The meaning of life, according to Google’s chatbot AI

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Conversations with chatbots are interesting, in a short-lived sort of way. If you take Cleverbot for a spin, for example, you quickly run into issues. It’s very easy to notice that the software is programmed to respond to certain keywords in a certain way, it doesn’t respond as well to statements as it does to […]

Move over, Siri. Cortana is coming to the iPhone

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Microsoft announced Tuesday that its digital personal assistant Cortana will be available for Android and iOS devices this year. Until now, Cortana has only been available on Windows Phones. It will soon come to desktops with the release of Windows 10, the next version of Windows that launches later this year. Like Apple’s Siri and […]

What Experts Think About the Existential Risks of Artificial Intelligence

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In January, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and other sundry academics and researchers wrote an open letter calling for safety standards in industries dealing with artificial intelligence. In particular, they called for the research and development of fail-safe control systems that might prevent malfunctioning AI from doing harm — possibly existential harm — to humanity. “In any of […]

Artificial Intelligence Experts Are in High Demand

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When the University of Washington’s computer-science department wanted to poach artificial-intelligence expert Carlos Guestrin from Carnegie Mellon, it turned to Amazon.com Inc. The Seattle-based tech giant ponied up $2 million to fund two professorships: one for Mr. Guestrin, and another for his wife, who also works in the field. To seal the deal, Amazon Chief […]

Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer

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In january, the British-American computer scientist Stuart Russell drafted and became the first signatory of an open letter calling for researchers to look beyond the goal of merely making artificial intelligence more powerful. “We recommend expanded research aimed at ensuring that increasingly capable AI systems are robust and beneficial,” the letter states. “Our AI systems […]

Facebook AI Director Yann LeCun on His Quest to Unleash Deep Learning and Make Machines Smarter

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Artificial intelligence has gone through some dismal periods, which those in the field gloomily refer to as “AI winters.” This is not one of those times; in fact, AI is so hot right now that tech giants like Google, Facebook, Apple, Baidu, and Microsoft are battling for the leading minds in the field. The current […]

Google Brain’s Co-inventor Tells Why He’s Building Chinese Neural Networks

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To chat with Andrew Ng I almost have to tackle him. He was getting off stage at Re:Work’s Deep Learning Summit in San Francisco when a mob of adoring computer scientists descended on (clears throat) the Stanford deep learning professor, former “Google Brain” leader, Coursera founder and now chief scientist at Chinese web giant Baidu. […]

With 'The Machine,' HP May Have Invented a New Kind of Computer

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If Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard are spinning in their graves, they may be due for a break. Their namesake company is cooking up some awfully ambitious industrial-strength computing technology that, if and when it’s released, could replace a data center’s worth of equipment with a single refrigerator-size machine. That’s what they’re […]

Andrew Ng and the Quest for the New AI

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There’s a theory that human intelligence stems from a single algorithm. The idea arises from experiments suggesting that the portion of your brain dedicated to processing sound from your ears could also handle sight for your eyes. This is possible only while your brain is in the earliest stages of development, but it implies that […]

Data teleportation: The quantum space race

Three years ago, Jian-Wei Pan brought a bit of Star Trek to the Great Wall of China. From a site near the base of the wall in the hills north of Beijing, he and his team of physicists from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei aimed a laser at a […]