Computer Scientists Generate A Self-Aware Mario That Can Learn And Feel

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For some of the world’s brightest brains, artificial intelligence (AI) could spell doom and gloom for mankind. So it’s nice to know that some researchers are managing to advance this exciting field of study whilst keeping it light-hearted. A trio of computer scientists from the University of Tübingen, Germany, has used an adaptive learning AI approach to bring one of our childhood heroes, Mario, to life. Well, kind of.

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Fear Of Robot Uprising Is Hampering Development Of AI

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Talk of artificial intelligence (AI) rising up to thwart humanity in a Terminator-style apocalypse is holding back research and development into the technology, and potentially harming society as a result, claims director of Microsoft ResearchChris Bishop. The potential benefit from AI, such as the development of driverless cars and more efficient manufacturing, could revolutionize vast tracts of society, if only we could stop se Continue reading Fear Of Robot Uprising Is Hampering Development Of AI

Hitchhiking Robot Treks Across Canada

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Attention all Canadians: If you spot an adorable smiling robot on the side of the road, PLEASE put it in your car and have a conversation with it. Seriously, you should do it. If not for the sake of saying you made a robot friend, then do it for science.

The robot, aptly named hitchBOT, is the brainchild of David Harris Smith of McMaster University and Frauke Zeller of Ryerson University. They came up with the concept in 2013 as a way of learning more about how humans and robots could Continue reading Hitchhiking Robot Treks Across Canada

Watch Google’s AI Take On The World Champion Of “Go

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This week, human and machine will go head-to-head in a battle to end battles of the board game Go.

Entering the ring for humanity is Lee Se-dol, a 33-year-old South Koreanwho is the current world champion of the ancient Asian board game. In the corner for machines is AlphaGo, an artificial intelligence programdesigned by Google subsidiary DeepMind.

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Groundbreaking AI Research To Begin At Harvard University

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A multidisciplinary team of researchers from Harvard University has received over $28 millionworth of funding to take on the moonshot challenge of developing new machine learning algorithms that will bring the functionality of artificial intelligence (AI) closer to that of the human brain.

Though many computer systems are able to process volumes of data, exceeding those manageable by biological brains, technology still lags behind nature when it comes to the ability to learn and recognize patterns. For instance, while Continue reading Groundbreaking AI Research To Begin At Harvard University

Intelligent Robots Could Threaten Millions Of Jobs

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In fiction, artificial intelligence is often seen a menace that allowsrobots to takeover and enslavehumanity. While some share these concerns in real life, a researcher suggests the robot-conquest might be more subtle than imagined.

According to Moshe Vardi, director of the Institute for Information Technology at Rice University in Texas, in the coming 30 years, advancedrobots will threaten tens of millions of jobs.

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Algorithm Improves Object Recognition For Robots

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The field of robotics has just taken a step forward with the development of an algorithm that will give artificial intelligence an increased ability for object recognition. This will help robots navigate their surroundings and become better equipped to help out around the house. Lawson Wong of MIT is lead author of the paper, which will appear in an upcoming issue of the International Journal of Robotics Research.

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