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Former Dota 2 pros didn’t stand a chance against the artificial OpenAI team

OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research firm which is (of course) funded by Elon Musk, created a team of AI Bots designed to jam some Dota 2, and then put said bots up against a group of semi-professional Dota players. The team of bots, called OpenAI Five, took on players ranked […]

Google announces grammar checking feature for Docs

Grammar mistakes: we all make them — but what if it was virtually impossible? Google has built a new grammar checker into their current Docs online software that uses machine learning to fix those odd syntax errors that sneak in every once in a while. Whether you’re writing an email […]

Big Brother facial recognition needs ethical regulations

My mother always said I had a face for radio. Thank God, as radio may be the last place in this technology-enhanced world where your face won’t determine your social status or potential to commit a crime. RealNetworks, the global leader of a technology that enables the seamless digital delivery […]

Do I want an always-on digital assistant listening in all the time?

The smart device market is exploding. Smart home kits for retrofitting “non-smart” houses have become cheaper. Earlier this year, Apple released the HomePod speaker, the company’s response to dominant smart devices Google Home and Amazon Echo. Amazon, too, is expanding its lineup. Recently, it debuted the Amazon Echo Look, promising to make users more stylish. All of […]

Even self-driving cars need driver education

What do self-driving cars and teenage drivers have in common? Experience. Or, more accurately, a lack of experience. Teenage drivers – novice drivers of any age, actually – begin with little knowledge of how to actually operate a car’s controls, and how to handle various quirks of the rules of the road. […]

How to get culture right when embedding it into AI

If, like Rip Van Winkle, you’ve been asleep for the last decade and have just woken up, that flip phone you have has become super-popular among retro technologists and survivalists alike, and, oh yeah, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is either going to kill you or save you. AI is the latest […]

Why technology puts human rights at risk

Movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and Terminatorbrought rogue robots and computer systems to our cinema screens. But these days, such classic science fiction spectacles don’t seem so far removed from reality. Increasingly, we live, work and play with computational technologies that are autonomous and intelligent. These systems include software and […]

‘Please Alexa’: are we beginning to recognise the rights of intelligent machines?

Amazon has recently developed an option whereby Alexa will only activate if people address it with a “please”. This suggests that we are starting to recognise some intelligent machines in a way that was previously reserved only for humans. In fact, this could very well be the first step towards recognising the […]

Can Facebook use AI to fight online abuse?

Facebook has released statistics on abusive behavior on its social media network, deleting more than 22 million posts for violating its rules against pornography and hate speech – and deleting or adding warnings about violence to another 3.5 million posts. Many of those were detected by automated systems monitoring users’ activity, in line […]

Looks aren’t so deceiving: AI could predict your next move from watching your eye gaze

Our eyes often betray our intentions. Think of poker players hiding their “tells” behind sunglasses or goalkeepers monitoring the gaze of the striker to predict where they’ll shoot. In sports, board games, and card games, players can see each other, which creates an additional layer of social gameplay based on […]

Why AI can’t solve everything

The hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. There seems to be no shortage of sensationalist news about how AI could cure diseases, accelerate human innovation and improve human creativity. Just looking at the media headlines, you might think that we are already living in a future where AI has infiltrated […]

The coolest things to come out of Google IO this year

That’s a wrap! The Google IO keynote has concluded, and if you haven’t been following it, we’re here to give you a breakdown of the most intriguing announcements. They really could’ve called it the Google AI keynote this year, as most of the ingenious new developments Google is coming up […]

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