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New Adventures in AI: A Time Machine Recap

Questions both as grandly philosophical as the nature of self, and as nuts-and-bolts pragmatic as how automation will transform the energy industry, were considered by leading minds from across a host of industries gathered in Austin for two days last November. There, they discussed the myriad ways artificial intelligence is transforming business, culture, and the […]

5 Under-the-Radar Feats of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has applications in a wide range of industries, but often the focus is on famous wins like AlphaGo or an exciting potential use still many years in the future. This leads many to say that AI is not delivering on its promises to revolutionize the human experience. We don’t yet have artificial general […]

Action Plan: March and April

Here’s a techie to-do list of events for the next few months.       Go South by Southwest March 8-17 Highlights this year at the annual film, interactive media and music festival in the burgeoning tech hub of Austin, Texas, include “Who Will Lead in the Race for AI in Defense” and “How AI […]

Why Does This Robot Face Creep Me Out?

In a 1970 issue of a little-known Japanese magazine called Energy, roboticist Masahiro Mori first coined the term “bukimi no tani”—literally, “the uncanny valley.” He explained that objects, such as robots or toys, become more endearing as they become more human-like. However, at a certain threshold of human likeness, the object turns creepy and off-putting. […]

Winning a Game Show with Algorithms

Probabilistic reasoning is the heart of machine learning algorithms. For artificial intelligence to break out of the narrow contexts it was used for in the 20th century, it must be able to assign probabilities to events and objectively update those probabilities as new information arises. While probability theory is in the DNA of machine learning […]

Top 5 Hackable Habits You Need to Break

An outdated anti-virus isn’t the only reason hacks still happen. Everyday habits leave us vulnerable in ways we might never have imagined. Here are a few tips on how to keep yourself safe from hackers. 1. KEEP YOUR BOARDING PASS PRIVATE Hackers can gather sensitive information from your boarding pass, including your name, address, flight […]

Cooking With Chef Watson: AI in the Kitchen

After years of mastering the world’s most challenging games, predicting failures on crucial industrial equipment, and defending against destructive cyber attacks, artificial intelligence (AI) has picked up a surprising new challenge: cooking. It may seem improbable that AI could be applied to something as personal as taste, but there may a logic to flavor combinations. […]

The Connected Home of the Future

Our devices are coming alive with cognition to improve and simplify our everyday lives, giving us a smart home. Even the act of sleeping has become a source of data and opportunity for optimization. But in many ways. the future is already here. Let’s take a walk through the home of tomorrow, a home with […]

Art or Artifact: Music in the AI Era

The history of music is in many ways the story of humankind learning to make and master new tools. Banging rocks on wood led to animal skin drums, which led to primitive wind instruments over the course of thousands of years. In modern times, we’ve seen finely crafted orchestral brass and string instruments joined by […]

8 Most Ridiculous Connected Devices

The world of smart home tech is full of wonderful new devices. But when you’re on the edge of innovation, sometimes things get strange. Here’s a look at eight smart devices that toe the line between genius and ridiculous. 1. Amazon Echo Look The Amazon Echo Look is a gadget allowing users to take photos […]