Tag Archives: Artificial Intelligence

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

Artificial intelligence is now smarter than the average American, researchers reveal

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

Why Poker Is a Big Deal for Artificial Intelligence

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

The new robot revolution will take the boss’s job, not the gardener’s

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