Virtual infant BabyX prompts question: how do we feel about AI that looks so much like us?

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The eyes are the windows to the soul. That’s what we say about humans — but what about with robots or humanoid simulations? Is a realistic complexion or an earnest gaze the key to seeing artificial beings as more than, well, artificial?  That’s the premise behind BabyX, the lifelike virtual infant from the New Zealand-based research group Soul… Read more »

Now computers are writing perfectly acceptable pop songs

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Taryn Southern, a YouTube star and content creator, has just released a song she wrote with the help of artificial intelligence.  Called Break Free, it’s a brooding ballad that wouldn’t sound out of place on the Hunger Games soundtrack. Southern wrote the lyrics and melody, but the backing track was built by her laptop, after she punched in… Read more »

Voyage vehicles currently sport a spinning $80,000 sensor on the roof. Ziyaee wants to pay much less, but argues that the sensors don’t have to become as affordable as a new muffler to make economic sense. Voyage, like Uber, hopes to operate fleets of robotaxis that serve many people and could thus earn back upfront costs quickly.

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Raquel Urtasun joined Uber to set up a new autonomous-vehicle research lab . She still works one day a week in her old job as an associate professor at the University of Toronto. And she has long argued that that self-driving vehicles can’t reach the masses unless the industry weans itself off lidar. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November 9th,… Read more »

The robot lawyers are here – and they’re winning

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Amid the dire – and somewhat overhyped – predictions of occupations that will be decimated by artificial intelligence and automation, there is one crumb of comfort. Yes, lorry drivers, translators and shop assistants are all under threat from the rise of the robots, but at least the lawyers are doomed too. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November… Read more »

Facebook is the latest tech giant to hunt for AI talent in Canada

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Facebook is turning its attention to Canada with a new AI research office in Montreal. Google and Microsoft already have outposts in the city and countless other tech companies, including Uber, have researchers based in Canada. McGill University’s Joelle Pineau will be leading Facebook’s AI efforts in Montreal. Source: Tech Crunch Date: October 27th, 2017 Link: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/14/facebook-is-the-latest-tech-giant-to-hunt-for-ai-talent-in-canada/ Discussion 1) “Canada’s own schools like Waterloo and… Read more »

Google DeepMind: AI becomes more alien

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Google’s DeepMind says it has made another big advance in artificial intelligence by getting a machine, AlphaGo Zero, to master the Chinese game of Go without help from human players.  The combinations available in the game Go number more than there are atoms in the universe making it one of the most complex games out… Read more »

Does Saudi robot citizen have more rights than women?

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Meet Sophia, a robot who made her first public appearance in the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh on Monday. Sophia was such a hit she was immediately given Saudi citizenship in front of hundreds of delegates at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh on 25 October.  Sophia, created by Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics, addressed the audience in English… Read more »

Researchers say it’s time to crack open AI ‘black boxes’ and look for the biases inside

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Courts, schools and other public agencies that make decisions using artificial intelligence should refrain from using “black box” algorithms that aren’t subject to outside scrutiny, a group of prominent AI researchers says. The concern is that, as algorithms become increasingly responsible for making critical decisions affecting our lives, it has become more difficult to understand and challenge… Read more »

How may I help you? Virtual Shopping Assistants

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Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 10th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/disruptors_how_may_I_help_you Discussion 1) “In the brave new world of retail this won’t necessitate a trek out to the nearest late night supermarket. Instead the shop can come to you.  With the touch of an app button, you hail a low-slung electric vehicle, like a glass-sided motorhome, which quietly glides into… Read more »

Google Clips camera: creepy or fun?

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Google has revealed a small camera that uses artificial intelligence to recognise individuals, and decides when to record short videos by itself. Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 4th, 2017 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-41504748/google-clips-camera-creepy-or-fun Discussion 1) Creepy or fun?  And what decides the difference? 2) How might you build a business around this technology?