MIT’s new artificial synapse brings “Brain on a chip” hardware closer

MIT’s new artificial synapse brings “Brain on a chip” hardware closer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Computer chips that can learn by themselves will revolutionise Artificial Intelligence and let us create machines are that genuinely “intelligent.”   For those working in the field of advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) getting a computer to simulate how the human brain works is a gargantuan...

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Researchers use mind-reading AI to put people’s thoughts on TV

Researchers use mind-reading AI to put people’s thoughts on TV

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to read people’s minds, and visualise what they’re thinking and their memories on a screen will revolutionise almost every part of society, and that’s before we start talking about telepathy and futuristic brain downloading.   It already seems a little like computers can...

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Google’s revolutionary new “Codeless AI” lets non programmers build their own AI’s

Google’s revolutionary new “Codeless AI” lets non programmers build their own AI’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI will help revolutionise every corner of society and Google is helping democratise the technology so everyone, with any capability, programmers and non programmers, can build models and make use of it.   With the dramatic rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in recent years it’s...

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Hitachi’s newest surveillance AI can follow you through a crowd

Hitachi’s newest surveillance AI can follow you through a crowd

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You might not care too much about your privacy today, but what about your children’s privacy tomorrow? The technologies to track and analyse our every thought and move have already been assembled, the next step is deployment.   Not only can a new Artificial Intelligence...

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America’s most powerful supercomputer is building superior AI’s

America’s most powerful supercomputer is building superior AI’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It normally takes human data scientists and the best AI’s weeks to build neural network software, but ORNL’s Titan supercomputer is building them in a day, and the AI’s it’s producing are far superior to anything humans can create.   Last year, in a world...

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vFuturist in Vienna: The Future of FMCG and Innovation, Henkel Innovation Summit

vFuturist in Vienna: The Future of FMCG and Innovation, Henkel Innovation Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the next decade the world of FMCG will be irrevocably altered by the new technologies and autonomous retailers who design, manufacture and deliver goods autonomously, at speed, and on demand.   This Monday I was supposed to be delivering a keynote in Vienna, Austria,...

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UK government’s plan to use AI to rate schools hits opposition

UK government’s plan to use AI to rate schools hits opposition

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is no doubt that AI is a powerful tool that can help improve outcomes, but using it to rank and rate individuals and organisations is still seen by many as a step too far.   Artificial Intelligence (AI) is quickly, it seems, making its...

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Hundreds of US banks just adopted an automated cyber defense framework

Hundreds of US banks just adopted an automated cyber defense framework

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the volume and severity of cyber attacks increases, and as AI powered cyber attacks emerge, this is the first major step towards large institutions automating their cyber defense.   Experts in the cyber security field are all too aware that we are rapidly approaching...

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Ingenious new bot discovers hacks companies haven’t told their users about

Ingenious new bot discovers hacks companies haven’t told their users about

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of your online accounts have already likely been compromised but very few companies own up to the fact, putting you and your data at risk,but now a bot can tell you which companies have been hacked – even if they don’t want you to...

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Researchers have taught robots to predict the consequences of their future actions

Researchers have taught robots to predict the consequences of their future actions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to predict the consequences of our actions is a vital human ability, and until now it’s one that robots have sorely lacked.   We tell our children all the time that their actions have consequences, and today, as you’d more and more robots are capable...

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AI can now beat polygraph tests to tell when you’re lying

AI can now beat polygraph tests to tell when you’re lying

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to tell when someone is lying is important, but as with any technology authorities will have to know where to draw the line between just cause and violating a person’s rights to privacy.   Scientists have long known this, our pupils widen ever...

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AI can identify dangerous lung diseases as well as trained doctors

AI can identify dangerous lung diseases as well as trained doctors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Chest diseases claim millions of lives a year and being able to diagnose them faster will potentially help doctors save hundreds of thousands of lives.   Artificial Intelligence (AI) is starting to make a dent in the multi-trillion dollar healthcare industry, from being able to...

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DeepMind’s self-learning AI took four hours to learn and master chess

DeepMind’s self-learning AI took four hours to learn and master chess

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Generalised AI’s that can learn and master complex subjects within hours will have wide ranging benefits for industry and society alike.   As most people will happily tell you Chess isn’t an easy game, at least by human standards, but for an Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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Google’s AI is helping scientists unravel the mysteries of the human genome

Google’s AI is helping scientists unravel the mysteries of the human genome

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With the advent of personalised medicine and new revolutionary gene  treatments, being able to interpret and make sense of the vast volumes of human genomic data in order to better predict disease indicators and outcomes, and provide patients with better treatments, will become increasingly crucial....

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DeepMind unveils the world’s first test to assess dangerous AI’s and algorithms

DeepMind unveils the world’s first test to assess dangerous AI’s and algorithms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is being strapped into everything from self-driving cars and autonomous weapons systems and until now we had no way to assess how dangerous, or how much of a threat, those AI’s could become.   Earlier this year a group of world experts convened to...

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Nvidia’s newest AI turns sunny streets into snow filled ones in real time

Nvidia’s newest AI turns sunny streets into snow filled ones in real time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Leaps in computing performance are letting AI’s produce real time, photo realistic fake video footage that has a variety of applications, from training self-driving cars to helping create fake news.   As everyone knows, or at least can suspect, the sunny weather in California is...

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IBM’s AI learns how to predict the outcomes of chemical reactions

IBM’s AI learns how to predict the outcomes of chemical reactions

WHY THIS MATTERS BRIEF Chemistry is the basis and foundation of everything on Earth and being able to predict the outcomes of new chemical reactions will help industries create new compounds and new materials faster than ever before.   By thinking of atoms as letters and molecules as words an...

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Google’s AI just created its own child AI and it beat human experts

Google’s AI just created its own child AI and it beat human experts

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s that can create new child AI’s, let alone ones that are better than anything humans are capable of creating, will revolutionise industry and society.   In a move that will both amaze and terrify people, probably at the same time, this week Google announced...

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DeepMind’s newest AI learns by itself and creates its own knowledge

DeepMind’s newest AI learns by itself and creates its own knowledge

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF An AI that can learn by itself, with no human interaction, and that can “create its own knowledge” could give us a new perspective on issues affecting the world, and transform industry, innovation and society.   A couple of month’s ago Google’s Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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China announces plans to build unmanned police stations run by AI

China announces plans to build unmanned police stations run by AI

WHY THIS MATTERS AI will help governments create and deliver new, more efficient services. Used wisely it has the potential to help people save time, but relying too heavily on AI to protect and police populations isn’t without its dangers.   The next time a citizen in Wuhan in China...

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