MIT’s new AI can create videos of the future by looking at a photo

MIT’s new AI can create videos of the future by looking at a photo

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The human brain is good at looking at a scene and figuring out what happens next, now an AI can look at a photo and create a video of the future from it and that opens up some interesting applications   Lots of devices can...

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Scientists may have discovered the algorithm for Human intelligence

Scientists may have discovered the algorithm for Human intelligence

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It seems algorithms rule the world, now scientists think they have identified the algorithm responsible for human intelligence, if true then it could revolutionise artificial intelligence.   Little might you realise but as you read this article there’s a good chance your brain is running...

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New Deloitte study says 861,000 UK public sector jobs can be automated

New Deloitte study says 861,000 UK public sector jobs can be automated

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technologies including AI, bots, drones and robots will lead to the automation of large parts of the global workforce   More than 861,000 public sector jobs could be lost by 2030 through automation, according to a study that comes as a further blow after hundreds...

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Google Translate has made up its own secret language

Google Translate has made up its own secret language

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not being able to speak other languages divides us, and it prevents us and the machines from understanding each other and the content we all generate. By breaking down communication barriers we are opening ourselves up to a new world of data and possibilities.  ...

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This rookie used brainwaves to control a plane flying around the skies of Seattle

This rookie used brainwaves to control a plane flying around the skies of Seattle

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we continue to unravel the mysteries of our brain and how it operates we will inevitably be able to harness it and use it to communicate, control and interact directly with the people and things around us, and in us.   Earlier this week...

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Researchers used Jennifer Aniston to discover how we form long term memories

Researchers used Jennifer Aniston to discover how we form long term memories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Understanding how our brain creates memories paves the way for new treatments for neurodegenerative disorders and one day could help us discover new ways to improve memory retention and learning.   Brain researchers in the UK and US have collaborated to make “a spectacular discovery”...

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Adobe’s new software lets you Photoshop voices on demand

Adobe’s new software lets you Photoshop voices on demand

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to perfectly “Photoshop”, edit and manipulate people’s voices opens up new opportunities for media companies but it could also create problems for companies who rely on biometric authentication, such as banks.   I love Photoshop – I’ve been using it for the past...

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Scientists might have found the source of human conciousness

Scientists might have found the source of human conciousness

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If humans can understand where consciousness comes from then it’s possible we can one day understand how it “works”, and once we understand how something works we can re-create it in, for example, an AI.   Right now your eyes and your optic nerves are...

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Robo journalists covered the US election for the Washington Post

Robo journalists covered the US election for the Washington Post

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is getting better at extracting context and meaning from data. Today they help report the news and write short stories and scripts but what happens when humans are out of the loop? What happens when an AI gains “creative bias” and what happens if...

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Watch your mouth, Google’s DeepMind lip reads better than humans

Watch your mouth, Google’s DeepMind lip reads better than humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Machines and computer systems that can lip read accurately will help enhance the lives of people living with hearing impairments, but it will also help organisations and “institutions” invade people’s privacy and listen in on otherwise private conversations.   Even professional lip readers can figure...

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Facebooks new app gives your smartphone AI super powers

Facebooks new app gives your smartphone AI super powers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Pushing artificial intelligence to the edge of the network – to the device, and untethering it from the datacenter, will help make devices smarter and revolutionise the software that runs on them, making it exponentially more powerful and capable   In a speech today at...

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Elon Musk says advanced AIs will take down the internet

Elon Musk says advanced AIs will take down the internet

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As artificial intelligence improves in capability it is inevitable that it will eventually be weaponised, humans need to be aware of the risks and we must work together to mitigate them.   The internet is about to become a vicious, chaotic battlefield, and Elon Musk...

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Silicon Valley and TNC use AI to monitor every catch in the Pacific

Silicon Valley and TNC use AI to monitor every catch in the Pacific

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Wanted: A machine that can tell the difference between Tuna and Turtles   Conservationists are increasingly turning to technology to help them protect Earth’s valuable bounty of plants, animals and resources – whether it’s robot deer to catch poachers in the northern states, or Tuna...

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Google AIs learnt how to encrypt their communications to stop people spying on them

Google AIs learnt how to encrypt their communications to stop people spying on them

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence is being embedded into every device and service, AIs that can dynamically encrypt their own communications could help to increase the security of those services exponentially.   If you were worried about the news that AIs are already building other AIs then the...

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World first as AI “Judge” succesfully predicts the outcomes of 79% of cases in the European Court

World first as AI “Judge” succesfully predicts the outcomes of 79% of cases in the European Court

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence has a problem with nuance but that didn’t stop it from correctly predicting the outcome of most of the cases.   An artificial intelligence system has correctly predicted the outcomes of hundreds of cases heard at the European Court of Human Rights, researchers...

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Stephen Hawking says creating AI is the biggest event of our civilisation

Stephen Hawking says creating AI is the biggest event of our civilisation

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence can do great good, or great evil.   Speaking at the launch of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), a new artificial intelligence (AI) think tank based in Cambridge, that aims to help shape how AI is developed, used and...

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Pittsburgs AI traffic lights help commuters get there faster

Pittsburgs AI traffic lights help commuters get there faster

In Pittsburg even the traffic lights are intelligent Idling in rushhour traffic can be mind-numbing. It also carries other costs. Traffic congestion costs the US economy $121 billion a year, mostly due to lost productivity, and produces about 25 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions, Carnegie Mellon University professor of...

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World first as Microsofts speech recognition software becomes as accurate as humans

World first as Microsofts speech recognition software becomes as accurate as humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF After almost forty years of research speech recognition systems are now as good as humans.   Microsoft have announced that they have made a major breakthrough in speech recognition and created a technology that, finally, recognises the words in conversational speech as well as humans do –...

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Apples CEO Tim Cook speaks out the future of AI

Apples CEO Tim Cook speaks out the future of AI

Apples latest announcements on its plans for AI are, well, boring Pixar founder George Lucas might have given the world the word “Droid” before he sold the company to Apple’s Steve Jobs but now Apple CEO Tim Cook is making no secret of the fact that he wants the company to play...

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Google’s DeepMind team have created a human like memory for their AI

Google’s DeepMind team have created a human like memory for their AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Memory fills the gaps in information that even todays best AI algorithms can’t.   Google’s DeepMind artificial intelligence lab does more than just develop computer programs capable of beating the world’s best human players in the ancient game of Go. The DeepMind unit has also been working...

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