US and China head new artificial intelligence index

SINGAPORE – The United States, followed by China, is the clear world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) development, according to a new index. The Cambrian AI Index , which measures countries’ AI readiness, compared the strategies and development environments of 13 countries with national AI strategies. Singapore, with a score of 0.18, comes in 12th, a spot above United Arab […]

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Inside Google’s Rebooted Robotics Program

In 2013, the company started an ambitious, flashy effort to create robots. Now, its goals are more modest, but the technology is subtly more advanced. By Cade Metz Videos by Brian Dawson and Meg Felling MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google has quietly been retooling an ambitious but troubled robotics program that was once led by an executive who left the […]

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New AI could track down Netflix users who share their passwords

If you share your Netflix password with your friends, you’d better watch out: A dystopian new AI has been designed to crack down on account sharing. British firm Synamedia uses machine learning to spot shared passwords on streaming services like Netflix and HBO and rat out offending users. Each service can choose to deal with rule-breakers as they please, for […]

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US military trusted more than Google, Facebook to develop artificial intelligence

WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) – Facebook is among the technology companies leading the race to develop artificial intelligence. But Americans don’t trust it to do so responsibly, a survey from a British think-tank has found. More than two-thirds of those surveyed said they had either “no confidence” or “not too much confidence” in Facebook developing AI, a report from the Centre […]

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Google blocks gender pronouns from new AI so it won’t be sexist

SAN FRANCISCO — Google in May introduced a slick feature for Gmail that automatically completes sentences for users as they type. Tap out “I love” and Gmail might propose “you” or “it.” But users are out of luck if the object of their affection is “him” or “her.” Google’s technology will not suggest gender-based pronouns because the risk is too […]

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Artificial intelligence is racist, sexist because of data it’s fed

Artificial intelligence is “shockingly” racist and sexist, a study has revealed. Researchers looked at a range of systems and datasets and found examples where AI had provided inaccurate information for women and minorities. In one example, the team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology looked at an income prediction system and discovered it was twice as likely to misclassify female employees […]

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Halloween masks created by AI will give you nightmares

With just days to go before Halloween, people around the world are sure to be getting their terrifying costumes ready. And this year, even AI is getting involved, having been trained to create Halloween masks. Matt Reed, a researcher at Red Pepper in Tennessee, trained the AI by feeding it 5,000 Halloween masks. Using machine learning, the AI could recognise […]

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Scientists develop an AI bot that can write Tinder bios

No one likes writing a dating profile. It’s impossibly hard to promote yourself without coming across as either over-confident or a total mess. So why not turn the task over to artificial intelligence? Because it’s horrible at it, that’s why. US company GetCenturyLink decided to use its neural network to generate a set of profiles. It fed in 500 existing […]

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