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‘Avoid cat’, or ‘torment cat’? ‘Avoid cat’, or ‘torment cat’? anti_christa

What to expect from Dyson’s new robotics lab

James Dyson’s decision to fund a robotics laboratory at Imperial College London may not lead to the super advanced robot friends of our dreams, but what he has planned could make robotic domestic appliances…
The golden age of AI is upon us. The golden age of AI is upon us. kidpixo

What does Google want with DeepMind? Here are three clues

All eyes turned to London this week, as Google announced its latest acquisition in the form of DeepMind, a company that specialises in artificial intelligence technologies. The £400m pricetag paid by Google…
I’ll be right with you sir, just after I put this cup away. This is a cup, right? I’ll be right with you sir, just after I put this cup away. This is a cup, right? garrettc

Your robot helper is on the way now it can learn from its friends

January is a time when many of us seek to better ourselves. We want to learn a new skill or improve an existing one. A network designed especially for robots, RoboEarth, is being tested in the Netherlands…
Where do you start building a machine like Deep Thought, the super-intelligent computer who came up with the Answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything? Where do you start building a machine like Deep Thought, the super-intelligent computer who came up with the Answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything? YouTube

To create a super-intelligent machine, start with an equation

Intelligence is a very difficult concept and, until recently, no one has succeeded in giving it a satisfactory formal definition. Most researchers have given up grappling with the notion of intelligence…
Finding links between vast amounts of cancer data could drive new drugs. Finding links between vast amounts of cancer data could drive new drugs. Fran Simó

Artificial intelligence uses biggest disease database to fight cancer

We live in an exciting era where new technologies are allowing us to amass huge quantities of data about cancer. And vast databases containing the genetic profiles of tumours and other information have…
“Cat! No, wait, dog! Oh I give up.” “Cat! No, wait, dog! Oh I give up.” Travis S.

Oh great, Facebook wants to know you’re being sarcastic

You might think social networks couldn’t possibly gather more information on you than they already do. That in a world where your every move is tagged, flagged and logged, there is nothing more that could…
Killer robots, a problem as old as voodoo. Killer robots, a problem as old as voodoo. x-ray delta one

The truth is no stranger than fiction when it comes to robots

Robots represent the cutting edge in science. For decades we have been promised a bright future in which these human-like machines will become so advanced that we won’t be able to tell the difference between…
When we look at the world through tech-tinted lenses, it can be hard to see we can function perfectly well without so much technology. When we look at the world through tech-tinted lenses, it can be hard to see we can function perfectly well without so much technology. vernhart

It’s time to disconnect from techno-fetishism

When the IBM computer Deep Blue defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997 it seemed to many we had crossed a threshold. By beating us at our (arguably) most complex intellectual task, man had…
Terminate your concerns. Terminate your concerns. San Diego Shooter/Flickr

Super intelligent machines aren’t to be feared

Fear of machines becoming smarter than humans is a standard part of popular culture. In films like iRobot and Terminator, humans are usurped. Throughout history we can trace stories about humankind overreaching…
Tough enemies tend to become easier by the end of a game, normally because you learn and they don’t. Tough enemies tend to become easier by the end of a game, normally because you learn and they don’t. Robots image from www.shutterstock.com

Beaten by bots – training AI for first-person shooter games

When you first stare down that tough opponent in a videogame (think Big Daddies in Bioshock or Striders in Half-Life 2), it can seem impossible to beat the computer-controlled character you’re facing…
The DARwIn-OP humanoid soccer-playing robot may look like a toy, but is a platform for groundbreaking artificial intelligence research. The DARwIn-OP humanoid soccer-playing robot may look like a toy, but is a platform for groundbreaking artificial intelligence research. David Budden

Robots will be FIFA champions – if they keep their eyes on the ball

We already know robots manufacture cars, work in factories, even vacuum our homes - but could they form a world-beating soccer team? The question seems like ripe pickings for a movie mogul, given Hollywood’s…
The idea of a machine being creative goes back to the earliest days of computing. The idea of a machine being creative goes back to the earliest days of computing. Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

Pablo eCasso? In search of the first computer masterpiece

For much of his adult life, painter and scholar Harold Cohen has been working in collaboration with a computer to make visual art. Cohen has worked almost continuously on this creative artificial intelligence…
“We should stop treating intelligent machines as the stuff of science fiction.” “We should stop treating intelligent machines as the stuff of science fiction.” Cea.

Artificial intelligence – can we keep it in the box?

We know how to deal with suspicious packages – as carefully as possible! These days, we let robots take the risk. But what if the robots are the risk? Some commentators argue we should be treating AI (artificial…
Augmentation technologies will challenge what it means to be human. Augmentation technologies will challenge what it means to be human. WebWizard

Augmentation technologies are here but are people listening?

“And, for an instant, she stared directly into those soft blue eyes and knew, with an instinctive mammalian certainty, that the exceedingly rich were no longer even remotely human.” William Gibson, Count…
There’s a big difference between creating a thinking machine and modelling one. There’s a big difference between creating a thinking machine and modelling one. Saad Faruque

The modern phlogiston: why ‘thinking machines’ don’t need computers

In the late 1700s, French scientist Antoine Lavoisier proved that the mechanism behind burning is oxidation. Lavoisier’s discovery killed off an eternity of dogma involving a non-existent substance called…
According to some, computer intelligence is on course to match human intelligence by 2045. According to some, computer intelligence is on course to match human intelligence by 2045. Sybren A. Stüvel

Person or computer: could you pass the Turing Test?

As mentioned already on this site and others, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of famed British mathematician Alan Turing. The outline of his remarkable life and sad ending has by now…
Anything could happen if we don’t teach machines to be “good”. Anything could happen if we don’t teach machines to be “good”. KennethMoyle

Rise of the machines: how computers could control our lives

Predicting the future is a risky business. If it wasn’t, we’d all be very wealthy by now. The Danish physicist Neils Bohr famously opined: “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future”. Despite…
Momentum is gathering behind calls to pardon the father of computer science. Momentum is gathering behind calls to pardon the father of computer science. BinaryApe

Calls for a posthumous pardon … but who was Alan Turing?

You may have read the British Government is being petitioned to grant a posthumous pardon to one of the world’s greatest mathematicians and most successful codebreakers, Alan Turing. You may also have…
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What ants can teach robots

Can an ant’s strategy for moving around be useful for building robots with autonomous navigation? Working with experts in the field of artificial intelligence, we have just begun to explore this possibility…
Could our days at the top of the brain chain be numbered? Could our days at the top of the brain chain be numbered? AAP

Have computers finally eclipsed their creators?

In February this year, game shows got that little bit harder. And at the same time, artificial intelligence took another step towards the ultimate goal of creating and perhaps exceeding human-level intelligence…

Research Briefs (3)

Babies show computers how to learn

Research into the cognition of babies and small children may help scientists program computers to think and learn more like…