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Sunday, September 27, 2020
How humane is the UK’s plan to introduce robot companions in care homes?

How humane is the UK’s plan to introduce robot companions in...

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So you’re interested in AI? Then join our online event, TNW2020, where you’ll hear how artificial intelligence is transforming industries and businesses. Some UK care homes are to deploy robots in an attempt to allay loneliness and boost mental health. The wheeled machines will “initiate rudimentary conversations, play residents’ favorite music, teach them languages, and…
A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse: Killer robots

A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse: Killer robots

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Welcome to the fifth article in TNW’s guide to the AI apocalypse. In this series we examine some of the most popular doomsday scenarios prognosticated by modern AI experts. Previous articles in this series include: Misaligned Objectives, Artificial Stupidity, Wall-E Syndrome, and Humanity Joins the Hivemind. We’ve danced around the subject of killer robots in…
6 big data blunders businesses should avoid

6 big data blunders businesses should avoid

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Had Hergé been into businesses, this article would have been a point of interest to him. And he could have avoided the Big Data errors in his ‘Tintin’ enterprise.  Are you willing to follow down the line too? Not yet intrigued? #Sigh# Thought so! Let’s get you hooked! Here’s the modern business landscape – Data…
Quantum and classical computers handle time differently. What does that mean for AI?

Quantum and classical computers handle time differently. What does that mean...

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As humans, we take time for granted. We’re born into an innate understanding of the passage of events because it’s essential to our survival. But AI suffers from no such congenital condition. Robots do not understand the concept of time. State of the art AI systems only understand time as an implicit construct (we program…
Trump accuses Twitter of promoting negative stories about him

Trump accuses Twitter of promoting negative stories about him

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President Trump’s love-hate relationship with Twitter hit another rocky patch today, when Agent Orange accused the platform of manipulating its trending topics to achieve the otherwise impossible feat of making him look bad. Trump made the allegation on, what else, but Twitter. But defenders of truth and justice can rest assured: the matter is under investigation.…
Sony’s new AI agent achieves superhuman Gran Turismo Sport scores

Sony’s new AI agent achieves superhuman Gran Turismo Sport scores

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One of the best things about computers is that they can learn just as much from a simulation as they can from so-called ‘real world’ experiences. That means, given the proper simulator, we can teach AI to drive cars without ever putting a single human in danger. Just about every AI company trains their driverless…
This COVID-19 newsletter was written by a human

This COVID-19 newsletter was written by a human

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Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola pandemic pals, Summer ends in a week. I just Googled it to be sure and it still doesn’t make sense. None of 2020 makes sense. The US…
Nvidia confirms it’s buying Arm for $40B to expand its AI efforts

Nvidia confirms it’s buying Arm for $40B to expand its AI...

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Graphics hardware and AI giant Nvidia has confirmed its long-rumored acquisition of UK-based chip design firm Arm from SoftBank in a $40 billion transaction slated to be completed over the next 18 months. The deal will see Nvidia further develop its AI computing platform to reach more devices and applications, while also radically reshaping the global…
COVID-19 made your data set worthless. Now what?

COVID-19 made your data set worthless. Now what?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has perplexed data scientists and creators of machine learning tools as the sudden and major change in consumer behavior has made predictions based on historical data nearly useless. There is also very little point in trying to train new prediction models during the crisis, as one simply cannot predict chaos. While these challenges…
A beginner’s guide to AI: Separating the hype from the reality

A beginner’s guide to AI: Separating the hype from the reality

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An advanced artificial intelligence created by OpenAI, a company founded by genius billionaire Elon Musk, recently penned an op-ed for The Guardian that was so convincingly human many readers were astounded and frightened. And, ew. Just writing that sentence made me feel like a terrible journalist. That’s a really crappy way to start an article…

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