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Ever wanted to see your holiday snaps in the style of Van Gogh, or have your portrait painted by Picasso? Researchers have revealed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can learn to paint in the style of any artist - and repaint any snap you feed it.
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the social network on Monday saw 1 billion users log in during the course of a single day. "We just passed an important milestone.
Facebook's move to create an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered personal assistant dubbed M could be a technology step forward. But M is also going to contribute to a personal assistant bandwagon that's going to get crowded.
It's the premise of many science fiction novels and movies: Super-intelligent robot machines that can outsmart humans, if not terminate them entirely. But the prospect doesn't exactly frighten some of today's experts in the field.
For Justin Chen, a PhD student in the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), there is more to observe in the built environment than meets the eye. So much more, in fact, that he has designed his entire academic attention CEE to center on structural health monitoring.
The internet is flooded with photos--of your brunch, of your cat, of your estranged elementary school friend's cousin's wedding. 1.8 billion photos are uploaded daily, and most of them are objectively pretty terrible.
Select users are testing M, Facebook Messenger's digital assistant service that uses both human and artificial intelligence. Facebook has finally pulled the curtains back on M, a new service on its Messenger app that acts more like a private concierge than most other digital assistants on the market.
Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Although the language of thinking is deliberate--let me think, I have to do some thinking--the actual experience of having thoughts is often passive. Ideas pop up like dandelions; thoughts occur suddenly and escape without warning.
The first autonomous vehicles to hit US highways will not be Google or Apple cars, but self-driving trucks - and they will be riding roads in Florida by the end of the year. The self-driving construction vehicles, fitted with special rear-end crash barriers and lights, have been successfully demonstrated, driving using GPS waypoints and following a lead car, mimicking its path, braking and speed.
Young Ethiopian with robot whose AI software was created in his country. (courtesy of iCog Labs) Ethiopia is an unlikely but thriving center of artificial intelligence R&D. A local company works for global customers and the government is all for it.
If you don't want the world to know your business, don't tell Facebook either. The use of Rehtaeh Parsons' likeness in a dating ad prompted an online backlash.
Sharing the road with self-driving cars will mean them learning our driving tics and perhaps even adopting some themselves IN THE near future, you may have to share the road with a robot. Or perhaps we should say that a robot will have to share the road with you.
Research and development in human-robot trust is the cutting edge of artificial intelligence, but faith in machines can often be misplaced A British fighter jet was returning to its base in Kuwait after a mission on the third day of the 2003 Iraq War when a U.S. anti-missile system spotted it, identified it as an enemy missile, and fired. The two men in the plane were both killed.
There was a time when neuroscientists could only dream of having such a problem. Now the fantasy has come true, and they are struggling to solve it.
MIT's MultiFab 3D printer uses machine vision, rather than mechanical error correction, to ensure that materials are being printed properly. Most 3-D printers use a single material to fabricate objects.
In another sign that more warehouse workers could be displaced by machines, Hitachi has created a mobile logistics robot that can use two arms to handle inventory. Developed to meet increasing demand from online shopping orders, the machine can move around on wheels, autonomously fetching merchandise and carrying it to a shipping container.
Roving construction crews -- the kind you see blacktopping a road, painting lines, inspecting a bridge or installing a traffic signal -- are often protected from oncoming traffic by a specialized truck outfitted with a crash barrier. The crash trucks, fitted with a device called a truck-mounted attenuator, have been credited with saving lives.
The ability to make decisions is seen as one of the most important intellectual abilities for humans and animals. Now Japanese scientists claim that an inanimate objects such as an iron bar is capable of gathering information about its surroundings to make a 'decision' too.
Right now, the typical 3D printer is a tool for making plastic objects. Assembling them in layers according to a pre-programmed plan, the printers can quickly make weirdly shaped parts, but they're often limited to working with just one material at a time.
While wildfires are currently devastating larges swaths of northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and western Montana, an interesting experiment is underway at Lake Tahoe and central Nevada. Imagine Steve Jobs meets wildfire.
3-D printing is great, assuming you're printing one material for one purpose, and that you're fine with a few do-overs. But the technology is still far behind in reliably producing a variety of useful objects, with no assembly required, at a moderate cost.
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From Rosie, the Jetsons' robot maid, to Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg in The Terminator, popular culture has frequently conceived of robots as having a humanlike form, complete with "eyes" and mechanical limbs. But tech reporter John Markoff says that robots don't always have a physical presence.
Drones get some bad press, with many associating them with a dystopian future defined by war and surveillance. But now a company is trying to make drones more popular - and in the process improving aerial photography so you can take selfies from the air.
It's hard to think of mass extinctions as positive events, with species and genetic material lost forever. But computer scientists have shown that mass extinctions such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs could actually speed up evolution, leading to useful new adaptations - in robots at least.
Listen to much of the well-peddled advice in the enterprise tech world today, and you'd have to be excused for coming away with the belief that "big data" holds all the answers your company is looking for. Too bad it often can't live up to that promise -- at least, not in its traditional form.
You've likely heard about Samsung's 16TB hard drive, by far the world's largest. That is an eye-popping number, a large enough leap forward that it's difficult to fully process.
The New York Times today published an op-ed by Jerry Kaplan: Robot Weapons, What's the Harm? In the article, Kaplan rebuts the recent open letter warning against the unchecked use of A.I.