Alibaba’s AI Outguns Humans in Reading Test

Alibaba has developed an artificial intelligence model that scored better than humans in a Stanford University reading and comprehension test.  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. put its deep neural network model through its paces last week, asking the AI to provide exact answers to more than 100,000 questions comprising a quiz that’s considered one of the world’s most authoritative […]

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Toshiba Robot Will Probe Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Toshiba Corp.’s energy systems unit on Friday unveiled a long telescopic pipe carrying a pan-tilt camera designed to gather crucial information about the situation inside the reactor chambers at Japan’s tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant. The device is 13 meters (43 feet) long and designed to give officials a deeper view into the nuclear plant’s Unit […]

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SpiderDrone Shoots Magnetic Webs To Steady Itself

Stable flying is a challenge for any airborne object, be it a jet bouncing in turbulence or a drone blowing in the wind. Researchers at Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Laboratory are working on the latter problem by creating the SpiderMAV, a drone with a built-in rope gun that shoots out magnetic connectors. Simply an […]

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Leveraging the Power of Predictive Maintenance Can Revolutionize Your Business

It never fails: Things tend to fall apart, literally and figuratively, at the worst possible moments. Maybe you’re running late for an important meeting when your car battery breathes its last, or you’re printing out a critical document for a presentation when the printer runs out of ink.Nothing lasts forever. The machines we count on […]

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How Do You Make a Conscious Robot?

You’ve likely heard of conscious thought and subconscious thought, but humans may in fact possess three levels of consciousness, a new review suggests — and this concept could help scientists develop truly conscious artificial intelligence (AI) someday.Though AI technology has been advancing at a rapid clip, in many ways, computers still fall short of human performance. “Human consciousness is […]

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Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes of Chemical Reactions

By thinking of atoms as letters and molecules as words, artificial intelligence software from IBM is now employing the same methods computers use to translate languages to predict outcomes of organic chemical reactions, which could speed the development of new drugs.In the past 50 years, scientists have tried to teach computers how chemistry works so that computers […]

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Facebook, Microsoft, and IBM Leaders on Challenges for AI and Their AI Partnership

Late last month, Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft announced that they will create a non-profit organization called Partnership on Artificial Intelligence. At the White House Frontiers Conference held at Carnegie Mellon University today, thought leaders from these companies explained why AI has finally arrived and what challenges lie ahead. (Also read the White House’s report on […]

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Online supermarket presents first prototype of robot maintenance assistant

British online supermarket Ocado has already made huge strides to automate its operations, using pick and pack robots in its warehouses and trialing self-driving delivery pods in London. Now it’s looking to give its human maintenance technicians a helping hand with the SecondHands project, and has just unveiled its first robot assistant test prototype named ARMAR-6. The EU-funded SecondHands project’s purpose […]

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Researchers look for ways for humans to maintain control over artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is designed to put us out of the picture. Still, we shouldn’t fret since a recently published study discovered how humans can be on top of things in systems that rely on AI.The study, carried out by researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), explained that while AI will always find ways […]

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Robot duck’s aim: Helps kids with cancer via power of play

A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children who have cancer—a social robot that can be silly, happy, angry, scared or sick just like them, and help them cope creatively with their illness through the power of play. The duck, developed by robotics expert Aaron Horowitz and his company, is […]

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