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  • 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

  • Putting AI in Your Pocket: MIT Chip Cuts Neural Network Power Consumption by 95%
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    Putting AI in Your Pocket: MIT Chip Cuts Neural Network Power Consumption by 95%

    Neural networks are powerful things, but they need a lot of juice. Engineers at MIT have now developed a new chip that cuts neural nets’ power consumption by up to 95 percent, potentially allowing them to run on battery-powered mobile devices. Smartphones these days are getting truly smart, with ever more AI-powered services like digital… More

  • Why Google DeepMind Is Putting AI on the Psychologist’s Couch
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    Why Google DeepMind Is Putting AI on the Psychologist’s Couch

    Artificial intelligence can now carry out many of the same cognitive tasks humans can, but we still don’t really understand how AIs think. Google DeepMind plans to train long-standing tests of human cognitive skills on machine minds to learn how they work. A long-standing problem in AI research has been the fact that deep neural… More

  • This Startup Is Dreaming of a Global Brain on Blockchain
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    This Startup Is Dreaming of a Global Brain on Blockchain

    Artificial intelligence is one of the most celebrated and hyped concepts today. From science fiction to the nightly news, AI has been making record headlines, whether it will become the most dangerous technology around or the one most likely to save humanity. And it isn’t the only technology riding the hype wave. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain,… More

  • The 10 Grand Challenges Facing Robotics in the Next Decade
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    The 10 Grand Challenges Facing Robotics in the Next Decade

    Robotics research has been making great strides in recent years, but there are still many hurdles to the machines becoming a ubiquitous presence in our lives. The journal Science Robotics has now identified 10 grand challenges the field will have to grapple with to make that a reality. Editors conducted an online survey on unsolved challenges… More

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