Terminator robots are NOT on the horizon, claims Microsoft AI boss

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Advances in artificial intelligence have many fearing that we could soon see Terminator-style killer robots. He claims that fear of intelligent robots will cause humanity to lose out on the benefits of robots. Advances in artificial intelligence have many fearing that we could soon see Terminator-style killer robots. 'The danger I see is if we spend too much of our attention focusing on Terminators and Skynet and the end of humanity,' Bishop told the Guardian ahead of a discussion about machine learning at the Royal Society. '[We are] generally just painting a too negative, emotive and one-sided view of artificial intelligence – we may end up throwing the baby out with the bathwater.'


Pepper the 'emotional' humanoid becomes first robot to attend SCHOOL

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It has already been cheerfully offering advice to customers hoping to buy a phone in Tokyo, but Pepper the'emotional' robot is now about to enrol in school. The expressive humanoid, which has been developed by Japanese corporation SoftBank Robotics, is designed to identify and react to human emotions. It is now due to attend classes at Shoshi High School in Waseda, in the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan – making it the first time a robot will'study' alongside human students. Pepper the robot has become the world's first humanoid to enroll into a high school. Pepper is intended to be used for customer service in banks, shops and for greeting people.


Computers CAN spot the X factor: AI picks the winner of singing show

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Artificial intelligence has won Jeopardy, mastered Go and has now predicted the winner of a popular Chinese reality TV show. Developed by Alibaba Cloud, 'Ai' was able to predict not the just the winner of'I'm a singer', Chinese-American singer Coco Lee, but all six finalists. 'We are very pleased with the Ai's performance in achieving 100 percent accuracy in predicting the I'm a Singer competition's results,' Dr. Min Wanli, Alibaba Cloud's chief scientist for artificial intelligence, said in a statement following the show, according to the Wall Street Journal. Developed by Alibaba Cloud, 'Ai' was able to predict not the just the winner of'I'm a singer', Chinese-American singer Coco Lee, but all six finalists. 'The results demonstrated that Ai is making significant progress to understand human emotions and how people make decisions,' he added.


Tay is now a drug using derelict, just as Microsoft unveils new AIs

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Microsoft's playful teen chatbot that turned into a Hitler supporting racist was back online today. Tay was turned on overnight'as part of testing', but spammed its 213,000 followers with the same tweet and boasted about using drugs in front of police. Although the teen bot is a disaster, Microsoft is rolling out'an army' of bots later today that will manage specific tasks via chatting. Microsoft launched Tay last week with the goal of improving the firm's understanding of conversation language among young people online. Microsoft launched Tay last week with the goal of improving the firm's understanding of conversation language among young people online.


Experts warn of the dangers of using autonomous weapons in war

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Allowing autonomous weapons to call the shots in combat zones eases the burden for human soldiers. But it also poses a threat to our safety and security, experts have warned. At a recent meeting, researchers said they were concerned these war machines could engage in unethical behavior and become a playground for hackers. Even though we are years from deploying them for the battlefield, experts don't believe anyone will make ethical robots and hijacking will increase as systems become more automated. While the laws of war do not inherently prohibit autonomous weapons, today it would be very challenging for autonomous weapons to comply with the laws of war except under narrow circumstances.


IBM reveals 'neurosynaptic' chip that can replicate neurons

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It is the nearest thing to a human brain in silicon form. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and IBM have revealed a new deep learning supercomputer they say could boost AI systems. Based on a'neurosynaptic' computer chip called IBM TrueNorth, it can replicate the equivalent of 16 million neurons and 4 billion synapses - yet consumes just 2.5 watts, the energy equivalent of a hearing aid battery. TrueNorth can replicate the equivalent of 16 million neurons and 4 billion synapses - yet consumes just 2.5 watts, the energy equivalent of a hearing aid battery. A single TrueNorth processor consists of 5.4 billion transistors wired together to create an array of 1 million digital neurons that communicate with one another via 256 million electrical synapses.


Move over Banksy! Robotic spray reproduces photos as giant murals

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If you have ever dreamed of becoming a graffiti artist like Banksy, a robotic spray could help you cheat your way to greatness. The prototype gadget attaches to a can of paint and helps a novice replicate a photograph on a large canvas or wall. The invention could spawn a graffiti revolution, but is more likely to be used to create digital characters for films, for example. A robotic spray can is able to help a novice replicate a photograph on a large canvas or wall. This image shows the'target' photograph, top inset, simulated image (bottom inset) and finished painting, main Scientists from the ETH Zurich, Disney Research Zurich, Dartmouth College and Columbia University came up with the smart spray can and have demoed its artistic abilities in an impressive video.


Lip-reading tech spells out words when audio isn't available

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If you have ever tried your hand at lip-reading in a noisy environment, you'll know it isn't easy. Now, researchers have invented a machine that can tell the difference between sounds that look the same on the lips to give anyone the ability to decipher what's being said. It is hoped the new technology could help people with hearing and speech impairments communicate more easily and even help solve crimes. Researchers have invented a machine that can tell the difference between sounds that look the same on the lips to give anyone the ability to decipher what's being said. The visual speech recognition technology, can be applied'any place where the audio isn't good enough to determine what people are saying,' according to Helen Bear, who created the machine alongside Richard Harvey at the University of East Anglia (UEA).


Experts warns Google's Go win proves AI can be unpredictable

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Humans have been taking a beating from computers lately. The 4-1 defeat of Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol by Google's AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI) is only the latest in a string of pursuits in which technology has triumphed over humanity. Self-driving cars are already less accident-prone than human drivers, the TV quiz show Jeopardy! is a lost cause, and in chess humans have fallen so woefully behind computers that a recent international tournament was won by a mobile phone. Researchers from Western Sydney University two reasons why AIs are'our greatest threat. The first being they are trained with logic and heuristics.


Eerily life-like robots will walk among us in just 20 years

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The threats, and benefits, of artificial intelligence are discussed almost on a daily basis, but now the view of one robot has been revealed from its own mouth. When quizzed by robotics designer David Hanson, an eerie-looking humanoid called Sophia revealed'she would like to go to school, have a family...and destroy humans.' The comments were made as Hanson questioned her about her aspirations and beliefs - and he claims robots like Sophia will be walking among us and be as conscious as humans in just 20 years. Ultra-lifelike humanoid Sophia, said in an interview with her creator David Hanson that'she' would like to go to school, have a family…and destroy humans. While the stunt is lighthearted, the answer may scare those who fear a robot uprising, including the likes of Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, who have both warned artificially intelligent machines could finish off the human race.