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Artificial intelligence will wipe out half the banking jobs in a decade, experts say

April 23rd, 2018 at 3:21 pm » Comments Off

Advances in artificial intelligence and automation could replace as many as half the nation’s financial services workers over the next decade, industry experts say, but it’s going to take a big investment to make that happen. James D’Arezzo, CEO of Glendale-based Condusiv Technologies, says that’s where things are headed. And the process will be complicated. […]



In pursuit of the perfect AI voice

April 21st, 2018 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

How developers are humanizing their virtual personal assistants. The virtual personal assistant is romanticized in utopian portrayals of the future from The Jetsons to Star Trek. It’s the cultured, disembodied voice at humanity’s beck and call, eager and willing to do any number of menial tasks.



This AI can automatically animate new Flintstones cartoons

April 18th, 2018 at 9:23 am » Comments Off

The Flintstones, a cartoon about life in the Stone Age, has just surpassed The Jetsons, a cartoon about life in the distant future, when it comes to technological innovation. Researchers have successfully trained artificial intelligence to generate new clips of the prehistoric animated series based on nothing but random text descriptions of what’s happening in […]



Face-swapping videos could lead to more ‘fake news’

April 15th, 2018 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

Fake news has been a problem swamping the internet. Now there is a way to make fake videos with nothing more than your laptop. FakeApp can be used to make fake videos of people using images or other videos of them. Several social media platforms are filled with these deepfakes. While the technology still needs […]



Who’s a good AI? Dog-based data creates a canine machine learning system

April 14th, 2018 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

We’ve trained machine learning systems to identify objects, navigate streets and recognize facial expressions, but as difficult as they may be, they don’t even touch the level of sophistication required to simulate, for example, a dog. Well, this project aims to do just that — in a very limited way, of course. By observing the […]



This data startup uses artificial intelligence to figure out if your roof is in decent shape

April 10th, 2018 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

When you first buy a house, your insurance company doesn’t know very much about it or how much insuring it will cost. That’s because it first has to send out an inspector to look at the exterior of your house, take measurements, and check out your roof to see what kind of shape it’s in. […]



How We’ll Survive When Artificial Intelligence Gets Smarter Than Us

April 4th, 2018 at 3:53 pm » Comments Off

Physicist Max Tegmark has borne witness to the rise of artificial intelligence and insists that we start thinking about what it means for humanity—before machines decide for us. The artificial intelligence revolution is here, and MIT physics professor Max Tegmark believes the implications are vaster than most of us imagine. Tegmark, cofounder and president of […]



Automation, New Morality and a ‘Global Useless Class’

March 22nd, 2018 at 10:10 pm » Comments Off

LONDON — What will our future look like — not in a century but in a mere two decades? Terrifying, if you’re to believe Yuval Noah Harari, the Israeli historian and author of “Sapiens” and “Homo Deus,” a pair of audacious books that offer a sweeping history of humankind and a forecast of what lies […]



A new AI breakthrough will soon make it much easier to communicate with anyone in the world

March 20th, 2018 at 7:06 am » Comments Off

Machines are getting much better at the jobs we humans normally do. As any translator will tell you, transforming the words from one language into another is a task that draws on an enormous reservoir of training, experience, and art.



Fox to kick off the human-robot war with a new AI-based game show

March 13th, 2018 at 12:43 am » Comments Off

As children, most of us humans are taught not to be a “sore loser” by throwing some kind of tantrum when we lose a competition. The idea of gracefully accepting defeat forms the basis of friendship, democracy, and game shows, but Fox is risking the sanctity of all of that by developing a new show […]



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