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  • This DeepMind AI Spontaneously Developed Digital Navigation ‘Neurons’ Like Ours
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    This DeepMind AI Spontaneously Developed Digital Navigation ‘Neurons’ Like Ours

    When Google DeepMind researchers trained a neural network to tackle a virtual maze, it spontaneously developed digital equivalents to the specialized neurons called grid cells that mammals use to navigate. Not only did the resulting AI system have superhuman navigation capabilities, the research could provide insight into how our brains work. Grid cells were the… More

  • 3 Major Shifts Are About to Transform Manufacturing as We Know It
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    3 Major Shifts Are About to Transform Manufacturing as We Know It

    We are on the verge of transforming one of society’s most fundamental building blocks: manufacturing. As new technologies enable manufacturers to customize everything, these same agents are quickly turning consumers into inventors. Following the agricultural revolution some 5,000 years ago, humanity made a huge breakthrough that allowed complex societies to flourish: we specialized. It made no sense for each… More

  • Can We Make a Musical Turing Test?
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    Can We Make a Musical Turing Test?

    As artificial intelligence advances, we’re encountering the same old questions. How much of what we consider to be fundamentally human can be reduced to an algorithm? Can we create something sufficiently advanced that people can no longer distinguish between the two? This, after all, is the idea behind the Turing Test, which has yet to… More

  • Dungeons and Dragons, Not Chess and Go: Why AI Needs Roleplay
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    Dungeons and Dragons, Not Chess and Go: Why AI Needs Roleplay

    Everyone had died—not that you’d know it, from how they were laughing about their poor choices and bad rolls of the dice. As a social anthropologist, I study how people understand artificial intelligence (AI) and our efforts towards attaining it; I’m also a life-long fan of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), the inventive fantasy roleplaying game.… More

  • Just a Few of the Amazing Things AI Is Doing in Healthcare
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    Just a Few of the Amazing Things AI Is Doing in Healthcare

    In an interview at Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine in San Diego, Neil Jacobstein shared some groundbreaking developments in artificial intelligence for healthcare. Jacobstein is Singularity University’s faculty chair in AI and robotics, a distinguished visiting scholar at Stanford University’s MediaX Program, and has served as an AI technical consultant on research and development projects for organizations like… More

  • Everyone Is Talking About AI—But Do They Mean the Same Thing?

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    Everyone Is Talking About AI—But Do They Mean the Same Thing?

    In 2017, artificial intelligence attracted $12 billion of VC investment. We are only beginning to discover the usefulness of AI applications. Amazon recently unveiled a brick-and-mortar grocery store that has successfully supplanted cashiers and checkout lines with computer vision, sensors, and deep learning. Between the investment, the press coverage, and the dramatic innovation, “AI” has… More

  • Your Shopping Experience Is on the Verge of a Major Transformation. Here’s Why.
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    Your Shopping Experience Is on the Verge of a Major Transformation. Here’s Why.

    Exponential technologies (AI, VR, 3D printing, and networks) are radically reshaping traditional retail. E-commerce giants (Amazon, Walmart, Alibaba) are digitizing the retail industry, riding the exponential growth of computation. Many brick-and-mortar stores have already gone bankrupt, or migrated their operations online. Massive change is occurring in this arena. For those “real-life stores” that survive, an… More

  • New Malicious AI Report Outlines Biggest Threats of the Next 5 Years
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    New Malicious AI Report Outlines Biggest Threats of the Next 5 Years

    Everyone’s talking about deep fakes: audio-visual imitations of people, generated by increasingly powerful neural networks, that will soon be indistinguishable from the real thing. Politicians are regularly laid low by scandals that arise from audio-visual recordings. Try watching the footage that could be created of Barack Obama from his speeches, and the Lyrebird impersonations. You… More

  • Why Hasn’t AI Mastered Language Translation?
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    Why Hasn’t AI Mastered Language Translation?

    In the myth about the Tower of Babel, people conspired to build a city and tower that would reach heaven. Their creator observed, “And now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” According to the myth, God thwarted this effort by creating diverse languages so that they could no longer… More

  • In the Future, There Will Be No Limit to What AI Can Accomplish in Science
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    In the Future, There Will Be No Limit to What AI Can Accomplish in Science

    New planets found in distant corners of the galaxy. Climate models that may improve our understanding of sea level rise. The emergence of new antimalarial drugs. These scientific advances and discoveries have been in the news in recent months. While representing wildly divergent disciplines, from astronomy to biotechnology, they all have one thing in common:… More

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