Google let its AI loose on the internet to slaughter gamers

Google let its AI loose on the internet to slaughter gamers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Compared to the sterile environment of a lab, for an artificial intelligence the internet must seem like a playground.   If you ever wondered what would happen if an artificial intelligence (AI) ever got online then you’re about to get your answer thanks to Google...

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Google tests AI’s natural killer instincts, discovers society must be very, very careful

Google tests AI’s natural killer instincts, discovers society must be very, very careful

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As artificial intelligence is embedded into more of our world’s digital fabric inevitably AI’s will come into conflict with one another, but rules might help us stave off armageddon – or bring it about.   If climate change, nuclear weapons or pandemics don’t kill us...

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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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Google hits its ambitious 100% renewable energy target

Google hits its ambitious 100% renewable energy target

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy is rapidly becoming the energy of choice for many countries and companies, and as output increases and costs fall, more companies are making the switch from fossil fuels   By March this year all of Google’s datacentres and offices will be powered entirely...

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Google has taught its DeepMind AI to dream

Google has taught its DeepMind AI to dream

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers are trying to find new ways to speed up and enhance new AI’s capacity to learn, and just as dreaming plays an important role in human learning Google hopes it will do the same for its AI   What happens when you sleep? Sleeping...

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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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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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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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Google teaches robots to learn from each other using a hive mind

Google teaches robots to learn from each other using a hive mind

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots learning from other robots will ultimately mean robots will learn new skills faster, accelerating the robot revolution.   The robots of the world are uniting – and that’s either a great thing or a terrifying thing depending on your view. Google has a plan to...

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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

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 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...

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

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

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 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…  ...

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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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Researchers create a kill switch to terminate rogue AI agents

Researchers create a kill switch to terminate rogue AI agents

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers have a new weapon in the war against the rogue AI’s of the future.   Scientists from Google’s Artificial Intelligence division, DeepMind, and Oxford University are developing a “kill switch” for AI that will allow human operators to repeatedly and safely interrupt an AI...

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