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It is a plan taken straight from the pages of a science fiction novel - and potentially a way to exist forever. A San Francisco inventor has revealed plans for a system to upload his brain to a computer.
For decades, neuroscientists have been trying to design computer networks that can mimic visual skills such as recognizing objects, which the human brain does very accurately and quickly. Until now, no computer model has been able to match the primate brain at visual object recognition during a brief glance.
-- What kind of privacy will you have 10 years from now? Will you have given up trying to keep secrets and be willingly sharing all your personal information online?
We may call the devices in our pockets "smartphones," but they are relatively blunt instruments. Designed to respond to our commands usually inputed as text; although a shaky understanding of the spoken word is slowly dawning on them.
The SpaceX founder, along with other scientists such Stephen Hawking, are concerned by the rapid pace of progress in machine intelligence. But computers may not be as clever as we believe.
An Engadget report published last week, "Hangouts eavesdrops on your chats to offer 'smart suggestions'" describes a new "spy/valet" feature being added to Google's popular video chat tool. "Google's Hangouts is gaining a handy, but slightly creepy new feature today.
Summary:UPDATED: Stateside, AT&T and Verizon are on deck to sell the Classic in 2015. One of BlackBerry's biggest bets to turn around the beleaguered phone maker's future is finally here.
Action figures that pose themselves may be the next big thing in Japan's billion dollar plastic model industry. Speecys, a robotics company founded in 2001 by Tomoaki Kasuga (following a stint working on Sony's robot dog Aibo), has unveiled what it calls the world's first "Motion Figure" system.
First results from NASA's MAVEN may offer clues to how Mars lost its water Skype Translator, a service that aims to offer real-time audio and text translation between many languages, went live to select users on Tuesday. The Skype Translator preview can perform audio translation between English and Spanish audio, and text translation between more than 40 languages.
New research highlights the distinction between how artificial intelligence sees and how it knows what it's looking at. Computers, like people, understand what they see in the world based on what they've seen before.
Microsoft has released its first preview of Skype Translator, which allows real-time conversations between spoken English and Spanish and will be extended to more languages. The service was first demonstrated in May, aping Star Trek's universal translator or the Babel Fish from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, translating a conversation between German and English.
Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play.
This effort, called the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, or AI100, is the brainchild of computer scientist and Stanford alumnus Eric Horvitz, who, among other credits, is a former president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
Optimistic government officials and automakers want to put millions of electric cars on American roads in the next decade. There are a lot of issues to be solved to make that happen (limited range, insufficient infrastructure, high costs, to name the big three), but if we ever get there, we'll be faced with a new problem: How to ensure the country's aging electrical grid can handle the added strain of charging millions of cars every day.
When in 2012 a computer learned to recognize cats in YouTube videos and just last month another correctly captioned a photo of "a group of young people playing a game of Frisbee," artificial intelligence researchers hailed yet more triumphs in "deep learning," the wildly successful set of algorithms loosely modeled on the way brains grow sensitive to features of the real world simply through exposure. Using the latest deep-learning protocols, computer models consisting of networks of artificial neurons are becoming increasingly adept at image, speech and pattern recognition -- core technologies in robotic personal assistants, complex data analysis and self-driving cars.
"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. " Does artificial intelligence threaten our species, as the cosmologist Stephen Hawking recently suggested?
A hardware store in San Jose has a new star employee. It can speak English and Spanish, recognise any part at sight, and knows what the shop has in stock on a second by second basis.
The auto industry is racing to deliver on a grand vision for developing the "Connected Car" in which location technologies are integrated with relevant content to deliver a uniquely personalized online driving experience designed for those behind the wheel, as opposed to stationary users. Auto industry suppliers and telematics service providers recognize a huge opportunity to cash in on this coming generation of connected cars.
Facebook is working on software that could prevent users posting unflattering photos of themselves. Combining image recognition and artificial intelligence, the system would be able to distinguish between drunk and sober pictures.
A team from MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Bioengineering Systems and Technologies Group was named a first-place subchallenge winner at the 2014 Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge and Workshop (AVEC 2014), the fourth annual competition that invites participants to use multimedia processing and machine learning to analyze subjects' emotional states or estimate subjects' level of depression. Held at the annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Conference on Multimedia, the challenge gauges the success of entrants' approaches to automated emotion detection on a set of common benchmarks.
In many machine vision and image processing systems, it may be necessary to capture images at different focal lengths. In machine vision systems, images of parts with varying heights may need to be captured as they move along a conveyor.
His abstract art has been criticised and praised in equal measure for its haphazard use of paint. But new research has found Jackson Pollock's drip painting may have more in common with the stylised portraits from the Medieval period than first thought.
Faculty, students, and industry representatives packed MIT's Grier Room on Thursday, Dec. 4, to learn about new research in robotics, machine learning, wireless power transfer, synthetic biology, and more -- all being conducted by undergraduates through the groundbreaking SuperUROP program within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). "My feeling is some of this work is as good as master's-quality research.
'Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the United Kingdom, scientists were waiting nervously to see how many glittering prizes the government would stuff into their stockings. Those prizes -- the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, to be announced on 18 December -- will go some way towards determining which researchers in UK universities have a happy New Year.
Humans and machines organize the world in very different ways. People are good at fitting small data sets into larger patterns: Eggs, chocolate, butter, sugar, and flour?
As the world grapples with the onset of drones and trembles at the increasing likelihood of sentient machines, a 300-pound machine is being deployed in places like corporate campuses and shopping malls. Like something out of a science fiction movie, the K5 is part of a broader effort to predict and prevent illegal activities.
Computers are good at identifying patterns in huge data sets. Humans, by contrast, are good at inferring patterns from just a few examples.
The end of the human race - that is what is in sight if we develop full artificial intelligence, according to Stephen Hawking in aninterview with the BBC. But how imminent is the danger and if it is remote, do we still need to worry about the implications of ever smarter machines?