The robo-lawyer that overturned 160,000 parking tickets is helping refugees claim asylum

The robo-lawyer that overturned 160,000 parking tickets is helping refugees claim asylum

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Claiming asylum is difficult at the best of times, and that’s if you’re not in fear of your life and can understand the language, now DoNotPay’s latest bot makes the process less tortuous.   The creator of a chatbot that helped to over turn more...

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Baidu’s AI just achieved Zero Shot Learning

Baidu’s AI just achieved Zero Shot Learning

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As babies humans often “just learn” things, it’s a gift, but now AI’s are catching us up and starting to learn in the same way we do and it’ll change AI forever.   Given the glut of artificial intelligence (AI) breakthroughs in the past year,...

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OpenAI thrashes DeepMind using an AI from the 1980’s

OpenAI thrashes DeepMind using an AI from the 1980’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Decades old AI algorithms are increasingly demonstrating that, with some fine tuning, they can thrash today’s best systems – and people are taking notice.   Artificial intelligence (AI) researchers have a long history of going back in time to explore old ideas, and now researchers...

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An AI backed by Elon Musk just ‘evolved’ to learn by itself

An AI backed by Elon Musk just ‘evolved’ to learn by itself

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF True unsupervised learning, that allows AI’s to learn by themselves, will represent a quantum leap in AI development and begin pushing it to the next level.   Most of today’s artificial intelligence (AI) systems rely on machine learning algorithms that can predict specific outcomes by...

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Neural networks can now transfer the style of one photo to another

Neural networks can now transfer the style of one photo to another

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we see continue to see the rise of new types of synthetic content and tools style transfer could one day help us create new games and videos faster.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As we continue...

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AI’s new trick is predicting when you’re going to die

AI’s new trick is predicting when you’re going to die

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year over 7,000 people in the UK die from pulmonary heart disease die, and this technology could help save their lives.   You could argue that artificial intelligence (AI) is already spooky enough. Whether we’re dreaming up new ways in which we think it...

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Google’s new AI learns nearly as fast as humans

Google’s new AI learns nearly as fast as humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence can only progress as fast as it can learn, and now that it can learn at almost human speed it’s going to be progressing much, much faster.   Make no mistake, artificial intelligence (AI) has humans in its perfect, heightened, machine vision sights. Deep...

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New breakthrough gives AI a human memory

New breakthrough gives AI a human memory

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Unknown to many AI’s are amnesiacs, they forget almost everything they’re taught, but now a new human like memory system could be about to take AI to the next level and make them much, much smarter. When researchers decide to train their latest and greatest...

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Kurzweil: AI aces Turing Test in 2029, and the Singularity arrives in 2045

Kurzweil: AI aces Turing Test in 2029, and the Singularity arrives in 2045

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the capabilities of artificial intelligence increase, and as technology improves at an exponential rate Kurzweil re-affirms his predictions.   Most people will know of, or at least heard of, Ray Kurzweil, Google’s famed Director of Engineering, and one of the world’s leading futurists. He’s...

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Researchers want to revolutionise artificial intelligence by teaching it common sense

Researchers want to revolutionise artificial intelligence by teaching it common sense

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s leading AI researcher believes that teaching AI’s common sense will lead to a revolution in how they learn and take them to the next level.   Around five years ago artificial intelligence (AI) made a giant leap forward and suddenly, almost overnight, became...

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Google DeepMind publishes breakthrough Artificial General Intelligence architecture

Google DeepMind publishes breakthrough Artificial General Intelligence architecture

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DeepMind is trying to create a new Artificial General Intelligence architecture by creating an adaptable, massive neural network that draws on thousands of other “sub” neural networks.   On January 20th Google’s DeepMind division, the division behind a myriad of artificial intelligence (AI) firsts, quietly...

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Disney hopes children will love its new autonomous story-telling robots

Disney hopes children will love its new autonomous story-telling robots

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes the best technology is the technology that comes across as magic, and that’s what Disney is playing up to.   It’s rare that Disney ever lifts the covers off of its R&D labs, and that sucks when I want to write about it. However, while...

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World’s top AI experts met to discuss Doomsday scenarios, and solutions

World’s top AI experts met to discuss Doomsday scenarios, and solutions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Showcasing how AI will destroy the world is easy but finding a solution isn’t.   Today’s press is full of column inches on the future impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on society. On one side of the fence AI optimists predict a brave new world...

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Artificial intelligence identifies skin cancer as well as trained doctors

Artificial intelligence identifies skin cancer as well as trained doctors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year tens of millions of people around the world are diagnosed with skin cancer, and Stanford’s artificial intelligence app could save tens of thousands of lives.   It’s scary enough making a doctor’s appointment to see if a strange mole could be cancerous so...

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Descartes Labs new AI visual search tool lets you find everything on Earth

Descartes Labs new AI visual search tool lets you find everything on Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People have been using satellites to take photos of the Earth for decades but until now you’ve never been able to search it to find things of interest, or combine it with other data to identify patterns.   Recently a company called Planet increased the...

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Wall Street supremo’s pile into a new AI hedge fund dubbed the future of finance

Wall Street supremo’s pile into a new AI hedge fund dubbed the future of finance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Until now the financial services industry has never been able to benefit from a network effect, but that’s about to change and it could tip Wall Street on its head.   The “Network Effect” is a phenomenon known the world over, it’s where a service...

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No humans required, the fully autonomous AI running a Wall Street hedge fund

No humans required, the fully autonomous AI running a Wall Street hedge fund

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Companies that use artificial intelligence to augment their human workers is nothing new, but companies that are run by artificial intelligence, without any human input, are.   I’ve been documenting the emergence of fully autonomous organisations – organisations that are able to run and scale...

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China guns for dominance in AI, builds out national labs

China guns for dominance in AI, builds out national labs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence is the world’s next key battle ground, and China wants to lead it.   The Chinese government, who recently announced they want to build AI based cruise missiles and a new nationwide Social Credit Scoring system, has approved a plan to create a...

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Softbank CEO predicts the Singularity will occur in 2047

Softbank CEO predicts the Singularity will occur in 2047

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Singularity, the point at which we see runaway technological growth that result in unfathomable changes to human civilisation, is approaching, and we need to be prepared.   In 30 years, the Singularity, the point at which we see runaway technological growth that result in...

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JPMorgan unleashes artificial intelligence to automate its legal work

JPMorgan unleashes artificial intelligence to automate its legal work

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With massive technology budgets and a paranoia of startups stealing a march Wall Street is going all in on innovation and automation.   With companies like LawGeex and ROSS Intelligence trying to automate the legal world it was only a matter of time before the...

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