Microsoft has a wild hologram that translates HoloLens keynotes into Japanese

Microsoft has a wild hologram that translates HoloLens keynotes into Japanese

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The combination of universal translators and holograms opens up a whole new world of communication for us all as Microsoft demonstrates   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I had the pleasure of working on Microsoft’s annual Artificial...

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Doctor Dolittle researchers use AI to decode mice chatter

Doctor Dolittle researchers use AI to decode mice chatter

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Using AI to translate human languages is nothing new, but now we’re using the technology to help us decipher animal languages.   Dolphins are getting in on the act, and now so are mice – having their language translated into something humans can understand using...

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US proposes to regulate AI the same way it regulates weapons exports

US proposes to regulate AI the same way it regulates weapons exports

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI can be both very beneficial, but also in the wrong hand very dangerous, and the US is thinking about regulating it in the same way they regulate military hardware.   Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has the capability to be one of, if not the,...

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Death isn’t forever, companies build digital avatars so people can “live on after death”

Death isn’t forever, companies build digital avatars so people can “live on after death”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Digital Avatars will mean that physical human death is simply a doorway into a new digital reality where our descendants interact with our Avatars instead of the real, physical us.   Over the past couple of years, asides from the giant strides we’ve seen in...

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China debuts the world’s first AI news anchor

China debuts the world’s first AI news anchor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As it gets easier to create high quality, natural sounding “human-like” avatars we’ll see more emerge and take on new and varied roles.   Over the past couple of years there’s been a huge increase in the amount of press columns devoted to the topic...

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Israeli Robo-Lawyer trashes top US lawyers in head to head competition

Israeli Robo-Lawyer trashes top US lawyers in head to head competition

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we have contracts for everything it seems, and on top of that lawyers are expensive, and not everyone has access to them, Robo-Lawyer AI’s are helping democratise law and change that paradigm.   Lawyers are pretty good at law-related activities, after all, it’s their...

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By 2021 this AI could help us talk to dolphins

By 2021 this AI could help us talk to dolphins

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence can already translate hundreds of languages but now we might be seeing the first signs of the creation of the world’s first Universal Translator.   We’ve been using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help us develop facial recognition systems that we can use on...

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MIT’s newest chip could bring speech recognition to every device

MIT’s newest chip could bring speech recognition to every device

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we use and interact with devices is changing, increasingly we’ll be using our voices to control, interact and manage them.   The butt of jokes as little as 10 years ago, automatic speech recognition is now on the verge of becoming people’s chief...

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Artificial intelligence diagnoses disease by listening to your voice

Artificial intelligence diagnoses disease by listening to your voice

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Your voice can tell people a lot about how you’re feeling, but now machine learning is taking diagnosis to the next level.   Over the past few years technology has been finding a way to produce more and more innovative ways to diagnose disease, but...

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Robo-lawyers want to automate the entire legal world

Robo-lawyers want to automate the entire legal world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most lawyers and legal professionals agree that their profession hasn’t changed much in hundreds of years, but now artificial intelligence, and the rise of “robo-lawyers” is beginning to change all that.   To many people, lawyers, like doctors, optimise the pinnacle of what it means...

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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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MIT’s latest breakthrough? Getting AIs to explain their decisions

MIT’s latest breakthrough? Getting AIs to explain their decisions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence systems are increasingly running more and more of our world, and its digital fabric, but in many cases just how they make their decisions is a “Black Box”, this research aims to develop a new AI architecture that will help AI’s explain their...

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GE’s revolutionary industrial machines can have conversations with engineers

GE’s revolutionary industrial machines can have conversations with engineers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As emerging technologies combine we’re entering the era where we can talk to machines in the same way we talk to other people – and the possibilities are staggering.   As more and more emerging technologies mature – or, at least improve, we are gradually...

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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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Get ready to experience millions of new, immersive worlds

Get ready to experience millions of new, immersive worlds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we interact with technology is changing. We are slowly moving away from using keyboards and mice to using a mix of new technologies that will immerse us in new worlds and imbue us with new, vibrant experiences.   There is no doubt that...

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World first as Microsofts speech recognition software becomes as accurate as humans

World first as Microsofts speech recognition software becomes as accurate as humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF After almost forty years of research speech recognition systems are now as good as humans.   Microsoft have announced that they have made a major breakthrough in speech recognition and created a technology that, finally, recognises the words in conversational speech as well as humans do –...

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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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Apple, emerging technology and the iPhone that could be

Apple, emerging technology and the iPhone that could be

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF I take a look at the exciting Emerging Technologies that Apple could put into the next iPhone – but probably haven’t.   Today there are no fewer than ten multi trillion dollar trends coming down the line – from the Connected Home and the Internet of Everything to Autonomous Vehicles,...

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Under the skin of Ross the worlds first AI lawyer

Under the skin of Ross the worlds first AI lawyer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lauded as the world’s first AI lawyer the story of “Ross” began with a divorce.     When Jimoh Ovbiagele was 10 years old, his parents decided to separate. His mother started seeking out divorce lawyers, but was quickly halted by the astronomical hourly rates....

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