they left a data trail that went largely unnoticed by the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).  Distracted by a large Russian exercise to the west, the IC did not connect the digital dots that indicated the impending invasion.  In the Information Age, the “dots” are more plentiful […]



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