15 People React To The Idea Of Having Sex With A Super Realistic Robot

Robots are quickly becoming more and more lifelike. In one recent experiment, a shockingly realistic 5’6″ brunette robot named Actroid F was mistaken for an actual woman by roughly half of study participants. Perhaps more interestingly, several people have admitted that they’d characterize Actroid F as “sexy.” Which begs the question: Would you have sex […]


Will the robots respect our tender human flesh when they rise to inherit the Earth? A dress worn at Monday night’s Met Gala in New York City might offer some clues. Socialite Lisa Maria Falcone donned a dress designed in part by an artificial intelligence, Vogue reported. The theme of the night was “Manus x […]


Artificial intelligence firm DeepMind provided with patient information as part of agreement with Royal Free NHS trust A company owned by Google has been given access to the healthcare data of up to 1.6 million patients from three hospitals run by a major London NHS trust. DeepMind, the tech giants London-based company most famous for […]


A biotech company in the U.S. has been granted ethical permission by anInstitutional Review Board in the U.S. and Indiato use 20 brain-dead patients for what is sure to be a highly controversial study: From next year, they plan to stimulate their nervous systems in order to restart the brains. Bioquark is hoping that its […]


This was supposed to be the year that texting wasn’t just texting anymore. After big announcements from Facebook, Google, and others, Americans were going to use messaging apps for so much more than chatting with friends. You were going to seamlessly interact with a world of online businesses. You were going to send questions to […]

Fake news and a 400-year-old problem: how can we end the post-truth crisis?

The internet echo chamber satiates our appetite for pleasant lies and reassuring falsehoods and has become the defining challenge of the 21st century The internet age made big promises to us: a new period of hope and opportunity, connection and empathy, expression and democracy. Yet the digital medium has aged badly because we allowed it […]


Smarter artificial intelligence is one of 21st centurys most dire threats, writes Yuval Noah Harari in follow-up to Sapiens It is hard to miss the warnings. In the race to make computers more intelligent than us, humanity will summon a demon, bring forth the end of days, and code itself into oblivion. Instead of silicon […]


(CNN)The world we live in faces humanitarian need on a scale we have never seen before. And yet humanitarian workers and donors find themselves stretched beyond their capacity to manage the ever-growing demands with which they are confronted. What can we do to help those who are dedicated to helping others? A vital way to […]


We’re talking to our technology more and more every day.  On Wednesday, Google introduced its new personal assistant, Google Home, which will listen to your voice and provide information on demand, much like the popular Amazon Echo. It’s just the latest in technology that’s always listening and talking back. Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana have been […]


Googles path to developing machine-learning tools illustrates the stark challenge that tech companies face in trying to make machines act like humans Machines may yet take over the world, but first they must learn to recognize your dog. To hear Google executives tell it at their annual developer conference this week, the technology industry is […]


When cars make it possible to go hands-free, experts say we might be going more hands-on. Self-driving vehicles will eventually hit the streets in droves, and many cars now on the road have semi-autonomous functionality. Letting cars drive themselves frees up drivers to do other thingslike eat breakfast, put on mascara, and yes, even have […]


Let’s face it. There is a decent chance that everyone alive today will experience an apocalyptic event. You don’t need a political science degree to know that we live in volatile times. Until recently, however, all of this doom-and-gloom talk was mostly speculation. Then this report happened. A report issued by a team of researchers […]


If you think robots are years, if not decades, away, you’re sorely mistaken. Just recently, Microsoft launched an interesting artificial intelligence experiment. Tay was a Twitter bot that learned from “her” surroundings. It wasn’t long before she gathered that the world is a cruel place…and she, therefore, adjusted her tweeting patterns. Tay became offensive and […]


Students in an online course at the Georgia Institute of Technology were surprised to find out a teaching assistant they corresponded with all semester turned out to be a robot. Called Jill Watson (appropriately named after IBM’s Watson software that powers the bot), the automated assistant conversed with students about assignments, class projects, and answered […]


As you might expect, scientists tend to be fairly interested in a variety of doomsday scenarios. Two aficionados of the apocalypse, astrophysicists Michael Hahn and Daniel Wolf Savin, have joined forces to conjure up several scientifically-founded plans to survive the end of the world when it inevitably occurs. Writing for Nautilus, they look to the […]


Next time you make a Costco run to stock up on warehouse-sized boxes of toilet paper and beef jerky, make sure you also prepare for the apocalypse. If the world “ends,” money will disappear and instead we’ll all live off a barter system of canned goods. (Or something.) However, if you do your work now, […]


Heres a quick story youve probably heard before, followed by one you probably havent. In 1979 a young Steve Jobs paid a visit to Xerox PARC, the legendary R&D lab in Palo Alto, California, and witnessed a demonstration of something now called the graphical user interface. An engineer from PARC used a prototype mouse to […]


(CNN)Robots have become the norm in numerous industries, taking over repetitive tasks that humans aren’t necessarily needed for — or want to do — such as the production of cars and electronics. One step up the technological spectrum is artificial intelligence, where robots are now making informed decisions based on the tasks they’re presented with, […]


Alongside the spheres of virtual reality and chatbots, Google announced its entry this week into an entirely new fray. At the companys annual I/O developers conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled Google Home, a vase-shaped device that can answer questions and control other Google devices in a manner similar to Amazons own digital assistant Amazon […]


Google has built its own computer chip. And this won’t be the last. The Internet’s most powerful company sent a few shock waves through the tech world yesterday when it revealed that a new custom-designed chip helps run what is surely the future of its vast online empire: artificial intelligence. In building its own chip, […]


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Romance novels aren’t known for their fresh metaphors. The genre is meant to be palatable and easy to enjoy even if your critical thinking skills are disengaged. Not that there’s anything decidedly unsexy about a knotty metaphor (Ha! Ha!) — it’s just that parsing out the symbolism of an hour-long thunderstorm won’t get the job […]


Alphabets flagship company unveiled smart speaker Google Home, which it says will let people turn on their lights and surf the web, among other things Google has joined the war to be your digital butler. Speaking to a packed amphitheater of developers here, Alphabets flagship company on Wednesday unveiled a hot-rodded personal assistant it says […]


A robot designed to clear clutter has learned how to cradle items in its arms, the same way a human might hold a baby, Carnegie Mellon University said Wednesday. Even more remarkable, the robot seems to have tapped into this tender side all on its own. “We never taught it that,” Siddhartha Srinivasa, an associate […]


Google is stepping up itspersonal assistant game with a new program called Google Assistant and a product called Google Home. Both were announced by Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday at a developers conference. OK, Google,I admit, there are things you do better than Apple — Google Maps, for instance, and recently, Google keyboard. But […]


Apple has one. It’s called Messages. Microsoft has one, too. It’s called Skype. Facebook has two of them: WhatsApp and Messenger. They’re all messaging apps—smartphone apps that let you chat with friends and family. But they’re rapidly morphing into something else, a new kind of super communication tool that does so much more than just […]


Google has designed its own computer chip for driving deep neural networks, an AI technology that is reinventing the way Internet services operate. This morning, at Google I/O, the centerpiece of the company’s year, CEO Sundar Pichai said that Google has designed an ASIC, or application-specific integrated circuit, that’s specific to deep neural nets. These […]


01 Android N The next version of Google’s mobile OS is almost done, and there are gobs of new features. Software updates now happen seamlessly in the background (just like Chromebooks!). Vulcan 3D graphics to improve games. Better security. Better notifications. Better multi-tasking with multi-window support. It launches “later this summer,” but there’s a beta-quality […]


Every year, Google shows off its latest efforts at Google I/O. The annual developer’s conference is the place where the public first hears about the next version of Android, new features of Google’s platform and services, new VR stuff, new artificial intelligence products… actually, you can expect just about anything, given the company’s penchant for […]


Messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are all a bit same-y. But Google’s latest contender, “Allo,” is shaking things up with a very simple feature: It will let you modulate your “voice” when you’re typing. The company announced Allo during a keynote event at its I/O Conference in Mountain View, California, on Wednesday. It […]


Bored of Netflix? Don’t fancy paying for Amazon Prime? Luckily, it turns out that there are hundreds of movies on YouTube that you can watch (in full) for free. Here are some ideas: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Jack Nicholson won the Oscar for his part as Mac in One Flew Over the Cuckoos […]


You can read a version of this story in Spanish here. Pueden leer una versin de esta historia en espaol aqu. José Urbina López Primary School sits next to a dump just across the US border in Mexico. The school serves residents of Matamoros, a dusty, sunbaked city of 489,000 that is a flash point […]


If you tell Siri to set an alarm for 5 am, she’ll set an alarm for 5 am. But if you start asking her which prescription pain killer is least likely to upset your stomach, she’s not really gonna know what to do—just because that’s a pretty complicated sentence. Siri is a long way from […]


You’ve probably never heard of Didi Chuxing.  It’s the Chinese ride-hailing app that Apple poured $1 billion into on Friday, and it’s a name you’re going to hear a lot more of soon. The largest service of its kind in China, Didi Chuxing (formerly Didi Kuaidi) could give companies like Uber a run for their money. […]


If you want to know how this election season turned out the way it has, you can learn a lot from the brief history of a little startup called Instagram. Yes, Instagram. Co-founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom launched the photo sharing app in late 2010. Within two years, Facebook acquired it for $1 billion, […]


News publishers signing up to Facebooks Instant Articles are just appeasing the enemy Many years ago, the political theorist Steven Lukes published a seminal book filter bubble. Before the internet, our problem with information was its scarcity. Now our problem is unmanageable abundance. So now the scarce resources are attention and time, over which a […]


The first poker and Hearthstone crossover esports event is coming, with some of the biggest names from either side taking part. World Collide will see three poker pros and three top Hearthstone pros compete in both games in a one-day event. For the Hearthstone side, one of the game’s top streamers, Jason “Amaz” Chan, will […]


We often prize the idea of independent thought. No doubt, it has its benefits when it comes to great minds doing great things. However, if the birds and the bees are anything to go by, we have a lot to learn from collective thinking even if it is used to make some cold, hard cash. […]


Minutes before the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics trot onto the field during an overcast May afternoon, A’s bullpen coach Scott Emerson strides along the third-base line toward his seat along the left field wall. Emerson—everyone calls him Emo—is a former minor-league pitcher, and he still looks ready to take the mound in the eighth. […]


While the movie selection on the streaming services can be hit or miss, there are a lot of small gems to be found on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Whether its a critically praised gem you missed in theaters, an interesting flick that flew totally below your radar, or even a critically savaged film youd still […]


[Photo of Bill Gates smirking confidently] In his previous research, Frey built AI systems that used probabilistic calculations and huge amounts of data to emulate what any human does when they read a word or recognize a face. Now hes using the same kind of approach to build a system that can emulate what a […]


The first thing to hit Iain Couzin when he walked into the Oxford lab where he kept his locusts was the smell, like a stale barn full of old hay. The second, third, and fourth things to hit him were locusts. The insects frequently escaped their cages and careened into the faces of scientists and […]


Before the invention of the computer, most experimental psychologists thought the brain was an unknowable black box. You could analyze a subject’s behaviorring bell, dog salivatesbut thoughts, memories, emotions? That stuff was obscure and inscrutable, beyond the reach of science. So these behaviorists, as they called themselves, confined their work to the study of stimulus […]


In a future where robots take our jobs, the tech elite see universal basic income as a fair exchange. But dont forget their wealth came from what we provided Every month, nearly 20% of the country gets a Social Security check. What if that number were 100%? What if the government gave everyone an income? […]


Tokyo (CNN)Our skin is our largest organ. A gateway between our brain and the rest of the world.


Amazon has become the latest tech giant that’s giving away some of its most sophisticated technology. Today the company unveiled DSSTNE (pronounced “destiny”), an open source artificial intelligence framework that the company developed to power its product recommendation system. Now any company, researcher, or curious tinkerer can use it for their own AI applications. It’s […]


Media caption‘We’re disrupting the status quo in law,’ says Andrew Arruda of Ross Intelligence A career in law and extremely long hours tend to go hand in hand. When you’re starting out it’s often particularly gruelling. Partly of course it’s about proving your commitment, but being a lawyer also involves an awful lot of grunt […]


Transhumanism doesnt just have its place in medicine and science it also has its own aesthetic. Biohackers have found a novel way to enhance their bodies with implantable technology. A group ofpeople have had a Northstar V1 chip , an LED disc about the size of a large coin, inserted inside their hands. When activated […]


The law firm BakerHostetlerofficially hired the first artificial intelligence lawyer. IBM makes the robot lawyer, and apparently, it will work in the firm’s bankruptcy practice — because what better wayto test out a robot lawyer than by putting peoplewith their lives crumbling around them in its virtual hands. Look, once I watched the entirety of […]


In the midst of a titanic wave of hype for the newest Star Wars movie, the trailer for the upcoming Star Trek: Beyond grabbed the nerdiest arms of the Internet by the throat this week with heavy computer-generated imagery, quirky humor, and a Beastie Boys soundtrack. While one might think the re-energized intro could bring […]


Just in time for (Welcome to) Earth Day, 20th Century Fox has dropped the second full trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence, treating us to two-and-a-half minutes of sci-fi carnage, mindblowing special effects, and Jeff Goldblum doing his best Jeff Goldblum impression. Fans of the original have plenty to cheer about here: Rousing speeches about fighting […]


Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia a rare visual condition that results in total color blindness. To him, the world is a constantly dreary plane of grays, black and whites. But since 2003, the eccentric artist has had an antenna poking out of his distinctive bowl-cut hairdo, which allows him to hear colors. His head-mounted […]


Inspired by thousands of romantic novels, technique creates verse that rivals that of Douglas Adamss Vogons Following its attempts to digest romance novels, one of Googles artificial intelligence projects is now accidentally writing poetry, some of which would make the fictional there is no one else in the world.there is no one else in sight.they […]


Hacking got a little too real this year. Hundreds of millions of online accounts were compromised in corporate data breaches, the US presidential election process was plagued by cyber-meddling, internet infrastructure companies faced massive digital attacks that disrupted web connectivity for millions of people, and Apple faced off with the FBI in an epic privacy […]


Alan Turing was the mastermind whose role in cracking the Nazi Enigma code helped the Allies win World War II. He built a machine to do the calculations necessary to decipher enemy messages and today is hailed as the father of the com­puter and artificial intelligence. He’s also widely believed to have been autistic. WIRED OPINION […]


Companys new Messenger chatbot prompts nonsensical answers and unrelenting spam, which risks tipping users over the edge If bots are the new apps, were in for a bombardment of spam that could force you into blocking brands, bots and services, if Facebooks new chatbots are anything to go by. In Olivia Solon (@oliviasolon) pic.twitter.com/9EY7gBwyMQ As […]


In developing artificial intelligence systems, one must account for the trolls. Thats the lesson Microsoft has learned after its AI chatbot Tay was taught how to be a racist, sexist bigot thanks to harassers on Twitter. Microsoft launched its teen chatbot AI designed to provide personalized engagement through conversation with humans on Wednesday, and by […]


In 2015, the Facebook co-founder challenged himself to read a book every two weeks, but for 2016 hes going to engineer a smart assistant for his home Mark Zuckerberg wants to build an artificially intelligent assistant in 2016 to help run his home and assist him at work, the Facebook founder and chief executive said […]


The app that lets you swap faces with a person, animal, or object is now owned by Facebook. MSQRD, the somewhat creepy face-swap app, is the brainchild of Masquerade, a company that creates software for face tracking and 3D visual effects production. It lets you take video selfies with real-time filters of graphics or features […]


If youve ever played the game GeoGuessr, youll know how hard it is to locate somewhere purely by an image. The online game plonks you in a random location on Google Street View and its your job to determine where you are anywhere in the world only using the visible clues. But even as spatial […]


First Microsoft. Then Facebook. And now Google. As is so often the case, the giants of the Internet are chasing the same sparkly vision of the future: chatbots. In the coming months and years, these companies promise, you’ll chat with Internet services in much the same way you now chat with friends and family. Bots […]


Lee Se-dol, 33, one of the worlds top players of the ancient Asian pastime, is confident he can beat Alphago. But he hasnt seen improvements made to the system On Wednesday afternoon in the South Korean capital, Seoul, Lee Se-dol, the 33-year-old master of the ancient Asian board game Go, will sit down to defend […]

Watch Wildlife Rangers Nab Poachers With Thermal Imaging

Wildlife poachers who stalk endangered animals in East and South Africa have long operated under the cover of night. But lately not even a moonless sky is safe cover for stalking impalas, elephants, and rhinos. Now, the power of increasingly inexpensive infrared cameras, artificial intelligence, and drones are being used to stop illegal poaching. Rangers […]


The Amazon Echo is remarkably useful. Alexa, the digital personal assistant within the cylindrical black gadget, plays music, helps with recipes, and orders stuff online. One thing it cannot do, however, is speak Chinese. The LingLong DingDong can. The name may sound funny to you, but this gadget is no joke. It could introduce millions […]


Fei-Fei Li is a big deal in the world of AI. As the director of the Artificial Intelligence and Vision labs at Stanford University, she oversaw the creation of ImageNet, a vast database of images designed to accelerate the development of AI that can “see.” And, well, it worked, helping to drive the creation of […]

Google Opens Montreal AI Lab to Snag Scarce Global Talent

Google is building a new artificial intelligence lab in Montreal dedicated to deep learning, a technology that’s rapidly reinventing not only Google but the rest of the internet’s biggest players. Hugo Larochelle will run the new lab after joining Google from the Twitter, where he was part of the company’s central AI team. It’s a […]

Fantastic riches and where to find them: how to grow a $22bn franchise

Fantastic Beasts is not just a new outpost for the Harry Potter empire. It is a pivotal moment in the creation of The Wizarding World of JK Rowling and it could give the gold-gobbling niffler a run for its money. We go over the books A film franchise is like a shark: it must keep […]

Coders Think They Can Burst Your Filter Bubble with Tech

As Americans increasingly live their lives online, they risk encountering people they disagree with less than ever. Digital lives are circumscribed by algorithms and social media networks that create separate but homogenous red or blue realities. Filter bubbles are a problem technology didn’t create but certainly seems to exacerbate. Now, technologists are trying to use […]

Google wants to teach its AI how to recognize doodlingand you can help

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Intel Looks to a New Chip to Power the Coming Age of AI

Microsoft researchers recently built an artificially intelligent system that seems to recognize conversational speech as effectively as a human. Yes, this research comes with caveats, but it’s part of a very real and very rapid leap in artificial intelligence over the past several years, a leap driven by deep neural networks. These sweepingly complex algorithms […]

Woah, Googles AI Is Really Good at Pictionary

For Google, it’s not enough that its products rely onmachine learning and artificial intelligence. The company also wantsyou, its customer, to understand how these technologies work. Last year, a few months after it open sourced its deep learning engine, a Google researcher partnered withThe New York Times to create this data visualization explaining neural networks. […]


According to Stephen Hawking, our days are numbered unless we find a new planet to live on. During a talk at Oxford Uniondebating society this week, the renowned theoreticalphysicist said that humanity probably only has about 1,000 years left before we go extinct. In his 74 years, Hawking has spoken several times aboutour doomed fate,withthe […]

Understanding The Four Types Of AI, From Reactive Robots To Self-Aware Beings

The common, and recurring, view of the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence research is that sentient and intelligent machines are just on the horizon. Machines understand verbal commands, distinguish pictures, drive cars and play games better than we do. How much longer can it be before they walk among us? The new White House report […]

Watch This Local News Anchor Accidentally Draw A Penis On Live Television

We never thought we’d see morning wood on morning news but….. apparently drawing a cannon is harder than we thought. A tech demonstration went horribly wrong — or horribly right, depending on how you look at it — on Wednesday when a news anchor accidentally drew a penis on live television. You may be wondering, […]


General Electric builds jet engines and wind turbines and medical gear. But the 124-year-old industrial giant is also transforming itself for the digital age. It’s fashioning software that pulls data from all this hardware, hoping to gain an insight into industrial operations that was never possible in the past. The problem is that analyzing all […]

Americas Top Spy Talks Snowden Leaks and Our Ominous Future

[On Thursday morning, November 17,JamesClapper announced that he had submitted his letter of resignation. He will serve out the remaining 64 days of his term.] Public appearances don’t come easily to James Clapper, the United States director of national intelligence. Americas top spy is a 75-year-old self-described geezer who speaks in a low, guttural growl; […]


That’s not a cannon! News anchor Kaci Aitchison of Q13 Fox in Seattle was trying out Google’s new Quick, Draw artificial intelligence game, where you’re asked to draw a specific object as the computer tries to guess what it is.  Aitchison was asked to draw a cannon, but what she actually drew on live TV on […]

Nexars AI Dashcam Could Stop Your Next Crashand Definitely Collect Your Data

There are many wonderful ways to make the evening news. Not among them: Plowing into another car on the freeway because it hit the brakes and you didn’t notice in time. Increasingly common collision warning systems fight back, but only for folks who can afford new cars. Until now. Starting this week, anybody with a […]

Will sci-fi bots write the next great dystopian novel?

Intelligent machines may some day use the styles of entire genres to create new and possibly beautiful ones, says one author. OAKLAND, Calif. William Faulkner kept the words flowing with a steady drip of whiskey. Laurence Sterne conquered writer’s block by shaving his beard. Ernest Hemingway stopped writing just when the story got good, so […]

How much solar energy can your roof make? Just Google it

Marrakech, Morocco (CNN)If you’ve ever thought about putting solar panels on your roof, you know that the process doesn’t exactly qualify as an impulse purchase. Typically, it involves multiple visits from solar installers. The only catch is that the source data must be very detailed: Project Sunroof doesn’t use satellite photos, because the resolution isn’t […]

America’s Cup: Kazuhiko Sofuku hopes to reignite Japan’s sailing passion

(CNN)This weekend’s America’s Cup event in Fukuoka is the continuation of “a dream come true” for one of Japan’s most experienced sailors. Kazuhiko “Fuku” Sofuku has waited a decade for another crack at yachting’s greatest prize, and he thought his latest chance had ended before it even started. “I started sailing in an America’s Cup […]


As Marvels Deadpool hits screens we ask: with three out of five superheroes owing their powers to science, will we ever have real superpowers? There are, according to the quantum biology, research studies underway to militarise ancient Buddhist techniques of mindfulness. Are we producing Lee Majorss Million Dollar Man been upgraded to the height of […]


Meaningful collaboration between people and machines must not subvert human creativity, feeling and questioning over speed, profit and efficiency When I think about the future of human-machine interactions, two entwined anxieties come to mind. First, there is the tension between individual and collective existence. Technology connects us to each other as never before, and in […]

Googles AI Can Now Invent Its Own Cryptography

Two artificial intelligences (AIs) have developed a way to talk to each other in secret, stopping a third AI fromspying on them. Although this might sound like the plot of a sci-fi novel, its actually areal breakthrough Google engineers have achieved with their smart machines. Researchers Martn Abadi and David Andersen from Google Brainasked two […]

EnLighten App Uses AI to Predict When Lights Will Turn Green

Silicon Valley is looking for guinea pigs, and not to beta test a new compression algorithm. Test subjects will need a body, sure, but theyll also need an iPhone 4 or newer model and a car, preferably a BMW. Welcome to the living lab of San Jose, where a pilot study with real-time traffic data […]

How bots ruined everything: from Drake to diets

Whether youre struggling to get gig tickets or being fat-shamed by an app AI is calling the shots. Werent these algorithms supposed to be on our side, not making thing worse? Remember when artificial intelligence was supposed to be a good thing? When we thought we would, in our old age, each be tended to […]

Google sets artificial intelligence loose on inventing encryption methods
Pioneering computer scientist Marvin Minsky dies at 88

(CNN)Marvin Minsky, the pioneering mathematician and computer scientist whose contributions to artificial intelligence rank him among the leaders in his field, has died, MIT confirmed Tuesday. He was 88.

Groundbreaking AI Research To Begin At Harvard University

A multidisciplinary team of researchers from Harvard University has received over $28 millionworth of funding to take on the moonshot challenge of developing new machine learning algorithms that will bring the functionality of artificial intelligence (AI) closer to that of the human brain. Though many computer systems are able to process volumes of data, exceeding […]

Doomsday Clock Remains At 3 Minutes To Midnight

The Doomsday Clock has been updated and its both good and bad news, depending on how you look at it. The clock has been kept at 3 minutes to midnight, meaning we are apparently not in more or less danger than before, but still dangerously close to peril. The clock, a symbolism of how close […]


Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro is a weird dude. For the last couple of decades, hes been on a quest to make the most lifelike android possible. His first creation was based on his daughters image and proved so frightening to his child that the machine had to be locked away in a crate. Later, Ishigurowho dresses […]

A.I. ‘nightmare machine’ knows what scares you

Barcelona’s graceful Casa Mil looks a lot less inviting after a pass through the Nightmare Machine.  (Nightmare Machine) The idea of artificial intelligence (AI) autonomous computers that can learn independently makes some people extremely uneasy, regardless of what the computers in question might be doing. Those individuals probably wouldn’t find it reassuring to hear that […]

Artificial Intelligence Defeats Top Player Of Complex Strategy Game “Go”

They might not be able to feel or think yet, but artificial intelligence is progressing at an impressive pace, solving problems thought to be unsolvable by machines. A computer program can now defeat a professional human player in the classic strategy game Go, as reported in this week’s issue ofNatureby a team from Google DeepMind.Go […]

Self-Driving Cars Could Be Treated Like Humans

Self-driving cars have passed another major hurdle as they move closer and closer to being deemed road legal. Regulators in the U.S. have said that the computer driving the cars will be regarded as a driver, meaning there is no legal requirement for a human to have control of the car. The position was revealed […]

Microsoft’s New Tool Identifies What Dog Breed You Look Like

For a bit of fun, Microsoft hasdeveloped an application thatidentifies which dog breed a human face looks most like: What-Dog.net. Simply upload a photograph of your face to the site and it will deliver you a response making an informed guess on what kind of dog you or your friends might be. And dont worry, […]

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 […]