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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.
Sitting in his company's small Midtown Manhattan office, JP Benini speaks casually into his smartphone. "Hello!
Mike Soucie of Nest and other attendees at a conference on the 'connected home' talk about how and when our homes could mirror the Jetsons' futuristic abode. Chris Wiggins for USA TODAY BURLINGAME, Calif. - The creators of The Jetsons should have been paid for a lot more than just cartooning.
The dream of a home robot has been around ever since the Jetsons first hit TV screens. However, rather than an automated machine doing your chores, one Dublin firm believes that humans will still be in control.
Google's R&D team has looked into making internet-connected toys that control smart home appliances. The firm has published a patent that describes devices that would turn their heads towards users and listen to what they were saying, before sending commands to remote computer servers.
I'm fairly new to San Francisco, so I'm still building my mental database of restaurants I like. But this weekend, I know exactly where I'm heading to for dinner: Nick's Crispy Tacos. Then, when I get home, I’m kicking back to a documentary I’ve never heard of, a Mongolian drama called The Cave of the Yellow Dog.
An artificially intelligent algorithm told me I’d enjoy both these things.
As more than 90 students in MIT's SuperUROP Advanced Undergraduate Research Opportunites Program flowed into a year-end certificates presentation event on May 7 at the Media Lab Skyline Room, they looked quite ready to celebrate a year of work on intense research collaborations with faculty advisors, supported as by the generous backing of industry and private sponsors. Senior Ava Soleimany says she has gained a "much-nuanced understanding of what exactly research involves.
Sonia Chernova wants you to train her robot. Two years ago, Chernova and some of her fellow roboticists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachussets launched a remote robotics lab called RobotsFor.Me, a site where users can log in and teach robots how to function in physical space.
Last summer, MIT researchers published a paper describing an algorithm that can recover intelligible speech from the analysis of the minute vibrations of objects in video captured through soundproof glass. In June, at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, researchers from the same groups will describe how the technique can be adapted to infer material properties of physical objects, such as stiffness and weight, from video.
As Russ Tedrake flings up the garage door to the dusty MIT lab, light whooshes in, revealing a 360-pound humanoid robot hanging from a rope. The hulky human form sways as the Cambridge breeze blows into the room.
Artificial intelligence is progressing at a frightening pace leading humanity towards its ultimate destruction. This is according to British theoretical astrophysicist, Sir Martin Rees, who believes we are facing an 'inorganic post-human era'.
A man has been able to control a robotic limb with a mind-reading chip implanted in his brain. It allowed Erik Sorto, from California, to sip a drink unaided for the first time in 10 years.
Writing basic stats from a sporting event or the latest stock prices can be a tedious assignment for journalists. Take this wire for example: "Neothetics Inc. (NEOT) on Thursday reported a loss of $6.9 million in its first quarter.
Summary:Microsoft Research's Project Trinity is now available for public testing in the form of Graph Engine 1.0 public preview. It's been quite a while since there's been word regarding Microsoft Research's "Project Trinity,"its graph database and computing platform.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed a novel computer-aided detection system for acute stroke using computer intelligence technology. Reading 80-100 computer images, the system is able to detect if the patient was struck by ischemic stroke or haemorrhagic stroke.
Can humans form the same attachment to robots that they do to animals? Several studies indicate they can.
A world where there are no more language barriers might not be too far away - online, at least. Skype has released a live translation tool, allowing people to speak to others in another language - even if they don't know what they're saying.
If you're looking for something on Instagram, you probably look to your friends. Compared to Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, it's a lot harder to search Instagram on your own for real-time news or photos related to a specific topic or theme.
Cats and dogs could soon be replaced with robots, one leading expert has claimed. It is believed that the global growth in population will lead to real animals being only for the super-rich.