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Digital assistants like Siri and Alexa entrench gender biases, says UN | Technology | T... - 0 views

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    "Assigning female genders to digital assistants such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa is helping entrench harmful gender biases, according to a UN agency."
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Finally, a Machine That Can Finish Your Sentence - The New York Times - Medium - 0 views

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    ""Each time we build new ways of doing something close to human level, it allows us to automate or augment human labor," said Jeremy Howard, founder of Fast.ai, an independent lab based in San Francisco that is among those at the forefront of this research. "This can make life easier for a lawyer or a paralegal. But it can also help with medicine." It may even lead to technology that can - finally - carry on a decent conversation. But there is a downside: On social media services like Twitter, this new research could also lead to more convincing bots designed to fool us into thinking they are human, Howard said."
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Google Grapples With `Horrifying' Reaction to Uncanny AI Tech - 0 views

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    "Eck said machine learning, a powerful form of AI, will be integrated into how humans communicate with each other. He raised the idea of "assistive writing" in the future with Google Docs, the company's online word processing software. This may be based on Google's upcoming Smart Compose technology that suggests words and phrases based on what's being typed. Teachers used to worry about whether students used Wikipedia for their homework. Now they may wonder what part of the work the students wrote themselves, Eck said."
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Google's AI knows when a stranger is looking at your phone - The Verge - 0 views

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    "Ever get the feeling someone is looking over your shoulder at your phone? Well, you might not have to worry about that in the future: Google's researchers have developed an AI tool that can spot when someone is sneaking a peek at your screen."
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Google says AI better than humans at scrubbing extremist YouTube content | Technology |... - 0 views

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    "Google has pledged to continue developing advanced programs using machine learning to combat the rise of extremist content, after it found that it was both faster and more accurate than humans in scrubbing illicit content from YouTube."
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Google's AI Chief On Teaching Computers To Learn-And The Challenges Ahead - 0 views

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    ""We'd have to show them 100,000 penny-farthings and tell them it's a bike," Giannandrea says. Then-looking on the bright side-he adds that "once they'd seen 100,000, they'd probably be better at identifying them than humans are.""
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Real life CSI: Google's new AI system unscrambles pixelated faces | Technology | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "Google's neural networks have achieved the dream of CSI viewers everywhere: the company has revealed a new AI system capable of "enhancing" an eight-pixel square image, increasing the resolution 16-fold and effectively restoring lost data. The neural network could be used to increase the resolution of blurred or pixelated faces, in a way previously thought impossible; a similar system was demonstrated for enhancing images of bedrooms, again creating a 32x32 pixel image from an 8x8 one."
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The Great A.I. Awakening - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "Everybody wondered: How had Google Translate become so uncannily artful?"
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Google using romance novels to train its artificial intelligence to write fiction - 0 views

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    "Google is using romance novels to teach its artificial intelligence (AI) system to better understand how people communicate. Researchers at Google Brain, the company's AI-focused deep learning project, presented a paper earlier this month that detailed techniques they used to teach its AI to write fiction - and the results were unexpectedly haunting."
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Google's DeepMind beats Lee Se-dol again to go 2-0 up in historic Go series | The Verge - 0 views

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    "Google stunned the world by defeating Go legend Lee Se-dol yesterday, and it wasn't a fluke - AlphaGo, the AI program developed by Google's DeepMind unit, has just won the second game of a five-game Go match being held in Seoul, South Korea. AlphaGo prevailed in a gripping battle that saw Lee resign after hanging on in the final period of byo-yomi ("second-reading" in Japanese) overtime, which gave him fewer than 60 seconds to carry out each move."
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Google's artificial intelligence machine to battle human champion of 'Go' | Technology ... - 0 views

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    "On the other side of the table will be his opponent: Alphago, a programme built by Google subsidiary DeepMind which became, in October, the first machine to beat a professional human Go player, the European champion Fan Hui. That match proved that Alphago could hold its own against the best; this one will demonstrate whether "the best" have to relinquish that title entirely."
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Google self-driving car hits a bus - BBC News - 0 views

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    "One of Google's self-driving cars crashed into a bus in California last month. There were no injuries. It is not the first time one of Google's famed self-driving cars has been involved in a crash, but it may be the first time it has caused one. "
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Can Google's AlphaGo really feel it in its algorithms? | John Naughton | Opinion | The ... - 0 views

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    "The really significant thing about AlphaGo is that it (and its creators) cannot explain its moves. And yet it plays a very difficult game expertly. So it's displaying a capability eerily similar to what we call intuition - "knowledge obtained without conscious reasoning". Up to now, we have regarded that as an exclusively human prerogative. It's what Newton was on about when he wrote "Hypotheses non fingo" in the second edition of his Principia: "I don't make hypotheses," he's saying, "I just know.""
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Crash involving self-driving Google car injures three employees | Technology | The Guar... - 0 views

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    "Three Google employees have been injured in a crash involving one of the company's self-driving cars. Google revealed the accident happened on 1 July when its car was rear-ended while stationary on a public road in Mountain View, California. It is the first accident involving one of Google's fleet of self-driving vehicles to have resulted in injury."
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Would a Google car sacrifice you for the sake of the many? - Medium - 0 views

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    "But what will robot cars be programmed to do when there's lots of them on the roads, and they're networked with one another? We know what we as individuals would like. My car should take as its Prime Directive: "Prevent my passengers from coming to harm." But when the cars are networked, their Prime Directive well might be: "Minimize the amount of harm to humans overall." "
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Google self-driving cars 'risk being caught in spam traffic jams' | Technology | thegua... - 0 views

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    ""Self-drive cars will probably work through internet connectivity and, just as large volumes of electronic traffic can be routed to overwhelm websites, the opportunity for self-drive traffic being routed to create 'spam jams' or disruption is a very real prospect.""
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Google reveals driverless car prototype | Technology | theguardian.com - 0 views

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    "Google reveals driverless car prototype First of 100 test vehicles is unveiled with no steering wheel or pedals, two seats and a top speed of 25mph"
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Driverless cars: we should question and challenge Google, but not as haters | Technolog... - 0 views

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    "Understanding how our driving data will be used is important, but we should be scrutinising other companies and products too"
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Did Google Autocomplete Ruin This Man's Life? - 0 views

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    "A cautionary tale: Back in 2009, government contractor Jeffrey Kantor was browsing online, seeking to make a radio-controlled airplane for his son. He began to type his search into Google: "How do I build a radio-controlled"-[enter autocomplete]-"bomb." That's right, before Kantor knew it, he had accidentally asked Google how to make an explosive device. And his life would never be the same."
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