Topic: ai

Protecting humankind from AI, a new Project Ara MDK, and a Windows Phone app developer contest—SD Times news digest: Jan. 13, 2015

Members of the Future of Life Institute, a “research and outreach organization working to mitigate existential risks facing humanity,” has signed an open letter pledging to protect humankind from the dangers of artificial intelligence. The signatories, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, consist of programmers, scientists, and artificial intelligence researchers from universities and tech giants … continue reading

Poker-playing program marks breakthrough in AI, researchers say

A group of researchers from the University of Alberta have created an unbeatable poker program that they say marks a milestone in artificial intelligence and game theory. “AI researchers have a long, long history of using games as a test bed for our artificial intelligence research,” said Michael Johanson, Ph.D. student in the department of … continue reading

Girls Who Code program expansion, Rally’s partnership with Code for America, and Stanford’s one-hundred-year AI study: SD Times news digest—Dec. 16, 2014

Girls Who Code wants to close the gender gap in the technology industry. The non-profit organization just announced an expansion to its Summer Immersion Program to help educate girls in computer science skills. Previously, the organization provided 19 programs reaching 375 girls, but with the expansion, the organization will be providing 60 programs reaching 1,200 … continue reading

A virtual 3D haptic shape that can be seen and touched, and a new framework for hybrid mobile apps—SD Times news digest: Dec. 4, 2014

A team of computer scientists from the University of Bristol in the U.K. is working on new technology that uses ultrasound to develop a virtual 3D haptic shape that can be seen and touched. The research could change how 3D shapes are used and could help advance virtual reality innovation. “Touchable holograms, immersive virtual reality … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Intel open-sources Stephen Hawking’s revamped speech software

Stephen Hawking has a shiny new communications system courtesy of Intel and British language technology company SwiftKey, and he’s sharing the tech with the world. (He also may have hinted that artificial intelligence will bring about the apocalypse.) Hawking’s new ACAT (Assistive Context Aware Toolkit) replaces the 20 year-old system he was using (and finding … continue reading

Code Watch: Can we code conscious programs?

A few months ago, I pondered the growing gap between the way we solve problems in our day-to-day programming and the way problems are being solved by new techniques involving Big Data and statistical machine-learning techniques. The ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge has seen a leap in performance with the widespread adoption of convolutional … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Oct. 23, 2014—Google partners with Oxford University and Ebay open sources Kylin

Google partners with Oxford University on artificial intelligence research Google is advancing its artificial intelligence research. The company recently announced DeepMind’s plans to work with two of Oxford’s artificial research teams. The teams will work toward enabling machines to better understand its users. “These exciting partnerships underline how committed Google DeepMind is to supporting the … continue reading

Artificial intelligence meets Web application performance monitoring

Applications have gotten smarter, and with methodologies like agile, continuous delivery and DevOps, releases and updates have gotten faster. But are application-monitoring approaches keeping up? “The way people build applications today has fundamentally changed over the last three to four years. But while applications have evolved, application monitoring is still about showing people charts and … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Sept. 12, 2014—HP to buy Eucalyptus, Microsoft expands support for middleware providers

HP acquires cloud startup Eucalyptus HP has revealed plans to buy cloud startup Eucalyptus Software, with Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos joining HP to manage the company’s cloud business. The deal is expected to close in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2014, and Reuters reported the acquisition will be for less than US$100 million. Eucalyptus offers … continue reading

IBM’s Watson steps out again

A Mobile Developer Challenge, and forays into online retail, healthcare and food, mark a busy season for the supercomputer … continue reading

The Trouble with Gerrold: The Last Temptation of Spock

Emotions have a logical use for humans, so naturally they have a logical use for artificial intelligence, too … continue reading

The Trouble with Gerrold: Majel

From Eliza to Majel, developers are coming up with more clever interactive programs, but not yet artificial intelligence … continue reading

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