Innovation

Video games could be serious tools for historical research

One of the extraordinary consequences of computer modeling techniques is that they make it possible to simulate various real-world phenomena in fantastic detail. Computer fluid dynamics, for example, has largely replaced the use of wind tunnels in many applications. Social-network simulations have changed the way…

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India is using facial-recognition to reunite missing children with their families

The 2017 Oscar-nominated film Lion tells the story of Saroo Brierley, who at age five was separated from his family. One dark night, while searching for his brother at a train station in the Indian city of Burhanpur, near his rural home, Saroo accidentally ended…

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5 ways to use artificial intelligence to scale your business strategy

2016 marked the year that the enterprise world began to wake up to the potential of artificial intelligence (AI). Just two years ago, AI software programs were writing full movie screenplays, predicting the Kentucky Derby and beating video game world champions – and the technological…

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What 13th Century China tells us about today’s technology

As machine-learning algorithms come to dominate decision-making in business, politics, and society, the pressure to make more personal data available will steadily increase, and privacy protections will be eroded. If we do not take the reins of these new technologies, they could lead us toward…

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A stealthy Harvard startup wants to reverse aging in dogs, and humans could be next

The world’s most influential synthetic biologist is behind a new company that plans to rejuvenate dogs using gene therapy. If it works, he plans to try the same approach in people, and he might be one of the first volunteers. The stealth startup Rejuvenate Bio,…

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AI and the future of work

AI means lots of different things to different people. But the really important development in the last decade has been the spectacular improvements in machine learning, a version of AI that allows software to exhibit cognitive capacities through training by examples.  The most stunning advances…

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Singapore airport might use facial recognition systems to find late passengers

Ever been delayed on a flight because of straggling fellow passengers? That might be an annoyance of the past at Singapore’s Changi airport which is testing facial recognition systems that could, in future, help locate lost travelers or those spending a little too much time…

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Google’s new tools will make your life more convenient—for a price

Google on Monday showed off a slew of new features coming to its wide range of consumer products, from an addition to its Android OS that encourage users to take breaks to a feature in its Google Assistant that praises kids (and, perhaps, adults) for using…

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Here are 5 rules every responsible tech leader should follow

With the recent controversy involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, there is increasing pressure on companies that are dealing with data to deliver superior business and customer outcomes. Not just social media networks, but any company in the process of digital transformation. This includes firms leveraging…

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How can we be sure AI will behave? Perhaps by watching it argue with itself.

Someday, it might be perfectly normal to watch an AI system fight with itself. The concept comes from researchers at OpenAI, a nonprofit founded by several Silicon Valley luminaries, including Y Combinator partner Sam Altman, LinkedIn chair Reid Hoffman, Facebook board member and Palantir founder…

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