Artificial Intelligence

Experts warn Europe: Don't grant robots rights

The European Parliament passed a resolution last year that envisions a special legal status of "electronic persons" for the most sophisticated autonomous robots.

The proposal is being considered by the European Commission, Europe's top regulator.

More than 150 experts in robotics, artificial intelligence, law, medical science and ethics weighed into the debate on Thursday, with a clear warning against such a move.

In an open letter to the European Commission, they said the proposals appear to be influenced more by science fiction than the real world.

Artificial intelligence smart enough to fool Captcha security check

Captcha challenges people to prove they are human by recognising combinations of letters and numbers that machines would struggle to complete correctly.

Researchers developed an algorithm that imitates how the human brain responds to these visual clues.

The neural network could identify letters and numbers from their shapes.

The research, conducted by Vicarious - a Californian artificial intelligence firm funded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg - is published in the journal Science.

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AI used to detect breast cancer risk

The machine learning system has been tested on 335 high-risk lesions, and correctly diagnosed 97% as malignant.

It reduced the number of unnecessary surgeries by more than 30%, the scientists said.

One breast cancer specialist said that the research was "useful".

The machine learning system was trained on information about such lesions, the system looks for patterns among a range of data points, such as demographics, family history, biopsies and pathology reports.

AutoDraw: Google’s AI tool turns doodles into breathtaking Cliparts

I am certainly satisfied after using Google’s Autodraw tool because of my drawing now has fine edges, even though, it includes the same house I have penciled for years.

You might’ve tried their Quick, Draw! tool. It also recognizes doodles but the process is far more automatic. With AutoDraw, people can create a piece of clipart and save it on their computer.

AI program beats humans in poker game

Libratus, an artificial intelligence program developed at Carnegie Mellon University, was trained to play a variant of the game known as no-limit heads-up Texas hold 'em.

In a similar tournament in 2015, the humans won.

The victory has been hailed as a significant milestone for AI, by the team responsible for building it.

The AI won more than $1.5m (£1.2m) worth of chips from the humans.

The matches - held at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh - were live-streamed over gaming site Twitch.

Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail

The software learned to analyse blood tests and scans of beating hearts to spot signs that the organ was about to fail.

The team, from the UK's Medical Research Council, say the technology could save lives by finding patients that need more aggressive treatment.

The results were published in the journal Radiology.

The researchers, at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, were investigating patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Zuckerberg can now talk to his AI, but it's still no Jarvis

Artificial intelligence is moving into our homes, particularly Mark Zuckerberg's. But this stuff of science fiction may still be more fantasy than utility for now.

The Facebook founder, who for the last year has been building a smart system inspired by the Iron Man character Jarvis as a virtual butler to run his household, has updated followers on the project's progress.

His conclusion so far? Hooking up artificially intelligent homes may not be ready for prime time, at least for most of us.

Facebook is teaching students how Artificial Intelligence works

The show is all about artificially intelligent robots, known as hosts, that have been assigned different tasks in an amusement park created for humans. Similar concepts — and the “impending doom” — have been outlined in many previous TV shows and movies.

Well, before we reach that level of advancement, we need to understand its benefits and how it’s making our lives better than ever. Facebook wants us to realize the same and tell that Artificial Intelligence is influencing all the key spheres of our lives.

What the sex robots will teach us

 In the movie "Her," a man falls in love with his Siri-like operating system. And in AMC's show "Humans," a husband has an affair with his pretty robotic assistant.

It's the stuff of science fiction. But could a world in which robots are at our sexual beck and call be nearer than we think? What would that mean for humanity and for our sex lives?

Most experts agree that we're at least decades away from a true "Westworld" scenario. We just don't have the technology to create robots that can function as realistic sex partners, but we may be getting closer.

AI that lip-reads 'better than humans'

The artificial intelligence system - LipNet - watches video of a person speaking and matches the text to the movement of their mouths with 93% accuracy, the researchers said.

Automating the process could help millions, they suggested.

But experts said the system needed to be tested in real-life situations.

Lip-reading is a notoriously tricky business with professionals only able to decipher what someone is saying up to 60% of the time.