EU law makers are thinking of letting people sue robots

EU law makers are thinking of letting people sue robots

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As automation, in the form of autonomous hardware and software based robots, becomes more commonplace, law makers are debating who should be responsible for their actions.   If a robot, acting autonomously, injures or otherwise wrongs a human, who will be held responsible? Some European...

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Futurist in London: The Future of Artificial Intelligence, British Museum

Futurist in London: The Future of Artificial Intelligence, British Museum

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is a risk that humanity is under estimating the impact that AI will have on the world, particularly in the criminal underworld, but if I could give you a single take away it would be this – AI’s capabilities are evolving at a furious...

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Creative AI’s generate video from plain text

Creative AI’s generate video from plain text

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine not being able to program or code, but still being able to write a description or a script and have an AI create an HD image or video of it for you, this is the technology that’s now arriving.   In 2016 an Artificial...

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Microsoft’s newest AI is an artist with an imagination

Microsoft’s newest AI is an artist with an imagination

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is a great tussle going on between people who believe AI can never become “creative” and those who do, but depending on how you define “imagination” Microsofts latest AI could prove the naysayers wrong.   Ever since computer scientist Alan Turing first proposed his...

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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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Futurist in London: The Future of Trust, Battle of the Quants

Futurist in London: The Future of Trust, Battle of the Quants

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Algorithmic traders, like many of us, have a nascent reliance on being able to trust the information they ingest, but a new breed of AI is about to push fake news, and, by association our trust in each other and society, to the limits.  ...

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Nvidia’s newest AI is creating scarily realistic photos of fake celebrities

Nvidia’s newest AI is creating scarily realistic photos of fake celebrities

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial Intelligence is getting more creative and better at creating realistic images and photos that fool even the most cynical experts, and it will bring about a new era in content creation.   One of the more unexpected outcomes of today’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution...

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Inside Amazons secret plan to crush retailers with AI fashion designers, stylists and on demand manufacturing

Inside Amazons secret plan to crush retailers with AI fashion designers, stylists and on demand manufacturing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the past year Amazon has assembled the technology it needs to crush retailers in a new way using AI fashion designers and stylists, new immersive reality platforms, and on demand manufacturing, and, in a move that could bring new pain to today’s retail communities,...

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The sixth Game of Thrones book is being written by an AI

The sixth Game of Thrones book is being written by an AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Learning how to write novels is difficult enough for a human, but now some AI’s are trying tackle the task.   Alas for all of those among you who love fire breathing Dragons, that aren’t the Mother-in-Law kind, and weird zombie ice creatures, the seventh...

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Amazon is building a creative AI that can design clothes

Amazon is building a creative AI that can design clothes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most experts think that we are decades away from creating machines that are capable of “creation” and “innovation” but they’re arriving now and many companies around the world could suddenly find themselves being out innovated at an inconceivable pace.   Over the past couple of...

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The world’s first AI produced music album breaks cover

The world’s first AI produced music album breaks cover

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the short term musicians and artists will increasingly find themselves collaborating alongside with AI, but by next year we’ll start seeing AI’s go it alone.   This week it was announced that Taryn Southern, who’s no stranger to the music industry with over 500...

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Google DeepMind has given its AI the ability to imagine and ultimately innovate

Google DeepMind has given its AI the ability to imagine and ultimately innovate

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagination is thought to be a uniquely human trait, but now that AI’s are being taught how to imagine not only will it make them better at understanding the consequences of their actions but it could make them better innovators too   Researchers at Google’s...

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Inside the Sony lab making the world’s first AI music album

Inside the Sony lab making the world’s first AI music album

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence is getting creative and later this year Sony plan on releasing the first AI produced album. Will you buy it? and more importantly will you know the difference?   Some 70 years ago, computer scientist Alan Turing famously set the bar for Artificial...

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Watch: Sony released two new songs from an unsigned AI

Watch: Sony released two new songs from an unsigned AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creative machines should be decades away but they’re here, today, and increasingly it looks like “creativity” is just another word for “algorithm”   Sony recently announced that they’ve released two brand new pop songs from a new, unsigned artist, and while the announcement shouldn’t seem even...

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Norwegian robot learns to self-evolve and 3D print itself in the lab

Norwegian robot learns to self-evolve and 3D print itself in the lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For the first time we are seeing how it’s possible for robots in the future to design and evolve, manufacture and assemble themselves without human input.   Experts at the University of Oslo, Norway have discovered a new way for robots to design, evolve and manufacture...

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Google’s AI’s are learning how to build new AI’s

Google’s AI’s are learning how to build new AI’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Logically speaking getting AI’s to build AI’s makes sense, but as AI’s continue to proliferate and be woven into the digital fabric of our society it opens up a dangerous pandoras box   As many companies, large and small will tell you, creating a good artificial...

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Bach lives again, in AI form

Bach lives again, in AI form

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Trying to emulate human skills and talents isn’t easy – even for humans – but increasingly AI is muscling in on what we once considered to be unique human traits   Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasing parking its caravan on humanity’s lawn. Traits that we...

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Under Armour’s new trainers are inspired by nature, designed by an AI and 3D printed

Under Armour’s new trainers are inspired by nature, designed by an AI and 3D printed

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The rise of a new breed of creative machines is helping companies design and iterate new products at an accelerating rate, couple these together with new manufacturing techniques and we’ll soon be on the cusp of another manufacturing revolution.   The next pair of trainers...

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Manga legend scolds AI created zombie animation as an insult to life

Manga legend scolds AI created zombie animation as an insult to life

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence systems are getting increasingly good at constructing, designing and animating their own short movies, automating more of the tasks that, up until now, have been thought of as the preserve of humans and humans alone   Born in 1964 it’s safe to say...

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Sit down, the creative machines are innovating chairs

Sit down, the creative machines are innovating chairs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Machines might not have a consciousness, per se, but they’re becoming increasingly “innovative and creative”   Innovation is an algorithm… Earlier this year I wrote a post discussing how we were beginning to see the emergence of the first signs of creative machines – and...

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