When algorithms make decisions with real-world consequences, they need to be fair.
A machine learning expert predicts a new balance between human and machine intelligence is on the horizon. For that to be good news, researchers need to figure out how to design algorithms that are fair.
In-home digital personal assistant devices are becoming increasingly popular, but their presence raises privacy concerns.
When hosting a dinner party, are you obliged to let your guests know that you own a smart device like Amazon Echo or Google Home? The answer is yes, according to a privacy researcher.
Debris left behind after a tornado strike on Jefferson City, Missouri, May 23, 2019.
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Government agencies have detailed plans for responding to disasters, but one piece doesn't get enough attention: cleaning up the mess that's left behind.
The world’s data centres produce about the same amount of carbon dioxide as global air travel.
The digital economy is taking off. So are the greenhouse gas emissions, electronic waste and pollution associated with it.
How can we make sure new technologies stay centred on human wellbeing?
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The humanities can supply wisdom to guide our galloping technological progress.
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera decrees a state of emergency to restore public order after a day of violent protest, Oct.19, 2019.
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As protests raged across Chile last month, President Piñera repeatedly addressed the nation. Researchers fed his speeches into an AI system to assess the emotions behind his words.
Alongside doctors, AI could be a useful tool for providing better diagnosis.
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An AI trained to look at heart scans was able to successfully predict risk of death. But one expert cautions we still need to be careful about designing -- and using -- AI for medical diagnosis.
Close-up on the circuitry of the Vesuvius quantum computer, announced in 2012 by the Canadian firm D-Wave Systems.
On October 23 Google announced that it built a quantum computer thousands of times faster than classic computers. This could have immense impacts on finance, cryptography and other fields.
A firefighter walks along a containment line while battling a 2018 wildfire in Redding, California.
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Researchers like myself are finding transformative new ways to help planners, leaders and first responders tackle disasters from afar.
DeepMind’s artificial intelligence-powered AlphaStar (green) repels an attack in the virtual world of StarCraft II.
StarCraft II is the latest complex game to be conquered by artificial intelligence. But if robots now reign supreme at virtual war, where does that leave us when it comes to real conflict?
Responding to the ever-growing amount of email can be a stress-inducing job task.
Google's Smart Compose feature is meant to help deal with the deluge of email, but does it increase the pressure to respond quicker?
Most of the headlines derive from a single study. Over the past six years its predictions have been anything but accurate.
Automation does threaten jobs, but the most widely cited study exaggerates the effect and pointed to job losses in places where they didn't happen.
The U.S.-China rivalry extends to digital weapons.
The US defense community is coming to understand that AI will significantly transform, if not completely reinvent, the world's military power balance.
Robots have already started moving into Amazon’s workforce alongside people.
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Many Americans fear that AI will take their jobs. And it might – but it's more complicated than that.
Cat or Mac, which one is the smartest?
If artificial intelligence can amaze us with its prowess, there are many areas where it falls flat when compared to human and animal intelligence.
Our advantage lies in incommensurables, and it’ll grow in importance.
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We are far from defenseless against the rise of robots, although they'll take many of our routine jobs. Our special strength is our ability to apply rules that don't exist.
Keeping older workers on the job past 65 could help solve Canada’s skill shortage, but the federal parties are silent on the topic.
The Canadian workforce is aging. At the same time, we're facing a skills shortage. Keeping older workers on the job past 65 is an obvious solution but the federal parties are silent on the topic.
What makes a brain tick is very different from how computers operate.
Brain functions integrate and compress multiple components of an experience, including sight and smell – which simply can't be handled in the way computers sense, process and store data.
Artificial Intelligence can perpetuate existing social imbalances in a harmful manner. Can this undesirable scenario be avoided?
Algorithms can reinforce existing biases in society.
The fundamental problem with AI is it is often riddled with society's existing biases and prejudices.