Artificial intelligence

IBM AI Project Convincingly Rebutts Human Debater

IBM AI Project Convincingly Rebutts Human Debater

The capabilities of IBM’s Project Debater was recently demonstrated when it was pitted against Israel’s national debating champion Noa Ovadia in San Francisco. Experts say that the machine, which drew its knowledge from hundreds of millions of documents and was not connected to the Internet, was a groundbreaking display of artificial intelligence. The audience who attended the event voted that the machine offered better arguments, despite a few slip-ups. Ms. Ovadia also remarked that it was very optimistic about how humans respond to facts and figures. Arvind Krishna, IBM’s director of research, said that their experiment seeks to push the […]

AI Restores Journalist’s Voice

AI Restores Journalist’s Voice

An American radio journalist is expected to recover his ability to speak and go back to broadcasting with the help of artificial intelligence. Jamie Dupree, a political radio journalist with Cox Media Group, was left unable to talk due to a rare neurological condition. However, a Scottish technology company, CereProc, will be using a trained neural network that will “speak” for Dupree using his old voice recordings. CereProc says that its AI system can produce voices which typically take a lot of effort and money to produce by using the neural network that they developed since 2006. Customers can now […]

Amazon AI to Restore Recognition to Memory Loss Patients

Amazon AI to Restore Recognition to Memory Loss Patients

Veteran software engineer Sachin Solkhan recently revealed that he was able to build a system that records user experiences to enable recognition using Amazon’s DeepLens. DeepLens, which is the Amazon counterpart of Google’s Clips “smart” camera, is a developer-focused artificial intelligence technology that makes it easier for the camera to do things like recognize objects or characters that appear in a video stream. Solkhan says DeepLens system may be able to help memory loss patients by storing photographs and names of their friends and family in Amazon’s cloud service. The camera would then record interactions which the AI would learn […]

Singapore Creates Council to Assess Use of AI, Data

Singapore Creates Council to Assess Use of AI, Data

Singapore industry watchdog Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) said this week that the government will be forming an advisory council that will be responsible for assessing and making recommendations on the ethical and legal use of artificial intelligence.   The council, which will be led by former attorney-general V.K. Rajah and comprised of representatives from private organizations in the AI and big data industry, will be supported by a panel of technical and legal experts.   The IMDA also revealed that the council will be studying feedback from various stakeholders including consumers, ethics boards of private organisations, and the academia. […]

Researchers Halt Work on Human-like AI

Researchers Halt Work on Human-like AI

Dean of computer science at Carnegie-Mellon University Andrew Moore recently said that most researchers in the AI community are now favoring work that applies what has been discovered so far, instead of trying to create machines that think like a human. Experts like Moore say that there had been little progress in mirroring human-like thinking out of the box, and while current AI displays impressive capability in visualization, speech, and difficult games, it still contains “no magic.” Moore says he now prefers to focus on “low power computing” involving hardware that can operate at a fraction of the power currently […]

Artist Programs Google Home to Remotely Fire a Gun

Artist Programs Google Home to Remotely Fire a Gun

An artist named Alexander Reben set up this week a contraption that allowed him to remotely fire a toy gun at an apple using Google Home. Reben said that he used a WiFi connected outlet and a change-dispensing solenoid to fire the gun by commanding Google Assistant. Reben clarified that the provocative, proof-of-concept project was not necessarily aimed at Google, but rather he only wanted to raise a conversation that focuses on the possibilities and consequences of weaponizing AI.    Source: CNBC

Microsoft CEO Reveals Research on Brain Implants

Microsoft CEO Reveals Research on Brain Implants

Microsoft this week revealed that it has been doing research on augmenting human intelligence via brain implants. CEO Satya Nadella said that the technology may eventually help people with various disabilities. Nadella also mentioned last Thursday at the company’s 8th Ability Summit an app called Seeing AI which can help blind people understand what is in front of them. He also said that Microsoft researchers are working on technology to assist people with lock-in syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that allows those afflicted to communicate only via eye movement. Facebook is reportedly also exploring technology that will connect brains to […]

France, Germany Call for EU Startup Funding

France, Germany Call for EU Startup Funding

In a paper presented to European Union leaders at the Balkan summit last week, Berlin and Paris urged the European Innovation Council to fund innovative start-up projects across the bloc in order for the region to catch up with other tech superpowers. The EU heavyweights are pushing to create a network to attract and grow “ambitious” tech startups and wishes for other EU member countries to follow their national initiatives. France has already committed 1.5 billion euros ($1.75 billion) to the artificial intelligence industry to counter the brain drain caused by China and the US. The two countries are said […]

Microsoft Buys Startup to Boost Conversational AI Technology

Microsoft Buys Startup to Boost Conversational AI Technology

Microsoft had recently bought a startup called Semantic Machines which specializes in using machine-learning to add context to conversations with chatbots. It is said that the acquisition could mean that the software giant is looking to boost the development of its conversational AI and extend the boundaries of what is possible in language interfaces. According to David Ku, chief technology officer at Microsoft AI and Research, the company is looking to combine its own AI advances with Semantic Machines’ technology to achieve a powerful, natural and more productive user experience that will take conversational computing to a new level.   […]

Facebook Stresses Effectivity of AI Tools on New Community Standards Report

Facebook Stresses Effectivity of AI Tools on New Community Standards Report

Facebook recently released a new report on how the company combats spam and fake accounts on its platform. It is said that the report is an attempt to show the effectiveness of Facebook’s artificial intelligence (AI) in flagging content before it impacts users and enforcing the service’s Community Standards. Facebook said in its report that its AI was able to take down 837 million pieces of spam in the quarter and nearly all of it was found prior to user reports. It also disabled 583 million fake accounts within minutes of registration in the first three months of 2018. In […]