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Artificial Intelligence

  1. Robot-On-Robot Action: Which Movies, Games, and Shows Pass The Botdel Test?

    The Bechdel test has helped raise awareness about the dearth of strong, autonomous women in movies, and while the Bechdel test is monumentally important, there is another group often neglected in discussions of social equality: ROBOTS.

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  2. Domhnall Gleeson is About to Make a Scary, Lady Robot Friend in the Ex Machina Trailer

    And make everyone super uncomfortable.

    Yesterday we showed you the iffy poster, now watch the trailer for Ex Machina starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac. And we were just discussing how certain forms of artificial intelligence make us feel about the direction the world is heading. This movie will not comfort you if you're among the fearful.

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  3. A.I. Experts Working on a Turing Test Replacement That Isn’t Just an Imitation Game

    Sorry, Cleverbot.

    If we want to create truly sophisticated artificial intelligence, we're going to have to set the bar a little higher than a test that Cleverbot can pass.

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  4. A.I. Mario Figures out How to Destroy His Enemies; Now You’re Playing God With Power

    "If I talk to the humans, they certainly learn to trust me."

    Researchers at the University of Tübingen in Germany have given Mario the ultimate power up: he can learn about his environment and enemies. They gave him rudimentary "feelings," too, but apparently forgot empathy, because he sure is obsessed with how to kill things. So, par for the course for artificial intelligence.

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  5. How Well Does Your Computer Know You? Machines May Understand Us Better Than Our Friends or Family

    Time to embrace our robot overlords.

    According to Wu Youyou, lead author on a study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, "the human-computer interactions depicted in science fiction films such as Her seem to be within our reach." Yay?

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  6. You Can Now Have Your Very Own A.I. Personal Robot Lady Friend

    If you have no fear of death at the hands of robot overlords, I guess.

    Did no one see Her? Or Battlestar Galactica? Or like... any piece of fiction where teaching robots to be our friendly BBFs/have any artificial intelligence ever is a horrible idea?

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  7. A.I. Experts Sign Open Letter to Recommend We Don’t Make A.I. a Sociopathic Nightmare

    They're afraid we might do that, Dave.

    Sure, we nearly constantly warn the Internet about the impending threat of our eventual robot overlords, but who wants to listen to a bunch of bloggers making nervous Terminator jokes? Now there's an open letter signed by actual experts in artificial intelligence that urges everyone to make sure that they build their AI to factor "is this good for humans" into its decisions.

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  8. You Can Try to Beat an Unbeatable A.I. at Poker Online, But You Won’t Succeed

    The only winning move is not to play.

    Somebody call Matthew Broderick; there's an unbeatable AI on the Internet that wants to play a game with you. Luckily for the safety of the world, that game is poker.

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  9. “Ada Lovelace Exam” Proposed As Alternative To Turing Test, Computers Everywhere Are Hella Stoked

    I feel so much better about the Singularity.

    You guys remember rad-as-HECK Ada Lovelace from Sam's profile of her earlier this year, right? The Ada Lovelace? The one with a day of the year named after her plus an entire computer language? The woman who essentially wrote the world's first-ever computer program and predicted the creative capabilities of modern machines? Well, good. Because Ada might be about to get a lot more fans, at least if one tech professor has his druthers.

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  10. Elon Musk Is Afraid We Might Create Ultron, He Is Now Officially Tony Stark

    There are no strings on Musk.

    Now do you believe me that Elon Musk is not-so-secretly Iron Man? The dude is worried about Ultron, for crap's sake! Whoever came up with this viral marketing campaign for Age of Ultron deserves a raise.

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  11. Showtime Ramps Up Penny Dreadful Advertising With Creepy Interactive Window Display That Follows Passersby

    Cool, I'm not going to have nightmares about women in feathered hats tonight.

    While Showtime has made the first episode of Penny Dreadful available online already, they certainly aren't pulling any punches when it comes to promoting its May 11th premiere, as evidenced by the elaborately interactive displays they've placed in New York and Los Angeles for the next two weeks.

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  12. Facebook’s Automatic Tagging Software Has Near-Human Facial Recognition

    This is why we need a dislike button.

    Bad news for those of us who strategically choose which images of ourselves we label on Facebook. Actually, bad news for anyone who has a face. The social network's horrifyingly accurate facial recognition software, DeepFace, is approaching human-level accuracy and definitely knows what you look like. NSA, don't you even think about it.

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  13. EmoSPARK Is An Artificial Intelligence System For Your Home, Better Be Nice To It

    Just please, please, don't name yours HAL.

    The IndieGoGo campaign for the EmoSPARK has already been completely funded, so you might as well witness the future of SmartHomes now. If you're a Eureka fan, it's basically like having your very own SARAH (Self Actuated Residential Automated Habitat). Just don't try to disconnect it - you'll never get your garage/Pod bay doors open again.

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  14. Does Artificial Intelligence Have A Place in eSports?

    Maybe if we teach the robots to play video games, they'll let us live after the revolution.

    Games like League of Legends, Call of Duty, or Planetside 2 are notable for their cooperative play between real live teammates. But what if one of those teammates could be replaced by a capable A.I.? PBS Game/Show thinks it might be worth doing in the future as a way to streamline gamplay. Here's their argument for why.

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  15. Google Just Bought An Artificial Intelligence Company, Might As Well Surrender Now

    Google would also like your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle.

    Since December, Google has been picking up robotics companies all over the place, including the super-terrifying Boston Dynamics, and the DARPA robot olympics-winning SCHAFT. We couldn't have thees robots annihilate the human race without brains, though, so Google has acquired Artificial Intelligence start-up DeepMind for about $500 million.

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  16. Artificial Intelligence is on the Rise, and That Might Be a Good Thing [Video]

    You can definitely trust us, we're totally human too. Totally.

    We all know the standard tropes and fears surrounding artificial intelligence -- how the robots will replace all of us at our jobs and evolve to overthrow humanity in an apocalyptic blaze, that kind of thing. PBS Off Book wanted to poke those tropes with a stick and see just what AI could actually bring us, so they gathered up several computer science professors from NYU and Oxford to ask them just what we should expect from our future cybernetic overlords.

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  17. Developing A.I. Might Be Less Unethical Than Not [Video]

    Every single we aren't actively trying to make the Matrix happen is apparently a day wasted.

    Robots are only getting more and more intelligent, and eventually they will replace us. Every single story in popular science fiction confirms this viewpoint, so naturally whenever someone invents a new piece of technology that begins to closely resemble artificial intelligence, some nerd shouts "No don't do that THE CYLONS" or something to that extent. But what if creating better robots is actually the most ethical thing we can do as a society? That's the question that the most recent episode of PBS Ideal Channel puts forth to viewers. I'm not sure if I agree, but I could basically listen to host Mike Rugnetta wax philosophical to accompanying pop culture GIFs for days on end regardless.

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  18. Artificial Intelligence Can Now Beat Super Mario Bros.

    Tired of playing video games now that the sun is starting to make regular appearances and the outside world is looking more inviting? Good news! Now there's a computer program that can play your video games for you! Computer scientist Tom Murphy has developed an artificial intelligence that can play NES games like Super Mario Bros. all by itself. It doesn't even have to trade off the controller with its kid brother every other life.

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  19. Watson Supercomputer Goes To College, Revenge Of The Nerds Style Antics Imminent

    IBM's Watson supercomputer is a pretty smart machine, already capable of trouncing our finest humans in trivia contests. There's always room for improvement, though, and in a move certain to leave Peter Thiel like, SOOOOO pissed, the team developing Watson is sending the computer to college, where it will bone up on coursework in English and math. Pretty soon, not only will Watson be better at trivia than you, it will also be able to trounce you in beer pong, meaning it's officially time for us to just pack it in as a species, folks. The machines have already won.

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  20. AI Designed Game A Puzzling Present Brings Humans One Step Closer To Obsolescence

    The gameplay of recently released platform puzzle game A Puzzling Present may seem on the familiar side, but it's safe to say that no matter how well trod this side-scrolling puzzler may feel at times -- when you're reversing the gravity of a level with the push of a button, for example --  you've probably never played anything quite like it. That's because the maps and gameplay for the game -- in which you play a gift hunting Santa sprite tasked with retrieving presents using new powers that are reassigned every level -- wer designed mostly by an artificial intelligence program known as ANGELINA.

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