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Have you ever wondered how your computer sees the world? Spoiler alert: it's the stuff of psychedelic nightmares, as the internet found out last month when Google revealed that in order to sort and categorize images online, it uses an artificial intelligence program that looks for patterns and sometimes gets things wrong, finding random dog faces, swirls, and hands where there are none.
A Google computer recently made headlines for appearing to become agitated and verbally lashing out at the human working with it. Artificial intelligence and machine learning researchers say have no fear.
Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, first codified in his 1942 short story "Runaround" (http://bit.ly/1AAkKhW), sought to steer use of artificial intelligence (AI) in peaceful directions. Robots were never to harm humans, or by inaction allow them to come to harm.
In his 1942 short story 'Runaround', science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov introduced the Three Laws of Robotics -- engineering safeguards and built-in ethical principles that he would go on to use in dozens of stories and novels. They were: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; 2) A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; and 3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
It's not just the sci-fi community envisioning a world where machines take over. It's a concern among some prominent visionaries, including a group that just shelled out nearly $7 million for research into potential ill effects of artificial intelligence.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google has apologized after its new Photos application identified black people as "gorillas. " On Sunday Brooklyn programmer Jacky Alcine tweeted a screenshot of photos he had uploaded in which the app had labeled Alcine and a friend, both African American, "gorillas.
SoftBank Group is promising new services for its Pepper robot that will appeal to business users and help bring the humanoid to storefronts and reception areas. The company is developing a customer support package and a service that allows businesses to manage a fleet of Peppers, Fumihide Tomizawa, chief executive officer of SoftBank Robotics, said in an interview in Tokyo on Monday.
MOOCs -- massive open online courses -- grant huge numbers of people access to world-class educational resources, but they also suffer high rates of attrition. To some degree, that's inevitable: Many people who enroll in MOOCs may have no interest in doing homework, but simply plan to listen to video lectures in their spare time.
The World Economic Forum released a reportthis week examining how fintech startups--the venture-backed upstarts out to reinvent financial services--are changing the finance industry. Sounds like a cure for insomnia, right?
Biofuel flights: How farm waste could get you where you're going this summer Social network giant Facebook is now developing facial and voice recognition technology which might rival Apple's Siri - and even humans. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during his keynote address at Facebook F8 in San Francisco, California, in this file photo taken March 25, 2015.
This August an expected 30 million religious devotees, ascetics and tourists will congregate in the Indian city of Nashik for the Kumbh Mela - a 20-day Hindu festival which is one of the largest public gatherings in the world. The mass pilgrimage of faith takes place every three years on a rotational basis in four alternating cities, and will be returning to Nashik after a gap of 12 years.
Collectively, those food stuffs might not sound like the most obvious combination of ingredients to satiate one's palette. Yet it turns out they do work together in a satisfying enough manner, at least for some taste buds.
WASHINGTON-Superintelligent computers could outsmart humans, but scientists largely dismiss any parallels to Terminator and a dystopian "rise of the machines" (much like the hapless scientists in the movies, it must be noted). The struggle between the thirst for research and the anxiety over the consequences was clear from "Are Super Intelligent Computers Really A Threat to Humanity?
Advances in theory and computer hardware have allowed neural networks to become a core part of online services such as Microsoft's Bing, driving their image-search and speech-recognition systems. The companies offering such capabilities are looking to the technology to drive more advanced services in the future, as they scale up the neural networks to deal with more sophisticated problems.
Early on in AMC's newest sci-fi show, Humans, a teenager wonders aloud if there's any point in going to college and spending years training to be a neurosurgeon. After all, why invest all that time and work when an advanced android, which are commonplace in the show's world, can be programmed with those skills almost instantly.
In its most recent monthly newsletter, the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) announced that it has added three new members to the fold: FLIR Systems AB, ON Semiconductor, and Vision srl. FLIR Systems AB is a business entity within FLIR Systems Inc., which consists of six divisions: FLIR Systems AB is the main operational entity for the Instruments division.
AMC's latest Sci-Fi show Humans takes us into another world. A world, that....actually, looks incredibly familiar.
Conversations are one of the most important and difficult tasks that artificial intelligence has to undertake. As such, the robots have tended to work only in either very restricted situations -- such as customer support when booking an airline ticket -- or by giving canned replies in response to specific questions.
From The Terminator to Transcendence, Hollywood sci-fi films have taught us not to trust robots. Now one expert has made a prediction that's just as terrifying as the bleakest plot: that in the future, intelligent robots will be smarter and faster than humans, take over the running of countries and have the ability to wipe us out altogether.
Nobody wants to confront the idea of their own obsolescence. Still, sitting across a desk from Kris Hammond, in his office overlooking the lake shore in Chicago, it is hard not to at least have a sense of the inevitable.
"OK, this one is pretty cool," said 6-foot-tall Omar Tayeb as he held his left hand in front of himself and snapped it with his iPhone. He didn't move the phone away.
Anyone who has been freaked out by the robots in Channel 4's new hit drama Humans knows what life in the Uncanny Valley feels like. The same goes for those who have met or seen footage of Aiko Chihira, a realistic humanoid who has just started welcoming visitors to a department store in Japan.
A human talks to a machine. And it goes like this: Human: what is the purpose of life?
In the year since the European Court of Justice ruled that anyone can ask Google to remove personal information about them, the site has evaluated more than one million links. Each request has to be verified and processed by a dedicated team of people, but the sheer volume can cause delays.
The trouble with machines is, they do things better than we do. "Give me a place to stand and I will move the Earth," said the third-century B.C.
The challenge of the Autonomous Vehicle Competition, hosted by hobbyist electronics vendor SparkFun at its Boulder, Colorado, headquarters, seems simple enough: Build a robot that can navigate itself around the company's parking lot. Though the AVC course is dotted with small obstacles, it's really just one lap -- a distance of less than 900 feet.
Watch out, aspiring game designers; a computer may be coming for your job, too. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology will present research this week at the Foundations of Digital Games Conference about a new artificial intelligence system that analyzes a preexisting videogame, learning its rules, then procedurally generates new game levels that follow those same rules.
This year, several leading researchers have sounded warnings about the risks of using the CRISPR gene-editing technique to modify human and other species' genomes in ways that could have "unpredictable effects on future generations" and "profound implications for our relationship to nature" (see go.nature.com/jq5sik). Concerns are coming from the silicon sector as well.
Think you can stop Facebook from automatically tagging photos of you by covering your face? Think again.
Self-driving cars have barely hit the road -- and aren't even close to being pitched to consumers yet -- but heavy traffic already appears to be forming. Following up tech giants like Google and Uber as well as automotive wunderkind Tesla, car industry stalwart Ford is moving full steam ahead with an autonomous vehicle of its own.
Last week's post on Google's Research Blog has made front-page news with a series of stunning, hallucinatory images produced by artificial neural networks. Were these images our first glimpse into an artificial mind?
Let's be blunt: Amazon's reviews sometimes suck. Many of them are hasty day-one reactions, others are horribly misinformed and a few are out-and-out fakes.
In another sign that Japan loves cute robots, SoftBank's Pepper is proving to be a hit with its consumer launch. The mobile carrier said 1,000 units of the household robot sold out in one minute on Saturday, its first day of consumer sales.
A dozen massive television screens hang inside Banjo's war room in a nondescript office park here beaming streams of social media data, 24-hour news networks and an animated, spinning globe highlighting hot spots of activity around the world. From this nerve center, which evokes equal parts "Dr. Strangelove" and Dunder Mifflin from "The Office," a team of employees behind computer terminals are doing something extraordinary with the billions of public social media posts and other data points spewed onto the Internet each day: learning about events in real time before almost anyone else.
Forget Amazon's delivery drones. Robots are primed to change the way home shopping services operate, but the most substantive shift will happen in the warehouse, not at your front door.
Google's servers drive the much of the world's data, and apparently, they dream as well, according to a Google blog post by two Google software engineers and an intern. Google's artificial neural networks (ANNs) are stacked layers of artificial neurons (run on computers) used to process Google Images.