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The Economist gets in on the AI Fluff

May 11, 2015
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The Economist gets in on the AI Fluff

The Economist leads with an editorial and an article on The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence. The editorial starts of with: “THE development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” Stephen Hawking warns. Elon Musk fears...

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AI, Artificial Birds and Aeroplanes

May 9, 2015
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AI, Artificial Birds and Aeroplanes

The Turing Test for artificial intelligence is a reasonably well understood idea: if, through a written form of communication, a machine can convince a human that it too is a human, then it passes the test. The elegance of this...

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How to Understand Computers in Film

May 6, 2015
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How to Understand Computers in Film

When we see an act of programming, screeds of code or other interactions with computers in movies, software engineers are likely to roll their eyes. When Chappie's coder has to write 'terabytes of code' When Ford's computer guy has to...

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How the Tech Media Keeps Artificial Intelligence at a Distance

May 4, 2015
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How the Tech Media Keeps Artificial Intelligence at a Distance

In sympathy with yesterday's post about AI as presented in films, consider this recent article from the Wall Street Journal: Artificial Intelligence Experts are in High Demand. A list of mostly machine learning experts is produced as evidence for the...

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How Hollywood Keeps Artificial Intelligence at a Distance

May 4, 2015
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How Hollywood Keeps Artificial Intelligence at a Distance

When something doesn't exist (like artificial intelligence) it's easy to think that there is some missing piece of magic required to bring it in to existence. There has been a growing interest in movie depictions of AI of late, and...

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Artificial Intelligence and Economics

May 2, 2015
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Artificial Intelligence and Economics

There are lots of articles online of the form - humanity has built some amazing things, so why haven't we produced an artificial intelligence? These articles (here's an example) often include some discussion of a task that even a very...

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Stamp of Approval

January 3, 2015
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Stamp of Approval

After getting a hint of this a few months ago, I've finally tracked down an image of a stamp that will be released this year to celebrate the invention of the World Wide Web using an image I created. Here's...

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The Longform Manifesto

September 26, 2014
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The Longform Manifesto

Sometimes a title for a blog posts suggests itself to me which seems so self contained that it takes real effort to actual write the post ('Machine Intelligence, not Machine Learning is the Next Big Thing' is another in this...

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Scottish Independence : Bing Predicts ‘No’

September 18, 2014
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Scottish Independence : Bing Predicts ‘No’

Bing's prediction team has a feature live on the site right now that predicts Scotland will not become an independant nation as a result of today's referendum.

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Bing hearts World Cup 2014, Google – not so much

July 12, 2014
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Bing hearts World Cup 2014, Google – not so much

While Google has been doing a great job of their front page animations (today's is very nice, illustrating how Brazil and The Netherlands are on their way to Russia for 2018), Bing appears to be far more attentive to actually...

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