04 Apr 2019

7 Indicators Of The State-Of-Artificial Intelligence

Recent research and news on the state of artificial intelligence (AI) highlights seven important trends: Chinese AI researchers are set to overtake their US counterparts in terms of the number of published scientific papers that have a significant impact on the field. The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence predicts that

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02 Apr 2019

Researchers Trick Tesla to Drive into Oncoming Traffic

A new study by Tencent’s Keen Security Lab underscores that recent warnings by artificial intelligence (AI) experts about the risks of adversarial machine learning are more than justified. After studying how the Enhanced Autopilot driver-assistance system used in Tesla vehicles reads and processes environmental data in order to determine when

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01 Apr 2019

How malevolent machine learning could derail AI

While artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize the technologies that people and organizations rely on in virtually any field, AI security expert Dawn Song warns that threat actors can cause great harm by abusing AI solutions through what is known as “adversarial machine learning.” As scientists develop increasingly

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01 Apr 2019

Future wars will be waged with robots. But so might future peace

While there is plenty of news coverage on potentially dystopian consequences of artificial intelligence (AI) research, especially when it comes to autonomous weapons and the idea that conscious machines may pose a threat to humanity, little attention is being paid to research that aims to use AI to promote peace

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01 Apr 2019

DARPA Wants AI to Learn Language like Human Babies

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) last week announced plans to invest in the Grounded Artificial Intelligence Language Acquisition (GAILA) research program that aims to teach artificial intelligence (AI) to learn language in a similar way as human babies do, to make sure that AI will actually grasp

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28 Mar 2019

The Pentagon is ‘Absolutely Unapologetic’ About Pursuing AI-Powered Weapons

On Wednesday, US Department of Defense officials defended the department’s use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in new weapons systems, arguing that all its projects involving AI are subject to ethical frameworks and international law, which they said is unlikely to be the case in countries like China. One official

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25 Mar 2019

AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld

While augmented reality (AR) may strike some as an over-hyped concept that has so far delivered little of value, there are strong indications that this technology may actually give rise to the third major technology platform after the Internet and social media: a digital realm dubbed “mirrorworld.” The mirrorworld would

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22 Mar 2019

NSF Director Approaching Uncertain Tech Landscape with Confidence

Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), France Córdova believes it is important for Americans to embrace the technological innovations that research in artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing, astrophysics and other fields will bring. In a Nextgov interview she stated that “[u]ltimately the country that succeeds the best is going

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20 Mar 2019

White House starts to flesh out AI research plan — and raises its profile with AI.gov

As part of it’s broader policy to promote artificial intelligence (AI) research and development (R&D), the White House has launched AI.gov, an official domain used to showcase the government’s new AI strategy and related projects. According to the Trump administration, the domain is part of the government’s efforts to solidify

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19 Mar 2019

Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer

The US Energy Department on Monday revealed that it is building a supercomputer worth $500 million. The machine, dubbed Aurora, should be the first American computer capable of performing more than a quintillion calculations per second and will enable the US to stay ahead of China in the technology race

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