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
JPMorgan unleashes artificial intelligence to automate its legal work
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With massive technology budgets and a paranoia of startups stealing a march Wall Street is going all in on innovation and automation   With companies like LawGeex and ROSS Intelligence trying to automate the legal world it was only a matter of time before... Read more
Microsoft’s AI has learnt how to write it’s own code and create its own programs
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF An AI that can code and build new computer programs from scratch could change the world, give rise to a whole new generation of entrepreneurs. And put a lot of people out of jobs…   For many of us the digital world’s an alien... Read more
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
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