The impact of self-learning software now and in the foreseeable future


We've spent so long wringing our hands and worrying about artificial and virtual intelligence that we forgot to roll out the welcome mat when they finally arrived. Now, when major tech companies give their annual keynotes, they can't help but pepper the narrative with phrases like "machine learning." What does it all mean, though? Should we crank up the worry now that it looks like every tent-pole feature of self-learning software could also be a critical flaw? The future is here -- and it's equal parts exciting and terrifying.

Google's AIY Vision Kit Augments Pi With Vision Processor


Google has announced their soon to be available Vision Kit, their next easy to assemble Artificial Intelligence Yourself (AIY) product. You'll have to provide your own Raspberry Pi Zero W but that's okay since what makes this special is Google's VisionBonnet board that they do provide, basically a low power neural network accelerator board running TensorFlow. The VisionBonnet is built around the Intel Movidius Myriad 2 (aka MA2450) vision processing unit (VPU) chip. See the video below for an overview of this chip, but what it allows is the rapid processing of compute-intensive neural networks. We don't think you'd use it for training the neural nets, just for doing the inference, or in human terms, for making use of the trained neural nets.

Google's AI helps NASA discover two new planets - CIOL


NASA has discovered a new exoplanet called Kepler 90i using Google's artificial intelligence(AI) tools. The exoplanet is located in the alien solar system now known to contain eight planets all revolving around the same star, Kepler 90. The new exoplanet, Kepler-90i, is described as being "sizzling hot" and having an orbit that lasts 14.4 days. The star itself, Kepler-90, is located 2,545 light-years from Earth. The other planets in the solar system are similarly named, including 90b, 90c, 90d, 90e, 90f, 90g, and 90h.

News With Views UN Scheduled Hearings On Approving Killer Robots


There's a well-devised, satanic conspiracy to replace humans with robots. This conspiracy-fact is being played out between government, a specific group of billionaires and the mad scientist assembling this replacement project. The Universal Basic Income aspect of this conspiracy is the monetary pacifier, the mass domestication, the frog in the pot of gradually boiling water, if you will, to prevent a premature, informed revolt before the actual replacement process. You may think a mechanical robot like the one in the movie Chappie is cute and it may make you feel all warm and fuzzy. You may have even acquired a protective instinct for robots, while watching the movie, which I'm sure, is the intended purpose.

Google to open artificial intelligence centre in China


Google is deepening its push into artificial intelligence (AI) by opening a research centre in China, even though its search services remain blocked in the country. Google said the facility would be the first its kind in Asia and would aim to employ local talent. Silicon Valley is focusing heavily on the future applications for AI. China has also indicated strong support for AI development and for catching up with the US. Research into artificial intelligence has the potential to improve a range of technologies, from self-driving cars and automated factories to translation products and facial recognition software.

Platform Wars (Part I): Google AI IoT For All


Several weeks ago, Jefferies' analyst James Kisner published a scathing report, shedding light onto the shortcomings of IBM Watson. Kisner focused on the $60 million disastrous Watson project for MD Anderson, and highlighted how much IBM is lagging behind Amazon and Apple. As John Mannes pointed out on TechCrunch, "things would look much worse if Google, Microsoft and Facebook were added to this table." He also eloquently summarized the common pitfall in our approach to AI: "Reality is that AI isn't an amorphous black hole that sucks in unstructured data to produce insights. A solid data pipeline and a domain-specific understanding of the AI business problem at hand is table minimum."

Google researcher accused of sexual harassment, roiling AI field


Sexual harassment accusations have hit another corner of the tech industry, with allegations involving prominent artificial intelligence researchers, including one at Google, a leader in the field. Data scientist Kristian Lum wrote in a blog this week that a man she called "S" grabbed her inappropriately at an industry conference in 2010 and said he took advantage of another woman she didn't identify on separate occasions. Two people who were told about the conduct from two alleged victims told Bloomberg the man is Steven Scott, a senior researcher at Google. Lum also wrote that a well-respected academic touched her inappropriately on the leg at the same conference and later sent her innuendo-laced messages. The man was later identified as Bradley Carlin, an expert in biostatistics, by people familiar with the alleged conduct.

Google Helps NASA Find 2 New Exoplanets Using Machine Learning


Alphabet's Google and NASA said on Thursday that advanced computer analysis identified two new planets around distant stars, including one that is part of the first star system with as many planets as Earth's solar system. The research by Google and the University of Texas at Austin that used data from NASA raised the prospects of new insights into the universe by feeding data into computer programs that can churn through information faster and more in-depth than humanly possibly, a technique known as machine learning. In this case, software learned differences between planets and other objects by analysing thousands of data points, achieving 96 percent accuracy, NASA said at a news conference. The data came from the Kepler telescope which NASA launched into space in 2009 as part of a planet-finding mission that is expected to end next year as the spacecraft runs out of fuel. The software's artificial "neural network" combed through data about 670 stars, which led to the discovery of planets Kepler 80g and Kepler 90i.

Eighth planet found in faraway solar system


A record-tying eighth planet has been found in a faraway solar system, matching our own in numbers. Even more amazing, machines and not humans made the discovery. NASA joined with Google on Thursday to announce the finding. This eighth planet orbits the star known as Kepler-90, some 2,545 light-years away. Like Earth, this new planet, Kepler-90i, is the third rock from its sun.