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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Google and UK NHS team up to use AI to improve cancer treatment

Google and UK NHS team up to use AI to improve cancer treatment

Machine learning could cut the time it takes to plan a patient’s radiotherapy treatment by hours Working out how to zap a tumour with radiation is a laborious process for physicians and Google’s machine learning division, DeepMind, thinks AI can help ease the burden. When medics apply radiotherapy to a...

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Microsoft wants to democratise Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft wants to democratise Artificial Intelligence

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Microsoft wants to to give everyone access to artificial intelligence and a supercomputer.   Earlier this year, Google’s DeepMind artificial brain conquered a world class champion at the game of Go — a feat that even amazed Elon Musk. But Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is less impressed, at...

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Machine learning boosts Google’s translation capabilities to near human levels

Machine learning boosts Google’s translation capabilities to near human levels

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The technology behind Google’s AlphaGo is about to give Google Translate a major upgrade and it’s within a whisker of being as good at it as humans are.   Last year, a computer system built by a team of Google engineers beat one of the world’s...

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Scientists use WiFi to read your emotions

Scientists use WiFi to read your emotions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are edging closer to living in the world of Minority Report, surrounded by technologies that authorise us, sense us and interact with us remotely, and now the only thing that is fiction is privacy.   Whether it’s at your local fuel station or at...

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The future of jobs in a Machine World

The future of jobs in a Machine World

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are all aware that technology is capable of replacing particular categories of jobs, but often those jobs “belong to someone else” and the impact on our own jobs is minimal. Today though new classes of emerging technologies, from artificial intelligence to machine vision are...

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DeepMinds AI based WaveNet tech makes computers sound human

DeepMinds AI based WaveNet tech makes computers sound human

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Allowing people to converse with machines is a long standing dream of human computer interaction, now it’s a lot closer.   Is that the President of the United States you’re talking to!? No, it’s WaveNet. Computer systems that sound like the real deal are edging...

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Intel unveils Knights Mill, a Xeon Phi for Deep Learning

Intel unveils Knights Mill, a Xeon Phi for Deep Learning

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Late to mobile and late to the Internet of Everything Intel’s also late to catching onto AI, but it’s now joining the party and taking aim at Nvidia.   At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) this week in San Francisco, Intel revealed it is working...

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Rule the world and destroy humanity? The AI says “Meh”

Rule the world and destroy humanity? The AI says “Meh”

AI’s might destroy other AI’s but at least humanity is safe The chief scientist leading Facebook’s research into Artificial Intelligence (AI) doesn’t believe the technology is a threat to human existence – unless we are very stupid. So there’s still a chance then… “I don’t think at AI will become...

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Facebooks AI’s are building more AI’s

Facebooks AI’s are building more AI’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Facebook have kick started a trend of AI’s building more AI’s and it’s only going to accelerate.   Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) are taking over the internet. DNNs, unlike their more basic pattern matching Machine Learning cousins are able to learn and replicate human like tasks by...

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DARPA teams go head to head to find the worlds best robo-hacker

DARPA teams go head to head to find the worlds best robo-hacker

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Humans can no longer keep up with the tusnami of cyber threats but the robo-hackers can.   Could you invent an autonomous hacking system that could find and fix vulnerabilities in computer systems before criminals could exploit them, and without any human being involved?  ...

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DeepMind AI reduces Googles data centre cooling bills by 40%

DeepMind AI reduces Googles data centre cooling bills by 40%

The amount of energy consumed by the world’s largest hyper scale data centers has always posed the technology companies that run them with a conundrum. On the one hand the companies need more compute power to continue supporting their growing empires and on the other hand more servers and more...

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Google’s Project Magenta wants to be a musician

Google’s Project Magenta wants to be a musician

It’s a long way to Carnegie Hall, but we bet that Google researchers are already thinking of the day when their Artificial Intelligence protege “Magenta” can cut an album that beats Taylor Swift to the top of the US billboard charts. Magenta, a new project from the Google Brain team is...

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Google is making its own custom AI chips

Google is making its own custom AI chips

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of the breakthroughs in artificial intelligence have only been made possible because companies now have access to previously unimaginable amounts of computing power, but now there is an arms race to create the “best” AI infrastructure stack   Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced today...

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The Creative Machines are coming

The Creative Machines are coming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creativity is said to be a uniquely “Human” gift but while we can argue the semantics it appears that increasingly machines share the same gift, albeit algorithmic rather than chemical.   Many people believe that creativity is a uniquely human trait but what about self...

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Generation Z, the first immortal generation?

Generation Z, the first immortal generation?

It’s a matter of When, not If we solve Death and Generation Z could be the first generation to experience Immortality in their lifetimes. Today we can reverse paralysis, restore sight, print hearts, eliminate disease and transfer memories, age is a quirk of genetics, nanotech is a game changer and only Darwinism...

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The future of Media and Entertainment

The future of Media and Entertainment

Entertainment has been evolving ever since the first multi cellular creature crawled out of the primordial soup and arguably its roots can be traced back to the very first hectic sibling tom foolery that gave our most ancient ancestors a safe arena to practice their survival skills. Since then however...

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