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This photograph of an early prototype version Google's self-driving car was released by the company on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (Google.com) ( Google.com ) MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Google plans to begin testing its new prototype of a self-driving car -- which, unlike earlier models, the company hopes to operate without a backup driver -- at NASA's Ames Research Center on the grounds of Moffett Field, just a few miles from the tech company's headquarters, space agency officials said this week.
From techno-sheepdogs to android bedfellows, the promise of robotics and the lure of artificial intelligence appears to know no bounds. But will we ever be able to have a proper natter with a robot?
Excerpted fromThe Future Declassified: Megatrends That Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action, by Mathew Burrows. Palgrave Macmillan Trade, 2014.
Tomorrow, at a ridiculously early hour, we're flying to Chicago to cover the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). WOOHOO!
Friends and colleagues were aware, at some level, that Nick Roy, a researcher in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), had been using his sabbatical to take on some sort of robotics-related role at Google. But few people knew the full scope of his work until this past week, when Google X -- the infamous idea incubator known for Google Glass, self-driving cars, and wireless hot-air balloons -- unveiled a video introducing Project Wing, an ambitious delivery-drone initiative that Roy has overseen for the past two years.
Humans have launched thousands of satellites into orbit, many of which are now useless and dangerously in the way of future space missions. NASA wants this space junk cleared out, but many pieces are spinning so wildly that they would be dangerous to collect.
Spurred by science fiction and pop culture, we assume that the main superintelligence-gone-wrong scenario features a hostile organization programming software to conquer the world. But those assumptions fundamentally misunderstand the nature of superintelligence: The dangers come not necessarily from evil motives, says Bostrom, but from a powerful, wholly nonhuman agent that lacks common sense.
The late professor Seth Teller created 6.811 (Principles and Practices in Assistive Technologies, or PPAT) in the fall of 2011. Through his extensive experience developing assistive technologies (AT) at MIT, his compassion for making technology available to all, and his innovative approach and drive to build this class, student interest in PPAT and AT has grown steadily since.
The typical ways in which patients get matched up with clinical trials aren't exactly state of the art. At hospitals, clinical coordinators painstakingly sort through patient records, looking for people that fit the requirements of a given experimental treatment; meanwhile, patients bring their own Internet research to their doctors, asking if some new drug might help them.
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed artificial intelligence (AI) software that is significantly better than any previous technology at predicting what goal a player is trying to achieve in a video game. The advance holds promise for helping game developers design new ways of improving the gameplay experience for players.
As humans, we can distinguish between different objects easily - such as dogs wearing hats, or between oranges and bananas in a bag - but for computers this has been typically much more difficult. Until now.
Cars that can talk to each other and almost drive themselves at freeway speeds are just two years away from the showroom, according to General Motors executives. The company announced Sunday that the semi-autonomous system for freeways will be an option on an unidentified new 2017 Cadillac model that goes on sale in the summer of 2016.
Jibo, the "world's first family robot," hit the media hype machine like a bomb. From a Katie Couric profile to coverage in just about every outlet, folks couldn't get enough of this little robot with a big personality poised to bring us a step closer to the world depicted in "The Jetsons" where average families have maids like Rosie.
"Algorithm" is a word that one hears used much more frequently than in the past. One of the reasons is that scientists have learned that computers can learn on their own if given a few simple instructions.
It has taken 16 years but James Dyson has achieved one of his dreams: to build a robotic vacuum cleaner. As befits a device of the modern age, it can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app - and reports on where it has been.
Google apparently wants to try its hand at making its own quantum computing hardware. The company announced in its research blog that it's launching a project to make quantum processors that use superconductors.
Humans just got a step closer to being able to think a message into someone else's brain on the other side of the world: in a first-of-its-kind study, an international team of researchers has successfully achieved brain-to-brain transmission of information between humans. The team, comprising researchers from Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Starlab Barcelona in Spain, and Axilum Robotics in Strasbourg, France, used a number of technologies that enabled them to send messages from India to France -- a distance of 5,000 miles (8046.72km) -- without performing invasive surgery on the test subjects.
Fresh off a nearly perfect run predicting the outcome of World Cup futbol matches, Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana, has focused her abilities on picking the winners of NFL football games. Need help predicting whether or not the Seahawks will hold off the Green Bay Packers?
It can get lonely in space, even for a robot. Kirobo, the Japanese humanoid robot who is modeled after Astro Boy, was developed to entertain astronauts in space.
On June 7, 2014, a Turing-Test competition, organized by the University of Reading to mark the 60th anniversary of Alan Turing's death, was won by a Russian chatterbot pretending to be a Russian teenage boy named Eugene Goostman, which was able to convince one-third of the judges that it was human. The media was abuzz, claiming a machine has finally been able to pass the Turing Test.