Forget the space race, the AI race is just beginning

The United States and China currently dominate the world of artificial intelligence, but used very different approaches to get there. While the US’s academic system has generated and incubated the research that made today’s AI possible, China’s government has pledged billions in funding and offered...

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This new technology lets blind people ‘see’ on a scenic car ride

  Ford has developed a prototype smart car window that lets blind people “see” the passing landscape. The “Feel the View” prototype, which was developed with Italian startup xyz, uses vibrations to give blind and visually impaired passengers a sense of the scenery outside. The smart window takes...

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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 in...

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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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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 platform...

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AI generates new Doom levels for humans to play

One of the longest-lasting and most successful video-game franchises is the Doom series, launched in 1993 and still going strong with over 10 million copies sold. The game is a first-person shooter in which a space marine battles to survive against various demons and zombies. The game...

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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 Peter...

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Ubiquity6 lets your friends visit your augmented reality

  If you look in a corner on the 20th floor of an office tower in the middle of downtown San Francisco, you might find a digital cat and mouse waiting for you. I put them just inside the offices of an augmented-reality startup, Ubiquity6, with the...

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You can now donate to Unicef by mining cryptocurrency 

Want a new way to improve the lives of children across the globe? Just do what you’re probably doing right now: browsing the internet. The Australian branch of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) just launched The HopePage. Open the site in your browser, and it’ll...

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