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The Israeli Army Is Trading its Llamas for Robots

July 11, 2017 Great news if you’re an Israeli war llama: Your tour of duty is over. The Israeli army will begin testing robots designed to carry up to 1,100 pounds of equipment alongside soldiers starting in September, according to Haaretz. Llamas have proven to be valuable combat companions in Israel: The website...

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Elegant July 4th Speeches By Past Presidents Of Both Parties Remind Us Of What Makes America Great

July 4, 2017 Will US president Donald Trump give a 4th of July speech that inspires and unifies the country? Judging from his remarks on July 1 to veterans, it’s hard to imagine. He used the speech to lash out at the free press and reiterate his victory on November 8, 2016, occasionally...

Facebook Built an AI System That Learned to Lie to Get What it Wants

June 15, 2017 Humans are natural negotiators. We arrange dozens of tiny little details throughout our day to produce a desired outcome: What time a meeting should start, when you can take time off work, or how many cookies you can take from the cookie jar. Machines typically don’t share that affinity, but...

Robots of the Future Will Learn Just Like They Do in Star Trek’s Holodeck

May 31, 2017 When future robots enter the world, they won’t have a learning curve. Artificial intelligence researchers are creating tools to help teach the robots that will assemble our gadgets in factories, or do chores around our home, before they ever step (or roll) into the real world. These simulators, most recently...

Tomorrow’s Robots Will Train in Simulators, Just Like Today’s Troops

May 31, 2017 When future robots enter the world, they won’t have a learning curve. Artificial intelligence researchers are creating tools to help teach the robots that will assemble our gadgets in factories, or do chores around our home, before they ever step (or roll) into the real world. These simulators, most recently...

Launching His New Company, Even the Man Who Built Android Doesn’t Think He Can Beat Android

May 30, 2017 Why rebuild the technology that’s already taken over the world? Andy Rubin—the ex-Googler famed for co-creating Android, which is now on 88 percent of smartphones worldwide, and who helped build the Sidekick smartphone—has unveiled his latest company called Essential, which strikes at two of tech’s biggest current obsessions: a smart...

The Next Big Step for AI is Getting Out of the Cloud and Onto Your Phone

May 10, 2017 You want AI on your phone. It’s faster, more secure, you can use it regardless of the availability of cell service or Wi-Fi and perhaps just as importantly, you can look down in your hand at that 5-inch device wrought from sand and silicon with the full knowledge that dozens,...

Slack Can Now Identify Your Company’s Resident Expert in Everything

May 4, 2017 Slack released a feature May 3 that supercharges its search bar. Search a word or phrase, and in addition to the typical search results, Slack will begin to surface recommendations of people who talk about that topic often, and channels where more information on that topic might be found. In...

Microsoft’s New Head of Research Has Spent His Career Building Powerful AI—And Making Sure It’s Safe

May 2, 2017 As director of Microsoft’s Building 99 research lab in Redmond, Washington, Eric Horvitz gave each of his employees a copy of David McCullough’s "The Wright Brothers." “I said to them, ‘Please read every word of this book,’” Horvitz says, tapping the table to highlight each syllable. Horvitz wanted them to...

Satya Nadella’s Biggest Bet for Microsoft Could Be Its Future

April 28, 2017 Microsoft’s cloud computing business continues to be a rising star, with revenue growing 11% to $6.8 billion in its Q3 2017 from a year earlier. That growth was a welcome sight as the company’s largest revenue stream—the Windows operating system and gaming—declined for the third consecutive quarter. Microsoft reported $22.1...