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Computers are getting better than humans at reading

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The robots are coming, and they can read. Artificial intelligence programs built by Alibaba (BABA) and Microsoft (MSFT) have beaten humans on a Stanford University reading comprehension test. "This is the first time that a machine has outperformed humans on such a test," Alibaba said in a statement Monday. The test was devised by artificial intelligence experts at Stanford to measure computers' growing reading abilities. Alibaba's software was the first to beat the human score.


'I realised machine learning could make my musical dreams come true'

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Tech innovator and singer Prof Maya Ackerman sees AI as the perfect testing ground for music, where people's creativity can really flourish. While there are many facets of artificial intelligence (AI) that seem destined to takeover our lives, there seems to be fewer pursuits destined to become filled with robots than music. With the meteoric rise of music streaming and its ability to track our music interests, likes and dislikes, music producers have as good a picture as ever of what to make that has a high-percentage chance of topping the charts. However, away from the business end, some researchers and artists are finding ways to use machine learning to create a human/robot collaboration that few would discern is based on an algorithm. One such individual is Prof Maya Ackerman, a leading AI researcher based at the computer engineering department at Santa Clara University in the US.


Guiding Computers, Robots to See and Think

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Though Stanford University professor Fei-Fei Li began her career during the most recent artificial intelligence (AI) winter, she's responsible for one of the insights that helped precipitate its thaw. By creating Image-Net, a hierarchically organized image database with more than 15 million images, she demonstrated the importance of rich datasets in developing algorithms--and launched the competition that eventually brought widespread attention to Geoffrey Hinton, Ilya Sutskever, and Alex Krizhevsky's work on deep convolutional neural networks. Today Li, who was recently named an ACM Fellow, directs the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Stanford Vision and Learning Lab, where she works to build smart algorithms that enable computers and robots to see and think. Here, she talks about computer vision, neuroscience, and bringing more diversity to the field. Your bachelor's degree is in physics and your Ph.D. is in electrical engineering.


1/3 of Bloomberg articles are written by artificial intelligence!

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Artificial intelligence is taking over more and more jobs. The NYT reports that more and more journalism is actually being written by robots including nearly 1/3 of Bloomberg articles. "robot reporters have been prolific producers of articles on minor league baseball for The Associated Press, high school football for The Washington Post and earthquakes for The Los Angeles Times… Last week, The Guardian's Australia edition published its first machine-assisted article, an account of annual political donations to the country's political parties. And Forbes recently announced that it was testing a tool called Bertie to provide reporters with rough drafts and story templates… The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones are experimenting with the technology to help with various tasks, including the transcription of interviews… Patch [is] a nationwide news organization devoted to local news, [with] 110 staff reporters and numerous freelancers who cover about 800 communities… In a given week, more than 3,000 posts on Patch -- 5 to 10 percent of its output -- are machine-generated… "One thing I've noticed," Mr. St. John said, "is that our A.I.-written articles have zero typos."


Let Robots Do the Robotic Work that Humans Now Perform

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In today's healthcare data environment, humans have been turned into robots. The lack of connected systems in the healthcare world forces people to perform robotic tasks, like transferring data between systems that don't talk to each other. At the Future of Work Expo, part of The New Intelligence Expo in Fort Lauderdale yesterday, Sean Lane from digital-automation firm Olive spoke about teaching robots to perform those basic administrative functions with which humans are now tasked. Healthcare organizations should establish a digital workforce that can communicate among themselves, Lane says. Creating a digital workforce "will allow humans to pull away from the computer, and begin interacting with humans again," he says.


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This robotics museum in Korea will construct itself (in theory)

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The planned Robot Science Museum in Seoul will have a humdinger of a first exhibition: its own robotic construction. It's very much a publicity stunt, though a fun one -- but who knows? Perhaps robots putting buildings together won't be so uncommon in the next few years, in which case Korea will just be an early adopter. The idea for robotic construction comes from Melike Altinisik Architects, the Turkish firm that won a competition to design the museum. Their proposal took the form of an egg-like shape covered in panels that can be lifted into place by robotic arms.


Breaking Down Superintelligence – O'Humanity

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Yoshimi battles the pink robots? These terms pop into our consciousness when we read articles, watch popular movies, or listen to Flaming Lips songs about technological advance, but we rarely take the time to investigate them more fully. It's important to dig a little deeper because technological advance will have huge impacts on our lives and on our society. As an artificial intelligence primer, I will be summarizing the book, Superintelligence, written by Nick Bostrom -- a professor at Oxford University and the founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute, an interdisciplinary research center focused on the big questions faced by humanity. SIDE NOTE #1: Bostrom is not some obscure sci fi writer -- he is one of the leading academics in this field.


Global Big Data Conference

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Nvidia today opened its robotics research lab, a 13,000-foot facility in Seattle. The lab will house 50 roboticists, 20 from Nvidia Research staff, and others from the wider academic research community. Dieter Fox, a member of University of Washington computer science faculty, is the director of the lab. The lab was intentionally opened in Seattle to be close to knowledgable people from the University of Washington such as Human-Centered Robotics Lab director Maya Cakmak. The lab officially opened last November but moved to its permanent headquarters today.


Lenovo leads $10M investment in 6-legged robot maker Vincross

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Vincross, the company behind the six-legged robot Hexa, said on Tuesday that it's picked up $10 million in a Series A funding round led by Lenovo Capital, the startup fund managed by Lenovo Group. Returning investor GGV Capital and newcomer Seekdource Capital also participated. The company declined to disclose its latest valuation but said the proceeds will go towards research and development as well as new product lines. Neuroscience and artificial intelligence researcher Tianqi Sun started Vincross in Beijing back in 2016 when he raised $220,000 for Hexa on Kickstarter. At the time the insectile, programmable robot had separated itself from the horde of humanoids on the market by billing itself as the first robot that can climb stairs, making it suitable for firefighting and other rescue tasks.