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AI will create as many new jobs as it loses

August 16th, 2018 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

PwC, the business consultancy, reckons that as many UK jobs will be created by AI as will be lost by AI. A PwC report forecasts that about 20% of UK jobs will be automated by 2037—but 20% more jobs will also be created. That’s 7 million jobs lost and 7.2 million jobs gained. PwC reckons […]



Robot laws: Why we need a code of conduct for AI – and fast

August 16th, 2018 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

From election-rigging bots to potentially lethal autonomous cars, artificial intelligence is straining legal boundaries. Here’s what we need to keep it in check. THE car’s computer saw Elaine Herzberg pushing her bicycle across the highway a full six seconds before it struck her. Travelling at just under 70 kilometres per hour, it had more than […]



Can emotional AI make Anki’s new robot into a lovable companion?

August 12th, 2018 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

Known for its hyperactive toys, the company spent years developing technologies to tackle its greatest challenge yet–subtlety. If there’s a robot uprising anytime soon, it seems unlikely to start in our living rooms. Robotic vacuums like Roomba sell well because they are so handy. But other types of home robots–pets and companions from Sony’s Aibo […]



Artificial intelligence can now help write Wikipedia pages for overlooked scientists

August 11th, 2018 at 10:02 am » Comments Off

The tech could be used to increase the representation of women scientists on Wikipedia. Quicksilver discovers scientists who should have Wikipedia articles about them and writes a first draft. Plenty of prominent scientists have Wikipedia pages. But while checking to see if someone specific has a Wikipedia page is a quick Google search away, figuring […]



OpenAI creates Dactyl robot hand with “unprecedented” dexterity

August 9th, 2018 at 7:18 am » Comments Off

Open AI — a non-profit started by Elon Musk — has found a way to programme a robot hand so that it can nimbly manipulate an object using human-like movements it has taught itself. “We’ve trained a human-like robot hand to manipulate physical objects with unprecedented dexterity,” said OpenAI of its Dactyl system, which is […]



IBM patenting watermark technology to protect ownership of AI models

August 6th, 2018 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

Digital properties such as photos and videos get stolen frequently, which is why many creators of such forms of content employ watermarking methodologies so that ownership is easier to claim in case of theft. Another less-known digital property that can get stolen are artificial intelligence (AI) models, that have been developed by researchers after months, […]



The rise of the computer-generated celebrity

July 31st, 2018 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

A new generation of celebrities is selling out concerts, starring in commercials, and amassing huge Instagram followings. But none of them exist—corporeally, anyway. In recent years, and starting in Japan, technology and social media have spawned a digital demimonde of computer-generated stars, ranging from fake musicians and models to company mascots who appear as holograms […]



Inter Continental Hotels launch AI smart rooms in China

July 29th, 2018 at 10:51 am » Comments Off

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) announced that InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts has collaborated with Baidu to introduce the next generation of intelligent hospitality – smart rooms, which are powered by artificial intelligence. From now on, guests staying at InterContinental® Beijing Sanlitun and InterContinental® Guangzhou Exhibition Centre will be among the first to enjoy the AI smart […]



How artificial intelligence could kill capitalism

July 17th, 2018 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

If you believe the hype, then Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to change the world in dramatic ways soon. Nay-sayers claim it will lead to, at best, rising unemployment and civil unrest, and at worst, the eradication of humanity. Advocates, on the other hand, are telling us to look forward to a future of leisure […]



The AI revolution has spawned a new chips arms race

July 13th, 2018 at 9:53 am » Comments Off

There’s no x86 in the AI chip market yet—”People see a gold rush; there’s no doubt.” A lot has changed since 1918. But whether it’s a literal (like the City of London School athletics’ U12 event) or figurative (AI chip development) race, participants still very much want to win. For years, the semiconductor world seemed […]



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