Google tests new artificial intelligence chatbot

This week, Google released a research paper chronicling one of its latest forays into artificial intelligence. Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of “chatbot” that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue. And the bot doesn’t just answer by spitting…

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Autonomous cars, artificial intelligence and the future of search

The future of driving will be as easy as riding a horse which knows where its going and how to get there, according to Chinese web giant Baidu’s top artificial-intelligence (AI) researcher. Self-driving cars will understand the road ahead of them and autonomously navigate around pedestrians and other obstructions, said…

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The Dawn of Killer Robots

The robots have always been coming. But this week, as the specter of intelligent machines dominates the Convention on Co​nventional Weapons discussions at the United Nations, and as some of the most powerful tech firms in the world join the military-industrial complex, it seems the evolving relationship between us meat​bagsand robots has…

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Researchers use A.I. to reimagine health care

Two patients receiving the same treatment for breast cancer may be entirely different in significant ways. One may be a marathon runner, the other a more sedate reader. One might be a smoker, while the other is considered a health nut. One may be in her 60s while the other…

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Can Wearables Help You Reach Immortality?

Since the beginning of mankind, we have been fascinated by immortality. Many have tried, from the pharaohs of ancient Egypt to devout followers of man-made religions. Yet, eternal life remains elusive. In the Hollywood sensationalized movie The Imitation Game, based on the life of Alan Turing, considered the father of…

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KURZWEIL: Human-Level AI Is Coming By 2029

When artificial intelligence is as smart as humans, the world will change forever. While technological change itself is neutral, neither good nor bad, AI’s effects on society will be so powerful that they’ve been described in both utopian and apocalyptic terms. And some futurists think those changes are just on…

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Can We Reverse Engineer The Human Brain

The drive to understand and replicate the workings of the human brain is leading to unprecedented collaboration between academia and the public and private sectors, says David Cox, a participant at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2014. He outlines the groundbreaking work taking place and…

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