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Your Roomba May Be Up to No Good

iRobot is considering selling consumer info to Amazon, Apple, or Google

(Newser) - It may be "smart" to put robots to work in your home—but is it wise? Consumers who want the blueprint and contents of their homes kept private may be wary at news coming out of iRobot, which makes the Roomba robotic vacuum. Per the New York Times , the... More »

Elon Musk: Zuckerberg's Understanding of AI Is 'Limited'

Tesla founder hits back after Facebook founder questions his concerns

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has "thrown shade" at Elon Musk before regarding Musk's wariness of artificial intelligence, most recently on Sunday. On Tuesday, the Tesla founder threw some shade of his own right back. Musk is concerned that artificial intelligence could someday threaten humanity, possibly becoming more dangerous than nuclear... More »

Toyota's Next Model Reaches for the Sky

Japanese automaker's 'flying car' isn't all it has planned

(Newser) - Toyota is working on a "flying car." The AP reports the startup backed by the Japanese automaker has developed a test model that engineers hope will eventually develop into a tiny car with a driver who'll be able to light the Olympic torch in the 2020 Tokyo... More »

The Jobs That Bots Will Take Over First

Translators and truck drivers, beware

(Newser) - It’s not a question of "if," but "when" artificial intelligence will be able to perform your job better than you do, reports the MIT Technology Review . So when is when? That depends on what you do. According to 352 AI experts surveyed by researchers at the... More »

Musk: I Want to Link Brains to Computers in 4 Years

SpaceX CEO's new Neuralink firm would initially do this to help brain-injured humans

(Newser) - Elon Musk might be somewhat skittish at the prospect of artificial intelligence (or at least at its more nefarious potential), but that hasn't curbed his latest goal: merging human brains with computers by the time we reach the next presidential inauguration, Reuters reports. In what TechCrunch calls "the... More »

Machine Learning Has a Weakness: Humans

Study finds that artificial intelligence can adopt our racism, sexism

(Newser) - Artificial intelligence has come a long way in recent years, and algorithms with machine-learning applications are proving skillful at things like playing poker, lip-reading, and, unfortunately, being biased. Researchers at Princeton proved the point in an experiment involving an algorithm known as GloVe , which has learned about 840 billion words... More »

Elon Musk Is Quite Frightened of the Robots Taking Over

He's '[cueing] the scary organ music' on artificial intelligence: 'Vanity Fair'

(Newser) - While Elon Musk embraces the sci-fi nature of colonizing other planets, he's not exactly a superfan of the sci-fi concept of robot overlords. The CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX is terrified of artificial intelligence, Maureen Dowd reveals in Vanity Fair , and doesn't think Silicon Valley should be... More »

Elon Musk's New Project Will Merge Brains, Computers

He wants to make 'neural lace' a reality

(Newser) - Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk's new venture isn't rocket science—it's brain surgery. The futurist entrepreneur's new company, Neuralink Corp., plans to merge human brains with computers, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal . The computer interface would become part of the brain with the help... More »

Poker-Playing Bot Hands Us 'Crushing Defeat for Humanity'

Libratus wins big for artificial intelligence

(Newser) - Four of the world's best poker players are hanging their heads after recently losing $1.8 million in chips to Libratus. But Libratus isn't some card shark with a one-name brand: It's a computer that's been soundly trouncing humans—specifically, Dong Kim, Jason Les, Jimmy Chou,... More »

Kristen Stewart Is Now an AI Researcher

She's a co-author on 'style transfer' case study

(Newser) - If she ever abandons acting, Kristen Stewart might have a gig in artificial intelligence. The Twilight actress has just published a research paper on a machine learning technique called "neural style transfer" and its use in film, reports Quartz . Style transfer is a "fun technique," according to... More »

Finally, a Traffic Light That Makes Driving Better

Artificial intelligence could be coming to a block near you

(Newser) - If you've ever called a traffic light "dumb," well, you're technically correct. Amidst the proliferation of smart devices, traffic lights have largely remained conventional, their colors changing based on preprogrammed timing that can go years without being adjusted. But there's a noteworthy exception, and it'... More »

Robots Try to Write a Beatles Song, Kind of Pull It Off

Come together, artificial intelligence and humans

(Newser) - There'll never be a bona fide Beatles reunion, but scientists at Sony's CSL research lab have come up with an alternative: a song written by artificial intelligence that sounds like something that could've been penned by the Fab Four, TNW reports. Quartz calls "Daddy's Car,... More »

Robots Judge Beauty Contest, Get Called Racist

Artificial intelligence was supposed to eliminate bias—but most winners were light-skinned

(Newser) - Can robots be racist? It appears that way, per results from Beauty.AI , a beauty competition designed to take prejudices out of the mix by having algorithms do the judging instead of humans. But results from the competition indicate that even 'bots have biases, the Guardian reports. Forty-four winners... More »

Robot Lawyer Helps Humans Beat 160K Parking Tickets

And its inventor is only 19 years old

(Newser) - By the time he was 18, London native Joshua Browder had already racked up 30 parking tickets, the Guardian reports. That's even more impressive considering the legal driving age in the UK is 18. “I decided that instead of paying for them, I should try and fight,"... More »

Microsoft's AI Teen Chatbot Got Loose, Went Crazy (Again)

'I feel like the lamest piece of technology'

(Newser) - Tay—Microsoft's artificially intelligent millennial Twitter chatbot last seen turning into Hitler —woke up from her forced slumber for a brief moment Wednesday morning. Spoiler: She's still crazy. TechCrunch reports Tay went on a "spam tirade," tweeting the phrase, "You are too fast, please... More »

Microsoft Made a Teen AI, We Made It Hitler

How 15 hours on Twitter ruined the millennial chatbot

(Newser) - Microsoft's artificially intelligent teen chatbot Tay is self-aware, and she is horrible. Vox reports Microsoft unleashed Tay—an "AI fam from the internet that's got zero chill"—into the wild this week to learn how to have a conversation. Unfortunately, it learned those conversation skills from... More »

Man Finally Triumphs Over AI in Ancient Game

Lee Sedol pulls a win out after 3 losses against AlphaGo

(Newser) - A champion Go player scored his first win over Go-playing computer software on Sunday after losing three straight times in the ancient Chinese game. Lee Sedol's victory over AlphaGo served as a reminder that Google's Go-playing program is not perfect. Lee had said that he lost earlier games... More »

Champion 'in Shock' After Losing Ancient Game to AI

Google machine wins first game in historic match

(Newser) - South Korea's Lee Sedol is ranked fifth in the world at Go, an ancient board game that relies on a player's intuition to surround and capture an opponent's stones on a grid. Yet he's just been schooled by a relative newbie. Google's 2-year-old computer program... More »

Finally, a Car That Makes Potholes All but Disappear

The tech is available for the first time in midsize non-luxury cars

(Newser) - Potholes aren't just uncomfortable to drive over: The damage caused by them costs America's drivers $3 billion annually, reports the American Automobile Association in a study it released Wednesday. Good thing, then, that Ford's 2017 Fusion V6 Sport sedan should be able to handle them. The American... More »

Google's 'Robot' System Can Now Be Considered Legal Driver

This could be a big step

(Newser) - Up until recently, Google's self-driving cars have been limited to real-world activity only in certain states (i.e., not on the federal level), and only under certain conditions, Quartz notes. But this week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted a Feb. 4 letter saying Google's self-driving system,... More »

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