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Google's AI can now caption images almost as well as humans

Google has announced a new version of its image captioning algorithm that describes the contents of images with 94 percent accuracy. It's almost as good at writing captions as humans are. It has been trained to emulate descriptions written by real people.

Facebook using Messenger AI to prompt you to pay friends back

Facebook has revealed it is testing a new Messenger feature that will allow the app to remind you to pay friends back. Facebook Messenger can already be used to send payments. It can now detect when you've loaned money from friends to make you repay.

New software lets computers identify pixelated faces

A group of researchers have demonstrated that computers capable of machine learning are able to successfully identify people with their faces pixelated in images. It could spell an end for one of the easiest ways to remove a person from photos.

Can AI improve neck and head cancer detection?

London - Google's Deep Mind division is exploring how digital techniques can be used to reduce the time it takes to map out areas that need cancer treatment.

CuratedAI is a poetry sharing platform for AIs

A new poetry website is offering a unique kind of reading experience. All the content on the site has been written by computers powered by artificial intelligence. It’s designed to test the limits of machine learning, creating a robot with human traits.

Apple has sold its one billionth iPhone

Apple has sold its one billionth iPhone since its introduction in 2007. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the news to staff yesterday, describing the iPhone as a "world-changing" device. It came amid news that sales declined for the second straight quarter.

Google tasks artificial intelligence with cutting its power bill

Google has managed to cut its power bill by using artificial intelligence from its DeepMind subsidiary to work out how to reduce power consumption in its datacentres. By giving AI control of the cooling systems, it has reduced consumption by 40 percent.

Google buys company that lets you identify objects with a phone

Google has added another startup to its long list of recent acquisitions. To extend its presence in machine learning and vision, the company has bought Moodstocks. The French firm has developed technology that facilitates "instant object recognition."

Amazon's Picking Challenge challenges the limits of AI robotics

Amazon has crowned the winner of its second Robot Picking Challenge, a competition that sees intelligent robots pitched against each other in a bid to be the fastest to pick products from shelves. The winner can pick over 100 items per hour.

Op-Ed: Analogies teach computers to think like humans — Sort of

Evanston - Humans use relational statements and memories to make decisions and understand information. They use analogies, similar cases, to speed up and improve their understanding. Computers are now being taught how to use analogies.

Google working on 'the thinking' computer

Zurich - Goggle, operating from a new base in Zurich, are investigating how to advance the technology of artificial intelligence.

Google developing an artificial intelligence kill switch

Oxford - Advances are being made with artificial intelligence, although the creation of true computer intelligence remains some way away. To avoid the scenario where a thinking computer overrides human control, Google is preparing a solution.

Google has a 'big red button' to safely disable harmful AIs

With the development of ever more powerful AIs comes the potential of them one day becoming more capable than humans. Google is working to ensure we can override AIs if they show signs of causing harm and has developed a "big red button."

New AI app for the iPhone gives you an 'intelligent memory'

A new app is seeking to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning to the iPhone, giving you an "intelligent memory" inside your smartphone. Snips has modelled the way humans learn to create an app that sorts and links all your data.

Google's 'Parsey McParseface' is a tool to help AIs learn English

Google has introduced a new open-source machine learning technology to help computers understand the English language. In a nod to the 'Boaty McBoatface' name suggested for a UK research ship, Google has called the serious tool 'Parsey McParseface.'

Microsoft: AI 'is the most important technology on the planet'

A Microsoft executive has claimed artificial intelligence is "the most important technology on the planet" while talking to business leaders at a conference in the UK. Microsoft is investing heavily in AI, viewed as the next frontier of computing.

Chinese restaurants fire robot workers

Guangzhou Shi - Restaurant wait and kitchen staff likely needn't concern themselves with being replaced by robots any time soon after a trio of Chinese restaurants that tried just that have announced plans to abandon the practice.

Microsoft has an app that lets blind people 'see' again

Microsoft has unveiled an app that helps blind people "see" the world. Using artificial intelligence, the app can work out what is happening in the environment around it and provide detailed descriptions to the user, letting them visualize the world.

Trolls turn Microsoft's AI chatbot into a Hitler-loving racist

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled an innovative Twitter chatbot designed to research human interaction. Mere hours later, the company was forced to pull it offline though as merciless trolls turned the chatbot's personality into a pro-Hitler racist.

Microsoft launches AI bot 'with no chill' for teens

On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled a few new teen-oriented social media accounts that will chat all day. But users won't be speaking to a person, they'll be talking to "Tay," Microsoft's new bot that's powered by artificial intelligence.

Op-Ed: Can Artificial Intelligence be dangerous? Yes. Guess how and why

Seoul - The recent defeat of the world Go champion by a machine has rattled the cages of the sages. Whether AI can be dangerous is a good question. The answer is “Yes, and what exactly do you think you can do about it?”

Microsoft to use Minecraft as a classroom for new AI systems

Microsoft has announced a new research project that uses the blocky world of Minecraft to teach artificial intelligence systems how to behave in real life. The system will help AI researchers create AI that behaves like real game players.

Artificial intelligence designs better quantum experiments

Quantum science is so difficult to grasp — even for scientists — that a doctoral student designed an algorithm to better design experiments.

'Inceptionism' — Taking a look at the computer's dreams

If a computer could dream, what do you think its images would look like? This is the idea behind a project Google began in an effort to understand how artificial intelligence interprets the world.

Op-Ed: UBI and the zenith of Capitalism

The zenith of Capitalism is on the horizon now that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robots are set to take up countless jobs and Universal Basic Income (UBI) is proposed to unconditionally distribute the wealth.

Will robots take away your job? Special

In the classic sci fi film, “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” a robot vaporizes anyone standing in its way. In reality, though, it’s not people that robots are vaporizing, it’s their jobs.

Harvard to investigate human learning, use data to build new AIs

Harvard University has announced an ambitious new project to conduct a major investigation into the brain. It aims to generate over a petabyte of data which will be used to build next-generation artificial intelligence systems modeled on human life.

Facebook to open-source 'Big Sur,' a server built for AI

Facebook has announced it will be open-sourcing the hardware designs of the computers powering its artificial intelligence systems to aid future advances in the field and foster innovation. The design of 'Big Sur' is now freely available.

Start-up company wants to bring you back to life after you die

For many people, cheating death is either an abomination or perhaps, an inevitable consequence of our ever-expanding use of technology. One start-up company has announced its plans to cheat death and reinvent the afterlife.

Google's Inbox app can now automatically write responses to email

As part of its continuing efforts to involve AI in every area of its business, Google has unveiled a new project that is capable of automatically replying to emails. It can detect the messages it can reply to and then prepare a response to send.
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Facebook s open-source  Big Sur  artificial intelligence/machine learning server
Facebook's open-source 'Big Sur' artificial intelligence/machine learning server
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Harvard researchers will analyse human learning to generate a petabyte of data for use in building n...
Harvard researchers will analyse human learning to generate a petabyte of data for use in building new AIs that replicate the brain
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Google s AI image captioning software
Google's AI image captioning software
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Dag Kittlaus demonstrating Viv at TechCrunch Disrupt NY
Dag Kittlaus demonstrating Viv at TechCrunch Disrupt NY
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Moodstocks provides instant object recognition services
Moodstocks provides instant object recognition services
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Google s SyntaxNet can intelligently parse natural language
Google's SyntaxNet can intelligently parse natural language
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Facebook's open-source 'Big Sur' artificial intelligence/machine learning server
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Snips, an intelligent memory for your iPhone
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The winning robot in Amazon s 2016 Robot Picking Challenge
The winning robot in Amazon's 2016 Robot Picking Challenge
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Is Humai s plans for reviving the dead absurd or realistic?
Is Humai's plans for reviving the dead absurd or realistic?
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Google s SyntaxNet can intelligently parse natural language
Google's SyntaxNet can intelligently parse natural language
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Microsoft s Seeing AI uses artificial intelligence to work out what s going in the world and provide...
Microsoft's Seeing AI uses artificial intelligence to work out what's going in the world and provide an audio description to the user
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Microsoft s Seeing AI uses artificial intelligence to work out what s going in the world and provide...
Microsoft's Seeing AI uses artificial intelligence to work out what's going in the world and provide an audio description to the user
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Facebook AI Research Director Yann LeCun
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Microsoft's Seeing AI uses artificial intelligence to work out what's going in the world and provide an audio description to the user
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Microsoft s Seeing AI uses artificial intelligence to work out what s going in the world and provide...
Microsoft's Seeing AI uses artificial intelligence to work out what's going in the world and provide an audio description to the user
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The team behind the winning robot in Amazon's 2016 Robot Picking Challenge
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