US military and DARPA team up to develop tech to uncover fake news

US military and DARPA team up to develop tech to uncover fake news

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The advent of powerful AI tools, adaptable neural networks and the democratisation of hi definition rendering have taken fake news to a new level and this program aims to unmask the fakes.   We’ve all seen that video where Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered algorithms make it seem like Barack...

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Futurist in the press: Tech giants and Trust in the dock, Associated Press

Futurist in the press: Tech giants and Trust in the dock, Associated Press

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Large platform dominate today’s internet landscape and in this article AP asks whether or not they are good stewards of our information, and, more importantly, whether they can be trusted with it.   The Associated Press needs no introduction, today they are news organisation behind...

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Researchers use duelling AI’s to defeat facial recognition technology

Researchers use duelling AI’s to defeat facial recognition technology

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As both our online, as well as our offline privacy, continue to be eroded, scientists are using AI to fight back.   Most of us probably don’t like the idea of some stranger finding out who we are, and then where we live, or what...

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Experts believe AI will be used to hijack brain machine interfaces, form consortium

Experts believe AI will be used to hijack brain machine interfaces, form consortium

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As brain machine interfaces become more capable, and as their use cases and adoption broaden, experts are worried that regulators will leave it to late to protect people from bad actors and misuse.   Ever since Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk announced his plans...

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Tech giants team up to create the world’s first Deep Learning standard

Tech giants team up to create the world’s first Deep Learning standard

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of today’s technology companies are creating proprietary AI’s that can’t interoperate with each other but a new framework from Facebook and Microsoft is setting out to change that.   As Artificial Intelligence (AI), and in this case more specifically Machine Learning becomes more pervasive...

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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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Automated trading algorithms accidentally wiped $22Bn off Facebooks share price

Automated trading algorithms accidentally wiped $22Bn off Facebooks share price

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Algorithmic traders use automation to their advantage to try to beat the market, but when data goes bad the shockwaves can reverberate across Wall Street and the global markets   Facebook’s stock suffered a dramatic flash crash yesterday seconds after it released its second quarter earnings,...

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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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Facebook’s bots unexpectedly created their own language

Facebook’s bots unexpectedly created their own language

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI agents are learning how to bluff, negotiate, create and hide their own languages and as the technology increasingly becomes part of our world’s digital fabric that should raise some eyebrows.   As Mark Zuckerberg plays around with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create his own...

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Facebook launches itself into developing brain reading tech

Facebook launches itself into developing brain reading tech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mark Zuckerberg wants to create the world’s largest, and maybe only, telepathic network and he’s slowly pulling all the pieces together   As if Facebook wasn’t already pervasive enough in everyday life, with the total number of users reaching two billion people, the company’s newly...

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Researchers want to revolutionise artificial intelligence by teaching it common sense

Researchers want to revolutionise artificial intelligence by teaching it common sense

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s leading AI researcher believes that teaching AI’s common sense will lead to a revolution in how they learn and take them to the next level.   Around five years ago artificial intelligence (AI) made a giant leap forward and suddenly, almost overnight, became...

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Humans come up trumps as Facebook rolls out its solution for fake news

Humans come up trumps as Facebook rolls out its solution for fake news

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Fake news is now regarded as one of the most politically destabilising developments in recent years, Facebook’s new solution hopes to turn the tide on the fakers   Ironically, for all the amazing things that artificial intelligence (AI) can do, from running Wall Street hedge...

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Hunting terrorists and preventing suicides, inside Zuckerberg’s plan for AI

Hunting terrorists and preventing suicides, inside Zuckerberg’s plan for AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Facebooks human operators can’t police everything on the network fast enough, so Zuckerberg is prioritising artificial intelligence   In a letter published earlier this week Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook, the company that one day wants to be the world’s largest telepathic network, will be...

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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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Zuckerberg wants to turn Facebook into the world’s largest telepathic network

Zuckerberg wants to turn Facebook into the world’s largest telepathic network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Telepathic communication is the stuff of true sci-fi but we’ve already demonstrated that we can achieve it using technology, now Zuckerberg wants to plug that telepathic tech into Facebook and turn the social network into the world’s largest telepathic network.   One of my favourite...

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Banks are using mind reading technology to interview graduates

Banks are using mind reading technology to interview graduates

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every business is becoming a technology business and nowhere is that truer than in the financial services industry, now as banks try to compete with start ups and established technology companies for tech talent they could find themselves getting into warm water…   Want to...

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Mark Zuckerberg shows off Jarvis, the AI that runs his home

Mark Zuckerberg shows off Jarvis, the AI that runs his home

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There’s a good chance that Jarvis, Mark Zuckerberg’s in house digital assistant, is more than just a quirky hobby to pass the time, it could be a beta test for a new Facebook product or feature   At the beginning of this year, Facebook CEO...

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Google and Facebook are building the worlds fastest trans Pacific internet cable

Google and Facebook are building the worlds fastest trans Pacific internet cable

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Global internet use is exploding and more of the internet giants are taking it upon themselves to fund their own trans oceanic internet cables in order to secure spectrum, decrease latency and improve security   The world of submarine internet cables is vast and its...

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Facebook gets an EU E-Money license, parks its bus on the banks lawns

Facebook gets an EU E-Money license, parks its bus on the banks lawns

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We live in a world full of unprecedented change and opportunity but many business leaders are guided by a historic view of business and industry evolution not a millennial view, the rules of business have changed, this is the time for re-invention not “just” innovation...

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Intels Nervana chip shows the giant is serious about owning the AI market

Intels Nervana chip shows the giant is serious about owning the AI market

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of the AI breakthroughs over recent years have only been possible because of the exponential increase in the amount of computing power available to support them, now Intel and other chip companies are in an arms race to own the future of AI  ...

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