Whoa, Google’s AI Is Really Good at Pictionary | WIRED

FOR GOOGLE, IT’S not enough that its products rely on machine learning and artificial intelligence. The company also wants you, its customer, to understand how these technologies work.

Last year, a few months after it open sourced its deep learning engine, a Google researcher partnered with The New York Times to create this data visualization explaining neural networks

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Robots Won’t Try To Kill Us, Says Stanford’s 100-Year Study Of AI | Fast Company

For many people, talking about artificial intelligence and its implications for the future of humanity inspires the conversational equivalent of that internet argument about the dress being blue or gold. Some people will see abundant possibility; others, the period at the end of humanity’s story, as they conflate AI with killer robots and super-intelligent machines that will come to regard us as pets—or worse.

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Google’s neural network learns to translate languages it hasn’t been trained on • The Register

The gap between human and machine translators could be narrowing as researchers find a new way to improve the learning capabilities of Google Translate’s neural network.

On the same day that Google announced its translation services were now operating with its Neural Machine Translation (NMT) system, a team of researchers released a paper on arXiv showing how its NMT could be pushed one step further.

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Scientists override fear response using AI and hard cash

At least 1 in 14 people has a fear-related psychological disorder, the most common being, in this order, arachnophobia (fear of spiders), ophidiophobia (fear of snakes), and acrophobia (fear of heights). The most common form of treatment is called aversion therapy and involves putting patients face to face with their irrational fears so they might realize there’s nothing to worry about.

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Four Futures: Life After Capitalism – will robots bring utopia or terror? | Guardian

The idea that computers will soon steal our jobs is an article of faith among many of the world’s most powerful people. The argument goes like this: breakthroughs in robotics and artificial intelligence will make it possible to automate various kinds of labour. Self-driving cars will replace taxi and truck drivers; software will replace lawyers and accountants. We’ll end up with a world where machines do almost all of the work.

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Lunch with the FT: Pokémon Go creator John Hanke

John Hanke arrives at Mijita on San Francisco Bay looking more like a middle-aged indie rocker than the chief executive of a company that this summer was estimated to be making tens of millions a week. His striped flannel shirt is unbuttoned over a T-shirt bearing a compass and the words, taken from a poem in The Lord of the Rings, “Not all who wander are lost”.

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Dissect a Frog Without the Mess? Eon Brings Virtual Reality to Life in the Classroom | The 74

When gamers enter a world of augmented or virtual reality, they are surrounded by an unfamiliar environment where they must absorb new information for an extended period of time and solve a variety of challenging problems. Those same skills are essential for learning, which is why one virtual reality company is putting gaming elements to use in the classroom.

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