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Google Finally Admits You Don’t Need Special Hardware for Augmented Reality

August 30, 2017 In 2014 Google said it was going to revolutionize the way we use smartphones through augmented reality. With AR, developers who built apps that worked on Android phones could drop virtual objects alongside real ones through the phone’s camera. These fictional objects would look like they existed in real life,...

Researchers Built an Invisible Backdoor to Hack AI’s Decisions

August 25, 2017 A team of NYU researchers has discovered a way to manipulate the artificial intelligence that powers self-driving cars and image recognition by installing a secret backdoor into the software. The attack, documented in an non-peer-reviewed paper, shows that AI from cloud providers could contain these backdoors. The AI would operate...

This Is the Samsung Note 8, the Phone That Must Not Explode

August 24, 2017 Samsung announced the successor to the ill-fated Note 7 smartphone today, an updated phone named the Note 8. The new phone resembles a larger version of Samsung’s flagship devices, the S8 and S8+, but is slightly larger and includes a stylus called an “S pen,” which slips into the device....

Microsoft Is Fixing a Simple Reason Why Voice Assistants Are So Bad

August 22, 2017 As more and more of us ask the virtual personal assistants that live on our phones what the weather will be tomorrow or the height of the Chrysler Building (1,046 feet), it’s clear that the voice-activated software is currently only really useful for answering simple fact-based questions. Microsoft, whose virtual...

For the First Time, AI Crushed a Professional Dota 2 Player

August 14, 2017 In a surprise event Friday (Aug. 11), Elon Musk-backed research lab OpenAI announced it had built an AI bot that could beat professional e-sports players at Dota 2, an extremely popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, in 1-on-1 matches. The full game is traditionally played 5v5. The OpenAI bot...

Andrew Ng Will Help You Change the World With AI if You Know Calculus and Python

August 11, 2017 If the next era of human progress is built using AI, who gets to engineer it? Who will have the coding skills to use the software for creating AI products, or even more importantly, the skills to write that software? In an attempt to make the answer to those questions...

Amazon Could Replace CAPTCHA With a Turing Test You’re Meant to Fail

August 8, 2017 Here’s the great thing about humans: We make mistakes. As programmers get better at building bots that can perfectly recognize obscured letters or find all the pictures containing a rowboat, Amazon could soon rely on our little mistakes to prove we’re human. A patent awarded to Amazon in early August...

After Trying to Build Self-Driving Tractors for More Than 20 Years, John Deere Has Learned a Hard Truth About Autonomy

August 3, 2017 When building its first autonomous navigation system in the 1990s, John Deere just wanted to build a tractor that could drive down a field and make a turn on its own. But after more than 20 years, the company has found that approach was entirely insufficient—in order to drive the...

Instead of Hacking Self-Driving Cars, Researchers Are Trying to Hack the World They See

July 18, 2017 A self-driving car is theoretically able to replace a human driver because it can see and react the way a human would—or better. But artificial intelligence researchers are now debating whether their software could be susceptible to “hacks” of real-world objects like stop signs, invisible to the human eye but...

MIT Researchers Can Now Track AI’s Decisions Back to Single Neurons

July 12, 2017 AI researchers had a breakthrough when they became able to practically replicate in their machines what we believe to be one of the most basic functions of the human brain: thought is generated by the combined activity of clusters of connected neurons. They’re now left in the same position as...