Researchers use artificial intelligence to synthetically age faces
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to age people accurately is one of the cornerstone abilities that can help people find missing persons   People have been fascinated with age ever since, well, perhaps forever, and for many people being able to get a glimpse of how they’ll... Read more
Google let its AI loose on the internet to slaughter gamers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Compared to the sterile environment of a lab, for an artificial intelligence the internet must seem like a playground   If you ever wondered what would happen if an artificial intelligence (AI) ever got online then you’re about to get your answer thanks to... Read more
Hunting terrorists and preventing suicides, inside Zuckerberg’s plan for AI
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Facebooks human operators can’t police everything on the network fast enough, so Zuckerberg is prioritising artificial intelligence   In a letter published earlier this week Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook, the company that one day wants to be the world’s largest telepathic network, will... Read more
Artificial intelligence diagnoses disease by listening to your voice
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Your voice can tell people a lot about how you’re feeling, but now machine learning is taking diagnosis to the next level   Over the past few years technology has been finding a way to produce more and more innovative ways to diagnose disease,... Read more
Google RAISR sharpens photos and gives you super vision
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sight is one of our most crucial senses, now one technology promises infinite zoom and super crisp images   Let’s face it – the last thing many of us want it to take what we think is a great family photo only to find... Read more
Google tests AI’s natural killer instincts, discovers society must be very, very careful
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As artificial intelligence is embedded into more of our world’s digital fabric inevitably AI’s will come into conflict with one another, but rules might help us stave off armageddon – or bring it about   If climate change, nuclear weapons or pandemics don’t kill... Read more
Nowhere to hide for Goldman’s elite as AI culls jobs
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Banking is one of the world’s oldest professions, but people only have a profession if they have a job, and as Wall Street drives to full automation there are fewer jobs to go round   At its height back in 2000, the US cash... Read more
New mind reading machine lets people with locked in syndrome communicate
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People who have locked in syndrome, like ALS have the worst of both worlds – being alive but unable to communicate, now a breakthrough gives them their “voices” back   For decades, one of the most troubling difficulties of treating patients with certain types... Read more
Liberatus AI whips world’s top poker players to take $1.7m pot
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Poker is unpredictable, and noone predicted an AI would beat four of the world’s top players – not even its creators   An artificial intelligence (AI) called Libratus from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has beaten four of the world’s best poker players in a... Read more
UK’s NHS gives millions of Londoners their own on call AI doctor
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For better or worse, more and more healthcare services are being augmented and automated using new artificial intelligence services, only time will tell what the results will be   A few months ago Baidu rolled out a limited trial of a new virtual doctors... Read more
Google’s AI’s are learning how to build new AI’s
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Logically speaking getting AI’s to build AI’s makes sense, but as AI’s continue to proliferate and be woven into the digital fabric of our society it opens up a dangerous pandoras box   As many companies, large and small will tell you, creating a good... Read more
Zuckerberg wants to turn Facebook into the world’s largest telepathic network
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Telepathic communication is the stuff of true sci-fi but we’ve already demonstrated that we can achieve it using technology, now Zuckerberg wants to plug that telepathic tech into Facebook and turn the social network into the world’s largest telepathic network   One of my... Read more
Researchers new artificial nervous system helps robots feel pain
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Pain plays a vital role in shaping how we interact with our world and each other, and it plays a pivotal role in helping us determine what’s safe and what isn’t. By helping robots experience pain it’s hoped that it will help them too... Read more
Bach lives again, in AI form
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Trying to emulate human skills and talents isn’t easy – even for humans – but increasingly AI is muscling in on what we once considered to be unique human traits   Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasing parking its caravan on humanity’s lawn. Traits that... Read more
Japanese insurer announces it will replace office workers with artificial intelligence
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More and more companies are experimenting with AI as a way to automate away jobs, and as the human toll continues to increase this is just the beginning   Fukoku Mutual Life, a Japanese insurance company with a turnover of $6.8 Billion in 2016,... Read more
The world’s largest hedge fund is using AI to automate its entire management team
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The news is filled with news about automation and machines that are taking our jobs, arguably for the first time we can see companies who are automating both the workers at the base of the pyramid, and the executives at the top. In the... Read more
China to build artificially intelligent, fire and forget, cruise missiles
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The increasing use of intelligent, autonomous systems is getting people spooked, so much so that the UN are getting involved   It’s the start of 2017 and I knew there was a void – something I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but something... Read more
Velodyne’s new miniature LiDAR means many more autonomous things
  WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most of the new smart things that we are creating rely on sensors to map, move around and interact with our world, and LiDAR is a key sensing technology that helps things see, Velodyne’s new product will accelerate the creation of smart, autonomous... Read more
Banks are using mind reading technology to interview graduates
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every business is becoming a technology business and nowhere is that truer than in the financial services industry, now as banks try to compete with start ups and established technology companies for tech talent they could find themselves getting into warm water…   Want... Read more
Mark Zuckerberg shows off Jarvis, the AI that runs his home
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There’s a good chance that Jarvis, Mark Zuckerberg’s in house digital assistant, is more than just a quirky hobby to pass the time, it could be a beta test for a new Facebook product or feature   At the beginning of this year, Facebook... Read more
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