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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Brace yourselves AI is about to make the “Fake News!” problem a whole lot worse

Brace yourselves AI is about to make the “Fake News!” problem a whole lot worse

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are approaching a dangerous threshold where one day, in the next few years, you won’t be able to trust what you see, or easily distinguish fake news from real news, and it could have big consequences on democracy and society.   Over the past...

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New all seeing cameras will revolutionise computer vision as we know it

New all seeing cameras will revolutionise computer vision as we know it

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine a camera that can see and analyse every part of the visible and non-visible spectrum at the same time, now imagine it’s in a search and rescue drone, or a hunter killer robot…   Hey, I know you like hearing about the grand things...

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New shark spotter algorithm saves lives, and sharks

New shark spotter algorithm saves lives, and sharks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sharks get a bad rap and it’s in part because they eat people, not many and it’s statistically insignificant, but nevertheless people don’t like being eaten, now though an AI might finally put a stop to them snacking between meals   Artificial Intelligence (AI) and...

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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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Nvidia’s latest autonomous drone flies off grid

Nvidia’s latest autonomous drone flies off grid

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly more devices and products are able to navigate their surroundings without having to rely on external systems or platforms, and as AI moves into the devices themselves it’s all just one more step on the path to fully autonomous behaviours.   GPS can be...

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MIT tests the future of cybersecurity, pits AI’s against AI’s

MIT tests the future of cybersecurity, pits AI’s against AI’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future cybersecurity will be almost fully automated using AI, and many say we’ve already entered into a new AI fuelled digital arms race.   Hot on the heels of DARPA’s Capture the Flag cybersecurity competition that they held last year, where thirteen of...

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Facebook creates a new intelligence test to test how smart AI’s really are

Facebook creates a new intelligence test to test how smart AI’s really are

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we only have one yard stick to measure how intelligent an AI really is, and it’s out dated, so Facebook has created a new one fit for the modern age.   One of the greatest common misconceptions about many of today’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems...

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Microsoft’s AI just got a perfect score on Mrs. Pacman

Microsoft’s AI just got a perfect score on Mrs. Pacman

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Games and play help humans learn new skills, especially when we’re young, but it increasingly looks like AI’s are the superior game players   Video games are one of the best ways to train Artificial Intelligence (AI) – they offer risk free digital environments for...

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Andrew Ng has started a new AI company: DeepLearning.ai

Andrew Ng has started a new AI company: DeepLearning.ai

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Andrew Ng is one of the world’s leading Deep Learning experts and now he’s resurfaced it’s likely that the boundaries of AI are going to get pushed faster and harder than ever before.   Former Baidu chief scientist Andrew Ng, who used to head up Baidu’s...

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US Intelligence director: “AI will replace 75 percent of spies”

US Intelligence director: “AI will replace 75 percent of spies”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day the world’s best spy could very well be an AI, and that’s bad news for Starbuck’s whose biggest coffee shop is on the NSA campus…   The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and an increasingly connected society has already, according to the UK’s...

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Microsoft’s pig wrangling competition is teaching AI’s to cooperate

Microsoft’s pig wrangling competition is teaching AI’s to cooperate

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s AI’s operate independently of each other, but in the future they’ll need to cooperate and Microsoft wants to teach them how   I live in the countryside in the UK, and I also visited France a lot when I was a child, so I...

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Skype can now translate ten languages in real time

Skype can now translate ten languages in real time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the past five decades the world has got immeasurably smaller but language is still a barrier, but that’s all beginning to change.   Yes, it’s a small world. Or so we’re told. The advent of the telephone and the internet made distance irrelevant and...

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An Australian AI can predict when you’ll die with 70 percent accuracy

An Australian AI can predict when you’ll die with 70 percent accuracy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF How long you have left to live is determined by a whole range of factors and scientists in Australia are trying to work backwards from death to use AI to predict when you’ll die, and so far the results are impressive.   Scientists, data scientists...

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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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Nvidia has found a way to let people peer into the brain of its AI

Nvidia has found a way to let people peer into the brain of its AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI’s that rely on neural networks become more integrated into our global economy, and the digital fabric of our world, people are concerned that noone can explain how they do what they do, but Nvidia thinks it might have an answer…   A Deep...

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World’s biggest meat producer begins rolling out robot butchers

World’s biggest meat producer begins rolling out robot butchers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lower cost robots are increasingly being augmented with advanced AI and that’s accelerating the rate at which human jobs are being automated   Robots, which might get actual rights later this year when the EU votes on the issue, have been improving a lot lately...

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AI has learnt to predict heart attacks more accurately than doctors

AI has learnt to predict heart attacks more accurately than doctors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year millions of people die from heart disease and this new system could save thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of extra lives   Every year an estimated 20 million people die from heart disease, but now, hot on the heels of an artificial intelligence (AI)...

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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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The size of a grain of rice, researchers unveil the world’s smallest computers

The size of a grain of rice, researchers unveil the world’s smallest computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Micromotes will stop the sensors at the edge of the world’s networks from flooding datacenters with exabytes of worthless information, and open the door to new computing applications.   At just one cubic millimetre in size Micromotes, which are so small that they can almost be...

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