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They look strangely alien, with barely recognisable features and bizarre bumps and lumps. Yet this is the way Facebook - and other computer recognition systems - see humans.
If you talk about AI as a set of techniques, as a field of study in mathematics or engineering, it brings benefits. If we talk about AI as a mythology of creating a post-human species, it creates a series of problems that I've just gone over, which include acceptance of bad user interfaces, where you can't tell if you're being manipulated or not, and everything is ambiguous. It creates incompetence, because you don't know whether recommendations are coming from anything real or just self-fulfilling prophecies from a manipulative system that spun off on its own, and economic negativity, because you're gradually pulling formal economic benefits away from the people who supply the data that makes the scheme work.(with video)
If you talk about AI as a set of techniques, as a field of study in mathematics or engineering, it brings benefits. If we talk about AI as a mythology of creating a post-human species, it creates a series of problems that I've just gone over, which include acceptance of bad user interfaces, where you can't tell if you're being manipulated or not, and everything is ambiguous. It creates incompetence, because you don't know whether recommendations are coming from anything real or just self-fulfilling prophecies from a manipulative system that spun off on its own, and economic negativity, because you're gradually pulling formal economic benefits away from the people who supply the data that makes the scheme work.
The perfect sleight is a flawlessly coordinated act of deception. Magicians dedicate hours to bullying their fingers into precise positions and years mastering the art of misdirection.
Chillingly life-like robots are causing a storm in Japan - where their creators are about to launch them as actresses, full-size mechanical copies for pop idol fans, and clones of the dearly departed. There is even talk that the naturalistic, even engaging, she-droids may be taken up as men as partners in the not-too-distant future.
Did you ever think that the next hot technology field would be the ability for a machine to "see" a picture and describe it in words? Google may have kicked off the latest wave of interest in automated image recognition, but several teams of researchers, including Microsoft and Baidu, also plan to participate.
Persona is one of the latest fashion magazines in Tokyo. It's printed on heavy stock paper and is full of photos of models and clothing.
In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2014 photo, University of Southern California professor Jeffery Miller sits in his car in Los Angeles. Miller develops software that will help the cars of the future drive themselves.
One of technology's time-honored traditions is getting intellectual property by buying companies rich in ideas but poor in cash or connections. Burroughs Corp., for example, got the Nixie tube in 1955 by buying Haydu Brothers Laboratories.
Scientists at Google have created artificial intelligence software that can describe the contents of photographs far more accurately than ever before. The software's description of pictures was similar to that written by a human.
Robots may hold the key to preventing an industrial crisis in a country whose geography makes many key jobs undesirable. I knew Australia was big, but it didn't really hit me till I stood on a viewing platform hanging over a valley in the Blue Mountains.
Jason Yeatman and Kevin Weiner, with permission from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. If we can think it, we can control it.
For those studying and working in artificial intelligence, creating this kind of situation could so easily become a reality. "AI is embedded in many educational applications," explains Janet Read, a professor in child computer interaction at the University of Central Lancashire, pointing to new gesture recognition and interpretation technologies.
One of the Google self-driving vehicles on Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.
Drone pilots must respect people's privacy when flying, the Information Commissioner's office (ICO) has said, issuing new guidance on the operation of the unmanned aerial vehicles. Pilots should let people know before they start to record them, should plan their flight in advance and not let their drone out of sight - both to ensure they don't lose it, and to reassure members of the public that they are the one responsible for the vehicle.
As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues its run as one of the most popular technology buzzwords of the year, the discussion has turned from what it is, to how to drive value from it, to the tactical: how to make it work. IoT will produce a treasure trove of big data - data that can help cities predict accidents and crimes, give doctors real-time insight into information from pacemakers or biochips, enable optimized productivity across industries through predictive maintenance on equipment and machinery, create truly smart homes with connected appliances and provide critical communication between self-driving cars.
Tidemark is adding predictive analytics functions to its cloud-based financial planning and analysis software to help companies include unstructured big data sources, like social media messages and sensor information, into forecasting and budgeting decisions. The update allows users to incorporate data from 40 sources including Twitter, Thomson Reuters, the U.S. Bureau of Labor as well as internal data gathered from RFID sensors or point-of-sale systems.
There are a handful of apps that claim to be able to monitor and identify signs of skin cancer, but the latest may be the most scientifically accurate to date. SkinVision uses an algorithm that was developed over two years, using 4,000 images from 500 live dermatological evaluations - and has an accuracy of up to 90 per cent.
For fans of the cult film the Karate Kid, it is a familiar pose. However, in the latest video from the US military team developing a two legged fighting robot, the buildup to 'crane kick' is seen in a new way.
Shortly after appearing on Israeli television with a new computer game you control merely by moving your head, Oded Ben Dov got a phone call. It came from a complete stranger who just happened to see this TV appearance, and he had a question.