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When will machines exceed human performance?

When will machines exceed human performance?
The Future of Humanity Institute recently published the results of its survey of over 350 industry and academic Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts from around the globe in an effort to answer this question. They also tackled a more vexing one: When will machines exceed human performance for all tasks? According to those experts we have decades. Guest blogger Mychal McCabe explains.
11th July 2017

Voulez-vous coucher avec un robot, ce soir ?

Voulez-vous coucher avec un robot, ce soir ?
Could robots one day be used to keep the elderly ‘company’ in care homes, or alleviate some of the struggles facing those in long term relationships? According to a report released today by the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR), this could be the case in the next five to ten years. The consultation report, Our Sexual Future With Robots, presented an objective summary of the issues and various opinions about what could be our most intimate association with robots in the foreseeable future.
5th July 2017

AI chip to speed predictive maintenance in smart factories

AI chip to speed predictive maintenance in smart factories
ROHM Semiconductor and A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a renowned research institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), recently announced the joint development of an artificial intelligence (AI) chip to boost efficiency in predictive maintenance for smart factories.
23rd June 2017


The search for the perfect lip shade is over thanks to AR technology

The search for the perfect lip shade is over thanks to AR technology
Meitu has announced the launch of 'COUNTER' on its MakeupPlus app - an innovative, virtual cosmetics counter providing users with a unique experience to try before they buy - virtually. COUNTER is accessible globally through MakeupPlus, featuring hundreds of lip products from colour cosmetic brands such as Clinique, Giorgio Armani, Lancôme, YSL and Bobbi Brown, with several more brands continuously added to the app.
22nd June 2017

What is the future of VR & AR for businesses?

What is the future of VR & AR for businesses?
At London’s TechXLR8 trade show which took place 13th to 15th June 2017, David MacQueen, Executive Director, Apps and Media, Strategy Analytics, gave a talk entitled ‘Harnessing VR & AR enterprise opportunities’. Strategy Analytics predicts that half a billion VR headsets will be on the market by 2022, and that this sector will be dominated by low cost smartphone VR. On the other hand, while niche in terms of volume, many enterprises use PC-based VR and this accounts for 40% of total VR & AR revenue.
21st June 2017

Bitcoin could help prevent identity theft

Bitcoin could help prevent identity theft
A reaction to the 2008 financial crisis, Bitcoin is a digital-currency scheme designed to wrest control of the monetary system from central banks. With Bitcoin, anyone can mint money, provided he or she can complete a complex computation quickly enough. Through a set of clever protocols, that computational hurdle prevents the system from being coopted by malicious hackers.
24th May 2017

Analysing the ethical challenges of self-driving tech

Analysing the ethical challenges of self-driving tech
The self-driving car revolution reached a momentous milestone with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s release in September 2016 of its first handbook of rules on autonomous vehicles. Discussions about how the world will change with driverless cars on the roads and how to make that future as ethical and responsible as possible are intensifying. Some of these conversations are taking place at Stanford.
24th May 2017

Building trust and intelligence in a digitalised world

Building trust and intelligence in a digitalised world
ETH Zurich researchers and alumni now working in high-tech industries or running their own companies met with other experts in New York City to talk about the disruptive technology of Blockchain and how machine learning brings both collaboration and consequences. Bringing together diverse perspectives, the ETH Meets New York symposia revealed the fascinating potential of these technologies as well as the ethical questions society faces as it adopts new tech into everyday use.
22nd May 2017

The evolution of the intelligent assistant

The evolution of the intelligent assistant
Roxanne Abercrombie of Business Automation Specialist, Parker Software, explains the role of intelligent assistants for both consumers and businesses.Things didn’t run smoothly when the astronauts in 2001: A Space Odyssey toyed with artificial intelligence. When asking to be let back inside the spaceship, supercomputer HAL eerily responded, “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” Thankfully, the personal assistants we use today are a little friendlier. 
18th May 2017

AI tech helps speed up detection of lung cancer

AI tech helps speed up detection of lung cancer
Infervision has introduced its deep learning solution to help radiologists identify suspicious lesions and nodules in lung cancer patients faster than ever before. The Infervision AI platform is the world's first to reshape the workflow of radiologists and it is already showing dramatic results at several top hospitals in China. The company founder, Chen Kuan, will present a talk on the company and its use of AI for medical diagnoses at the NVIDIA GPU Tech Conference in San Jose.
17th May 2017


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