artificial intelligence

  • Ex-Googler Launches Chadwick: A Slick AI-Based App That Helps You Track NBA Games On The Go

    Ex-Googler Launches Chadwick: A Slick AI-Based App That Helps You Track NBA Games On The Go

    With the NBA season now fully underway and our attention spans being continuously pushed to the max (not to mention Yahoo’s pissing off fantasy football fans), it seems like the perfect time to introduce you to The Chadwick Project. Nikolai Yakovenko, a former Google Search engineer and rabid basketball fan, founded Chadwick earlier this year to bring some machine learning and… Read More

  • Coders Can’t Put Writers Out Of A Job Yet, But We’d Better Watch Our Backs

    Coders Can’t Put Writers Out Of A Job Yet, But We’d Better Watch Our Backs

    Last week The New York Times ran a story by John Markoff about robots replacing human workers. Andrew McAfee, co-author of the excellent Race Against The Machine followed up with a post of his own. The gist: technology and automation lead to more job creation than job displacement in the past, but that may be changing. Writing is one of the few areas that McAfee and his co-author Erik… Read More

  • Will We Need Teachers Or Algorithms?

    Will We Need Teachers Or Algorithms?

    In my last post, I argued that software will take over many of the tasks doctors do today. And what of education? We find a very similar story of what the popular – and incredibly funny! – TED speaker Sir Ken Robinson calls “a crisis of human resources.” At the TED 2010 conference, he stated that “we make poor use of our talents.” In the same way that we… Read More

  • The Surprising Path Of Artificial Intelligence

    The Surprising Path Of Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence touches our lives in the form of chess computers that are better than most humans, computers beating the best humans at Jeopardy, intelligent ad targeting, Microsoft Kinect recognizing human motion and even amazingly, Google’s self-driving car that drove itself from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Intelligent systems can even do transactions involving judgment… Read More

  • Diffbot Sees The Web Like People Do, Now Free For Developers

    Diffbot Sees The Web Like People Do, Now Free For Developers

    Diffbot is a geeky and incredibly interesting technology that uses bots, algorithms, computer vision and artificial intelligence to process the content on the Web the way a human being can. “The entire Internet can be broken down into 30 different page types” explains Co-founder Mike Tung, also known as “Diffbot Mike,” and “Diffbot can identify them all.”… Read More

  • Angry Nerds: IBM's Watson Finishes Night One Of Jeopardy Challenge Tied For First Place

    Angry Nerds: IBM's Watson Finishes Night One Of Jeopardy Challenge Tied For First Place

    Did you all just see that? The IBM Jeopardy Challenge kicked off tonight, and Watson, the IBM-developed artificial intelligence absolutely more than held his own against his human competition. Mechanical men! Read More

  • IBM's Watson To Smash Its Human Opponents On Jeopardy Tonight

    Be sure to check your local listings today to see when Jeopardy airs. Why would you want to do that? Oh, you know why: tonight is the first night of the IBM Challenge, starring Watson the artificial intelligence. Oh, and two human opponents. Humans are old news. Read More

  • What happens when artificial intelligence gets too advanced for its own good?

    What happens when artificial intelligence gets too advanced for its own good?

    Imagine you’re sitting at the dining table reading the latest Wrestling Observer, as you do from time to time. Nothing too crazy, just minding your own business. Then, suddenly—it’s always suddenly—the microwave hops off the counter, wielding a knife, and comes charging after you. Oh, dear! Read More

  • AI chopper flies self, kills none

    AI chopper flies self, kills none

    On Monday, computer scientists at Stanford demonstrated their AI helicopter, sending it flying around campus all on its own. Instead of reveling in its new found freedom, the ‘copter performed aerobatics that it learned from watching a radio-controlled helicopter flown by a human. The AI system communicates with a ground-based computer that does the actual guiding. Each helicopter… Read More

  • Interesting video of improved robot vision and obstacle navigation

    Interesting video of improved robot vision and obstacle navigation

    This is a short video by the NYU splinter of a DARPA-funded project that aims to improve the way robots perceive the world around them (and most importantly, in front of them). As the video notes, the resolution (both temporal and spatial) of current robots’ visual systems is very limited due to data bandwidth and CPU limitations. Consequently, it cannot process its path beyond about… Read More