AI learns to play video game from instructions in plain English


An AI has learned to tackle one of the toughest Atari video games by taking instructions in plain English.

Providing personalized experiences at scale with AI


There is tremendous interest in artificial intelligence this year, which is ironic since the technology is more than 60 years old. In fact, artificial intelligence actually encompasses a few different technologies, each of which can help an organization better understand and engage with customers.

AI learns to play video game from instructions in plain English

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An AI has learned to tackle one of the toughest Atari videogames by taking instructions in plain English.

Computers can't grasp Icelandic. Here's why that's a big problem


Many new computer devices do not understand Icelandic, a unique descendant of the Old Norse language filled with ultra-descriptive words such as Hundslappadrifa, or "heavy snowfall with large flakes occurring in calm wind."

Why We Need To Democratize Artificial Intelligence Education - TOPBOTS


When Sahil Singla joined the social impact startup Farmguide, he was shocked to discover that thousands of rural farmers in India commit suicide every year. When harvests go awry, desperate farmers are forced to borrow from microfinance loan sharks at crippling rates. Unable to pay back these predatory loans, victims kill themselves – often by grisly methods like swallowing pesticides – to escape the threats and violence of their ruthless debt collectors.

NYU's Gary Marcus is an artificial intelligence contrarian - Brooklyn


As we've reported, NYU Tandon is making a bid for New York City to become the capital city of artificial intelligence. One graduate of its Future Labs incubator, Geometric Intelligence, has already made a big splash in the field: last year, it was acquired by Uber, where its founder, Gary Marcus, launched the ride-hailing company's R&D lab for artificial intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence will Speak Its Own Language -- Soon


The article is about a system that invents a language which is tied to perception of the world. In sum, the post reveals possibilities that might be opened via researches related to an artificial language. At least the language will be similar to a signal language typical for animals.

Cormac McCarthy Explains the Unconscious

The New Yorker

This past week, the novelist Cormac McCarthy published the first nonfiction piece of his career, a three-thousand-word essay titled "The Kekulé Problem," in the popular science magazine Nautilus. It is studded with suggestive details about the anatomy of the human larynx, what happens to dolphins under anesthesia, and the origins of the click sounds in Khoisan languages, all marshalled to illuminate aspects of a profound pair of questions: Why did human language originate, and how is it related to the unconscious mind?

Robots are racist and sexist. Just like the people who created them Laurie Penny


Can machines think – and, if so, can they think critically about race and gender? Recent reports have shown that machine-learning systems are picking up racist and sexist ideas embedded in the language patterns they are fed by human engineers. The idea that machines can be as bigoted as people is an uncomfortable one for anyone who still believes in the moral purity of the digital future, but there's nothing new or complicated about it. "Machine learning" is a fancy way of saying "finding patterns in data". Of course, as Lydia Nicholas, senior researcher at the innovation thinktank Nesta, explains, all this data "has to have been collected in the past, and since society changes, you can end up with patterns that reflect the past. If those patterns are used to make decisions that affect people's lives you end up with unacceptable discrimination."