• Web: Humans may prefer expressive robots to competent ones

    Humans may prefer to work with robots that can communicate and express emotions, even if that means they're less efficient, according to a new study from University College London and the University of Bristol.


    Researchers tested how people reacted when robots messed up a given task. They had participants ...

  • Web: University collects medical samples via drones

    A suburban New York university is using drone technology to improve the health care of people in remote parts of Madagascar.


    Stony Brook University, which has been working in the island nation off the coast of Africa for nearly three decades, has teamed with a Michigan startup company called Vayu ...

  • Web: Emotech takes $10M to build an AI-powered robot assistant

    UK robotics startup and TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015 Battlefield alum Emotech has closed more than $10 million in Series A funding to continue working on its prototype robot assistant. It’s building a personality adapting AI-powered robot called Olly.


    The team intended to demo their robot on stage at TC ...

  • Web: Google uses AI to cut data centre energy use

    Google says it has cut its vast data centres’ energy use by 15% by applying artificial intelligence to manage them more efficiently than humans.


    The servers that power billions of web searches, streamed films and social media accounts are estimated to account for around 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions ...

  • Web: Commanding drones with your mind

    Hopefully this never gets reverse-engineered by AI.


    Panagiotis Artemiadis, director of the Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab at Arizona State University, developed mind-controlled drone swarms by tracking electrical activity in the brain.


    When the cap-wearing human pictures the quadcopters doing a task, they respond.


    One person can control up to ...

  • Web: Google software will learn to recognize objects

    While Google may have started out as a search engine, the company isn't shy about its love for artificial intelligence. It has made great strides in its driverless car efforts, and its DeepMind project has shown that it can best humans at the game of Go.


    Now Google is ...

  • Web: Apple to Get Serious About AI

    Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off Monday, June 13, in San Francisco with one of the company’s signature product keynotes. (Join Recode for live WWDC coverage, beginning at 10 am PT, 1 pm ET.)


    Many expect Apple to announce big new features for Siri, its AI-powered assistant ...

  • Web: How Robots Add Value

    In the popular media, we talk a lot about robotsstealing jobs. But when we stop speculating and actually look at the real world of work, the impact of advanced robotics is far more nuanced and complicated. Issues of jobs and income inequality fade away, for example — there aren’t remotely ...

  • Web: Asus Launches $599 Home Robot

  • Web: Google Wants to Build a Creative Computer

    Google wants to put the art back in artificial intelligence.


    During the last session at Moogfest, a four-day music and technology festival, in Durham, North Carolina, Douglas Eck, a researcher on Google Brain, the company’s artificial-intelligence research project, outlined a new group that’s going to focus on figuring ...

  • Web: The Next AI is No AI

    Artificial Intelligence is starting to turn invisible from the outside in — and vice versa. The exact effects and workings of AI technologies are becoming more challenging to perceive and comprehend for humans. Even the experts themselves don’t always fully understand how an AI system operates.


    Effectively, as the impact ...

  • Web: How Drones Will Change the World in The Next 5 Years

    The fast-growing global drone industry has not sat back waiting for government policy to be hammered out before pouring investment and effort into opening up this all-new hardware and computing market. 


    A growing ecosystem of drone software and hardware vendors is already catering to a long list of clients in ...

  • Web: Bots, explained

    While the technology to simulate conversation with a computer has been around for decades, bots — or “chatbots” — are an increasingly trendy model for software.


    This new obsession came on fast. But why? Where did these bots come from? Who is building them? What for? Is a fake conversation better than ...

  • Web: Robotic PA Gets $23M

    That may sound a little less weird once you know that Amy is an artificially intelligent personal assistant and the brainchild of a startup called X.ai.


    Clients can "cc" Amy -- or her counterpart Andrew -- on emails requesting a meeting. Then she takes over the task of coordinating schedules and ...

  • Web: Drones used to drop lifesaving supplies in Africa

    From a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a loud pop signals the catapult launch of a small fixed-wing drone that is designed to carry medical supplies to remote locations almost 40 miles away.


    The drones are the brainchild of a small group of engineers at a Silicon Valley start-up called ...

  • Web: How Google’s AI Paved the Way for the Next Generation of Bots

    Bots are fast becoming all the rage in tech, offering users the ability to use a messaging app to type in simple English requests to services like Uber. The user interface is just like texting a friend, and it’s far simpler to enter a message than to download and ...

  • Web: Silicon Valley Looks to Artificial Intelligence for the Next Big Thing

    As the oracles of Silicon Valley debate whether the latest tech boom is sliding toward bust, there is already talk about what will drive the industry’s next growth spurt.


    The way we use computing is changing, toward a boom (and, if history is any guide, a bubble) in collecting ...

  • Web: Everyone Will Have Robot Assistants Within a Decade

    Figuring out where to live is never easy. Do you settle in the house next to the elementary school or the one a few miles away that’s cheaper? 


    You decide to confide in your robotic assistant, who asks you a series of questions about what’s most important to ...

  • Web: Aido is the robot butler you've been waiting for

    My mom has only one story about robots – and it’s that back in the 50s when she was tiny, kids were promised that in the future, you’d basically all have a robot butler.


    Alas, mother, the prediction was actually a little off, because you can now pre-order a ...

  • Web: Do robots actually spell the doom for jobs?

    Credit Suisse analyst Eugene Klerk and his team published a note recently on the types of jobs most likely to be “disrupted” by new technology.


    Most people regard “disrupted” as a euphemism for “destroyed.” Klerk cites a 2013 study that found 47% of jobs — mostly in sales, services, and admin ...

  • Web: New 'skin' could give robots a sense of touch

    Robots don’t have to be made of metal – at least not on the outside. A group of researchers at Cornell University and the Italian Institute of Technology created a robot without a rigid skeleton and covered it in stretchy, luminescent “skin” that gives the robot a sense of touch ...

  • Web: The Promise of Artificial Intelligence Unfolds in Small Steps

    When IBM’s Watson computer triumphed over human champions in the quiz show “Jeopardy!” it was a stunning achievement that suggested limitless horizons for artificial intelligence.


    Soon after, IBM’s leaders moved to convert Watson from a celebrated science project into a moneymaking business, starting with health care.


    Yet the ...

  • Web: The multi-billion dollar robotics market is about to boom

    Here’s another sign that the robotics industry is poised to see big gains in the future.


    On Wednesday, a report by International Data Corporation said worldwide spending on robotics and related services will hit $135.4 billion in 2019. The research firm said that global robotics spending in 2015 ...

  • Web: Expert: AI 'Could Leave Half of World Unemployed'

    Machines could put more than half the world’s population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence’s threat to the economy should not be understated.


    Expert Moshe Vardi told the American Association for the Advancement ...

  • Web: Intelligent Assistant Landscape: Slow Growth But Huge Potential

    Ever since Apple’s Siri heralded the age of intelligent assistants (IAs) four years ago — followed by Microsoft, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook — pundits have complained that intelligent assistant technology isn’t living up to its promise.


    The truth is that innovation in this domain, as in all technological domains, follows ...

  • Web: NEA leads $33M in machine learning startup DataRobot

    Machine learning automation pioneer DataRobot, Inc. announced today that it has closed $33 million in Series B financing, bringing the total investment in the company to more than $57 million. New Enterprise Associates (NEA) led the round, which also included Accomplice, Intel Capital, IA Ventures, Recruit Strategic Partners, and New ...

  • Web: 'Bionic spinal cord' aims to move robotic limbs with power of thought

    Australian scientists hope a device about the size of a matchstick will one day help people with spinal cord injuries get back on their feet.


    The device, a stent-electrode recording array or stentrode, could allow patients to control powered body armour, known as exoskeletons, or bionic limbs using only their ...

  • Web: Microsoft steps up AI push with Swiftkey deal

    Microsoft has acquired London-based Swiftkey, maker of a predictive keyboard powered by artificial intelligence that is installed on hundreds of millions of smartphones, in a deal worth $250m.


    Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock, who founded the company in 2008 when both were in their 20s, will each make upwards of ...

  • Web: How DARPA trained researchers to kill bots

    Bots are a particularly pernicious presence on Twitter. While they can be used for good, (R.I.P., original @horse_ebooks), bots often power spam, scams and, most interestingly, very volatile clusters of political and cultural discussion on Twitter. Last year, DARPA confronted the problem and, according to MIT Tech Review ...

  • Web: Project Skybender: Google's Internet Drone Tests

    Google is testing solar-powered drones at Spaceport America in New Mexico to explore ways to deliver high-speed internet from the air, the Guardian has learned.


    In a secretive project codenamed SkyBender, the technology giant built several prototype transceivers at the isolated spaceport last summer, and is testing them with multiple ...

  • Web: Google achieves AI 'breakthrough' by beating Go champion

    A Google artificial intelligence program has beaten the European champion of the board game Go.


    The Chinese game is viewed as a much tougher challenge than chess for computers because there are many more ways a Go match can play out.


    The tech company's DeepMind division said its software ...

  • Web: Apple buys artificial-intelligence startup Emotient

    Apple Inc. has purchased Emotient Inc., a startup that uses artificial-intelligence technology to read people’s emotions by analyzing facial expressions.


    It isn’t clear what Apple plans to do with Emotient’s technology, which was primarily sold to advertisers to help assess viewer reactions to their ads. Doctors also ...

  • Web: Mark Zuckerberg to Build AI to Help at Home and Work

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he plans to build artificial intelligence (AI) to help him around the house and with his work.


    In a post on the social media site, he said his personal challenge this year would be to build a "simple AI" similar to the butler Jarvis ...

  • Web: 1 in 10 Americans to have robots in home by 2020

    Warnings that robots will eventually wipe out humans may seem like no more than science fiction, but the machines are increasingly encroaching on the jobs humans used to do, with many Americans expected to own one in 4 years' time.


    One in ten American households will own a consumer robot ...

  • Web: Got a drone? It’s registration time, says the FAA

    The US Department of Transportation has launched a "streamlined and user-friendly" online registration process for aerial drones, starting today. New regulations announced in October require all drone owners to register.


    In the view of the Federal Aviation Administration, drones or "unmanned aircraft systems" (UAS) qualify as aircraft, even if operated ...

  • Web: The Pentagon wants at least $12B to fund AI weapon technology in 2017

    The Pentagon's fiscal 2017 budget request will include $12 billion to $15 billion to fund war gaming, experimentation and the demonstration of new technologies aimed at ensuring a continued military edge over China and Russia, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said on Monday.


    The U.S. military plans to ...

  • Web: Elon Musk and Tech Heavies Invest $1B in AI

    The Tesla and Space X founder is a noted artificial intelligence critic. Now he's one of a number of big name technology investors behind a new non-profit artificial intelligence research center.


    Launched on Friday, OpenAI's goal is to develop AI safely and share its research widely. It's ...

  • Web: Facebook open sources its AI hardware as it races Google

    In Silicon Valley, the new currency is artificial intelligence.


    Over the last few years, a technology called deep learninghas proven so adept at identifying images, recognizing spoken words, and translating from one language to another, the titans of Silicon Valley are eager to push the state of the art even ...

  • Web: Japan’s DroneCloud aims to help businesses manage their drones

    Tokyo-based Clue announced in November the launch of a data management service for drones called DroneCloud. The service will offer a platform to manage drone data, such as tracking who operates which drone, managing projects and team members operating drones, as well as managing and sharing drone flight data.


    In ...

  • Web: China wants robots to replace millions of low-paid workers

    China is laying the groundwork for a robot revolution by planning to automate the work currently done by millions of low-paid workers.


    The government's plan will be crucial to a broader effort to reform China's economy while also meeting the ambitious production goals laid out in its latest ...

  • Web: Emotech is building Olly, a robot assistant with personality

    A robot with a unique personality might sound like an oxymoron. Or science fiction. But that’s the goal of London-based startup Emotech, launching on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015 today, with a plan to crowdfund its first product, a voice-controlled robot assistant called Olly, early next year.


    The ...

  • Web: Robots Could Learn the Same Way Babies Do

    Babies learn by touching things, testing them out, playing around, and watching what adults do. But robots learn only when developers write some lines of code, or when someone manually models a desired movement on the robot. So computer scientists at the University of Washington paired up with the university ...

  • Web: Google’s new Cloud Vision API helps teach machines to better understand images

    Google announced today that it’s offering up its powerful image recognition through the release of Google Cloud Vision API.


    The robust REST API uses Google’s image recognition tools that help give context to photos so that machines may understand then in the same way they understand text.


    Cloud ...

  • Web: Algorithm predicts relationship success better than human therapists

    Words are powerful.


    As it turns out, the power may actually come from the tone, not the words themselves.


    Researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the University of Utah have developed a program that — after listening to conversations between more than one hundred couples — can predict relationship ...

  • Web: Machine learning vs machine discovery

    Machine learning is hot. Where it applies, it heatedly enables data-rich and knowledge-lean automation of valuable tasks of perception, classification and numeric prediction. Its sibling, machine discovery, deals with uncovering new knowledge that enlightens or guides human beings. Let’s consider where learning or discoverybest applies — and why this ...

  • Web: Toyota to Invest $1 Billion on Artificial Intelligence

    Toyota Motor Corp. plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years to develop artificial intelligence for vehicles, manufacturing and other robotic processes.


    The Toyota Research Institute will focus on "artificial intelligence and robotics,"according to the automaker. The location will be near Stanford University's campus in Palo ...

  • Web: How sad or mad are you? Microsoft says it can tell

    Project Oxford, the Microsoft research project that can tell how old you are are from a photograph (some of us didn’t dare try it), now claims it can read more from your face. Like your emotional state.


    According to a Microsoft blog post, Project Oxford uses machine learning, a ...

  • Web: Google open sources machine learning software

    Google is helping bring HAL to life by open sourcing its machine learning software.


    The software, called TensorFlow, is the successor to the DistBelief system that the online giant used for the past five years to make sense of the vast amounts of data it has access to.


    DistBelief has ...

  • Web: Report suggests that AI & Robotics Could End Mass Employment

    If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch which looks at the likely effects of a robot revolution.


    But you might not end up reassured. Though it promises robot carers ...

  • Web: The future of drones is apps

    Phones used to just call people. Then we put cameras and the internet in them, and a man in a mock turtleneck created one that revolutionized the way we communicate. You might be surprised to hear it, but we’re near a similar inflection point with drones. Right now, they ...

  • Web: DJI wants you to build sentient drones with its tiny computer

    DJI has created a computer called Manifold that extends the capabilities of its Matrice test drone.


    It's a platform for developers to build on, which DJI says can turn drones into "truly intelligent flying robots that can perform complex computing tasks and advanced image processing."


    Think of it as ...

  • Web: Apple’s deep learning curve

    In the world of artificial intelligence, one of the year’s biggest coming-out parties is the Neural Information Processing Systems conference. Thousands of researchers from universities and software companies gather to share their work and wrestle with new ways to tailor software to people’s habits. At last year’s ...

  • Web: Mitsubishi's using AI to save distracted drivers from themselves

    There's no doubt that self-driving vehicles will play a huge part in our automotive future, but until they do, ensuring that human drivers stay safe on the road remains the top priority for car companies. Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric, one of the Mitsubishi Group's many subsidiaries, reckons more ...

  • Web: MIT’s AI machine removes humans from big-data analysis

    Big-data analysis consists of searching for buried patterns that have some kind of predictive power. But choosing which "features" of the data to analyze usually requires some human intuition. In a database containing, say, the beginning and end dates of various sales promotions and weekly profits, the crucial data may ...

  • Web: Samsung developing robots to replace cheap Chinese labour

    The South Korean government has handed Samsung a multi-million dollar investment to develop factory robots that can carry out complex tasks normally reserved for nimble human fingers.


    The country's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said the $16.75 billion won ($14.8m, £9.57m) investment would help manufacturers ...

  • Web: Programming Hate Into AI Will Be Controversial, But Possibly Necessary

    In the last few years, the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) has been thrust into the mainstream. No longer just the domain of sci-fi fans, nerds or Google engineers, I hear people discussing AI at parties, coffee shops and even at the dinner table: My five-year-old daughter brought it up ...

  • Web: U.S. to Force Drone Owners to Register Devices

    The general rules governing the use of commercial and non-commercial drones are still in flux, but one major rule is reportedly set to be enacted soon: legal registration.


    In much the same way as you might register an automobile, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) is set to lay ...

  • Web: Google registers two new drone designs with the FAA

    Google might be working on two new styles of delivery drone, according to FAA filings spotted by Engadget. The two new UAVs might be the next things tested by Google X, the company's experimental division, following the failure of Project Wing earlier this year.


    The two aircraft — named M2 ...

  • Web: AI could be the solution to catching tax cheats

    The fear of AI usually revolves around the fear of an uprising and humans being attacked by our new robot overlords. Researchers at MIT and non-profit technology source Mitrehave a new terrifying future for AI. Well, not that scary to most people, but something that could put a fright in ...

  • Web: 'Psychic robot' predicts your intentions

    For those worried about the singularity -- that time when computers or robots become smarter than us and start reproducing themselves -- new research out of the University of Illinois at Chicago might be a bit unsettling. Bioengineers there have developed a computer algorithm that can predict your intended actions, even if ...

  • Web: Singapore seniors to get robotic personal trainers to stay healthy

    Like many other developed nations, Singapore is facing an ageing population. But seniors there now have a high-tech ally in the struggle to stay healthy: a robot personal trainer.


    Named Robocoach, the fitness-minded cyborg made an appearance Sunday at a government-sponsored tech exhibition for seniors and will be deployed to ...

  • Web: What does Facebook want with AI?

    These days study into artificial intelligence research is no longer the preserve of universities - the big technology firms are also keen to get involved.


    Google, Facebook and others are busy opening AI labs and poaching some of the most talented university professors to head them up.



    Prof Yann LeCun is ...

  • Web: Software Is Smart Enough for SAT, but Still Far From Intelligent

    An artificial intelligence software program capable of seeing and reading has for the first time answered geometry questions from the SAT at the level of an average 11th grader.


    The achievement, in which the program answered math questions it had not previously seen, was reported in a paper presented by ...

  • Web: How AI is transforming the financial industry

    More and more, financial firms are turning to machines to do the job humans have done for decades.


    Last spring, wealth management firm Charles Schwab launched a new service called Schwab Intelligent Portfolios. The service is unique in that it's not a person who decides where to invest your ...

  • Web: Eric Schmidt says artificial intelligence is 'starting to see real progress'

    Eric Schmidt is all in on artificial intelligence. In an op-ed for the BBC, the highly opinionated Google — and soon to be Alphabet — chairman wrote that we're closer than ever before to true artificial intelligence, and that continued research into its development will have positive side effects that will ...

  • Web: Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours

    In a world first, an artificial intelligence machine plays chess by evaluating the board rather than using brute force to work out every possible move.


    It’s been almost 20 years since IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer beat the reigning world chess champion, Gary Kasparov, for the first time under ...

  • Web: DARPA adds 'sense of touch' to robot hand

    One of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) out-there projects has borne fruit, with the agency announcing that it's partially restored a sense of touch to someone with a spinal cord injury.


    The achievement, outlined here, followed on from a July announcement that DARPA had given a ...

  • Web: Baidu launches Duer digital assistant to take on Siri, Cortana and Google Now

    Chinese technology company Baidu, often labelled as China’s Google has launched a digital assistant to take on rivals from Apple, Microsoft and Google.


    Unveiled at the company’s Baidu World conference in Beijing on Tuesday, the new Siri-like virtual assistant called “Duer”, which roughly translates to “Du Secretary”, is ...

  • Web: Meet the man searching for an A.I. that will solve everything

    Elegized by so many science fiction writers, artificial intelligence has seen a procession of successes and breakthroughs over the last few decades. From the Deep Blue defeating Kasparov in 1996 to a self-teaching AI smashing Super Mario World in 2015, thoroughly crafted algorithms can solve increasing numbers of tasks.


    There ...

  • Web: Buddy the robot wants to be your modern-day Rosie

    Personal companion robots have been around for ages, but they've never really been able to live up to our expectations. Everybody wants Rosie from The Jetsons, but we seem to always wind up with Paulie's Robot from Rocky. While previous companion bots like the AIBO or NAO have ...

  • Web: Intel continues drone push with $60M investment into China’s Yuneec

    Intel just announced a more than $60 million investment into Shanghai-based drone maker Yuneec. The news comes the same week that fellow Chinese drone company Ehang raised $42 million, and Sony unveiled its own drone prototype due out in early 2016.


    Intel CEO Brian Krzanich called Yuneec’s technology “a ...

  • Web: How the future of technology is inside us

    Science fiction is full of stories in which the machines take over and humans are left subservient to their own creations, but according to some artists and experimenters, that need not be our future.


    The work of Neil Harbisson, an Irish-born human cyborg, and Stelarc, an Australian performance artist, suggest ...

  • Web: Russian scientists create artificial brain that can educate itself

    In a step closer to developing artificial intellect, Russian scientists have created a physical model of a brain that is able to educate itself.


    An international team of scientists at a laboratory in Tomsk State University in western Siberia have created a device that could be an artificial carrier of ...

  • Web: Meet Mycroft: Open Source Artificial Intelligence Powered by Snappy

    If you work in technology you’ve probably had this dream.  You wake up and your whole house is a computer, a starship in cyberspace that listens to you, understands you, and performs tasks effortlessly.  Mycroft A.I. is achieving that dream using Snappy Ubuntu Core. Mycroft is an open ...

  • Web: Robots learn to evolve and improve

    Engineers have developed a robotic system that can evolve and improve its performance.


    A robot arm builds "babies" that get progressively better at moving without any human intervention.


    The ultimate aim of the research project is to develop robots that adapt to their surroundings.


    The work by teams in Cambridge ...

  • Web: 3D-printed brain tissue

    In the latest effort to build an artificial laboratory model of the brain, Australian researchers have developed a novel method for constructing layered biological structures that looks just like cerebral cortex tissue using a handheld 3D printer.


    Neuroscientists rarely get the opportunity to study the human brain directly, and so ...

  • Web: Amazon proposes drones-only airspace to facilitate high-speed delivery

    Amazon is proposing that a pristine slice of airspace above the world’s cities and suburbs should be set aside for the deployment of high-speed aerial drones capable of flying robotically with virtually no human interference.


    The retail giant has taken the next step in its ambition to deliver packages ...

  • Web: Musk, Wozniak and Hawking urge ban on warfare AI and autonomous weapons

    Over 1,000 high-profile artificial intelligence experts and leading researchers have signed an open letter warning of a “military artificial intelligence arms race” and calling for a ban on “offensive autonomous weapons”.


    The letter, presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was signed by ...

  • Web: When Handwriting Dies, Neural Networks Will Be The Only Calligraphers Left

    In the digital age, proficiency with a keyboard is considered more important to a student's education than legible handwriting, leading some to despair that the art of writing by hand is going extinct. How ironic, then, that just as humans are throwing away their fountain pens, machines are picking ...

  • Pepper: A Robot That Knows How you Feel

    Simply put it’s a robot that “tries to make you happy”.  Created and developed by Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank Corp. and its French subsidiary Aldebaran Robotics ‘Pepper’ is billed as the first robot capable of understanding and reacting to human emotions.


    SoftBank has just announced that it sold out ...

  • Introducing Viv - Siri Grows Up

    Many will remember the fever-pitch reception Siri received back in 2011 with the launch of the iPhone 4S.  But the very team behind Apple’s intelligent assistant has something new up its sleeve: Viv Labs has just raised $12.5M in a series B round led by Iconiq Capital for ...

  • The $10 Education Robot: Making Coding Accessible

    Learning to code has admittedly gotten more accessible over the years. As we reported in our March Issue there are a multitude of paid, free, mobile apps and online courses available for anyone to learn any level of programming.  While most of these options are beyond the reach of people ...

  • Project Wing: Google Joins the Drone War

    It looks like Amazon isn’t the only tech giant forging ahead to fill our skies with drones. In its usual, unexpected fashion Google’s secretive experimentation division Google X has just unveiled Project Wing.


    Currently in the testing phase, Project Wing has been experimenting with the use of drones ...

  • Did AI Just Beat the Turing Test?

    It is being called a major technological milestone – particularly in the field of artificial intelligence.


    At the University of Reading (UK) ‘Eugene Goostman’, a computer program developed to simulate a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy (a chatterbot), managed to convince 33% of the judges in a 5-minute conversation that it was human ...

  • UAVs, Satellites and Drones: Delivering the World Wide Web to All

    For a company whose aims is to “organize the world’s information”, Google has once again stepped up to provide access to that information and thereby disrupt today’s challenges of global communication.


    The Internet giant recently announced the acquisition of satellite-imaging startup Skybox for $500M. Founded in 2009 and ...

  • Friend or Foe? Drones, AI and Their Place in Society

    Singapore is known for being a highly developed and rich country with enviable infrastructure systems. But the city-state has gotten little love over its treatment and recognition of migrant workers who are used as cheap labor to build this ever expanding concrete jungle.


    However, Coca-Cola and the Singapore Kindness Movement ...

  • Tech to Read Your Emotions

    Much has been made of Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ and its depiction of the human-AI relationship. While it was billed as a fantasy/romantic comedy, the fantasy tag may soon be discarded. The movie depicts how a man interacts and falls in love with his operating system, as the OS ...

  • Robots Get Their Very Own Internet: Finally a Chance to Share, Learn and Possibly Find Love?

    Instead of creating new robots, a consortium of academic and industrial professionals has focused on how to make them smarter. Developed by researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Philips, and 4 other European technical universities, RoboEarth is billed as a World Wide Web for robots - a network ...

  • The 2014 World Cup to begin with mind-controlled exoskeleton kick

    A paralyzed teenager, using a mind-controlled exoskeleton, will kick off the World Cup in Brazil, thanks to The Walk Again Project. A research team led by a Brazilian neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis has created a suit that makes it possible for paralyzed people to walk again.


    The suit, being developed out ...

  • Web: Aido is the robot butler you've been waiting for

    My mom has only one story about robots – and it’s that back in the 50s when she was tiny, kids were promised that in the future, you’d basically all have a robot butler.


    Alas, mother, the prediction was actually a little off, because you can now pre-order a ...

  • Web: Microsoft steps up AI push with Swiftkey deal

    Microsoft has acquired London-based Swiftkey, maker of a predictive keyboard powered by artificial intelligence that is installed on hundreds of millions of smartphones, in a deal worth $250m.


    Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock, who founded the company in 2008 when both were in their 20s, will each make upwards of ...

  • Web: Elon Musk and Tech Heavies Invest $1B in AI

    The Tesla and Space X founder is a noted artificial intelligence critic. Now he's one of a number of big name technology investors behind a new non-profit artificial intelligence research center.


    Launched on Friday, OpenAI's goal is to develop AI safely and share its research widely. It's ...

  • Web: Facebook open sources its AI hardware as it races Google

    In Silicon Valley, the new currency is artificial intelligence.


    Over the last few years, a technology called deep learninghas proven so adept at identifying images, recognizing spoken words, and translating from one language to another, the titans of Silicon Valley are eager to push the state of the art even ...

  • Web: Google’s new Cloud Vision API helps teach machines to better understand images

    Google announced today that it’s offering up its powerful image recognition through the release of Google Cloud Vision API.


    The robust REST API uses Google’s image recognition tools that help give context to photos so that machines may understand then in the same way they understand text.


    Cloud ...

  • Web: AI could be the solution to catching tax cheats

    The fear of AI usually revolves around the fear of an uprising and humans being attacked by our new robot overlords. Researchers at MIT and non-profit technology source Mitrehave a new terrifying future for AI. Well, not that scary to most people, but something that could put a fright in ...

  • Web: Software Is Smart Enough for SAT, but Still Far From Intelligent

    An artificial intelligence software program capable of seeing and reading has for the first time answered geometry questions from the SAT at the level of an average 11th grader.


    The achievement, in which the program answered math questions it had not previously seen, was reported in a paper presented by ...

  • Web: Baidu launches Duer digital assistant to take on Siri, Cortana and Google Now

    Chinese technology company Baidu, often labelled as China’s Google has launched a digital assistant to take on rivals from Apple, Microsoft and Google.


    Unveiled at the company’s Baidu World conference in Beijing on Tuesday, the new Siri-like virtual assistant called “Duer”, which roughly translates to “Du Secretary”, is ...

  • Web: Robots learn to evolve and improve

    Engineers have developed a robotic system that can evolve and improve its performance.


    A robot arm builds "babies" that get progressively better at moving without any human intervention.


    The ultimate aim of the research project is to develop robots that adapt to their surroundings.


    The work by teams in Cambridge ...

  • Web: 3D-printed brain tissue

    In the latest effort to build an artificial laboratory model of the brain, Australian researchers have developed a novel method for constructing layered biological structures that looks just like cerebral cortex tissue using a handheld 3D printer.


    Neuroscientists rarely get the opportunity to study the human brain directly, and so ...

  • Web: Musk, Wozniak and Hawking urge ban on warfare AI and autonomous weapons

    Over 1,000 high-profile artificial intelligence experts and leading researchers have signed an open letter warning of a “military artificial intelligence arms race” and calling for a ban on “offensive autonomous weapons”.


    The letter, presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was signed by ...

  • Pepper: A Robot That Knows How you Feel

    Simply put it’s a robot that “tries to make you happy”.  Created and developed by Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank Corp. and its French subsidiary Aldebaran Robotics ‘Pepper’ is billed as the first robot capable of understanding and reacting to human emotions.


    SoftBank has just announced that it sold out ...

  • Introducing Viv - Siri Grows Up

    Many will remember the fever-pitch reception Siri received back in 2011 with the launch of the iPhone 4S.  But the very team behind Apple’s intelligent assistant has something new up its sleeve: Viv Labs has just raised $12.5M in a series B round led by Iconiq Capital for ...

  • The $10 Education Robot: Making Coding Accessible

    Learning to code has admittedly gotten more accessible over the years. As we reported in our March Issue there are a multitude of paid, free, mobile apps and online courses available for anyone to learn any level of programming.  While most of these options are beyond the reach of people ...

  • Did AI Just Beat the Turing Test?

    It is being called a major technological milestone – particularly in the field of artificial intelligence.


    At the University of Reading (UK) ‘Eugene Goostman’, a computer program developed to simulate a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy (a chatterbot), managed to convince 33% of the judges in a 5-minute conversation that it was human ...

  • UAVs, Satellites and Drones: Delivering the World Wide Web to All

    For a company whose aims is to “organize the world’s information”, Google has once again stepped up to provide access to that information and thereby disrupt today’s challenges of global communication.


    The Internet giant recently announced the acquisition of satellite-imaging startup Skybox for $500M. Founded in 2009 and ...

  • Robots Get Their Very Own Internet: Finally a Chance to Share, Learn and Possibly Find Love?

    Instead of creating new robots, a consortium of academic and industrial professionals has focused on how to make them smarter. Developed by researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Philips, and 4 other European technical universities, RoboEarth is billed as a World Wide Web for robots - a network ...

  • The 2014 World Cup to begin with mind-controlled exoskeleton kick

    A paralyzed teenager, using a mind-controlled exoskeleton, will kick off the World Cup in Brazil, thanks to The Walk Again Project. A research team led by a Brazilian neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis has created a suit that makes it possible for paralyzed people to walk again.


    The suit, being developed out ...