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Neuroscience and artificial intelligence can help improve each other

Despite their names, artificial intelligence technologies and their component systems, such as artificial neural networks, don’t have much to do with real brain science. I’m a professor of bioengineering and neurosciences interested in understanding how the brain works as a system – and how we can use that knowledge to design and engineer new machine learning models.

From Twitterbots to VR: 10 of the best examples of digital literature

These days all text is digital. From writing an email to publishing a new edition of War and Peace, text nearly always exists on a computer first. Yet there are writers who take full advantage of the computer’s possibilities, utilising new technologies to broach complex subject matter. Electronic or digital literature does not refer to e-books, but to works that depend on electronic “code” to exis...[Read More]

The answer to forecasting Bitcoin may lie in artificial intelligence

As a cryptocurrency, there is no physical form that gives Bitcoin value, so it is impossible to perform traditional fundamental analysis of the currency. Consequently, many investors track the so-called technical trading indicators (geometric patterns constructed from historical prices and trading volumes) in order to understand and predict Bitcoin’s future movement.

Robots may care for you in old age – and your children will teach them

During the course of a day, robots might be expected to do everything from making a cup of tea to changing the bedding while holding a conversation. These are all challenging tasks that are more challenging when attempted together. No two homes will be the same, which will mean robots will have to learn fast and adapt to their environment. As anyone sharing a home will appreciate, the objects you ...[Read More]

Artificial intelligence-enhanced journalism offers a glimpse of the future of the knowledge economy

A common question as these intelligent technologies infiltrate various industries is how work and labor will be affected. In this case, who – or what – will do journalism in this AI-enhanced and automated world, and how will they do it?

Gamers use machine learning to navigate complex video games – but it’s not free

Some of the world’s most popular video games track your activity as you play – but they’re not just gathering data for business or marketing purposes. They’re accumulating information about the way you and others play the game, the patterns or habits that lead to success or failure.

AI develops human-like number sense – taking us a step closer to building machines with general intelligence

We might be on the right track to achieve a more comprehensive, human-level artificial intelligence. Applying this kind of learning to other tasks – perhaps applying it to signals...

Skyworth launches an ‘AI TV’ and we’re not convinced

Today Chinese TV maker Skyworth announced it’s launching a new range of Android TV-powered televisions in South Africa that it says include AI.

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 range has the smarts you need for a simpler, more detailed experience

Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 range of devices are powered by intelligence. Intelligence at the design and component stages, to be sure, but also at a finalised, hardware-in-your-hand level. The Galaxy S10 and S10+ are Samsung’s smartest devices to date, dedicated to making your life as easy as possible with as little admin as possible. Really? Yes, really. Here’s how.

Explainer: what is quantum machine learning and how can it help us?

Quantum mechanics is a branch of physics that attempts to understand and apply mathematical, verifiable rules to the behaviour of nature at the smallest end of the spectrum – on the scale of atoms, electrons and photons. It was first developed at the beginning of the 20th century, and has been very successful in describing systems on the microscopic level.

Faster, more accurate diagnoses: Healthcare applications of AI research

In our lab at the University of Saskatchewan we are doing interesting deep learning research related to healthcare applications — and as a professor of electrical and computer engineering, I lead the research team. When it comes to health care, using AI or machine learning to make diagnoses is new, and there has been exciting and promising progress.

Artificial intelligence can now emulate human behaviors – soon it will be dangerously good

When artificial intelligence systems start getting creative, they can create great things – and scary ones. Take, for instance, an AI program that let web users compose music along with a virtual Johann Sebastian Bach by entering notes into a program that generates Bach-like harmonies to match them.

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