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Artificial intelligence is the next giant leap in education

May 3rd, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Glancing around school classrooms in 2016, it’s easy to miss just how far technology has transformed learning over the last decade. The desks, whiteboards and rows of chairs are the same, but so much else has changed that can’t be seen. A third of Britain’s schools are asking students to bring their own tablets and laptops […]



The rise of the online courtroom

May 3rd, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

The digital revolution has not escaped the courts. The courtroom of tomorrow may no longer involve litigants and their lawyers pitching up armed with reams of papers to do battle before robed, bewigged judges. In fact, for many it may not involve a court at all. Judges could be replaced by computers and the courtroom […]



Ray Kurzweil predicts computers will be as smart as humans in 12 years

April 4th, 2017 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

12 years. That’s how long Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil thinks it will take for computers to reach human levels of intelligence. Singularity Is Coming “By 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence,” Kurzweil said in an interview at the SXSW Conference with Shira Lazar and Amy Kurzweil Comix. Known as the Singularity, the event […]



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 […]



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 […]



What will be the largest internet company in 2030? This prediction will probably surprise you.

January 27th, 2017 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

Thirty years ago, it was a big deal when schools got their first computers. Today, it’s a big deal when students get their own laptops. According to Futurist Thomas Frey, in 14 years it’ll be a big deal when students learn from robot teachers over the internet. It’s not just because the technology will be that sophisticated, […]



AI is crushing humanity at poker

January 25th, 2017 at 2:31 pm » Comments Off

The first day of the Brains vs. AI poker tournament is in the books, and the Libratus bot from Carnegie Mellon University emerged as the clear winner, collecting $81,716 to the humans $7,228. Both the players and Libratus’ creators cautioned that it was still too early to make a judgement call about who might win the 20-day […]



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