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AI is Key to Self-Driving Car

UK startup Wayve believes trial-and-error machine learning, much like the way humans learn, is the key...
UK startup Wayve believes trial-and-error machine learning, much like the way humans learn, is the key to autonomous cars(Credit: Wayve)

A pair of artificial intelligence Ph.Ds from Cambridge University are going all-in on machine learning as the foundation of autonomous cars. Their company, Wayve, has just released video of a kitted-out Renault Twizy teaching itself to follow a lane from scratch, over the course of about 20 minutes.

Wayve’s Amar Shah and Alex Kendall believe there’s been too much hand-engineering going on as people try to solve the self-driving car problem. read more

Creepy AI Can Mimic Your Voice Within One Minute

The Chinese answer to Google can now clone your voice using AI after hearing you talk for just one minute.

Baidu, who created this creepy technology, says it could also be used to create personalized digital assistants and automatic speech translation services.

Deep Voice learns which sounds go with a text as well as the quirks of how someone communicates, creating you a robot-self indistinguishable from how you really talk.

Although this voice-copying technology might be amusing it also has serious implications, as users can essentially poach part of someone else’s identity. 

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Will A.I. Be a Good Thing?

from Breitbart:

Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that humans must understand the implications of artificial intelligence or risk being eliminated by it. The comments came in an opinion piece in the Independent and coincides with the release of the film Transcendence starring Johnny Depp.

In the film, a scientist is uploaded up a computer system in order to ensure his mind outlives his body. But what is uploaded is able to build an enormous amount of knowledge by connecting to the Internet and ultimately becomes a threat to humanity itself. The reason for this is it is not inhibited by the limits of the human body. read more

Nothing Creepy About Facebook Plan

Facebook wants to become your new best friend by knowing everything about you – and it’s going to happen whether you like it not.

From the bottles of beer you drink, to the places you visit on vacation, the social networking site will compile everything there is to know about you (and the billion other people online) – and then make sense of it with the hope of selling better, targeted advertising in your news feed.

The social networking giant has teamed up with New York University to set up a research lab designed to learn about artificial intelligence.

Making sense of it all: Facebook unveiled plans on a partnership with New York University for a new centre for artificial intelligence, aimed at harnessing the huge social network's massive trove of data
Making sense of it all: Facebook unveiled plans on a partnership with New York University for a new centre for artificial intelligence, aimed at harnessing the huge social network’s massive trove of data read more