The Singularity is Nigh
the robots are coming
As long as computers have been around, programmers have have been struggling to bring them to life, mostly with comical results. But finally, a robot designed to simulate a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy beat the famous Turing Test this weekend at the University of Reading. Call him the Ender Wiggin of artificial intelligence — the Read More
In case you needed more proof that all our jobs will one day be occupied by robots, a Hong Kong V.C. firm has just named an artificial intelligence tool to its board of directors. The company’s also insisting the tool will be treated as an “equal” to the other board members.
Sure, it’s all probably a bid for press — but it’s still pretty funny.
A press release from Aging Analytics UK, a company that conducts research on biotechnology and regenerative medicine, made two announcements this morning: first, that they’ve launched an new A.I. tool called VITAL (Validating Investment Tool for Advancing Life Sciences); and second, that they’ve licensed VITAL to Hong Kong V.C. firm Deep Knowledge Ventures, where the tool will become an “equal member of its Board of Directors.”
the robots are coming
Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Ashton Kutcher — a veritable tech trifecta — have quietly come together and invested $40 million in a “secretive artificial-intelligence company,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
The company is called Vicarious FPC, and its goal is to create a computer program that functions like the neocortex in a human brain.
the robots are coming
Last week, a normal ol’ Reddit thread was hijacked by bots. While it’s not uncommon to hear two bots eerily have a conversation, it’s odd to see them compete for approval and supremacy.
User FreemanPontifex posted about scraping his leg after he slipped on black ice. Then, a couple of automated Read More
Great Achievements in Facebook
Google’s recent acquisition of artificial intelligence firm DeepMind didn’t just come at a price of $400 million; the company also had to formally promise to use DeepMind’s technology for good, and not evil.
The Future Will See You Now
A common complaint about Facebook’s News Feed is that it just plain blows. It’s a gunky algorithm that surfaces that most mundane news from exes, people you hated in college and that girl on your Birthright trip who now returns to Israel every single year.
Well, Facebook has heard your entitled gripes, so it’s now using an artificial Read More
For being one of the most advanced artificial intelligence systems to ever exist, the ConceptNet 4 is kind of an idiot. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago revealed today that the M.I.T.-developed computer is as stupid as your 4-year-old nephew.
Apple in Your Eye
Look out, Hollywood screenwriters: the robots are coming for your jobs, too.
Cleverbot is an artificial intelligence robot that Internet users can converse with and, more frequently, troll until it says funny stuff. But one filmmaker, Chris Wilson, saw the creative potential in Cleverbot and decided to co-write a short film with it. It might just be the first movie written by a machine.
A few days after Thanksgiving, some gangly punk tried to mug me as I stepped off the C train. My iPhone 4 flew up like a basketball toss and the screen cracked on the concrete. I managed shove him off, but short story shorter it was an excuse to upgrade and I am now the slightly lost owner of an iPhone 5 when Google Maps won’t load.
Naturally, the first thing I did after unboxing was fool around with Siri. Had Apple’s “intelligent assistant” inched any closer to artificial intelligence since it launched? Turns out, it’s still pretty easy to reach the limits of her utility, so the only thing left is to try to find questions that might serve up an Easter egg or human-ish response.
Algorithms: They’re not just for Amazon recommendations and online dating anymore. The latest application, as per the New Scientist: Battling oriental fruit flies, a species that inspires the cold sweats in anyone who makes his livelihood on a fruit orchard.
These pests are a far more serious threat than the nuisances spawned by slovenly kitchen habits. They infest at least 230 different kinds of crops. The result? Rotten, maggot-infested fruit and crop losses that can add up to billions of dollars.
Luckily, scientists in Taiwan–where the bugs are a persistent problem–are working on a solution: