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Bitcoin Giant Bitmain Enters the High Stakes AI Race

Posted on August 27th, 2017.

The Sophon, named for a fictional proton-sized supercomputer, could be the tool to train neural networks in data centers worldwide. It is the latest project being developed by Bitmain Technologies Ltd., the bitcoin mining giant that has carved out a dominant position in bitcoin mining. Such chips, called application-specific integrated...

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Dutch Police Use Augmented Reality to Investigate Crime Scenes

Posted on November 22nd, 2016.

Dutch police are undertaking an experiment to see if augmented reality can help officers at a crime scene, according to the New Scientist. Using an AI system video from the body cameras worn on the officers at the scene will relay back to experts who can guide the officers by making virtual notes which the officers will be able to see...

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Apple Patent Reveals Siri-Assisted iMessage P2P Payments Platform

Posted on November 17th, 2016.

Apple has filed a patent application for a “virtual assistant in a communication session.” On first glance, application 14/713,410 might scare developers of chat bots and the like, but Apple is specific in the scope of their claims – Siri, their virtual assistant platform, will be able to directly communicate with either user in an...

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Nasdaq Turns to AI to Detect Market Manipulation

Posted on November 17th, 2016.

Nasdaq undertakes 14 million trades a day on its exchange making it nearly impossible to detect market abuses taking place. However, with the help of artificial intelligence (AI), Nasdaq is cracking down on the bad behavior. There are several things that Valerie Bannert-Thurner, senior vice president and head of risk and surveillance at...

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AI Enhancing = Jobs Disappearing. Is It worth It?

Posted on October 25th, 2016.

Jobs in a long slate of industries are vanishing into thin air due to upgrading artificial intelligence. Drones, robots, or “bots” as some prefer, are forcing humans to step aside. It might seem very tempting to see all daily tasks automated. And of course who doesn’t prefer to live more like the Jetsons and less like the Flintstones....

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Obama Administration Concerned United States Falling Behind on AI Research

Posted on October 18th, 2016.

The White House released its “National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan” [PDF] this month. One of the chief concerns in the report is the fact that of the two countries doing the most research on artificial intelligence, more specifically on deep learning, the US has fallen into second place. The below...

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Students Create Doom AI Which Learns Visually and Kills Humans in Deathmatch

Posted on October 7th, 2016.

Two students from Carnegie Mellon University recently placed second in an artificial intelligence competition for their submission of a program that was able to learn the game Doom the same way humans do – by playing.

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Beware Uber Drivers! The Robot Cars Are Coming

Posted on September 15th, 2016.

Uber announced that that the world’s first self-driving Uber cars are on the road in Pittsburgh, the Steel City. The road ahead is still long, but the implications are staggering.

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Pentagon: US Should Embrace Artificial Intelligence or Repeat Past Mistakes

Posted on August 31st, 2016.

A new study released by the Defense Science Board on autonomy has found that if the U.S. does not learn from past mistakes in cyber and electronic warfare, it could make the same with artificial intelligence technology. The 121-page study, Autonomy [PDF], found that while the Department of Defense (DoD) is already embracing the value of...

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Smart Car Tattles on Hit-and-Running Driver

Posted on December 8th, 2015.

Drunk and irresponsible drivers beware: your smart car can most definitely rat you out. Cathy Bernstein of Port St. Lucie recently learned as much the hard way after rear-ending two vehicles and fleeing the scene. Her Ford vehicle has a built in “Emergency Assist” feature which proceeded to call 911 having satisfied all its requirements...

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Consumer Drones Outfitted With Geofences Around Restricted Air Space

Posted on November 18th, 2015.

A project called Airmap has made life easier for two of the major consumer drone producers, DJI and 3D Robotics. The purpose of Airmap is to provide real-time, reliable access to no-fly-zone data. In the case of consumer drones, this can mean a lot more than simply military bases and airport areas. A football arena can be off-limits...

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Samsung Enters New Market With Pre-Ordering of Gear VR

Posted on November 11th, 2015.

The new Samsung Gear VR looks futuristic. It is not the first of its kind, but it is the first consumer-focused VR headset, which requires the user to insert a preferably Samsung brand smartphone to do virtual reality. The headset is powered by Oculus, the VR company dominating the space. The headset only costs $100, so it appears to be...

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Neurosurgeon Implants a Computer into His Brain

Posted on November 10th, 2015.

Phil Kennedy was unable to find the right subject for his project. The goal of the project was to make it so that severely disable patients would be able to speak using their brains alone, even though their mouths did not work, but better than what Stephen Hawking uses. Even if he had, it would have been difficult to get government...

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Meet Google’s New Open Source Machine Learning Tool, TensorFlow

Posted on November 9th, 2015.

Machine learning is the nerdiest side of artificial intelligence. It’s the part you don’t see as much in the science fiction movies or read about as much in the tech press. However, machine learning is critical to the actual development of artificial intelligence, and it has been increasingly used in large scale projects in...

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Video: Autonomous Mercedes-Benz Commercial Truck Road Tested in Real German Traffic

Posted on October 18th, 2015.

The future of private automobiles may not involve private motorists. The long march toward automation could potentially save more than a million lives worldwide each year. Of course, things built by humans can be as fallible as humans. This was demonstrated by Google’s driverless car program, which has been in more than a dozen...

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Whistleblower Releases Documents About Secret US Drone Assassination Program

Posted on October 16th, 2015.

Paradoxically, the United States, which has engaged itself in a conflict in nearly every decade for the past century, does not condone assassinations. Congress has refused time and again to do anything to define or outlaw the practice, but generally American exceptionalism prevents the word “assassination” from being used in terms of the...

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The Possibilities and the Future of Brain Hacking

Posted on October 9th, 2015.

For all of man’s scientific and technological advances, the human brain largely remains a mystery. A new Vimeo video, “Master/Mind,” examines the state of research on the human mind and the questions that scientists, ethicists, futurists and others are asking in light of what we’re learning about the mind. The video, a...

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The end of Jobs is Near and Capitalism as we Know It is Over

Posted on September 1st, 2015.

More and more news headlines and opinion pieces predict the end of jobs and the end of capitalism as we know it. The logic is simple: technology destroys more jobs than it creates. Automation is rapidly becoming cheaper and better than the labor of both blue and white collar workers, which therefore will be replaced by industrial robots...

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The Toil Toward Quantum Computers Just Turned Into a Sprint

Posted on August 14th, 2015.

A new optical chip that can process photons in a dizzying number of infinite ways has been developed by two research teams. Researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone in Japan (NTT) are behind the breakthrough in quantum computing. The means to solve daunting problems such as the ability to...

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Millions of Chinese Love Microsoft’s Virtual Girlfriend, Xiaoice

Posted on August 10th, 2015.

Last year, Microsoft launched XiaoIce, a social assistant that people can add as a friend on the Chinese social networks. Now XiaoIce is a huge hit in China, and millions of Chinese chat with her every day.

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