Researchers have created synthetic artificial skin

Researchers have created synthetic artificial skin

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New artificial skin can transmit different amounts of pressure, just like real skin.   Many of us take our sense of touch for granted, perhaps because we can never turn it off, but it’s surprisingly complex. An intricate network of nerves brings different types of...

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Google’s new AI image recognition software still has a Cock of the Rock problem

Google’s new AI image recognition software still has a Cock of the Rock problem

Google’s machine learning based image software has come a long way but nature still has it baffled Google has just released the latest version of its open source image recognition software based on machine learning algorithms that the company first started developing back in 2014 and it’s now 93.9 percent accurate. this...

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DeepMinds AI based WaveNet tech makes computers sound human

DeepMinds AI based WaveNet tech makes computers sound human

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Allowing people to converse with machines is a long standing dream of human computer interaction, now it’s a lot closer.   Is that the President of the United States you’re talking to!? No, it’s WaveNet. Computer systems that sound like the real deal are edging...

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Rule the world and destroy humanity? The AI says “Meh”

Rule the world and destroy humanity? The AI says “Meh”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s might destroy other AI’s but at least humanity is safe…?   The chief scientist leading Facebook’s research into Artificial Intelligence (AI) doesn’t believe the technology is a threat to human existence – unless we are very stupid. So there’s still a chance then…  ...

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OpenAI trains its bots to speak using Reddit

OpenAI trains its bots to speak using Reddit

The best way apparently to train one of the world’s best AI’s is to point it at two billion posts about cats Elon Musk’s artificial intelligence company OpenAI just received a package that took $2 billion to develop when Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang delivered the first DGX-1 supercomputer to the non-profit organisation,...

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Your new kindergarten teacher is a small, green dinosaur

Your new kindergarten teacher is a small, green dinosaur

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Can AI help children learn better? Perhaps…   What is green, very small, sounds like Yoda and boasts almost endless wisdom? The answer is Elemental Path’s CogniToys small talking and listening dinosaur that taps into IBM Watsons powerful AI and Cognitive Computing smarts to help children learn – or that,...

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Facebooks AI’s are building more AI’s

Facebooks AI’s are building more AI’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Facebook have kick started a trend of AI’s building more AI’s and it’s only going to accelerate.   Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) are taking over the internet. DNNs, unlike their more basic pattern matching Machine Learning cousins are able to learn and replicate human like tasks by...

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Samsung uses IBM’s brain chip to build a digital eye

Samsung uses IBM’s brain chip to build a digital eye

IBM’s TrueNorth, a cognitive “neuromorphic” computing chip whose architecture resembles that of the human brain – although it switches neurons for transistors, is being trialled by Samsung to improve the Dynamic Vision Sensors (DVS) in their next generation gadgets, essentially helping them to build the equivalent of a digital eye that is far...

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Guardian angel AUDREY keeps firefighters safe

Guardian angel AUDREY keeps firefighters safe

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our first responders put their lives on the line for us every day, now they have a new guardian angel AI.   Todays firefighters only have their wits and five senses to rely on inside a burning building but research developed in part by NASA’s Jet Propulsion...

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How Artificial Intelligence will shape the future of management

How Artificial Intelligence will shape the future of management

The field of artificial intelligence has been static for quite a while; AI funding started plunging in the late seventies after the US government became frustrated with the slow progress on efforts such as automated robots. The market finally collapsed in the mid-eighties, when personal computers from IBM and Apple...

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DeepMind AI reduces Googles data centre cooling bills by 40%

DeepMind AI reduces Googles data centre cooling bills by 40%

The amount of energy consumed by the world’s largest hyper scale data centers has always posed the technology companies that run them with a conundrum. On the one hand the companies need more compute power to continue supporting their growing empires and on the other hand more servers and more...

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Eclipse, the world’s first AI produced short film hits the screens at Cannes

Eclipse, the world’s first AI produced short film hits the screens at Cannes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The worlds first AI produced short film is a portent of things to come.   Earlier this year I wrote a thought article showcasing how emerging technology will change how entertainment is produced, distributed and consumed and here I am, just months later, writing another...

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Artificial sperm breakthrough gives infertile men new hope

Artificial sperm breakthrough gives infertile men new hope

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers give new hope to infertile men and raise ethical questions about how we define fatherhood in the future.   No doubt there are some of you that are sniggering about the news that Chinese researchers have managed to grow artificial sperm – after all, imagine...

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Under the skin of Ross the worlds first AI lawyer

Under the skin of Ross the worlds first AI lawyer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lauded as the world’s first AI lawyer the story of “Ross” began with a divorce.     When Jimoh Ovbiagele was 10 years old, his parents decided to separate. His mother started seeking out divorce lawyers, but was quickly halted by the astronomical hourly rates....

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ALPHA AI just changed the balance of global warfare

ALPHA AI just changed the balance of global warfare

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new form of AI demonstrates that humans will be no match for intelligent weapons.   Retired United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee recently went up against ALPHA, an Artificial Intelligence flight combat system developed by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate running on nothing...

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Researchers create a kill switch to terminate rogue AI agents

Researchers create a kill switch to terminate rogue AI agents

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers have a new weapon in the war against the rogue AI’s of the future.   Scientists from Google’s Artificial Intelligence division, DeepMind, and Oxford University are developing a “kill switch” for AI that will allow human operators to repeatedly and safely interrupt an AI...

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Google’s Project Magenta wants to be a musician

Google’s Project Magenta wants to be a musician

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Project Magenta will do for music what Google Deep dream does for images.   It’s a long way to Carnegie Hall, but we bet that Google researchers are already thinking of the day when their Artificial Intelligence protege “Magenta” can cut an album that beats...

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Inside OpenAI, the company setting AI free

Inside OpenAI, the company setting AI free

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the formation of OpenAI, a multi billion dollar non profit artificial intelligence research company way back in December and we’re now seeing the results of it. On Wednesday the company released the beta of OpenAI Gym, a toolkit for comparing and developing reinforcement learning algorithms –...

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Gates, Hawking and Musk and thousands more warn against the dangers of AI

Gates, Hawking and Musk and thousands more warn against the dangers of AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The research, development and weaponisation of AI has made experts uneasy about its impact on humanity’s future, by voicing their concerns they hope to prompt a global debate on the future development, proliferation and regulation of lethal, autonomous weapons systems.   Over a thousand high...

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