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Artificial Intelligence

This Past Month's Apple Acquisitions: Increased Prevalence of Leading Companies Incorporating Machine Learning in Consumer-Facing Technologies

Lars Hard | Posted 08.21.2014 | Huffpost Code
Lars Hard

The roles of big data and machine intelligence are becoming increasingly visible in our day-to-day lives. That doesn't necessarily mean that tomorrow ...

The Robots Are Coming and 'Humans Need Not Apply'

Martin Ford | Posted 08.20.2014 | Technology
Martin Ford

I've been a relatively lonely voice; the attention of both the public and economists has been focused elsewhere. Over the the past year or so, however, things have changed quite dramatically: Deep concern about the robot revolution -- and its impact on jobs -- is going mainstream.

From Whale Songs to the Beatles: Computer Analysis of Musical Styles

Lior Shamir | Posted 08.07.2014 | Science
Lior Shamir

Vocal communication of whales sounds like songs whales sing to each other. So if our algorithm was able to analyze songs made by whales, we started to wonder how well it could analyze songs made by humans. It just made sense to give it a try.

Machines With Feelings

John Bates | Posted 08.04.2014 | Technology
John Bates

In Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy a computer called Deep Thought was asked to provide the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything...

Civil Rights Clash: Transhumanists Prepare to Challenge an Anti-Cryonics Law in Canada

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

British Columbia has a law on the books that prohibits the marketing or sale of services for cryonics. The stage is being set for a civil rights clash. Cryonicists say they will challenge the law in court, citing it as a human rights violation that threatens their ultimate transhuman goal of trying to live indefinitely.

A World Future Society Conference Speech: Everyone Faces a Transhumanist Wager

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.15.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem. Each one of us has a problem. In fact, no matter where you go on the planet, no matter who you find, every single person on Earth has this same dire problem.

What to Expect From Google I/O This Week: Thinking Beyond Hardware to Machine Intelligence

Lars Hard | Posted 06.23.2014 | Huffpost Code
Lars Hard

As we pay close attention to the war to become industry leader between Google, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon and all of the large players within the developer landscape, we can certainly make predictions as to what Google may announce.

Enter Eugene: The Curious Case of 'Eugene Goostman,' Part II

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 08.18.2014 | Technology
Bill DeSmedt

June 8th, 2014 is a day that shall live in A.I.nfamy. For on that day, Reading University visiting cybernetics professor Kevin Warwick announced that a "supercomputer" masquerading as a Ukrainian teenager had successfully convinced ten out of thirty judges that it was, in fact, a human being.

How Your Great-Grandchildren Could Talk to You Decades after Your Death

Evan Carroll | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Evan Carroll

Imagine if your great-grandchildren walk over to the latest voice-controlled computer of their day and say, "I want to talk to grandma." In just seconds, a "virtual you" is projected into the room ready for a quick conversation.

Turing's Bar: The Curious Case of 'Eugene Gosstman,' Part I.5

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 08.13.2014 | Technology
Bill DeSmedt

I'm no particular fan of the Turing Test, and certainly not of its current grandstanding instantiations in the Loebner Prize and others of its ilk.

Can Machines Think? The Curious Case of 'Eugene Goostman,' Part I

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 08.10.2014 | Technology
Bill DeSmedt

So, over this past weekend, a computer running a program that styles itself "Eugene Goostman" is said to have successfully passed the Turing Test. Did that really happen? And, if so, what does it even mean?

No More Malls: 5 Disruptive Techs Transforming Retail

Peter Diamandis | Posted 08.09.2014 | Technology
Peter Diamandis

This is big. This isn't Amazon, it's Amazon x100. Very social, very local and very efficient.

'Eugene Goostman' Passes Iconic Turing Test

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.27.2014 | Science

Alan Turing would have been proud. Or would he have been terrified? For the first time ever, a computer reportedly has passed the math genius's ico...

I'm the Chairman of the Board

John Bates | Posted 08.04.2014 | Technology
John Bates

For the first time in known history an algorithm has been given a seat on a corporate board of directors. I always suspected that algorithms would take over the world, but this is an unexpected development.

Must We Worry About Artificial Intelligence?

Nigel Barber | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Nigel Barber

There are many reasons why artificial intelligence can be threatening, but I would put accidents far above malice. Some futurists worry that tiny self-replicating entities could envelop the world causing ecological collapse -- a nanotechnology apocalypse known as the "grey goo hypothesis."

Building a Conversational Agent from the Ground Up, Part III

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 07.05.2014 | Huffpost Code
Bill DeSmedt

As the name suggests, KR&R focuses on how reality as a whole might best be represented in an internal "mental model," and what operations on that model are needed in order to draw valid conclusions from known facts.

Stephen Hawking Fears Our Machines Will Soon Outsmart Us

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 05.06.2014 | Technology

Could advances in artificial intelligence eventually lead to the downfall of mankind? Famed physicist Stephen Hawking laid out this extreme concern...

Building a Conversational Agent from the Ground Up, Part II

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 07.05.2014 | Huffpost Code
Bill DeSmedt

The NLP technology that focuses on units of language larger than a sentence is discourse analysis and management (DAM). At this level, the equivalent of a parser's search for the sentence's nouns and verbs is a discourse analyzer's quest for the topic of the conversation as a whole.

Building a Conversational Agent From the Ground Up, Part I

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 06.30.2014 | Technology
Bill DeSmedt

Having recently completed Dualism, my latest technothriller, I thought to complement it with an online conversational avatar of one of the book's protagonists, enabling fans to discuss the book's plot with a simulated character drawn from its pages.

Transcendence: An AI Researcher Enjoys Watching His Own Execution

Stuart Russell | Posted 06.29.2014 | Science
Stuart Russell

So, how seriously should we take the movie's premise -- that superhuman AI is a potential threat to humanity? And how plausible, from a scientific viewpoint, is the sequence of events leading to Caster's mind being reconstituted, in vastly magnified form, inside a quantum computer?

Why Robots Don't Love Music

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Music points to a truth that science isn't set up to accept: that music is a function of the mind. The brain processes what the mind desires to hear. When a person likes or dislikes music, the mind makes that decision, not the pleasure-pain centers in the brain.

Transcending Complacency On Superintelligent Machines

Stephen Hawking | Posted 06.19.2014 | Science
Stephen Hawking

As the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence debuts this weekend with Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman and clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction. But this would be a mistake, and potentially our worst mistake ever.

Bianca Bosker

We're Ready For Our Robot Poet Overlords

HuffingtonPost.com | Bianca Bosker | Posted 04.19.2014 | Technology

A survey released this week revealed the American public to be skeptical that teleportation, lunar colonies or automated weather control will be achie...

WATCH: 'Transcendence' Director Separates A.I. Fact From A.I. Fiction

HuffPost Live | Posted 04.18.2014 | Science

In director Wally Pfister's new film, "Transcendence," Johnny Depp stars as an artificial intelligence (A.I.) researcher who is exploring the idea of ...

Are We Heading for a Jesus Singularity?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

If AGI will be here in 20 years or so, and most of those people currently in charge of the U.S. government subscribe to Christianity and believe in Jesus, what are atheist transhumanists to do?