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In the red corner: Malware-breeding AI. And in the blue corner: The AI trying to stop it

Feature The magic AI wand has been waved over language translation, and voice and image recognition, and now: computer security. Antivirus makers want you to believe they are adding artificial intelligence to their products: software that has learned how to catch malware on a device. There are two potential problems with that. Either …
Katyanna Quach, 02 Aug 2017

Facebook pulls plug on language-inventing chatbots? THE TRUTH

If you thought artificial intelligence was already overhyped to death, this week will have given you a heart attack. On Monday, excitement levels among hacks hit the roof amid claims Facebook had scrambled to shut down its chatbots after they started inventing their own language. Several publications called the programs “ …
Katyanna Quach, 01 Aug 2017

Zuck sucks up upstart Ozlo so it can stop sucking at chatbots

Facebook has acquired Ozlo presumably to help the gigantic social network improve its virtual assistant M on its Messenger platform. Based in Palo Alto, California, Ozlo is a startup specializing in trying to get software to understand text. The team built an app fronted by a blue cartoon yeti-like robot, which does things …
Katyanna Quach, 01 Aug 2017
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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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Chess champ Kasparov, for one, welcomes our new robot overlords

DEF CON The world chess champion who was beaten by a computer today told the DEF CON hacking conference that we shouldn’t fear AI systems, but instead need to embrace them. Garry Kasparov was the chess wunderkind of his day but was creamed by IBM’s Deep Blue computer in 1997. That wasn’t even close to being an AI system, he said, …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jul 2017

MCubed: Early bird tickets offer ends on Monday

Let’s make this quick. The early bird ticket offer for MCubed, our three-day extravaganza of machine learning, AI and analytics, will evaporate Monday evening, giving you just a few days to save hundreds of pounds on tickets for the conference and our deep dive workshops. We’ve built this conference explicitly for people who …
Team Register, 28 Jul 2017
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You need to assemble a crack AI team: Where do you even start?

AI is finding its way into every day business and government. The idea of AI is not a new, but what is different is that today's hardware and software is bringing the various concepts underpinning AI to a mass market. What’s new, too, is the driver: from bots and digital assistants to autonomous vehicles Google, Microsoft, …
Rachel Willcox, 27 Jul 2017
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A vendor that doesn’t think AI and ML will fix security? We found one!

Machine learning and artificial intelligence will improve security technologies and outcomes, but “won’t move the needle as much as people think”, according to RSA chief technology officer Zulfikar Ramzan. Speaking to The Register at the company’s Asian conference in Singapore today, Ramzan said that while AI and ML will …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2017

An 'AI' that can diagnose schizophrenia from a brain scan – here's how it works (or doesn't)

Analysis Scientists have had a crack at using simple machine-learning software to make psychiatry a little more objective. Why, you ask. Well, rather than rely on a professional opinion from a human expert, as we've done so for years, why not ask a computer for a cold logical diagnosis? One benefit of using code as opposed to a …
Katyanna Quach, 26 Jul 2017

Creepy tech tycoons Zuck and Musk clash over AI doomsday

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has told Elon Musk off for scaring people about “AI”. Musk has responded by saying Zuckerberg's understanding is "limited". “I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios — I just, I don't understand it. It's really negative and in some ways I actually think it is …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jul 2017
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Bone-up on machine learning and AI and enjoy your hols

If you want to get on top of machine learning and learn how AI is leaping from the lab to the world of businesses, you could buy "something" for Dummies at the airport en route to the beach... Or you could save a few hundred quid by buying an early bird ticket for MCubed, our three day exploration of ML and AI in business, in …
Team Register, 25 Jul 2017
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In the Pearl River Delta's electronics souks, AI lets the haggling happen

The electronics markets of Shenzhen are bewildering. These football-field-sized buildings seemingly sell almost anything, any bit of electronics – chip, component, connector – if you know where to look among the myriad stores in the ten-storey towers. To find find what you need in that riot of abundance you have to ask someone …
Mark Pesce, 25 Jul 2017

What sort of silicon brain do you need for artificial intelligence?

The Raspberry Pi is one of the most exciting developments in hobbyist computing today. Across the world, people are using it to automate beer making, open up the world of robotics and revolutionise STEM education in a world overrun by film students. These are all laudable pursuits. Meanwhile, what is Microsoft doing with it? …
Danny Bradbury, 24 Jul 2017
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DeepMind says it's given AI an imagination. Let's take a closer look at that

Google's AI boutique, DeepMind, known for dispelling human delusions of intellectual superiority by soundly beating the world's top Go players with computer code, has found that instilling its software agents with something like imagination helps them learn better. In two papers published this week – "Imagination-Augmented …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Jul 2017

Why you'll never make really big money as an AI dev

Among the stupider things I said in the 1980s was a comment about Artificial Intelligence, including neural nets - or perceptrons as we called them back then - saying we needed "maybe a processor that worked at a hundred megahertz and literally gigabytes of storage". I also believed that following our success using Fuzzy Logic …
Dominic Connor, 21 Jul 2017

Shut up and take my money! AI luminaries go gooey for Graphcore's smart chip tech

Bristolian AI chip startup Graphcore has had a fast B-round 12 months after its $32m A-round funding was first revealed. The May 2017 A-round involved big names like Dell Technologies Capital along with Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Samsung Catalyst Fund, Amadeus Capital Partners, Foundation Capital, Pitango Venture Capital, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2017

Huawei reckons it can strong ARM its way into AI world with new chips

Chinese systems colossus Huawei claims it is developing chips optimized for artificial-intelligence tasks. The silicon will combine an application CPU, a graphics processing unit, and a hardware engine for accelerating machine-learning algorithms, it's reported. Technical details are scant, unfortunately. The components will …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2017
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House of Lords to probe AI data slurping

How technology giants own and use your data will be a focus for our noble and learned friends on the new House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence. The Parliamentary committee yesterday announced the UK's first public inquiry "to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jul 2017
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We're all saved. From the killer AI. We can live. Thanks to the IEEE

Amid renewed calls to regulate AI before it wipes humanity from the planet, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has rolled out a standards project to guide how AI agents handle data, part of a broader effort to ensure AI will act ethically. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and a few other companies, over the …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Jul 2017
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Mozilla hoping to open source voice samples for future AI devs

Mozilla has decided speech recognition should be open source, and has launched a project to achieve just that, Project Common Voice. What the browser builder wants, it says, is an open source data set for voice recognition apps. The open source community, Mozilla's Daniel Kessler writes, is the “next wave of innovators” – but …

Apple's 'KGB level of secrecy' harms its AI projects – but don't worry, it's started a blog

Analysis Continuing its campaign to court AI boffins, traditionally tight-lipped Apple has tiptoed further toward engagement with the outside world through the publication of its first research blog. "Welcome to the Apple Machine Learning Journal," the initial post says. "Here, you can read posts written by Apple engineers about their …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Jul 2017
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Watson AI panned, 5¼ years of sales decline ... Does IBM now stand for Inferior Biz Model?

Analysis If there's one thing you can give IBM credit for, it's Big Blue's ability to put on a brave face. Not only has its Watson offering been skewered by Wall Street analysts, it's also just reported its 21st straight quarter of revenue decline. Its CEO Ginni Rometty, whose annual pay package is a whopping $33m (£25m), hasn't …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2017
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Me-ow! Ruski tech titan Yandex open-sources ML library CatBoost

Russia's tech behemoth Yandex has open-sourced its first machine learning library, CatBoost. Many big-name tech companies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and even Sony already offer machine learning frameworks. These tend to focus on neural networks, computer systems modelled on the human brain that can be trained to …
Andrew Silver, 18 Jul 2017
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Vendors rush to call everything AI even if it isn't, or doesn't help

Many enterprise software vendors “are focused on the goal of simply building and marketing an AI-based product rather than identifying use cases and the business value to customers.” So says Gartner analyst Jim Hare in a July 6th piece of research titled “How Enterprise Software Providers Should (and Should Not) Exploit the AI …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2017

AI bots will kill us all! Or at least may seriously inconvenience humans

Analysis Elon Musk – the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and Neuralink, not to mention co-chairman of OpenAI and founder of The Boring Company – is once again warning that artificial intelligence threatens humanity. In an interview at the National Governors Association 2017 Summer Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday, Musk insisted …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Jul 2017
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The hidden horse power driving Machine Learning models

Machine Learning is becoming the only real available method to perform many modern computational tasks in near real time. Machine Vision, speech recognition and natural language processing have all proved difficult to crack without ML techniques. When it comes to hardware, the tasks themselves do not need a great deal of …
Andrew Cobley, 17 Jul 2017
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Brit neural net pioneer just revolutionised speech recognition all over again

Profile One of the pioneers of making what's called "machine learning" work in the real world is on the comeback trail. At Cambridge University's Computer Science department in the 1990s, Dr Tony Robinson taught a generation of students who subsequently turned the Fens into the world speech recognition centre. (Microsoft, Amazon and …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jul 2017
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Need to get a grip on AI and machine learning? Join us...

If you’re in any kind of knowledge-based business, you may suspect your world is about to be rocked by machine learning and AI over the next few years. So, you owe it to yourself, if not to your bosses or shareholders, to get up to speed on the practical application of this technology, and fast. Happily, MCubed, which takes …
Joe Fay, 14 Jul 2017
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Let's go to work: How bots took over business

Once cloud was accepted as something with various meanings, none of which our customers understood, the IT industry searched for the next big buzzword. It came up with not one but three terms often used interchangeably by people who don't know any better – bots, artificial intelligence and machine learning. This is great news …
Sonia Cuff, 14 Jul 2017

Pretty fly for an AI: Bioboffins use machine learning to decipher fruit flies' brains

Scientists in the US have developed a computer program called JAABA that uses machine learning to map groups of neurons responsible for the different behaviors observed in tiny fruit flies. The brain is a tangled mess of neurons that continues to mystify neurologists. Creating a detailed map allows scientists to learn the …
Katyanna Quach, 14 Jul 2017
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'Many' ways to create artificial intelligence. Just ask the UK's AI businesses

Nothing brings a smile to the face of Sabine Toulson – co-founder in 1995 of Intelligent Financial Systems – faster than the notion that AI and its associated technologies are “something new”. Both Sabine and husband Darren were graduates of UCL’s Artificial Intelligence Lab – alongside other veteran entrepreneurs such as …
Marcus Gibson, 13 Jul 2017

An AI can replace what a world leader said in his video-taped speech. This will end well. Not

Video Researchers have crafted algorithms that can blend an audio recording of someone talking with a video of them saying something else entirely – and create a new convincing lip-synched video with the replacement sound. In other words, the resulting video carries the injected audio, rather than its original sound, and the frames …
Katyanna Quach, 12 Jul 2017
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AI vans are real – but they'll make us suck at driving, warn boffins

Tech and automotive firms are pushing driverless car technology on society, rather than there being a big demand for it, in the opinion of the Transport Research Laboratory's boffins. In a whitepaper published today TRL's Fellows opined that not only is there a "strong technology push for autonomous vehicles" but also that " …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Jul 2017

Is this a hotdog? What it takes for an AI to answer that might surprise you

Artificial intelligence isn't going away. Even if the hype abates its presence will have succeeded in raising awareness of a smorgasbord of interlinking concepts, technologies and ideas – neural networks and machine learning, cognitive intelligence, recommendation engines, big data, statistics and analysis – that together let …
Danny Bradbury, 10 Jul 2017
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On the couch with an AI robo-doc asking me personal questions

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "Tell me about your mother." I should have guessed that was coming. I am on a virtual couch, being diagnosed by a digital psychiatrist. Naturally it's a virtual couch. Being British, I don't own such a thing in real life. I have various other types of soft furniture and even once considered buying one of those reclining …
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Jul 2017

Google blows $800k on bots to flood the UK with 30,000 'articles' a month

Google has today awarded €706,000 ($800,000) to the UK’s Press Association to develop robot reporters that can crank out 30,000 articles a month for local newspapers and bloggers. The cash injection is part of the advertising goliath's €150m Digital News Initiative, a three-year program that allegedly supports European …
Katyanna Quach, 06 Jul 2017

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