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Artificial Intelligence Has Found an Unknown ‘Ghost’ Ancestor in The Human Genome

by Peter Dockrill, ScienceAlert

Nobody knows who she was, just that she was different: a teenage girl from over 50,000 years ago of such strange uniqueness she looked to be a ‘hybrid’ ancestor to modern humans that scientists had never seen before.

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Can artificial intelligence tell a polar bear from a can opener?

by Stuart Wolpert, UCLA Newsroom

UCLA psychologists’ experiments demonstrate severe limitations of ‘deep learning’ machines

How smart is the form of artificial intelligence known as deep learning computer networks, and how closely do these machines mimic the human brain? They have improved greatly in recent years, but still have a long way to go, a team of UCLA cognitive psychologists reports in the journal PLOS Computational Biology.

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AI is Fueling Smarter Prosthetics Than Ever Before

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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AI is better at bluffing than professional gamblers

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.

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This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task

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!

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37% of Tech Experts Worry Artificial Intelligence Will Make Humanity Worse by 2030

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.

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Fooling The Machine

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

Google’s Jeff Dean on How Artificial Intelligence will Affect Your Life

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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