by Andrea Powell, Wired
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN prosthetic and real is shrinking. Thanks to advances in batteries, brain-controlled robotics, and AI, today’s mechanical limbs can do everything from twist and point to grab and lift. And this isn’t just good news for amputees. “For something like bomb disposal, why not use a robotic arm?” says Justin Sanchez, manager of Darpa’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics program. Well, that would certainly be handy.
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by Andrew Tarantola, Engadget
AI and ML systems are turning the professional gambling world on its head.
The act of gambling on games of chance has been around for as long as the games themselves. For as long as there’s been money to be made wagering on the uncertain outcomes of these events, bettors have been leveraging mathematics to give them an edge on the house. As gaming has moved from bookies and casinos into the digital realm, gamblers are beginning to use modern computing techniques, especially AI and machine learning (ML), to increase their odds of winning.
Continue reading AI is better at bluffing than professional gamblers
by Devin Coldewey, TechCrunch
Depending on how paranoid you are, this research from Stanford and Google will be either terrifying or fascinating. A machine learning agent intended to transform aerial images into street maps and back was found to be cheating by hiding information it would need later in “a nearly imperceptible, high-frequency signal.” Clever girl!
Continue reading This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task
by Andrew J. Sherman, CNBC @work
By the year 2025, robots and machines driven by artificial intelligence are predicted to perform half of all productive functions in the workplace. What is not clear is whether the robots will have any worker rights.
Continue reading Now is the time to figure out the ethical rights of robots in the workplace
by Kevin Kelleher, MSN News
More than a third of AI experts surveyed by Pew Research said they are concerned that artificial intelligence will leave humanity worse off in 2030 than they are now, with the majority optimistic that the benefits will make life better for individuals.
Continue reading 37% of Tech Experts Worry Artificial Intelligence Will Make Humanity Worse by 2030
by Dave Gershgorn, Popular Science
The Byzantine Science of Deceiving Artificial Intelligence
In the early 1900s, Wilhelm von Osten, a German horse trainer and mathematician, told the world that his horse could do math. For years, Von Osten traveled Germany giving demonstrations of this phenomenon. He would ask his horse, Clever Hans, to compute simple equations. In response, Hans would tap his hoof for the correct answer. Two plus two? Four taps. Continue reading Fooling The Machine
In a recent TEDx Talk, Google’s Jeff Dean discussed why and how these advances have come about, what the implications are for areas as diverse as robotics, healthcare, human creativity and computer hardware design, and why these possibilities are so exciting.
In the last five years, significant advances were made in the fields of computer vision, speech recognition, and language understanding. In a recent TEDx Talk, Google’s Jeff Dean discussed why and how these advances have come about, what the implications are for areas as diverse as robotics, healthcare, human creativity and computer hardware design, and why these possibilities are so exciting. Continue reading Google’s Jeff Dean on How Artificial Intelligence will Affect Your Life
by Mike Wehner, The Sun
Boffins build super-clever computer with a higher IQ than millions of humans and we should all be feeling pretty nervous right now
Computers can already hold a massive amount of instantly retrievable data in a manner that puts most humans to shame, but getting them to actually display intelligence is an entirely different challenge.
Now a team of researchers from Northwestern University just made a huge stride toward that goal with a computational model that actually outperforms the average American adult in a standard intelligence test. Continue reading Artificial intelligence is now smarter than the average American, researchers reveal
by Will Knight, Technology Review
Playing poker involves dealing with imperfect information, which makes the game very complex, and more like many real-world situations
As the great Kenny Rogers once said, a good gambler has to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em. At the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh this week, a computer program called Libratus may finally prove that computers can do this better than any human card player. Continue reading Why Poker Is a Big Deal for Artificial Intelligence
by Larry Elliott, The Guardian
Advances in artificial intelligence mean a second wave of change is approaching – and it is not the low-paid service sector where jobs are most at risk
Guy Ryder is an old hand at Davos. The director general of the International Labour Organisation has seen it all: the years when the global business elite is brimful of confidence and the years, such as 2017, when the top 1% of the top 1% is fretful. Continue reading The new robot revolution will take the boss’s job, not the gardener’s