Bilderberg: still powerful but perhaps a bit more anxious this year

The spectre of Brexit looms large as the financial, industrial and high-tech establishment gathers in Dresden Prime ministers, finance ministers, leading entrepreneurs and a former spy chief are among the attendees at this years influential Bilderberg conference, but one regular guest, George Osborne, will be absent. The guest list for the conference, which begins on […]

The Year A.I. Took the Wheel

From self-driving cars to robot bosses, A.I. had an impact in 2015 like never before. If Times Person of the year for 2006 could be you then, with respect to Angela Merkel, the person of the year for 2015 should have been it. The collective power of faux artificial intelligence had a big year in […]

Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster  | Tim Harford

The Long Read: We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills? When a sleepy Marc Dubois walked into the cockpit of his own aeroplane, he was confronted with a scene of confusion. The plane was shaking so violently […]


Say you apply for home insurance and get turned down. You ask why, and the company explains its reasoning: Your neighborhood is at high risk for flooding, or your credit is dodgy. Fair enough. Now imagine you apply to a firm that uses a machine-learning system, instead of a human with an actuarial table, to […]

Turbulent times ahead for the cabinet? – BBC News

Remember, the government has a majority of a slender, but not so sweet, 16. While ministers have in the past been allowed leeway on matters of conscience – moral issues that touch on faith and deeply held ethical positions – I can’t recall it ever being allowed over a key economic decision. Oh, apart from […]


Yoshua Bengio, one of the leading figures behind the rise of deep learning, is launching a Silicon Valley-style startup incubator dedicated to this enormously influential form of artificial intelligence. The incubator, Element AI, will help build companies from AI research that emerges fromthe University of Montreal, where Bengio is a professor, and nearby McGill University, […]


Japan has a unique fascination with androids and the quest to make robots more like humans. One of the countrys most original thinkers in this area is Professor Takashi Ikegami of the University of Tokyo. He has created androids filled with sensors and artificial intelligence software. The technology allows them to perceive the outside world and react […]

AI-powered body scanners could soon speed up your airport check-in

Transport hubs in Los Angeles, Denver and Washington are soon to trial Total Recall-style high-speed body scanners A startup bankrolled by Bill Gates is about to conduct the first public trials of high-speed body scanners powered by artificial intelligence (AI), the Guardian can reveal. According to Evolv Technology is planning to test its system at […]

Ubers Self-Driving Truck Makes Its First Delivery: 50,000 Beers

Walt Martin is kneeling, legs folded behind him, butt resting on his heels. “I’ve got to practice my yoga,” he says, clearly joking. Never mind that we’re in the cab of an 18-wheeler cruising through Coloradoat55 mph and Martin was, until a moment ago,the guy at the wheel. Maybe he was feeling cocky. After all […]


A computer algorithm has managed to predict the judicial decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) with a 79 percent accuracy, reports a study published today in the journal Peerj Computer Science. Though this doesnt mean were likely to see robots passing the bar any time soon, it could help to make justice […]

Teslas Self-Driving Car Plan Seems Insane, But It Just Might Work

Elon Musk has done it again. The CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceXhas made an aggressive prediction for his technology, and paired it with an unreasonable deadline. In the past, he’s promised electric cars for everyone and trips to Mars, and built a reputation for achieving thoseoutrageous things, albeitfar behind schedule. Now, Musk is pledging […]

Will AI Spell The End Of Humanity? The Tech Industry Wants You To Think So

Star physicist Stephen Hawking has reiterated his concerns that the rise of powerful artificial intelligence (AI) systems could spell the end for humanity. Speaking at the launch of the University of Cambridges Centre for the Future of Intelligence on 19 October, he did, however, acknowledge that AI equally has the potential to be one of […]

Black Mirror: Backlash against writer inspired episode – BBC News

Brooker had previously worked on satirical comedy programmes, including Brass Eye and the 11 O’ Clock Show. Image copyright Netflix Image caption Bryce Dallas Howard stars in one of the episodes which focuses on society’s dependence on mobile phones Each episode of Black Mirror runs for up to 90 minutes as a self-contained film. The […]

‘The American epic’: Hollywood’s enduring love for the western

While it might not be the box office mainstay it once was, the genre is experiencing a renaissance, something thats telling of the state of America in 2016 Ominous music, reminiscent of a horror movie, plays while a stranded priest waits alone in a dusty landscape. A lone horseman rides up, a scene out of […]

Uk To Pardon Thousands Of Men Convicted Under Anti-Homosexuality Laws

March 19, 2015: A page from the notebook of Alan Turing, the World War II code-breaking genius, is displayed in front of his portrait at an auction preview in Hong Kong.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File) LONDON –  Thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished British laws against homosexuality are to receive posthumous pardons, the […]

Joey from Friends becomes first TV character to be ‘virtually immortalized’

University of Leeds researchers analyzed the body language, facial expressions and voice of sitcom character to create a digital avatar and, eventually, a chatbot Since the final episode of hit sitcom E! News. Could she be any clearer? But for those still mourning the gang, there is some sort of hope. A team of researchers […]

Gianni Infantino and Fifa seem to have a new plan: to kill the World Cup | Marina Hyde

How would the new Fifa president best regain some credibility for footballs ailing governing body? A root and branch reform from top to bottom, or a madcap plan to expand the World Cup to 48 teams Some movies are so bad they kill more than themselves. Sometimes, they kill a series. As George Clooney wryly […]

Stephen Hawking: AI will be ‘either best or worst thing’ for humanity

Professor praises creation of Cambridge University institute to study future of artificial intelligence Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that the creation of powerful artificial intelligence will be either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity, and praised the creation of an academic institute dedicated to researching the future of intelligence as […]

How Many Genes Does It Take To Make A Person?

We humans like to think of ourselves as on the top of the heap compared to all the other living things on our planet. Life has evolved over three billion years from simple one-celled creatures through to multicellular plants and animals coming in all shapes and sizes and abilities. In addition to growing ecological complexity, […]

Hey Silicon Valley: President Obama Has a To-Do List for You

Ask not what the government can do for Silicon Valley; ask what Silicon Valley can do for the government. Thats President Obamas tack, anyway. He presented WIRED with six challenges he feels the tech industry needs to addressjust a few earthshaking problems the country could use some help with, thats all. We reached out to […]

The future of pop culture: robot performers, an avatar Drake and a Kanye West superstore

AI, VR and smartphones are changing the way we consume culture, but what comes next? From film to visual arts, we explore entertainments new frontiers THE FUTURE OF THE BLOCKBUSTER You can star alongside Leo when cinema enters its karaoke phase The Matrix and karaoke, in other words, without you ever having to leave your […]

Cancer Moonshot program is ‘close to gigantic progress’, Joe Biden says

Vice-presidents $1bn effort on behalf of cancer research has seen improved information-sharing, report says, but its future is unclear Vice-president Joe Bidens the report, which summarizes the work completed so far and outlines a path forward over the next five years. Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft will help patients get to the doctor and to […]

Robert Downey Jr offers to voice Mark Zuckerberg’s digital assistant

Actor offered to lend his voice to the Facebook founders artificial intelligence-based personal assistant, which Zuckerberg calls kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man It may be Teslas Elon Musk who most often invites comparison to Marvels superhero Iron Man the alter ego of billionaire inventor Tony Stark but it is Mark Zuckerberg who might […]


News that a nuclear power plant has been the target of a cyber attack is deeply concerning, but you may have missed it, given all the headlines about election hacking this week. WikiLeaks has been steadily releasing batches of email hackers snatched from the account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, and this week […]


There are two kinds of people in Washington, DC, says entrepreneur Dean Kamen. There are the policy experts, whom he calls cynics. And there are the scientists, whom he deems optimists. Kamen, speaking at the White House Frontiers Conference at the University of Pittsburgh, places himself in the latter camp. Unlike policy wonks and politicians […]

Tiny Bank-Beating Trading Firm Doesnt Use Any Human Traders

One of the worlds fastest-growing trading shops doesnt have any traders. XTX Markets Ltd. has emerged as a foreign-exchange powerhouse, relying on programmers and mathematicians to fuel its rise into the global top microwave networks to ferret out prices a microsecond before anyone else, XTX uses mathematical models that are tuned with massive data sets. […]

Humans need new skills for post-AI world, say MPs – BBC News

Acting Science and Technology Committee chairwoman Dr Tania Mathias said: “Artificial intelligence has some way to go before we see systems and robots as portrayed in films like Star Wars. “At present, ‘AI machines’ have narrow and specific roles, such as in voice-recognition or playing the board game Go. “But science fiction is slowly becoming […]

Every WIRED Guest Editor, From Rem Koolhaas to President Obama

For the latest issue of WIRED, we got a new boss. But while President Barack Obama is easily the highest profile name to guest-edit our pages, he’s not the first person to take the reins. Since the magazine began, there have been eight issues with guest editors, ranging from architects and athletes to game designers […]


President Obama hasn’t spent much time behind the wheel lately, and he expects more Americans to enjoy the same privilege before long. As autonomous vehicles make their way into society, he says, the federal government must ensure everyone shares in the benefits of this emergingtechnology. “The technology is essentially here,” Obama, the guest editor of […]


During his eight years in office, President Barack Obama has seen hackers grow into a threat no president has faced before. US intelligence and law enforcement agencies have responded toeverything from aChinese hack of Google in 2009 toRussian digital meddling in this election. Hes learned, as a result, to think a few moves ahead. And […]

Obama Wants the Government to Help Develop AI

What really worries the president, though, is that AI could eliminate some of the world’s wonderful randomness. “Part of what makes us human are the kinks. Theyre the mutations, the outliers, the flaws that create art or the new invention, right?” he says. “We have to assume that if a system is perfect, then its […]

We Must Remake Society in the Coming Age of AI: Obama
Barack Obama: Now Is the Greatest Time to Be Alive

When WIRED asked me to guest-edit the November issue, I didnt hesitate. I know its the height of election season, and I happen to have a day job that keeps me pretty busy. But given the chance to immerse myself in the possibility of interplanetary travel or join a deep-dive conversation on artificial intelligence, Im […]

The good, the bad and the cyborgs: Westworld’s robot forebears

As Westworlds rogue robots begin to revolt, we take a look at some of their artificial forebears who gave new meaning to the phrase technical glitch Kurosawa-inspired bickering buddies C-3PO and R2-D2 have been bleep-blooping benevolently across our screens for nearly four decades, and the ranks of kindly machine heroes have been boosted in more […]

Barack Obama: America will take the giant leap to Mars

(CNN)One of my earliest memories is sitting on my grandfather’s shoulders, waving a flag as our astronauts returned to Hawaii. This was years before we’d set foot on the moon. Decades before we’d land a rover on Mars. A generation before photos from the International Space Station would show up in our social media feeds. […]

Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it’s more likely than not

A swath of technologists and physicists believe that simulation theory will be proved, just as it was proved that the Earth was not the center of the universe When Elon Musk isnt outlining plans to use his massive rocket to said at a conference in June. Musk is just one of the people in Silicon […]

The chatbot that lets you talk to the dead

When one developer lost a friend in an accident she created a robot using his old texts that she could talk to. Are these griefbots the key to life after death? Name: Griefbots. Age: Startlingly new. Whos there? Its me, your dead wife Deirdre, from beyond the grave. Hi Deirdre, hows life? Thats not a […]

Ada Lovelace Blazed A Trail In Science  We Need More Women To Follow In Her Footsteps

Ada Lovelace day falls on the second Tuesday of October every year it is a time to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But who was Ada Lovelace and why choose a Victorian titled lady as a champion for todays potential heroes? Countess Lovelace (Augusta Ada Byron) was […]


Just days after threatening to jail a political opponent should he win the presidency, Donald Trumps got a new campaign website thats so very Trumpian. Together, we are making waterboarding part of the Republican Party again, it declares. Also, Together, unleashing, perhaps all of our nuclear weapons. Truer words have never come out of Trumps […]


Two buzzwords define the past decade of computing: mobile and social. Those days are coming to an end. Althoughsmartphones and social media remainas important as ever, the war to control those platforms are over. Winners are being coronated asthe losers are, at last, conceding. Microsoftplans to unload what’s left of its Nokia purchase, and BlackBerry—remember […]

Pittsburgh’s thriving tech sector brings new life to post-industrial city

Academic and healthcare hubs eds and meds have helped attract technology companies such as Uber and Google, as showcased by the Thrival festival When Uber chose to test its robot-driven taxis in Pittsburgh, some may have wondered why the tech company had chosen Americas former capital of steel for its road test into the future. […]

Machine logic: our lives are ruled by big tech’s ‘decisions by data’

Aiming at population-level predictive gambles, they filter who and what counts including who is released from jail and the news that you see, researchers warn In the early 1970s, artificial intelligence and machine learning, technologies that are fast becoming very significant actors, we are in another moment of irrational confidence, says renowned technology and culture […]

Why Insights Of Nobel Physicists Could Revolutionize 21st-Century Computing

British scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz won this years Nobel Prize in Physics for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter. The reference to theoretical discoveries makes it tempting to think their work will not have practical applications or affect our lives some day. The opposite may well […]

Forecasters See Hurricane Matthews Damage Before It Happens

As model that displays the types, and current density level, of the trees surrounding electricity lines — that allowed them to spit out an estimate of how many households and businesses would lose power. (Days before the storm hit, it was already at least hundreds of thousands. As of Friday afternoon, the actual total was […]

Samsung acquires AI assistant Viv, from the makers of Siri
Google Takes Aim At Apple And Samsung With Pixel Phones

Artificial intelligence can do remarkable things, like recognize faces on social networks, instantly translate speech from one language to another, and identify commands barked into a smartphone. But it also can do stupid things, likelabel an African-American couple“gorillas.” Theartificial intelligence underpinningGoogle Photos did just that last year. The platformuses deep neural networks to identify images […]

Are killer bots about to do away with smartphone apps? – BBC News

They are little digital helpers. Any time you see a live chat box open up on a retailer’s website, or order a taxi or flowers through chat platforms such as WeChat and Facebook Messenger, you’re most likely talking to a bot. App fatigue? Despite the vast choice of apps open to us, the average number […]

Baby robot unveiled in Japan as number of childless couples grows

Palm-sized Kirobo Mini wobbles a bit, blinks and speaks with high-pitched voice in order to invoke an emotional connection A baby robot designed to invoke an emotional connection has been unveiled in Japan, where plummeting birth rates have left many couples without children. The Kirobo Mini was created by Toyotas non-automotive department and is equiped […]

Google Pixel smartphone launched to take on Apple’s iPhone

Search company unveils first own-brand phone with 12 megapixel cameras and unlimited photo storage, pitting it directly against Apple Google has launched two own-brand smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, in a bid to take on Apple and its iPhone 7 head on. The two Android smartphones are the first to carry Googles branding without […]

Still The Most Unbalanced A.I. There Ever Was


Reviving Japan’s Dairy Industry, One Milking Robot at a Time

Jin Kawaguchiya gave up a career in finance to help revive Japans ailing dairy industry — one robot at a time. In a country that relies increasingly on imported foods like cheese and butter, Japans milk output tumbled over two decades, touching a 30-year low in 2014. Costs rose faster than prices as the economy […]

The doctor will see you now on your smartphone

Apps can give you a GP consultation in minutes, but at what cost to the health service? One Friday afternoon, I decided to check out a pea-sized lump on my neck that was causing me consternation. I started by calling my GPs surgery in south London. A recorded message informed me there were no appointments […]

WIRED Pilot Program: Westworld

John P. Johnson/HBO Each fall, most of the broadcast and cable networks debut a ton of new shows in the span of a few months, making it difficult to sort out which ones to make time for and which to skip. So were starting the WIRED Pilot Program, where we highlight what you should continue […]


Concern about potential election tampering continued this week. As noted in the roundup below, the FBI found evidence that hackers have been assessing the defenses of voter registries around the country and the cell phones of some Democratic party officials. But election officials aren’t the only ones on high alert. A bombing in New York […]


(CNN)An ambitious update of Michael Crichton’s sci-fi thriller, “Westworld” finds an intriguing new point of entry into the story — examining morality in the context of artificial intelligence — that both provokes thought and blunts the HBO program’s dramatic impact. On the plus side, for those unenthused about a recent wave of series inspired by […]

Rewatching robo-sex: what can be learned from previous Westworlds

With the premiere of HBOs much-hyped take on the Michael Crichton classic, what about the original, its sequel and the little-seen small screen spinoff? HBOs newest drama series, Westworld, premieres this Sunday. No, I have not seen it yet. You might think Im some highfalutin media hotshot with connections exploding out of all of my […]


In the burgeoning field of computer science known as machine learning, engineers often refer to the artificial intelligences they create as “black box” systems: Once a machine learning engine has been trained from a collection of example data to perform anything from facial recognition to malware detection, it can take in queries—Whose face is that? […]

Google Said to Tap Lazard to Review Potential Bid for Twitter

Google is working with a financial adviser to consider a potential bid for Twitter Inc., as the social-media company continues to explore a sale, according to a person familiar with the arrangement. In tapping Lazard Ltd., Google hasnt indicated it will definitely make an offer for Twitter. But the move suggests that Google is evaluating […]

‘This is awful’: robot can keep children occupied for hours without supervision

A child-size robot designed to take on distinctly adult responsibilities takes the debate over the automation of human jobs to the next level Humanoid robots were out of fashion at this years RoboBusiness, the annual exhibition in San Jose, California, that pegs itself as the most important robotics event in the world. Make your robot […]

America’s Cup adventure: Life-changing journey for young sailors

(CNN)From the relative comfort of New York Harbor, Troy Sears takes a brief break from working on his pride and joy — the historic yacht America. “When you’re isolated in the ocean, there’s no place to hide,” he reflects.


A tech-giant dream team of Google, IBM, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft are joining forces in a bid to guide artificial intelligence into the future, under a project called Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society which just so happens to sound like it was named by a robot. The supergroup was announced on […]

Google swallows 11,000 novels to improve AI’s conversation

As writers learn that tech giant has processed their work without permission, the Authors Guild condemns blatantly commercial use of expressive authorship When the writer Rebecca Forster first heard how Google was using her work, it felt like she was trapped in a science fiction novel. Is this any different than someone using one of […]

‘Partnership on AI’ formed by Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft

Two big Silicon Valley names are missing from the alliance, which aims to set societal and ethical best practice for artificial intelligence research Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft are joining forces to create a new AI partnership dedicated to advancing public understanding of the sector, as well as coming up with standards for future […]


Let’s face it: artificial intelligence is scary. After decades of dystopian science fiction novels and movies where sentient machines end up turning on humanity, we can’t help but worry as real world AI continues to improve at such a rapid rate. Sure, that danger is probably decades away if it’s even a real danger at […]

Can Robots Write A Song In The Style Of The Beatles? Yes, Apparently

In this Feb. 9, 1964, file photo, Ed Sullivan, center, stands with the Beatles during a rehearsal for the British group’s first American appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in New York.  (AP Photo) There’ll never be a bona fide Beatles reunion, but scientists at Sony’s CSL research lab have come up with an alternative: […]


Last March, a computer built by a team of Google engineers beat one of the world’s top players at the ancient game of Go. The match between AlphaGo and Korean grandmaster Lee Sedol was so exhilarating, so upsetting, and so unexpectedly powerful, we turned it into a cover story for the magazine. On a Friday […]


*Due to an extraordinary life event, the Sifter lamentably missed his first (Friday) Shirk Report in 388 weeks (that’s 7.5 years!). I’m happy to report that all is well and we will now return to our regularly scheduled programming 🙂   Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting […]

Two Chatbots Have A Hilariously Shady Conversation With Each Other

Over the years, scientists have come to discover that Artificial Intelligence (AI) as it stands today isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Just last week, we learned that robots aren’t always the friendliest to their human counterparts, but what happens when you leave two AI bots in the same room?

Robots: Lifesavers or Terminators?

(CNN)Machines are rapidly learning to think on their own, but will the robot revolution lead to a modern utopia — or an apocalypse? Government officials say autonomous vehicles will make transportation safer, more accessible, more efficient and cleaner and last week, the Department of Transportation released guidelines for the testing and deployment of automated vehicles, […]


This yearhas been the year of women. Weve got our girl Hillary in the running to be the first-ever female president of the United States, the US womens gymnastics team stole the gold with a kickass performance and Sheryl Sandberg continues to dominate the tech industry, along with her nonprofit organizationLean In. These women are […]


Plenty of hacking targets hit the news in recent days, including Tesla and Cisco, as we recount in our roundup below. But it’s a fair bet that no one’s week was as badly ruined by hackers as Yahoo’s. The web giant revealed that it had been the victim of a state-sponsored hacker attack in 2014 […]

Google Deepmind: Should patients trust the company with their data? – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The records shared by the Royal Free go back over the past five years and include full names That led to some pretty negative headlines and questions from some of the patients involved as to why they had not been informed their data was being used in this way. […]


If you’re wondering why on Earth Salesforce might want to buy Twitter, Vala Afshar, the enterprise company’s “chief digital evangelist,” hasa few reasons. Why @twitter? 1 personal learning network 2 the best realtime, context rich news 3 democratize intelligence 4 great place to promote others Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) September 23, 2016 Afshar quickly addedthat he […]


Nvidia Corp., a maker of graphics chips frozen out of Apple Inc. computers, has posted job listings that indicate a better relationship with the worlds most valuable technology company. Current Mac computers feature graphics chips from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Nvidia, which is the leading manufacturer of high-end graphics chips used in gaming machines, hasnt […]

Scientists launched a robot-judged beauty contest. What could go wrong? A lot.

“Computer computer, on my screen what’s the fairest face you’ve ever seen?” Presumably, that’s what the folks at Youth Laboratories were thinking when they launched Beauty.AI, the world’s first international beauty contest judged entirely by an advanced artificial intelligence system. More than 600,000 people from across the world entered the contest, which was open to […]

Back to School for 43-year-old JPMorgan Banker as Koreans Flee Finance

It isnt easy quitting a lucrative job at JPMorgan Chase & Co. to become a middle-aged college freshman. David Lim mulled the idea for seven years before he finally left the banks South Korea unit in February, heading back to school to start a new career as a physical therapist. For the 43-year-old father of […]

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan aim to ‘cure, prevent and manage’ all disease

Couple plans to invest $3bn over next decade to help scientists develop and utilise tools such as artificial intelligence and blood monitors to treat illnesses Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have laid out plans to invest $3bn over the next 10 years with the not insignificant goal of tackling all diseases. Can we […]


Cancer is a terrible disease, and creating cures for the different types is one of the greatest challenges humanity is facing. But humanity wont go at it alone anymore, as according to Microsoft computers are going to play a crucial role in this battle. The software giant has started four new projects to revolutionize how […]


Researchers from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a device thatthey say can read peoples emotions without the need for them to say or do anything. Such a capability opens up a range of possible applications, and the inventors are already envisioning its use […]

Zuckerberg, Chan Start $3 Billion Initiative to Cure Disease

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are pledging to spend more than $3 billion over the next decade to work on curing diseases. Can we work together to cure, prevent or manage all disease within our childrens lifetime? Chan said Wednesday onstage at an event in San Francisco for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Mark […]


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and 13 other schools said they would offer online graduate-level courses for free, open to all. Students who finish the program, dubbed the “MicroMasters,” and pass the final exams can get certificates of completion for about $1,000. If they want to go still further, they’ll have a leg up in applying for regular admission to complete a […]


The Obama administrations proposed guidelines for self-driving cars, to be formally unveiled Tuesday, include 15 benchmarks automakers will need to meet before their autonomous vehicles can hit the road. The automakers will have to show how their virtual drivers will function, what happens if they fail and how theyve been tested, according to a preview […]

A world without work is coming  it could be utopia or it could be hell | Ryan Avent

Robots will eventually do all our jobs, but we need to start planning to avert social collapse Most of us have wondered what we might do if we didnt need to machines will be able to do most of the tasks that people can. At that point, a truly workless world should be possible. If […]

Now Google AI Can Help You Plan a Vacation

Google Vacations are supposed to reduce stress, not create it. But that’s not always the case. Just planning a vacation can be pretty darn stressful. Now, Google wants to remove all those vacation anxieties—or at least some of them. Today, the company launched Google Trips, a new mobile app dedicated to trip planning. You key […]

Inside Googles Internet Justice League and Its AI-Powered War on Trolls

Around midnight one Saturday in January, Sarah Jeong was on her couch, browsing Twitter, when she spontaneously wrote what she now bitterly refers to as the tweet that launched a thousand ships. The 28-year-old journalist and author of The Internet of Garbage, a book on spam and online harassment, had been watching Bernie Sanders boosters […]

Why Facebook and Microsoft say chatbots are the talk of the town

Software programmed to interact with humans is hot property in Silicon Valley, with potential benefits for businesses, consumers even the bereaved Chatbots are the new apps, said Microsofts CEO Satya Nadella earlier this year. He was not the first senior tech exec to make this claim. Threads are the new apps, suggested Facebooks head of […]

Do no harm, don’t discriminate: official guidance issued on robot ethics

Robot deception, addiction and possibility of AIs exceeding their remits noted as hazards that manufacturers should consider Isaac Asimov gave us the basic rules of good robot behaviour: dont harm humans, obey orders and protect yourself. Now the British Standards Institute has issued a Social Robotics and AI conference in Oxford, Alan Winfield, a professor […]

Tech Talent: How the UK lost six potential titans – BBC News

Image caption Sinclair Research sold more than 5 million ZX Spectrums over eight years There was a time in the 1980s when video gamers and teenage coders across the UK were more likely to be hunched over one of Sir Clive Sinclair’s computers than an American or Asian-made alternative. Sinclair Research may have only made […]

This Robot Is Receiving National Attention After Being Arrested At A Political Rally

Scientists in Russia are discovering that artificial intelligence robots might not be that smart after all. When scientists set out to build a robotic prototype now known as the Promobot, they had intended to create a robot that could easily interact with humans and possessed facial-recognition software to help remember everyone.

Trailer For New Show Westworld Proves It Will Be Sexual And Violent Like GOT

Let’s be real with each other here, the Game of Thrones withdrawal symptoms are starting to kick in and none of the other TV shows we’ve started watching to fill that GoT shaped holeare doing their job. But fear not, HBO know what the people need and their new series ‘Westworld’ is set to take […]


Diego Oppenheimer is worried that the Googles and the Facebooks will dominate the world of artificial intelligence. It’s a legitimate worry. Elon Musk and Sam Altman are worried about the same thing. That’s why they created a startup called OpenAI. In recent years, Google and Facebook have snapped up so many researchers at the heart […]

Robots will eliminate 6% of all US jobs by 2021, report says

Employees in fields such as customer service and transportation face a disruptive tidal wave of automation in the not-too-distant future By 2021, robots will have eliminated 6% of all jobs in the US, starting with customer service representatives and eventually truck and taxi drivers. Thats just one cheery takeaway from a report released by market […]

Apple’s iOS 10 iPhone and iPad update causing issues for some users

Apple said the issue with the software update process that affected a small number had since been fixed but users are still reporting problems The latest version of Apples mobile operating system, which powers the iPhone and iPad, iOS 10, has suffered issues during its launch with reports of it bricking devices. Millions of users […]

Amazon’s Echo speakers head to UK and Germany – BBC News

Media captionAmazon says its Echo speakers were inspired by Star Trek Amazon has confirmed its virtual assistant Echo speakers are coming to the UK and Germany. Until now, the company sold its voice-controlled devices only in the US. The machines can answer questions, control other internet-connected devices, build shopping lists and link in to dozens […]

Were Probably Living In A Computer Simulation, Apparently

Scientist and billionaire Elon Musk reckons there’s only about a “one in billions” chance that we’re not all living in a computer simulation (Matrix style). He thinks the reality that we know and love is actually an augmented reality, being controlledby artificial intelligences.

A $2,400 Class to Make Anyone a Self-Driving Car Engineer

Sure, the autonomous era willwipe out a lot of jobs. Automakers, tech titans, and startups are racing to essentially put four million truckers, cabbies and other drivers out of work. But like all radical technological shifts,self-driving carswill provideopportunities, too—for those with the right skills. A college degree isn’t enough. Working in the most compelling part […]


HP. Dell. EMC. Intel. The giants of computer hardware aren’t what they were ten years ago. Heck, they’re aren’t even what they were five years ago—or, for that matter, just a few months ago. These hardware giants realize that the technology landscape is shifting. With the rise of smartphones and tablets, PCs are far less […]

Ex-Google Guy Builds English Teaching App That Adapts to Student

Yi Wang was hearing the same refrain over and over: Why are English classes in China so expensive? And why arent I proficient yet? The former Google product manager decided to do something about it and started an app called LiuLiShuo, which basically means speaking fluently in Mandarin. The app, which claims more than 30 […]