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Do you Word2Vec? Google's neural-network bookworm

Several years back, the Google "Brain Team" that was behind Tensorflow hatched another novel neural tool: Word2Vec. Word2Vec is a two-layer neural net for processing text. It swallows a given set of text that it then returns as a set of vectors – turning the words into a numerical form that computers can understand. Word2Vec …
Andrew Cobley, 13 Oct 2017

El Reg was invited to the House of Lords to burst the AI-pocalypse bubble

Comment To Westminster, England, where the House of Lords is conducting a wide-ranging inquiry into artificial intelligence. I'm writing a book on AI – and why people believe in it – and on the basis of some notes, was invited to give oral evidence on a panel of three alongside the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones and The Financial Times' …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2017
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Ghost in Musk's machines: Software bugs' autonomous joy ride

Last year, a dark historical landmark was reached. Joshua Brown became the first confirmed person to die in a crash where the car was, at least in part, driving itself. On a Florida highway, his Tesla Model S ploughed underneath a white truck trailer that was straddling the road, devastating the top half of the car. Brown’s …
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3D selfies? What could possibly go wrong?

With the Internet already groaning under the weight of d!ck pics and facial scanning increasingly used instead of passwords, do we really want AI to turn flat images into accurate 3D renderings of their content? A group of boffins from the University of Nottingham and Kingston University think so, and alarmingly so do 400,000 …
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Need to get up to speed on machine learning, AI?

There are just 25 tickets left for MCubed, our machine learning, AI and analytics conference, so if you want to spend two days learning how those technologies could change your business, you need to secure your ticket now. We’ve worked hard to bring together a speaker lineup in Central London that won’t just talk about what AI …
Team Register, 26 Sep 2017
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The power JavaScript: 'Gandalf of JS' Wirfs-Brock on ECMAscript 2017

JavaScript has become the interface to the web thanks to browsers, it's leaked onto servers with Node.js, and is now carving out a small niche in Machine Learning – but JavaScript just wouldn’t be without ECMAScript. ECMAScript is the standard language definition on which JavaScript is based and this summer saw an important …
Danny Bradbury, 26 Sep 2017
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Baidu-backed fund has a billion quid for 100 self-driving projects

A joint investment venture backed by China's Baidu is offering 10 billion yuan (£1.1bn) for 100 autonomous driving projects anywhere in the world. Other companies have announced similar money bags. Samsung, for example, launched a $300m (£222m) Automotive Innovation Fund on September 14. Baidu, which unveiled its own open- …
Andrew Silver, 21 Sep 2017
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Why being 'boring' is a university AI spinout's route to success

The world of artificial intelligence changed in early 2014 when Google paid £400m for DeepMind Technologies, a company founded by neuroscientist and polymath Demis Hassabis. Since then large numbers of Fortune 500 companies have moved to grab what AI intellectual assets – usually university researchers – they could find. AI …
Marcus Gibson, 19 Sep 2017

Prejudiced humans = prejudiced algorithms, and it's not an easy fix

It is half a century since the days when London B&Bs would welcome guests with notices stating "No Irish, no blacks, no dogs." Twenty years since, as marketing manager for a major UK financial institution, I had to inform our underwriting department that adding "does not apply to disabled persons" to an ad for motor insurance …
Jane Fae , 31 Aug 2017
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If Machine Learning is the question, open source is the answer. Right?

Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) are extraordinarily hard to pull off in the real world, so of course the solution must be open source. From Google’s TensorFlow to Microsoft’s Cognitive Toolkit, the world is awash in open source ML/AI code... none of which seems to be solving the gaping void between AI hype …
Matt Asay, 30 Aug 2017
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Boffin rediscovers 1960s attempt to write fiction with computers

Next time IBM tries to convince you that Watson is the latest and greatest innovation that couldn't possibly have been done any time other than now, know that Big Blue tried to get a computer writing short stories in the 1960s. The existence of IBM's old work has been re-discovered by James Ryan of the University of California …
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Boffins bust AI with corrupted training data

If you don't know what your AI model is doing, how do you know it's not evil? Boffins from New York University have posed that question in a paper at arXiv, and come up with the disturbing conclusion that machine learning can be taught to include backdoors, by attacks on their learning data. The problem of a “maliciously …
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Pssst... wanna participate in a Google DeepMind AI pilot? Be careful

Imagine you’re in charge of technology and data for part of the UK’s chronically cash-squeezed National Health Service. A world-famous technology firm offers you a cool new service, either free or for very little money. All it wants in return is access to the patient data that will make the service work. What are you going to do …
SA Mathieson, 23 Aug 2017
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Elon Musk among 116 AI types calling on UN to nobble robo-weapons before they go all Skynet

116 artificial intelligence and robotics experts have put their name to an Open Letter calling for the United Nations to work for a ban on autonomous weapons. “Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare,” the letter says. “Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2017
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Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?

Blade Runner, the film inspired by Philip K Dick's book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, is 35 years old this year. Set in a dystopian Los Angeles, the story centres on the tracking down and killing of a renegade group of artificial humans – replicants – escaped from space and trying to extend their lifespans beyond the …

Real talk: Machine learning is not there yet. Some assembly required

Despite the vendor-driven hype, machine learning is not a miracle cure for businesses. In fact, it's something of a problem child, one that requires quite a bit of handholding and coddling. In a paper published this week, Ilias Flaounas, senior data scientist at developer tools biz Atlassian, argues that companies should be …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Aug 2017
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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

A sarcasm detector bot that outputs emojis in response to strings of text? Yep, it’s another brilliant AI project in the quiet days of summer. If you can spot the sarcasm above, chances are you’re human rather than a bot. The particular bot that we’re talking about here is made by DeepMoji, a spinoff from the Massachusetts …
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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

Universities, carmakers, local authorities and tech and insurance firms are involved in an array of part-government-sponsored self-driving vehicle pilots across the UK. More than £20m is being funnelled into projects to build and refine autonomous technology, understand human-vehicle interaction, and assess risk. It’s an era …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2017

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