Topic: ai

The Future of Life Institute wants to make sure AI remains safe

The Future of Life Institute’s (FLI) mission is to protect mankind from artificial intelligence, and it is recruiting research teams to do so. The Elon Musk-backed program announced it has chosen 37 research teams worldwide to investigate the possible advantages and disadvantages of AI. The 37 teams will be awarded about US$7 million from Musk … continue reading

Zuckerberg talks Facebook initiatives

Mark Zuckerberg, cofounder of Facebook, recently held a Q&A session over the social network to find out what is on the community’s mind. Top names such as Stephen Hawking, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Arianna Huffington joined in on the conversation, and while questions ranged from salary, working out and happiness, others provided insight into the company’s … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Google’s AI neural network creates psychedelic art with ‘Inceptionism’

Google has developed an artificially intelligent neural network that’s transforming images into eye-popping pieces of psychedelic art. Through a process Google is calling “Inceptionism,” the company’s research arm has developed image recognition software running artificial neural networks that mimic human brain function. Inceptionism then allows the software to analyze an image—its objects, layers and characteristics—and … continue reading

IBM testing AI software, Linux to host Let’s Encrypt, and Android app performance—SD Times news digest: April 9, 2015

IBM reportedly has begun testing artificial intelligence software that mimics the human brain. The MIT Technology Review has reported that IBM is testing algorithms from Numenta, a machine learning company. “Our goal is not to be biologically inspired; I want to recreate exactly,” Jeff Hawkins, cofounder of Numenta, told the Technology Review. IBM is testing … continue reading

Chappie: The view from a thinking, feeling, artificially intelligent being

Artificial intelligence is often depicted in films as the scientific floodgate to apocalyptic doom, a “Terminator,” “The Matrix” or “I, Robot” scenario where machines quickly turn on humanity. “Chappie,” the latest sci-fi parable from director Neill Blomkamp, portrays an AI being that learns and interacts with the world in ways that are innately human. “Chappie” … continue reading

Android for Work, Microsoft’s cross-platform Garage apps, and an Oculus VR app developer contest—SD Times news digest: Feb. 26, 2015

Google has launched Android for Work, a set of mobile enterprise tools for employees to use personal and business applications on the same Android device. The suite of enterprise app-management and security services includes encrypted work profiles, built-in productivity tools integrated with Google Drive, and a standalone app and app store—the Android for Work app … continue reading

From the Editors: Is artificial intelligence using and abusing mankind?

There have been big advancements in artificial intelligence over the last couple of years, but it is time to start thinking what these advancements mean for mankind. Sure, it is great that these AI technologies are getting better, faster and smarter, but how smart is too smart? A group of researchers from the University of … continue reading

Highlights from Bill Gates’ Reddit AMA, and an intro to ‘code stylometry’—SD Times news digest: Jan. 29, 2015

Bill Gates participated in his third Ask Me Anything on Reddit yesterday, and the Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist took the informal Q&A to another level. Kicking off the AMA with the GIF above, Gates called Microsoft’s newly debuted HoloLens technology “pretty amazing” and expressed his misgivings over the future of artificial intelligence, throwing support behind … continue reading

Apache Falcon graduates to Top-Level Project, Canonical announces Ubuntu Core for IoT, Facebook open-sources AI tools for Torch—SD Times news digest: Jan. 20, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation has announced that Apache Falcon has graduated from the Apache Incubator to a Top-Level Project. Falcon is a data processing and management solution for Apache Hadoop with a focus on data motion, data discovery, coordination of data pipelines, and life-cycle management. “Apache Falcon solves a very important and critical problem in … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Deep learning is making an impact in artificial intelligence

You could be forgiven for thinking that this past week yielded the discovery of some new type of AI, but watching Elon Musk donate US$10 million to the Future of Life Program would lead one to believe that. Musk donated these funds specifically to push for research designed to keep artificial intelligence friendly. The Future … continue reading

IBM announces winners of the Watson University Competition

IBM has announced that a team of students from the University of Texas at Austin has won first place in the company’s Watson University Competition. The competition was held as part of IBM’s cognitive computing academic initiative to strengthen students’ skills and prepare them for in-demand jobs. “The opportunities to apply Watson are endless,” said … continue reading

Swift language popularity soars, Famo.us partners with jQuery, Musk makes AI donation—SD Times news digest: Jan. 16, 2015

In its latest programming language rankings, RedMonk announced Apple’s Swift language has risen 46 spots from No. 68 to No. 22 in the rankings from Q3 to Q4. “The growth that Swift experienced is essentially unprecedented in the history of these rankings,” the rankings report stated. “When we see dramatic growth from a language, it … continue reading

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