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What Machines Can Learn from People and We Can Learn from Them
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What Machines Can Learn from People and We Can Learn from Them

Guruduth Banavar is an executive at IBM leading the team developing a new generation of cognitive systems—don't call it artificial intelligence—known as Watson.

What Science-Fiction Gadget Would Be Most Valuable in Real Life?
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What Science-Fiction Gadget Would Be Most Valuable in Real Life?

Nicole Perlman, screenwriter, Guardians of the Galaxy: As someone who’s both accident-prone and constantly putting her foot in her mouth, my first thought is the...

Two Paths Toward Our Robot Future
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Two Paths Toward Our Robot Future

In 1970, Life magazine published an article about a Stanford University research project that had resulted in the construction of what it called the first-ever...

How Tetris Explains the Promise of the ­ltimate Algorithm
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How Tetris Explains the Promise of the ­ltimate Algorithm

Pedro Domingos is a serious guy with big ambitions.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love A.i.
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love A.i.

The distinction between man and machine is under siege.

We're on the Brink of a Revolution in Crazy-Smart Digital Assistants
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We're on the Brink of a Revolution in Crazy-Smart Digital Assistants

Here's a quick story you’ve probably heard before, followed by one you probably haven't.

Facebook's Cyborg Virtual Assistant Is Learning from Its Trainers
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Facebook's Cyborg Virtual Assistant Is Learning from Its Trainers

Late last month a few hundred lucky users of Facebook's mobile messaging app got an unusual new contact to talk with: M, a virtual assistant powered by a mixture...

Brynjolfsson and Mcafee: The Jobs that AI Can't Replace
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Brynjolfsson and Mcafee: The Jobs that AI Can't Replace

At the heart of capitalism is the concept of creative destruction.

Do We Need to Prepare For the Robot ­prising?
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Do We Need to Prepare For the Robot ­prising?

For most of my life, I've been disappointed in robots.

Making AI Work in the Real World
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Making AI Work in the Real World

Until recently, AI seemed firmly stuck in the realm of science fiction.

Mark Zuckerberg and the End of Language
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Mark Zuckerberg and the End of Language

Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg hosted an online Q&A session on his personal Facebook page.

Why Neuroscience Needs Hackers
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Why Neuroscience Needs Hackers

There was a time when neuroscientists could only dream of having such a problem.

How Close Are We Really to a Robot-Run Society?
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How Close Are We Really to a Robot-Run Society?

From Rosie, the Jetsons' robot maid, to Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg in The Terminator, popular culture has frequently conceived of robots as having a human-like...

Move Over, Siri—the Next Generation of Virtual Assistants Is Almost Here
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Move Over, Siri—the Next Generation of Virtual Assistants Is Almost Here

Virtual voice-controlled assistants such as Siri, Cortana and Google Now are magical.

The Amazingly Accurate Futurism of 2001: A Space Odyssey
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The Amazingly Accurate Futurism of 2001: A Space Odyssey

The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s "2001: A Space Odyssey" documents in nearly scientific detail exactly that: the story of how the iconic science-fiction film came...

Apple Carplay Review: Siri's Finally on the Right Road
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Apple Carplay Review: Siri's Finally on the Right Road

I take back all—OK most—of the expletives I’ve ever hurled at Siri.

Robot Weapons: What's the Harm?
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Robot Weapons: What's the Harm?

Last month over a thousand scientists and tech-world luminaries, including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak, released an open letter calling for a global...

Humans, Not Robots, Are the Real Reason Artificial Intelligence Is Scary
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Humans, Not Robots, Are the Real Reason Artificial Intelligence Is Scary

Unfortunately, much of the recent outcry against artificial-intelligence weapons has been confused, conjuring robot takeovers of mankind.

Will Artificial Intelligence Surpass Our Own?
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Will Artificial Intelligence Surpass Our Own?

Famed science-fiction writer Fredric Brown (1906–1972) delighted in creating the shortest of short stories. "Answer," published in 1954, encapsulated a prescient...

Why Larry Page Is Stepping Away
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Why Larry Page Is Stepping Away

In the ten years that I’ve been watching him, Larry Page has always wanted to play by his own rules.
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