If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
A robot'artist' transforms can transform your imagination into beautiful sketches. The creative Microsoft software composes colourful drawings based on simple text descriptions. It adds details to its creations not specified in its instructions, showing the bot has an'artificial imagination', according to Microsoft. The technology could one day generate entire animated movies based on a script, the researchers claim. A robot'artist' transforms your imagination into beautiful sketches.
Robot'alter-egos' that are a digital extension of our consciousness and know everything about us will soon be a reality. That's according to Microsoft executive, Brad Smith and Harry Shum, who are working to develop advanced AI software capable of mimicking human thought. This breakthrough - which some fear could spell the beginning of the end for humanity - will come over the next two decades, they say. They also warn that controls should be put in place to prevent intelligent machines from acting against the interests of society and people. Robot'alter-egos' that know everything about you will become an everyday reality within 20 years, say artificial intelligence experts.
Stanford researchers have developed an AI that can predict when a patient will die with up to 90 percent accuracy. While the idea might sound unnerving, the team behind the work says it could vastly improve end-of-life care for patients and their families. By more accurately pinpointing when a terminal or seriously ill patient may pass, caregivers can prioritize their wishes and ensure important conversations are held before it's too late. Stanford researchers have developed an AI that can predict when a patient will die with up to 90 percent accuracy. While the idea might sound unnerving, the team behind the work says it could vastly improve end-of-life treatments for patients and their families.
She is one of the most realistic humanoid robots ever created, but according to one expert, Sophia is not all she seems. A Facebook AI chief has called the android'deceptive'. In a fiery Facebook post, Yann LeCun, head of AI research at the social media giant, claimed Sophia is a'sophisticated puppet' that is not as intelligent as it seems. She is one of the most realistic humanoid robots ever created, but according to one expert, Sophia (file photo) is not all she seems. A Facebook AI boss has called the android'deceptive' as part of an escalating online feud between the two Sophia first emerged two years ago as a super-intelligent human-like head with a realistic face that was able to blink, look from side to side and talk.
An amazing new video shows a thought racing across the surface of the human brain in less than a second. Experts tracked the path of singular thoughts through people's minds as they underwent open brain surgery. Electrodes were hooked directly to the surface of each patient's white matter, taking readings while they completed a simple call-and-response task. The scans show clearly how the brain acts in response to sight and sounds, which scientists say could explain'why we say things before we think'. Experts asked people to repeat the word'humid'.
Anyone who's ever had children will know that every parent needs a break at some point - but a recently resurfaced video from the 1960s seemed to take that idea to new extremes. The footage, taken in 1960 as part of a news report, shows a nurse operating some'High-Tec' baby care equipment in a state-of-the-art nursery in Budapest, Hungary, which was run by the Communist-regime at the time. The video was produced as a prediction of what could be expected from childcare in the future. The imagined equipment can not only move babies from one crib to another at the touch of a button, but can also feed them by lowering a bottle into their arms, leaving no need for mum and dad. The invention is just a prototype, though, with the nursery being used as a demonstration of how robotics could help care for babies.
Two teenage boys sucked out to sea by a rip tide have been saved from drowning by a in a world-first rescue in Australia. Monty Greenslade, 16 and Gabe Vidler, 17, were spotted struggling in rough surf off Lennox Head, New South Wales, at 10.30am AEST today by two teen girls. The pair were trapped amid 10ft waves and not easily accessible by boat, but were saved after a drone flew out and dropped an inflatable for them to cling on to. Footage shows the remote controlled aircraft fly above the teenagers before dropping an inflatable device which landed almost within arm's reach. Within 35 seconds of take-off the float had been dropped down to the boys, who hung on as waves pushed them back to shore where lifeguards took over.
Google had admitted a bug in its smart home products is causing major wifi woes for users. The firm's Chromecast TV gadgets and Google Home smart speaker are reportedly overloading home Wi-Fi networks. Google today admitted the bug was real - and promised to fix it tomorrow. Google had admitted a bug in its smart home products is causing major wifi woes for users. The Chromecast TV gadgets and Google Home smart speaker (pictured) are overloading home Wi-Fi networks.
Stunning drone footage has revealed the incredible progress on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope – a massive instrument that will one day produce the'deepest, widest image of the universe' ever captured. Construction on the telescope in Chile began in 2015, with plans for it to begin operations around 2022. Now, nearly three years later, the new video shows how the enormous mountaintop facility has begun to take shape. Stunning drone footage has revealed the incredible progress on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope – a massive instrument that will one day produce the'deepest, widest image of the universe' ever captured The video, published this week by the LSST team, was submitted by Assembly Integration Verification Manager Jacques Sebag, who captured the amazing view using a drone. At the time, the team was working with subcontractor Besalco to move the facility's mobile roof to a flatter area on the north side of the building.
It has been dubbed the first'sports tank', boasting supercar performance on tank tracks. Originally developed to help to military avoid IEDs, the Ripsaw'sports tank' has become a hit with car enthusiasts. Now, a new version has received a huge overhaul - and has been dubbed'the most obnoxious vehicle ever built'. The newest incarnation, the EV3-F1, is'the most extreme and most terrain dominant Ripsaw ever developed,' the firm behind it says. The Ripsaw, developed by twin brothers Mike and Geoff Howe, both 40, from Maine-based company Howe and Howe technologies, has been around for several years in various forms.