Wall Street traders are getting crushed by AI
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More investment companies are embracing AI to help them find an edge in the market and generate massive returns, and so far the data indicates that AI traders are crushing their human equivalents   An international team of researchers from the School of Business... Read more
Watch: Sony released two new songs from an unsigned AI
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creative machines should be decades away but they’re here, today, and increasingly it looks like “creativity” is just another word for “algorithm”   Sony recently announced that they’ve released two brand new pop songs from a new, unsigned artist, and while the announcement shouldn’t seem... Read more
The robo-lawyer that overturned 160,000 parking tickets is helping refugees claim asylum
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Claiming asylum is difficult at the best of times, and that’s if you’re not in fear of your life and can understand the language, now DoNotPay’s latest bot makes the process less tortuous   The creator of a chatbot that helped to over turn... Read more
Baidu’s AI just achieved Zero Shot Learning
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As babies humans often “just learn” things, it’s a gift, but now AI’s are catching us up and starting to learn in the same way we do and it’ll change AI forever   Given the glut of artificial intelligence (AI) breakthroughs in the past... Read more
OpenAI thrashes DeepMind using an AI from the 1980’s
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Decades old AI algorithms are increasingly demonstrating that, with some fine tuning, they can thrash today’s best systems – and people are taking notice   Artificial intelligence (AI) researchers have a long history of going back in time to explore old ideas, and now... Read more
An AI backed by Elon Musk just ‘evolved’ to learn by itself
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF True unsupervised learning, that allows AI’s to learn by themselves, will represent a quantum leap in AI development and begin pushing it to the next level   Most of today’s artificial intelligence (AI) systems rely on machine learning algorithms that can predict specific outcomes... Read more
AI’s new trick is predicting when you’re going to die
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year over 7,000 people in the UK die from pulmonary heart disease die, and this technology could help save their lives   You could argue that artificial intelligence (AI) is already spooky enough. Whether we’re dreaming up new ways in which we think... Read more
Google’s new AI learns nearly as fast as humans
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence can only progress as fast as it can learn, and now that it can learn at almost human speed it’s going to be progressing much, much faster   Make no mistake, artificial intelligence (AI) has humans in its perfect, heightened, machine vision sights.... Read more
New breakthrough gives AI a human memory
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Unknown to many AI’s are amnesiacs, they forget almost everything they’re taught, but now a new human like memory system could be about to take AI to the next level and make them much, much smarter   When researchers decide to train their latest... Read more
Kurzweil: AI aces Turing Test in 2029, and the Singularity arrives in 2045
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the capabilities of artificial intelligence increase, and as technology improves at an exponential rate Kurzweil re-affirms his predictions   Most people will know of, or at least heard of, Ray Kurzweil, Google’s famed Director of Engineering, and one of the world’s leading futurists.... Read more
Researchers want to revolutionise artificial intelligence by teaching it common sense
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s leading AI researcher believes that teaching AI’s common sense will lead to a revolution in how they learn and take them to the next level   Around five years ago artificial intelligence (AI) made a giant leap forward and suddenly, almost overnight,... Read more
Google DeepMind publishes breakthrough Artificial General Intelligence architecture
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DeepMind is trying to create a new Artificial General Intelligence architecture by creating an adaptable, massive neural network that draws on thousands of other “sub” neural networks   On January 20th Google’s DeepMind division, the division behind a myriad of artificial intelligence (AI) firsts,... Read more
Disney hopes children will love its new autonomous story-telling robots
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes the best technology is the technology that comes across as magic, and that’s what Disney is playing up to   It’s rare that Disney ever lifts the covers off of its R&D labs, and that sucks when I want to write about it. However,... Read more
World’s top AI experts met to discuss Doomsday scenarios, and solutions
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Showcasing how AI will destroy the world is easy but finding a solution isn’t   Today’s press is full of column inches on the future impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on society. On one side of the fence AI optimists predict a brave new... Read more
Artificial intelligence identifies skin cancer as well as trained doctors
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year tens of millions of people around the world are diagnosed with skin cancer, and Stanford’s artificial intelligence app could save tens of thousands of lives   It’s scary enough making a doctor’s appointment to see if a strange mole could be cancerous... Read more
Descartes Labs new AI visual search tool lets you find everything on Earth
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People have been using satellites to take photos of the Earth for decades but until now you’ve never been able to search it to find things of interest, or combine it with other data to identify patterns   Recently a company called Planet increased... Read more
Wall Street supremo’s pile into a new AI hedge fund dubbed the future of finance
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Until now the financial services industry has never been able to benefit from a network effect, but that’s about to change and it could tip Wall Street on its head   The “Network Effect” is a phenomenon known the world over, it’s where a... Read more
No humans required, the fully autonomous AI running a Wall Street hedge fund
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Companies that use artificial intelligence to augment their human workers is nothing new, but companies that are run by artificial intelligence, without any human input, are   I’ve been documenting the emergence of fully autonomous organisations – organisations that are able to run and... Read more
China guns for dominance in AI, builds out national labs
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence is the world’s next key battle ground, and China wants to lead it   The Chinese government, who recently announced they want to build AI based cruise missiles and a new nationwide Social Credit Scoring system, has approved a plan to create... Read more
Softbank CEO predicts the Singularity will occur in 2047
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Singularity, the point at which we see runaway technological growth that result in unfathomable changes to human civilization, is approaching, and we need to be prepared   In 30 years, the Singularity, the point at which we see runaway technological growth that result... Read more
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