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Self-Driving Wheelchairs Debut in Hospitals and Airports

Photo: PanasonicAutonomous vehicles can add a new member to their ranks—the self-driving wheelchair. This summer, two robotic wheelchairs made headlines: one at a Singaporean hospital and another at a Japanese airport.The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, or SMART, developed the former, first deployed in Singapore’s Changi General Hospital in September 2016, where it successfully navigated the hospital’s […]

Startup Neurable Unveils the World’s First Brain-Controlled VR Game

The Human OSBiomedicalBionicsStartup Neurable Unveils the World’s First Brain-Controlled VR GameBy Eliza StricklandPosted 7 Aug 2017 | 13:10 GMT Photo: NeurableImagine putting on a VR headset, seeing the virtual world take shape around you, and then navigating through that world without waving any controllers around—instead steering with your thoughts alone.That’s the new gaming experience offered […]

DOE Backs AI for Clean Tech Investors

The U.S. Department of Energy wants to make investing in energy technology easier, less risky, and less expensive (for the government, at least).A new initiative by the DOE’s office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is looking for ideas on how to reduce barriers to private investment in energy technologies. Rho AI, one of […]

How to Build a Moral Robot

How do you teach a robot right from wrong?It’s a question straight out of a sci-fi movie—but it’s also something we may have to grapple with a lot sooner than you might think.Take a self-driving car, that has to choose between hitting a child or slamming its own passenger into a barrier.Or imagine a rescue […]

The Benefits of Building an Artificial Brain

In the mid-1940s, a few brilliant people drew up the basic blueprints of the computer age. They conceived a general-purpose machine based on a processing unit made up of specialized subunits and registers, which operated on stored instructions and data. Later inventions—transistors, integrated circuits, solid-state memory—would supercharge this concept into the greatest tool ever created […]

Will Superintelligent AIs Be Our Doom?

Every morning Nick Bostrom wakes up, brushes his teeth, and gets to work thinking about how the human species may be wiped off the face of the earth. Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, is an expert on existential threats to humanity. Of all the perils that make […]

Facebook, Microsoft, and IBM Leaders on Challenges for AI and Their AI Partnership

Late last month, Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft announced that they will create a non-profit organization called Partnership on Artificial Intelligence. At the White House Frontiers Conference held at Carnegie Mellon University today, thought leaders from these companies explained why AI has finally arrived and what challenges lie ahead. (Also read the White House’s […]

Robots Learn to Speak Body Language

If your friend says she feels relaxed, but you see that her fists are clenched, you may doubt her sincerity. Robots, on the other hand, might take her word for it. Body language says a lot, but even with advances in computer vision and facial recognition technology, robots struggle to notice subtle body movement and […]

Google Plans to Demonstrate the Supremacy of Quantum Computing

Quantum computers have long held the promise of performing certain calculations that are impossible—or at least, entirely impractical—for even the most powerful conventional computers to perform. Now, researchers at a Google laboratory in Goleta, Calif., may finally be on the cusp of proving it, using the same kinds of quantum bits, or qubits, that one […]

A Hybrid of Quantum Computing and Machine Learning Is Spawning New Ventures

Machine learning, the field of AI that allows Alexa and Siri to parse what you say and self-driving cars to safely drive down a city street, could benefit from quantum computer-derived speedups, say researchers. And if a technology incubator program in Toronto, Canada has its way, there may even be quantum machine learning startup companies launching in […]

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