In the General AI Challenge, Teams Compete for $5 Million

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Rosa recently took steps to scale up the research on general AI by founding the AI Roadmap Institute and launching the General AI Challenge. In some rounds, participants will be tasked with designing algorithms and programming AI agents. The Challenge kicked off on 15 February with a six-month "warm-up" round dedicated to building gradually learning AI agents. The tasks were specifically designed to test gradual learning potential, so they can serve as guidance for the developers.

Stephen Hawking calls for creation of world government to meet AI challenges


Far from citing some ancient historical trends though, Stephen Hawking points to artificial intelligence as a defining reason for needing stronger forms of globally enforced cooperation. These are often the same people who suggest Isaac Asimov's three laws of robotics are sufficient to ensure ethical behavior from machines – never mind that the whole thrust of Asimov's stories is to demonstrate how things can go terribly wrong despite of the three laws of robots. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, thanks to the larger and more nebulous threat poised by superintelligence – that is an algorithm or collection of them that achieved a singleton, in any of the three domains of intelligence outlined by Nick Bostrom in Superintelligence: paths, dangers and strategies – those being Speed, Quality/Strategic planning, and Collective intelligence. The dangers poised to humanity by AI, being somewhat more difficult to conceptualize than atomic weapons since they don't involve dramatic mushroom clouds or panicked basement drills, are all the more pernicious.

Andrew Ng is leaving Baidu in search of a grander AI challenge


Andrew Ng, a leading figure in the world of artificial intelligence, is leaving his post as chief scientist at China's Baidu and says he wants to find ways of advancing AI beyond the technology world. After joining Baidu, China's leading Internet search company, in 2014, Ng helped develop an AI-first strategy. Under Ng, Baidu researchers made fundamental advances in speech recognition (see "10 Breakthrough Technologies: Conversational Interfaces"). "I'm super excited about health care; I'm super excited about education--major industries where AI can play a big role."

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Let's first take the case made by the naysayers who claim we are a long time away from AI posing any real threat to humanity. These are often the same people who suggest Isaac Asimov's three laws of robotics are sufficient to ensure ethical behavior from machines – never mind that the whole thrust of Asimov's stories is to demonstrate how things can go terribly wrong despite of the three laws of robots. Leaving that aside, it's exceedingly difficult to keep pace with the breakneck pace of research in AI and robotics. One may be an expert in a small domain of AI or robotics, say pneumatic actuators, and have no clue what is going on in reinforcement learning.

Syngenta AI Challenge To Address World Hunger With Machine Learning CropLife


Syngenta and the AI for Good Foundation have partnered to launch the Syngenta AI Challenge, a new international competition focused on leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools for use in seed breeding. The Syngenta AI Challenge is about creating models that can help solve this puzzle and ensure world food security." The 2017 Syngenta AI Challenge is the first of two collaborations between Syngenta and the AI for Good Foundation to bring artificial intelligence tools such as machine learning and data modeling to the agriculture industry. "Few things are more pressing than ensuring we can feed a growing world population sustainably."

Youyi HUANG at CIUTI 2017: AI Challenges and Solutions for Language Service Providers – Military Technologies


Mr. HUANG believed that governments, language colleges, language and AI service providers, experts and freelance translators should join hands in exploring this topic and advise the industry on development in the new era. In addition to the guidance of government and industrial organizations, an effective cooperative mechanism shall be established to ensure the maximum synergy between colleges, research institutes and language service providers. Asa global, multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual research application alliance, LBDA is committed to building an open platform for cooperation between multiple stakeholders and big data resource sharing; it is intended to support its global members in activities such as teaching, practices, research and business development with its billions of open corpora resources, machine translation technology, speech recognition technology, computer-aided translation platform, translation project management system, language assets management platform, and multi-lingual big data analytical platform, so as to promote the all-around innovation and development of its members. Since its establishment, LBDA has co-founded, together with its corporate and institutional partners,over 40 practice-based education and innovation centers, including the Chinese-Portuguese-English Machine Translation Laboratory jointly established with Macao Polytechnic Institute, and the Big Data Analysis Laboratory co-founded with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

Microsoft Research solves AI challenge for The Path of Go on Xbox 360 -

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The problem a team at Microsoft Research set out to solve was implementing the Chinese game of Go with capable AI in the functional programming language F#. As the video points out, the strongest chess player today is a computer, but the strongest Go player is still a human with no computer even close to taking on the champions of the Go world. The team at Microsoft Research managed a solution, though, and named the final game The Path of Go. It's also worth noting that this is the first Xbox 360 game to use the functional language.

Next AI challenge: Computers take on StarCraft


Artificial intelligence has grown rapidly more sophisticated since its' first major game breakthrough, IBM's Deep Blue computer's victory over chess world champion Gary Kasparov in 1997. It took AI developers 40 years to beat a chess champion. Earlier this year, Deep Mind's AlphaGo took artificial intelligence several steps farther, beating world champion Lee Se-dol at the complex strategy game, Go. With StarCraft II, Deep Mind's AI will have to go to a whole new level, managing a shifting game economy, gathering resources, and out-strategizing an able, human opponent.

Mitsuku chatbot wins Loebner Prize for most humanlike A.I., yet again


Our common interest in AIML, the Artificial Intelligence Markup Language, got us talking. Mitsuku is one of the most popular chatbots running on Pandorabots, which is the world's leading conversational artificial intelligence chatbot platform. Back in 2013, Steve entered Mitsuku into the Loebner Prize and went on to win the award for most humanlike A.I. Bringing us back up to the present day, Steve once again entered Mitsuku into the Loebner Prize this year, and the bot absolutely smashed it!

The Next CSR Challenge: Engaging in a Dialogue About Artificial Intelligence


Unless it's fully grasped for its benefits, companies that use AI are putting their brands at risk if society doesn't adequately understand how it benefits from the technology. That's my principal take-away from reading a relatively new book – "Connect, How Companies Succeed by Engaging Radically with Society." "I would put on that panel representatives of government, unions, civil society, NGOs – a real cross-section of key stakeholders. The authors call for "radical openness" in the sharing of information.