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Boffins suggest UK needs an 'AI council' but regulation is for squares

Boffins have recommended the British government establishes a council to oversee and coordinate artificial intelligence across the private and public sectors. The suggestion was made by computer scientist Wendy Hall and BenevolentTech CEO Jérôme Pesenti in a review commissioned by the government in a bid to boost the AI …
Rebecca Hill, 16 Oct 2017
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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

I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing Gluon: Amazon, Microsoft hope easy AI dev tool sticks

Amazon and Microsoft on Thursday rolled out open-source software called Gluon in the stated hope of simplifying the implementation of machine learning. Gluon provides an interface, in the form of an API, for building neural networks, something that's not all that easy to do for those not steeped in the art. The software, …
Thomas Claburn, 12 Oct 2017

Alibaba's Jack Ma says: Relax, we're too wise for robots to take our jobs

Everybody chill. Alibaba founder Jack Ma says we don't need to worry about robots taking our jobs. Phewee. A paper published in March by US non-profit the National Bureau of Economic Research found that employment and wages in industries using robots fell between 1990 and 2007. Some thinkfluencers *cough* Elon Musk *cough* go …
Andrew Silver, 12 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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Calm down, Elon. Deep learning won't make AI generally intelligent

Minds Mastering Machines Mark Bishop, a professor of cognitive computing and a researcher at the Tungsten Centre for Intelligent Data Analytics (TCIDA) at Goldsmiths, University of London, celebrated the successes of deep learning during a lecture at the Minds Mastering Machines conference on Monday, but stressed the limits of modern AI. Elon Musk, …

Fast Forward Labs CEO: 'If every idea on the roadmap is a good idea, that scares me a bit'

Businesses' aversion to risk means they miss out on the potential rewards of machine-learning projects – but some still have impractical ideas about what artificial intelligence can really offer them. That's according to Hilary Mason, founder of analytics and algorithm research biz Fast Forward Labs, which was last month …
Rebecca Hill, 9 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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You better explain yourself, mister: DARPA's mission to make an accountable AI

The US government's mighty DARPA last year kicked off a research project designed to make systems controlled by artificial intelligence more accountable to their human users. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, to give this $2.97bn agency its full name, is the Department of Defense's body responsible for emerging …
Dan Robinson, 28 Sep 2017
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IBM launches unified data analytics system, promises machine learning for all

IBM has announced a unified analytics system that allows data scientists to work across multiple data stores in ways the company said should eliminate time-consuming data integration and preparation. The Integrated Analytics System, launched at the Strata Data Conference in New York, aims to let data scientists develop and …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Sep 2017
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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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Splunk goes native with machine learning, aims to speed up monitoring

Analytics firm Splunk is making machine learning central to the next generation of its enterprise solution, and claims it performs 20 times faster than before. Splunk's platform drills into the machine-to-machine data generated by big companies to help them identify weak spots and boost operations and performance. It has …
Rebecca Hill, 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 BEEELLION 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
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Former UK.gov IT man and Python king's guide to neural networks

Interview If you're going to learn about neural networks, you could do worse than learn it from someone who got five A levels (all grade As), has his MSc in Advanced Computing, and can tell you how to build your own neural network in 30 lines of code, even if you don't know any calculus. There aren't many people fitting that description …
Danny Bradbury, 14 Sep 2017
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Bespoke vending machine biz Bodega AI trips cultural landmine

A startup called Bodega AI, facing an unanticipated Twitter tempest, has rushed to reassure people that it isn't out to kick mom-and-pop stores to the curb. The venture-funded firm, which makes software and hardware to create "delightful automated stores" – what normals might call vending machines, but for their Ikea affect – …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Sep 2017
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Regulate, says Musk – OK, but who writes the New Robot Rules?

When the Knightscope K5 surveillance bot fell into the pond at an office complex in Washington, DC, last month, it wasn’t the first time the company’s Future of Security machines had come a cropper. In April, a K5 got on the wrong side of a drunken punch but still managed to call it in, reinforcing its maker’s belief that the …

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