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We can now use AI to see through walls

June 19th, 2018 at 9:24 am » Comments Off

Wireless radio signals can be used to monitor a person’s precise movements through a solid wall, thanks to artificial intelligence. The technology could help us monitor people for health and safety less intrusively—but it also raises a range of security and privacy issues.



A giant new retail fulfillment center in China has only four employees

June 16th, 2018 at 9:38 am » Comments Off

JD.com, one of China’s big e-commerce companies, has unveiled a warehouse in Shanghai that, it says, only keeps humans on board so they can service all the robots.



How data scientists are using AI for suicide prevention

June 14th, 2018 at 8:51 am » Comments Off

The Crisis Text Line uses machine learning to figure out who’s at risk and when to intervene. When horrible news — like the deaths by suicide of chef, author, and TV star Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade, or the 2015 Paris attacks — breaks, crisis counseling services often get deluged with calls from […]



Can AI have good taste? Auction giant Sotheby’s is counting on it

June 9th, 2018 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

Sotheby’s acquired startup Thread Genius, whose machine learning tech can discern clients’ artistic and style leanings–and suggest customized purchases. Just a few doors down from its CEO and the wood-paneled cubicles where sharply dressed professionals sit, the eighth floor of Sotheby’s New York takes on a very different vibe. Suddenly, it’s more Silicon Valley than […]



Yes, Alexa is recording mundane details of your life, and it’s creepy as hell

May 29th, 2018 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

I’m not kicking our smart speaker out of the house just yet, but the consequences of having it in my family’s life are becoming clear. Since last year I’ve had a smart speaker in my living room—an Echo Dot. My family uses it mostly to ask Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa, to play music. But after […]



Will AI ever become conscious?

May 29th, 2018 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

When science-fiction worlds introduce robots that look and behave like people, sooner or later those worlds’ inhabitants confront the question of robot self-awareness. If a machine is built to truly mimic a human, its “brain” must be complex enough not only to process information as ours does, but also to achieve certain types of abstract […]



Will tech and AI take your job, or help you do it better?

May 21st, 2018 at 10:34 am » Comments Off

We all know what happens when industrial revolutions come to town, right? Higher productivity as machines take over, coupled with job losses for the people whose jobs are now being done faster, more efficiently, and cheaper by machines. At least, that’s one way of looking at it. But, as the following video from the WSJ […]



The AI farm experiment

May 8th, 2018 at 10:32 am » Comments Off

Major companies are bringing together new machine learning algorithms, better and cheaper sensors, and increased computing power in hopes of addressing growing global demand for food and agriculture’s diminishing labor force. The big picture: Alphabet’s X and John Deere, startups and universities are looking to AI-based agriculture to address these problems. But farming presents hard […]



Five myths about artificial intelligence

May 4th, 2018 at 7:45 am » Comments Off

Artificial intelligence is the future. Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple are all making big bets on AI. (Amazon owner Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.) Congress has held hearings and even formed a bipartisan Artificial Intelligence Caucus. From health care to transportation to national security, AI has the potential to improve lives. But it […]



Google exec issues warning over future of AI

May 4th, 2018 at 7:29 am » Comments Off

Google co-founder Sergey Brin sent the message in a letter to Alphabet shareholders (Source: Getty) One of Google’s top execs and president of Alphabet Sergey Brin has raised concerns about the AI revolution in a letter to Alphabet’s shareholders. In his annual letter sent to shareholders of Google umbrella organisation Alphabet yesterday, Brin said that […]



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