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Building a Better Human: How scientists plan to merge man and machine to transcend human limitations

by Julia Nguyen figures by Alexandra Was What would you give for a brain chip that seamlessly translates any language into your native tongue? Or a retinal implant that lets you see in the dark? Or an implant that lets you record every single memory and experience in your life and replay it at any moment? This is all science fiction, but it may not … Continue reading Building a Better Human: How scientists plan to merge man and machine to transcend human limitations

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Self-driving Cars: The technology, risks and possibilities

by Tim Menke figures by Neal Akatsuka Imagine getting into your car in the morning, sipping your coffee and sitting back to relax while your car drives you to work. Then you remember to call a friend who you have not spoken to in a while, or you have a look at the amazing photos from your latest vacation. It is, of course, not a … Continue reading Self-driving Cars: The technology, risks and possibilities

Figure 1: Machine learning algorithms take behavior data from the parts of our lives that we make available on the internet to give us personalized suggestions.

Recommended For You: How machine learning helps you choose what to consume next

by Jennifer Wei figures by Jeep Veerasak Srisuknimit Ever wonder how music-streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora find songs that you like? Or how Facebook and Google find stories that are interesting to you? Many technology companies use machine learning algorithms to give personalized product suggestions; these algorithms can be found everywhere on the internet. One such algorithm may have even led you to … Continue reading Recommended For You: How machine learning helps you choose what to consume next

Microsoft's Tay was a Twitter bot, similar to this chatbot a user is interacting with. By Mariscal2014 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

How Tay “Machine Learned” Her Way to Become a Twitter Troll

In George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion phonetics professor Henry Higgins bets that he can teach Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, enough proper English to pass for a duchess. A little over 100 years after Pygmalion’s publication, Microsoft launched a Twitter bot named Tay with the goal of understanding how millennials communicate and in doing so created a bot that can pass for a millennial. Much … Continue reading How Tay “Machine Learned” Her Way to Become a Twitter Troll

Andrew Jackson is as worried as many computer scientists over the thought of AIs stealing our money

Man < Machine Round 2: Money siphoning no longer restricted to sleazy Wall Street bankers

Not content with stealing our jobs and beating our top Go players, artificial intelligence (AI) has now turned to cleaning out our bank accounts. DELIA (Deep Learning Interface for Accounting), developed by Stanford and Google, was created to allow distracted humans to shrug off some of the busy work of transferring money between bank accounts. Unfortunately for the clients of Sandhill Community Credit Union who … Continue reading Man < Machine Round 2: Money siphoning no longer restricted to sleazy Wall Street bankers

Snapshot of a Go game in progress [Image: 'Go Board Game' from Sean Welton under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 licence]

Man < Machine: Computer Beats Top Human Go Player

Computers have been capable of beating the best human chess players for almost two decades, but a week-long stretch earlier this month marked the first instance of an artificial intelligence system toppling a champion Go player.  Google’s AlphaGo defeated Go grandmaster Lee Sedol 4-1 in a historic five-game match that drew comparisons to Deep Blue’s famous triumph over chess world champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. … Continue reading Man < Machine: Computer Beats Top Human Go Player