As artificial intelligence systems become more sophisticated, we’ve grown accustomed to hearing about how they take over human domains. AI can now beat humans at Go, write clickbait and screenplays, pick out targets in drone image data, and drive our cars. Most of these AI systems are neural networks, a type of computing architecture loosely modeled after the human brain. For now, each of these neural nets are compartmentalized and optimized for one particular task—the AI that can beat us at Go doesn’t know how to drive a…

Thousands of employees have signed a letter protesting Google’s role in a program that could be used to improve drone strike targeting. Original article at nytimes.com

When we think about artificial intelligence, we tend to think of the humanized representations of machine learning like Siri or Alexa, but the truth is that AI is all around us, mostly running as a background process. This slow creep of AI into everything from medicine to finance can be hard to appreciate if for no other reason than it looks a lot different than the AI dreamt up by Hollywood in films like Deus Ex Machina or Her. In fact, most ‘artificial intelligence’ today is quite stupid…

It’s almost 11pm in Australia, but Guy Pearce is full of energy. He’s talking about robots. The star of Memento and L.A. Confidential has just been in a film called Donny the Drone — a post-apocalyptic short in which an initially friendly-looking robot (voiced by Pearce) is given a humanitarian award View original article at Mashable

AT&T is hooking bridges up to the Internet of Things.  At CES, AT&T announced that it’s testing a new “structure monitoring solution,” a system of sensors to help cities, states, and private transportation companies monitor the stability of bridges, and alert officials if they become unsafe.  SEE ALSO: China’s futuristic cities may include supersonic trains and drone-powered ride-sharing The sensors can be applied to all bridges, from foot bridges to those that support roads and railways.  AT&T will announce customers over the next several months. Some cities and…