Posts Tagged 'Artificial Intelligence'

Microsoft In Recovery Room After Tay

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Microsoft appears to have been emboldened by the success of its Xiaoice chat bot in China to try a US-based chat bot with the personality of a 19-year-old girl in order to attract the 18-24 year-old demographic. What it found was that the US market responded to the introduction by attacking the bot’s learning algorithms with hate speech and “training” Tay to be an eager participant within its first few hours online.

Microsoft acted at once to shut down the experiment ...

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CSC’s Leading Edge Forum Declares “Matrix” Era

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London-based Leading Edge Forum, a research arm of CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation) issued a new study, titled Embracing ‘the Matrix’ and the Machine Intelligence Era. The study declares that the current intersection of Cloud computing and “machine intelligence” will bring about an “ever more capable digital ecosystem” that they dub “The Matrix.”

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Looking at Unpredictability in truly Cognitive Systems

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The recent Google AlphaGo victory over a human Go grandmaster is notable not only for the prodigious capabilities of deep learning on display from the machine but also for the surprise one of AlphaGo’s moves brought to Lee Se-Dol, the human competitor. As Lee stated, this was “not a human move.” He is reported to have felt the need to leave the room for 15 minutes to regain his composure.

Researcher Jonathan Tapson, Director of the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour ...

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February Scorecard on Cognitive and Watson

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In an insightful perspective piece, The New York Times tech columnist Steve Lohr recaps IBM’s experience with Watson since Jeopardy, including early failures in health care and maturing expectations of what it takes to build a business model around enterprise cognitive systems. Lohr sets the larger context for the story by including points of view from industry players including executives from both today’s startups and from the first AI boom in the 1980s.

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Latest Splash in the Flood Toward AI Research

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A group of high-profile technology executives led by Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman, Peter Thiel, and Sam Altman has announced the formation of the latest in what has now become a flurry of new efforts to research various aspects of AI and its component technologies and issues. The non-profit OpenAI effort will be funded to the tune of $1B funneled incrementally over the next decade.

Read more at Wired

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Facebook Research Raises Bar on Go-playing Machines

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Unlike chess and Jeopardy, the game of Go has proved elusive for researchers seeking to craft a machine that can beat a human opponent. MIT Technology Review reports on advances by Facebook research, where a pair of scientists have recently created a pretty darn good Go-playing machine. Their approach combines a traditional search-based approach with neural network-based machine learning and trounces earlier Go machines over 90% of the time.

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Cambridge University Announces $15M Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

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Over the next ten years, Cambridge University in the UK will be using a grant of $15M from the Leverhulme Trust to establish an academic Centre tasked to establish an academic Centre to “create an AI community with a common purpose of responsible innovation and to update the current thinking about the opportunities and challenges posed by AI.” The new center is in part a tangible response to the high profile conversation among Steven Hawking, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and ...

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Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Predicts Cortana To Replace Browser

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Onstage at Tim O’Reilly’s Next:Economy conference in San Francisco, CEO Satya Nadella discussed the coming role of smart assistants like Microsoft’s Cortana as browser-killers. Tomorrow, voice interfaces and cognitive software will take care of all the typing and lousy navigation choices we throw at browsers today, according to Nadella.

Read commentary from the O’Reilly Next:Economy conference at Business Insider

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Google open sources AI engine, TensorFlow

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Google has released its second-generation machine learning system in an effort to accelerate the field of artificial intelligence.

According to Google’s white paper on TensorFlow, “it is flexible and can be used to express a wide variety of algorithms, including training and inference algorithms for deep neural network models.” This highly scalable machine learning system can run on a single smartphone or across thousands of computers in datacenters. Jeff Dean, Senior Google Fellow, and Rajat Monga, Technical Lead, say ...

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Merrill Lynch On the Investment Opportunity in Robotics/AI

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Merrill Lynch/Bank of America Research has released a thick “thematic investing” report (300+ pp.) reviewing the state of robotics and AI development, exploring their impact, and outlining potential investment strategies. In broad strokes, the report calls for the overall market for robots and artificial intelligence-based systems to triple in the next five years to some $150+B, with robotics accounting for roughly $80B and AI systems $70B. Like other recent reports, it sees considerable labor force disruption arising from these trends.

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