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China Is Funding Baidu to Take on the US in Deep-Learning Research

February 23, 2017 While US-based companies like Alphabet, IBM, Facebook, and Microsoft typically dominate US artificial-intelligence headlines, China’s government is now accelerating the country’s own contributions to the field. China’s National Development and Reform Commission, a government agency tasked with planning economic and social strategies, will fund search giant Baidu’s development of a...

By Sparring With AlphaGo, Researchers Learn How an Algorithm Thinks

February 16, 2017 “The game is amazing. Crazy. Beautiful.” Fan Hui is speaking to a chatty audience at the 2016 European Go Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia, gushing over a game of Go played by one of his mentors. Hui’s enthusiasm is infectious—the room’s chatter subsides as he pulls up slides of the...

Tech Companies Are Building Tiny, Personal AIs to Keep Your Messages Private

February 10, 2017 Science fiction tells us one day we’ll talk to our phones and computers like they’re people, as suggested in movies like "Her" and "2001: A Space Odyssey." But we’re now facing a different reality: Our digital lives aren’t managed by one entity, but rather a collection of artificial intelligence that...

Facebook Isn’t Developing a General AI, But Wrote a Paper About How it Would if it Were, Which it’s Not

February 6, 2017 For many working in artificial intelligence, the ultimate goal is a general AI: software that could reason its way through any problem, like a human but on a superhuman scale. Humans are only now realizing how to make an AI proficient at simple tasks, like identifying objects in photos, which...

Facebook Quietly Used AI to Solve Problem of Searching Through Your Photos

February 2, 2017 For the past few months, Facebook has secretly been rolling out a new feature to U.S. users: the ability to search photos by what’s depicted in them, rather than by captions or tags. The idea itself isn’t new: Google Photos had this feature built in when it launched in 2015....

A Massive AI Partnership Is Tapping Civil Rights and Economic Experts to Keep AI Safe

January 29, 2017 When the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society was announced in September, it was with the stated goal of educating the public on artificial intelligence, studying AI’s potential impact on the world, and establishing industry best practices. Now, how those goals will actually be achieved is becoming...

Your Smartphone Could Soon Be a Powerful Tool for Detecting Skin Cancer

January 26, 2017 They’ll be some of the weirder selfies you’ve ever taken, but a study using artificial intelligence to analyze images of skin lesions suggests smartphones may soon help humans detect skin cancer. Published today in Nature, the study began with an unremarkable image-recognition network provided by Google, pre-trained to identify objects...

Donald Trump Might Only Have 360,000 Active Twitter Followers

January 19, 2017 Donald Trump’s tweets may make headlines every day, but the number of people reading them on Twitter could be much smaller than it seems. The president-elect has more than 20 million followers on @realDonaldTrump, but according to data analytics firm Affinio (and as reported by Forbes) only 360,000 of them...

Everything You Need to Know About CES 2017 in Under 2 Minutes

January 4, 2017 Let’s face it: A lot of stuff will come out of the Consumer Electronics Show this week, and most of it won’t leave the convention hall, let alone make it to market. But there is value in paying attention to the year’s first gadget reveals: The first reveals at CES...

The $10,500 Robot Arm that Can Build Its Coworkers

December 30, 2016 Industrial robot arms are expensive and come with a long list of caveats including concerns over whether they can work safely alongside humans. Franka Emika, a new product coming in 2017 to the burgeoning field of collaborative robots, is a robot arm pitched to be easily programmable out of the...