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This company hopes its cryptocurrency can help the internet of things reach its true potential

Anyone who hears that an internet-of-things startup is getting into blockchain technology would be forgiven for laughing it off as another hollow scheme. But Amir Haleem, cofounder of Helium, says he has no interest in making a quick buck off the irrational exuberance that permeates…

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Robots may someday explore the world using features borrowed from your brain

An AI program trained to navigate through a virtual maze has unexpectedly developed an architecture that resembles the neural “GPS system” found inside a brain. The AI was then able to find its way around the maze with unprecedented skill. The discovery comes from DeepMind,…

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Google’s new AI can make appointments for you just like a person

Google debuted “Duplex” at its I/O developer conference on May 8, an AI system that could make virtual assistants as capable as humans available to anyone. Today’s digital assistants tend to fall down as soon as they depart from their limited scripts. Programs that can…

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How uncertainty could help a machine hold a more eloquent conversation

An approach to artificial intelligence that embraces uncertainty and ambiguity could paradoxically help make future virtual assistants less confused. Gamalon, an AI startup based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, developed the new technique for teaching machines to handle language, and several businesses are now testing a chatbot…

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3D-printing is helping to restore the world’s destroyed heritage sites

Monuments that stand as physical reminders of the ancient world and give insights into how our ancestors lived are being destroyed. In 2015, militant group ISIS reduced some of the oldest and most treasured world heritage sites to rubble. The al-Lat Lion, which stood in…

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Robot inventors are on the rise. But are they welcomed by the patent system?

Artificial Intelligence is now capable of performing tasks that have historically required human ingenuity, such as composing musicals, conducting orchestras, generating innovative ideas and drafting patent applications. This progress has the potential to improve efficiency and make savings across all industries. But as detailed in…

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This gadget makes any room ‘smart’

Researchers have developed a single device that, when plugged in to a power socket, can make any room a “smart” part of the Internet of Things. The plug-in sensor package they’ve developed monitors multiple phenomena in a room, including things such as sounds, vibration, light,…

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9 top names in tech give their view on the rise of robots

  In fulfilment centers around the US, thousands of tiny orange robots sort packages for Amazon. In a California factory, red, multi-armed machines assemble Tesla’s electric vehicles of the future. This is the world the tech industry is creating. According to most available data, the…

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The robots shouldn’t be stopped, but we need to keep things fair

  Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers recently took exception to current US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s views on “artificial intelligence” (AI) and related topics. The difference between the two seems to be, more than anything else, a matter of priorities and emphasis. Mnuchin takes…

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