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A.I. 101: What is artificial intelligence and where is it going?

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The phrase "artificial intelligence" in pop culture often conjures up dystopian images such as the sentient computer Hal 9000 from the 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey" that killed people for its self preservation; or the cyborg assassin with a metal endoskeleton in director James Cameron's "The Terminator." In recent years, our fascination with the potential of AI has taken a more starry-eyed turn, as shown in the 2013 sci-fi drama "Her," where the main character falls in love with a virtual assistant. In reality, artificial intelligence (AI) technology is quickly permeating every aspect of our lives. From Amazon's voice-activated Alexa to writing technology that helps managers craft job postings, AI is in our hearts, homes and workplaces. And it's only going to become a bigger part of our lives: Experts call the rise of AI the driving force behind the fourth industrial revolution.


Gary Marcus on Why AI Needs a Reboot

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged from relative dormancy to a worldwide renaissance--fueled by significant investments and arousing interest across nearly all sectors and industries. Amid this global ground swell of enthusiasm, a few voices are going against popular opinion, and are calling for a reboot. Robust.AI CEO Gary Marcus and NYU professor of computer science Ernest Davis, sound a warning bell for AI in their book Rebooting AI, released in September 2019. Gary Marcus is a modern-day polymath. He is a cognitive scientist, successful technology entrepreneur, prolific author, keynote speaker, professor emeritus at New York University (NYU), juggler, unicyclist and erstwhile guitarist who literally wrote the book on it with his bestseller Guitar Zero: The Science of Becoming Musical at Any Age.


The Mystical Side of A.I.

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Let's put aside for a moment the metaphysical question of whether the divine exists or not. Blaise Pascal, the philosopher and author of the "wager" argument, says that there's evidence for both sides, but nothing that tips the scales completely for or against the existence of God. Let's approach this as Pascalian agnostics. What if Siri really did make a deeper-than-5G connection? Pascal himself once had a mystical experience he couldn't put into words, so he wrote a few words on a piece of paper.


Autism and artificial intelligence: Visiting scholar probes human-robot interaction

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Lundy Lewis, an academic and researcher in artificial intelligence and human-robot interaction, is watching a pair of six year-old boys playing with social robots in the gym at CHEO's site for autism in Kanata. Griffin and James Beck are twins. The robot they're interacting with is called Jibo, developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jibo has no arms or legs and only two joints, one which approximates a neck and another a waist. Despite this, Jibo can pack a lot of emotion into his rotund body.


The Bio-Tech Merger - The Cosmic Duck Ft. Will Ireland - Electronic Music Producer

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Can artificial intelligence become an organic life form? Can it behave, or will it behave in the same way that biological life behaves? I don't think we can classify A.I. as a species, it's a technology. The only way we can make A.I conscious is to incorporate biology into it. We have to be able to integrate bacteria, microorganisms into the artificial intelligence.


Evolution of learning is key to better artificial intelligence

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Since "2001: A Space Odyssey," people have wondered: could machines like HAL 9000 eventually exist that can process information with human-like intelligence? Researchers at Michigan State University say that true, human-level intelligence remains a long way off, but their new paper published in The American Naturalist explores how computers could begin to evolve learning in the same way as natural organisms did--with implications for many fields, including artificial intelligence. "We know that all organisms are capable of some form of learning, we just weren't sure how those abilities first evolved. Now we can watch these major evolutionary events unfold before us in a virtual world," said Anselmo Pontes, MSU computer science researcher and lead author. "Understanding how learning behavior evolved helps us figure out how it works and provides insights to other fields such as neuroscience, education, psychology, animal behavior, and even AI. It also supplies clues to how our brains work and could even lead to robots that learn from experiences as effectively as humans do."


Why robots will soon be picking soft fruits and salad

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London (CNN Business)It takes a certain nimbleness to pick a strawberry or a salad. While crops like wheat and potatoes have been harvested mechanically for decades, many fruits and vegetables have proved resistant to automation. They are too easily bruised, or too hard for heavy farm machinery to locate.


Robotic excavators get a boost with $33 million for Built Robotics ZDNet

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When Built Robotics emerged out of stealth in October 2017, the company's self-driving excavators had completed a couple simple projects that included digging and moving dirt at a community garden and a California mountain bike trail. Since then, giant autonomous robots have been deployed on large commercial projects, such as digging the foundations for wind farms. The technology has also expanded to include bulldozers and skid steers, in addition to excavators. Today Built announced a $33 million Series B led by Next47, the new global venture fund backed by Siemens. This brings the company's total funding to $48 million.


Robotic excavators get a boost with $33 million for Built Robotics ZDNet

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When Built Robotics emerged out of stealth in October 2017, the company's self-driving excavators had completed a couple simple projects that included digging and moving dirt at a community garden and a California mountain bike trail. Since then, giant autonomous robots have been deployed on large commercial projects, such as digging the foundations for wind farms. The technology has also expanded to include bulldozers and skid steers, in addition to excavators. Today Built announced a $33 million Series B led by Next47, the new global venture fund backed by Siemens. This brings the company's total funding to $48 million.


Robot Art Critics Are Rolling into a Museum Near You

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With a black bowler hat and a chiffon white scarf, Berenson certainly looks the part of a stuffy art connoisseur -- so long as you ignore the neural network poking out from his suit. Meet the Art Critic 2.0, built from gleaming metal and sleek sensors, with equal parts smarts and snob. The sage art critic once commanded considerable power in creative spheres, making or breaking an artist's career with a simple smirk of disapproval or a punishing review in next day's paper. But today, as the number of full-time art critics dwindles in newsrooms, a growing force of high-tech art experts is starting to pick up the slack by methodically decoding art's finest details. In Canada, the Roomba-esque kulturBOT snaps photos at exhibitions and uses an algorithm-powered "stream of consciousness" to tweet out the images with often nonsensical captions like "panting with love of danger" or "streaked with the nocturnal vibration."