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Scientists dispute whether computer ‘Eugene Goostman’ program passed Turing test

A computer program named Eugene Goostman that which imitates a Ukrainian teenager with a quirky sense of humour and a pet guinea pig has won an artificial intelligence competition at the Royal Society in London. The program convinced 10 out of 30 judges at the nation’s most prestigious scientific institution that it…

Here are the five biggest threats to human existence

By Anders Sandberg, University of Oxford In the daily hubbub of current “crises” facing humanity, we forget about the many generations we hope are yet to come. Not those who will live 200 years from now, but 1,000 or 10,000 years from now. I use the word “hope” because we…

Mathematician Wolfram: Artificial intelligence portrayed in Jonze’s ‘Her’ could be reality

Spike Jonze’s “Her” is billed as science fiction, but a handful of artificial-intelligence experts think the human-like OS at the movie’s center—which is capable of holding a conversation, organizing the protagonist’s email, and even falling……

Google buys ‘cutting edge artificial intelligence company’ DeepMind

Google said on Monday that it had agreed to buy British artificial intelligence start-up company DeepMind for an undisclosed amount. "I can confirm that the acquisition has indeed gone ahead but unfortunately we are not commenting beyond that for now……

World’s first fleet of marine drones being tested in the Mediterranean

An odd underwater ballet has been unfolding in the Mediterranean port of Toulon these past few days. Under the scrutiny of their masters, whose eyes are glued to computer screens, the world’s first fleet of “marine drones” is being put through its paces. Five European countries — France, Germany, Italy,…

French developers equip drone with ‘spaceship’ crowdsourcing app

European Space Agency scientists have developed a smartphone app that turns a toy drone into a virtual spacecraft on a mission to dock with the International Space Station, and uses crowd-sourced data from its manoeuvres to improve artificial intelligence on future missions. The free AstroDrone app for the iPhone and…

AI robot: How machine intelligence is evolving

No computer can yet pass the ‘Turing test’ and be taken as human. But, says Marcus du Sautoy, the hunt for artificial intelligence is moving in a different, exciting direction that involves creativity, language – and even jazz. ‘I propose to consider the question “Can machines think?”‘ Not my question…

Father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl wins award for artificial intelligence

WASHINGTON — Judea Pearl, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence, has been awarded the prestigious 2011 A.M. Turing Award. Pearl, 75, was being honored for “innovations that enabled remarkable advances in the partnership between humans and machines,” the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) said. The award, named for…

Japan unveils robot that will find lost things

TOKYO (Reuters) – Forgot where you put your glasses? A Japanese robot can find them for you, and guide you to where they are. The red and white robot, named EMIEW2, is about the size of a six-year-old child and glides everywhere on wheels at the bottom of its legs,…

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