Nasa has announced that it has found evidence of flowing water on Mars. Scientists have long speculated that Recurring Slope Lineae -- or dark patches -- on Mars were made up of briny water but the new findings prove that those patches are caused by liquid water, which it has established by finding hydrated salts. Several hundred camped outside the London store in Covent Garden. The 6s will have new features like a vastly improved camera and a pressure-sensitive "3D Touch" display
AI is a fascinating, complex and occasionally scary technology, with the power to change the world. Dr Nicola Millard gives her thoughts on its evolution. Is artificial intelligence going to take over the world? This is the question that is being debated around the planet at the moment. Talk is rife of mass unemployment, existential threats and whether this technology is safe (especially in the context of self-driving cars and drones).
Google is teaching machines to play Atari games like Space Invaders, Video Pinball, and Breakout. At DeepMind, a Google subsidiary based in Cambridge, England, researchers have built artificial intelligence software that's so adept at these classic games, it can sometimes beat a human player--and a professional, at that. This may seem like a frivolous, if intriguing, pursuit. If a machine can learn to navigate the digital world of a video game, Google says, it eventually could learn to navigate the real world, too. Today, this AI can play Space Invaders.
Ever since IBM's Deep Blue defeated then world chess champion Garry Kasparov in a six-game contest in May 1997, humanity has been looking over its shoulder as computers have been running up the inside rail. What task that we thought was our exclusive preserve will they conquer next? What jobs will they take? And what jobs will be left for humans when they do? The pessimistic case was partly set out in the Channel 4 series Humans, about a near-future world where intelligent, human-like robots would do routine work, or stand on streets handing out flyers, while some people worked (law and policing seemed to get a pass, mostly) but others were displaced – and angry.
But after decades of anticipating the advent of "adult" robots, artificial intelligence is finally growing up and starting to get real jobs. The implementation of AI has been a slow and, at times, clunky process. We had ELIZA by 1966, but it wasn't until three decades later -- in 1997 -- that Deep Blue was able to beat chess champion Garry Kasparov. Fast-forward almost two more decades: my laptop just underlined "Gary" in red, because it knew that, despite G-A-R-Y being the far more common spelling, Kasparov's first name has two Rs. And then there's our dear friend Siri, who can show us where to get sushi, find a picture of Batman, or even tell us a story.