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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 »

Google Just Made a Giant Leap in Artificial Intelligence

A human has lost a game of Go to a computer for the first time in 2.5K years

(Newser) - It seems Skynet is one step closer … if all the Terminator wanted to do is play a 2,500-year-old game. On Wednesday, Google DeepMind announced the creation of an artificial intelligence that successfully beat a professional Go player five games in a row, Wired reports. According to a study... More »

Weary of Swiping on Tinder? Bot Will Flirt for You

Casanova claims to bring more confidence to pickup lines than real men do

(Newser) - Apparently Tinder's requirement that users swipe left to reject a profile and right to make a connection is just too demanding, prompting two 24-year-olds fresh out of the University of Southern Florida to unleash a new bot, called Casanova, to do the heavy lifting for you. Users let Casanova... More »

Your Computer Now Knows When You're Mad

The way you move your mouse is giving you away

(Newser) - We may like to think that we are indescribably complex emotional creatures, but computer scientists at Brigham Young University are finding that they can accurately predict one side of ourselves—our dark, angry side—simply by tracking the way we move a mouse while on a computer. "Using this... More »

Microsoft Knows Just How Happy, Disgusted You Are

The next generation of facial recognition adds emotion to the mix

(Newser) - Our faces have long betrayed our emotions to other discerning humans, and now the machines are catching up. Microsoft has just released the public beta version of a new Project Oxford tool that uses artificial intelligence to recognize "eight core emotional states" on people's faces in photographs. If... More »

New Artificially Intelligent Ads Are Reading Your Emotions

Camera-equipped billboards can tell if you like what they're selling

(Newser) - Staring at a billboard while stuck in traffic? Well there's a good chance one day soon that billboard will be staring back at you. Quartz reports advertising company M&C Saatchi was testing out what it calls "the world's first-ever artificially intelligent poster campaign" in London over... More »

Technology's Top Minds Warn Against Killer Robots

They fear autonomous weapons will lead to AI arms race

(Newser) - Good news, humanity: A group of people capable of creating a truly fearsome army of killer robots have made it clear that they're firmly opposed to the concept of "offensive autonomous weapons." An open letter warning against a "military artificial intelligence arms race" was signed by... More »

Researchers Making Mario Think for Himself

He can 'learn' to collect coins, jump on bad guys

(Newser) - Before you know it, your video games could be playing themselves. Researchers in Germany are working on giving Nintendo's best-known character a form of artificial intelligence, the Verge reports. Their goal is a "Living and Conversing Mario Agent" that can act on commands given not with a gamepad... More »

Report: Robots Could Make Most Lawyers Obsolete

Experts point to possible 'structural collapse' at law firms

(Newser) - A new report looks at the state of the legal profession in 2030, and it doesn't look too pretty as far as employment is concerned, io9 reports. "It is no longer unrealistic to consider that workplace robots and their AI processing systems could reach the point of general... More »

Hawking: Artificial Intelligence Could Doom Us All

Human evolution too slow to compete, he says

(Newser) - Add artificial intelligence to aliens and the Higgs boson on the list of things Stephen Hawking thinks could wipe out the human race. "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," he told a BBC interviewer yesterday while discussing his communication software'... More »

Scientists Make a Robot With a Worm's 'Mind'

Lego invention moves without being programmed

(Newser) - They're not quite at the point where they can implant a human brain into a robot—but scientists have taken a step closer. They've simulated the simple and well-studied nervous system of the Caenorhabditis elegans roundworm and stuck it in a robot, the Smithsonian reports. First, they mapped... More »

Does Another Species Already Rule the Earth?

Rats and ants are contenders; others may rise up

(Newser) - Humans have been ruling Earth for a while now, but are we just a flash in the pan? Scientists are analyzing other species and asking whether any will eventually take over should we perish by plague, climate change, war, famine, you name it. Or perhaps one already dominates without our... More »

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