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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.


New AI generates horrifyingly plausible fake news

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In an attempt to prevent artificial intelligence-generated fake news from spreading across the internet, a team of scientists built an AI algorithm that creates what might be the most believable bot-written fake news to date -- based on nothing more than a lurid headline. The system, GROVER, can create fake and misleading news articles that are more believable than those written by humans, according to research shared to the preprint server ArXiv on Wednesday -- and also detect them. "We find that best current discriminators can classify neural fake news from real, human-written, news with 73% accuracy, assuming access to a moderate level of training data," the researchers wrote in the paper. "Counterintuitively, the best defense against Grover turns out to be Grover itself, with 92% accuracy." In other words, the algorithm is apparently able to detect AI-written fake news better than any other tool out there.


Search Engine Founder says Artificial Intelligence cannot be created

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Every day, there is a new report, news item, scientific publication where some company or the other, some research team, some start up claims to have launched a product built with Artificial Intelligence, or to have achieved a breakthrough in this field, or promises a new product which will change the entire field. Unfortunately, the term Artificial Intelligence or AI for short, has to be the most over abused term by scientists, computer programmers, start up entrepreneurs and the tech media alike. It is still in close competition with the term Big Data, though. My name is Sukhbir Benipal and i am the founder and creator of the e commerce search engine benipal.com, I have been working in this field for over 5 years and tried endlessly, at various points even believing i had a breakthrough, until one day when Hurricane Sandy hit Manhattan, and with no power, heat or running hot water, finally realizing i was so wrong, on all counts.


Army wants AI in big way to boost combat lethality India News - Times of India

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The South Western Command will be holding a two-day brain-storming session with top military officers, scientists and IT experts on "AI in mechanised (tanks and infantry combat vehicles) warfare" at Hissar next week Rajnath Singh is likely to announce "25 defence-specific AI products" that will be developed by 2024 The South Western Command will be holding a two-day brain-storming session with top military officers, scientists and IT experts on "AI in mechanised (tanks and infantry combat vehicles) warfare" at Hissar next week Rajnath Singh is likely to announce "25 defence-specific AI products" that will be developed by 2024 NEW DELHI: The Army now wants to harness the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to bolster its combat lethality and survivability, even as the 13-lakh force is testing its new integrated battle groups (IBGs) geared towards mobilising fast and striking hard across the borders. With China taking huge strides in the ongoing global race to develop AI-powered weapon and surveillance systems for futuristic wars, with a special focus on developing lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS), India obviously does not want to miss the bus. "China is employing AI (basically simulation of human intelligence processes by computers) in the defence arena in a big way. But we can catch up because we have the required IT (information technology) brains in India. Our aim is to examine how AI can help us become more lethal and effective in our war-fighting in a flexible and dynamic battlefield," said South Western Command (SWC) chief Lt-General Alok Kler, speaking to TOI on Friday.


See How AI Stereotypes You

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Computers think they know who you are. Artificial intelligence algorithms can recognize objects from images, even faces. But we rarely get a peek under the hood of facial recognition algorithms. Now, with ImageNet Roulette, we can watch an AI jump to conclusions. Some of its guesses are funny, others…racist.


Tech Tent: Can AI revolutionise health?

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If there's one area where there's real excitement about the improvements in our lives which advances in artificial intelligence could bring, it is healthcare. On Tech Tent this week we ask whether, amidst all the hope and hype, real innovations are beginning to transform the way patients are treated. At Oxford University's Said Business School, some of the leading thinkers in AI research - from the university and beyond - gathered this week. There were fascinating discussions about everything from autonomous cars to the way AI is transforming the finance industry. But the panels on healthcare drew big crowds and a sense that researchers were on the cusp of delivering concrete results which will soon begin to be seen in hospitals.


Malicious Intelligence: The AI Antithesis

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Born out of the degradation of AI-powered devices, malicious intelligence has the capacity to be a real threat to the modern-day business ecosystem. It's true, there are plenty of AI applications that play a useful and critical role but focusing on the benefits of AI while forgoing the dangers is unwise. We can't say we haven't been warned. The best and brightest continue to make bleak predictions about AI-usage and the dangers of ignoring the threats that the technology poses. Elon Musk said: "I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it's probably that."


Evolution of learning is key to better artificial intelligence

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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."


Artificial Intelligence Probes Dark Matter In The Universe - SpaceRef

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Understanding the how our universe came to be what it is today and what will be its final destiny is one of the biggest challenges in science. The awe-inspiring display of countless stars on a clear night gives us some idea of the magnitude of the problem, and yet that is only part of the story. The deeper riddle lies in what we cannot see, at least not directly: dark matter and dark energy. With dark matter pulling the universe together and dark energy causing it to expand faster, cosmologists need to know exactly how much of those two is out there in order to refine their models. At ETH Zurich, scientists from the Department of Physics and the Department of Computer Science have now joined forces to improve on standard methods for estimating the dark matter content of the universe through artificial intelligence.


The Unemployed AI Expert

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Unemployed Artificial Intelligence (AI) ex perts are as elusive as the abominable snowman of the Himalayas. In fact, in my AI career, which spans more than two decades, I have never met one. However, in the past year, ever since the media woke up to the amazing world of AI, I have been receiving queries like: since AI is a new thing, will I find a job once I graduate? I've never seen an advert for an AI expert, etc. I don't blame people for asking these questions.