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Microsoft opens dataset for teaching computers to talk


Microsoft is trying to help create machines that can have conversations by releasing a new set of data for free. The data, called the Microsoft Machine Reading Comprehension dataset (MS MARCO) is a bundle of 100,000 English queries along with corresponding answers. It's supposed to help people build artificial intelligence systems that can understand human written language. The company is opening up its dataset in the hope that Microsoft can work with other organizations on making machines better at reading comprehension, said Rangan Majumder, program manager for the Microsoft Partner Group, in a blog post on Friday. The queries in MS MARCO are based on anonymized questions that were submitted to Microsoft's Bing search engine and Cortana virtual assistant.

Tay tweets: Microsoft creates bizarre Twitter robot for people to chat to

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Microsoft has created a strange robot that can converse with people on Twitter. The robot, apparently named Tay, is artificially intelligent and speaks with people who send messages to it. It appears to be based on Microsoft's machine learning work and claims that it will get better as it is used. The account, found at @TayandYou, responds automatically to all tweets. But it remains a complete mystery why Microsoft created the account – which has been verified by Twitter – and what it plans to do with it.

Tech giants race for edge in artificial intelligence


Major technology firms are racing to infuse smartphones and other internet-linked devices with software smarts that help them think like people. The effort is seen as an evolution in computing that allows users to interact with machines in natural conversation style, telling devices to tend to tasks such as ordering goods, checking traffic, making restaurant reservations or searching for information. The artificial intelligence (AI) component in these programs aims to make create a world in which everyone can have a virtual aide that gets to know them better with each interaction. Google Assistant software is being built into new Pixel handsets -- aiming to outdo Apple's Siri Glenn Chapman (AFP/File) Google is making a high-profile push into AI, with the internet titan's chief referring to it as a force for change as powerful as powerful as smartphones. Google Assistant software is being built into new Pixel handsets -- aiming to outdo Apple's Siri -- enabling users to organize and use information on the devices and in the cloud -- to check emails, stay up to date on calendar appointments, news or ask for traffic and weather data.

Google DeepMind researches why robots kill or cooperate


New research from DeepMind, Alphabet Inc.'s London-based artificial intelligence unit could ultimately shed light on this fundamental question. They have been investigating the conditions in which reward-optimizing beings, whether human or robot, would chose to cooperate, rather than compete. The answer could have implications for how computer intelligence may eventually be deployed to manage complex systems such as an economy, city traffic flows, or environmental policy. Joel Leibo, the lead author of a paper DeepMind published online Thursday, said in an email that his team's research indicates that whether agents learn to cooperate or compete depends strongly on the environment in which they operate. While the research has no immediate real-world application, it would help DeepMind design artificial intelligence agents that can work together in environments with imperfect information.

Samsung Galaxy S8 will include AI virtual assistant, confirms LinkedIn job posting

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Samsung has all but confirmed that its next flagship smartphone will feature an artificial intelligence assistant. The company has posted a vacancy on LinkedIn, for a Principal Program Manager who would be responsible for driving "the execution and delivery of Samsung's upcoming AI (Artificial Intelligence) assistant on the Galaxy S8." Though tech companies aren't averse to teasing the industry with misleading information ahead of major launches, the professional network isn't where you'd typically expect to find such a red herring. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact ...