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Artificial Intelligence: 'homo Sapiens Will Be Split Into a Handful of Gods and the Rest of ­s'
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Artificial Intelligence: 'homo Sapiens Will Be Split Into a Handful of Gods and the Rest of ­s'

If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of America Merrill which...

Why Google Is Willing to Give Away Its Latest Machine-Learning Software
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Why Google Is Willing to Give Away Its Latest Machine-Learning Software

Google's move to give away its latest machine-learning software, key to its speech- and photo-recognition programs, isn’t as crazy as it may appear.

I'm Going to Make Facebook's AI Predict What Happens in Videos
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I'm Going to Make Facebook's AI Predict What Happens in Videos

What are the big challenges ahead for you?

The Hot New Job in Silicon Valley Is Being a Robot's Assistant
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The Hot New Job in Silicon Valley Is Being a Robot's Assistant

"I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords." So goes the joke every time artificial intelligence threatens to supersede humans in another job.

The Master Algorithm: A World Remade By Machines that Learn
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The Master Algorithm: A World Remade By Machines that Learn

Pedro Domingos's new book is a compelling but rather unquestioning insider view of the search for the ultimate in machine learning.

Apple's Deep Learning Curve
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Apple's Deep Learning Curve

In the world of artificial intelligence, one of the year's biggest coming-out parties is the Neural Information Processing Systems conference.

Why Fully Autonomous Robot Cars Hail from the 20th Century
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Why Fully Autonomous Robot Cars Hail from the 20th Century

A vision of fully autonomous, self-driving cars allowing human owners to nap or read in the car seems to come from the future.

We Don't Need Humans on Mars
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We Don't Need Humans on Mars

The two mobile robots Spirit and Opportunity were launched from Earth in 2003 and arrived on opposite sides of Mars in 2004. A suite of cameras, instruments, and...

Fight Isis By Thinking Inside the Bot
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Fight Isis By Thinking Inside the Bot

What if we told you that fighting ISIS could be done cheaply, relatively easily, in a manner that would not escalate or put any in harm’s way?

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.
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