Google tests new artificial intelligence chatbot

This week, Google released a research paper chronicling one of its latest forays into artificial intelligence. Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of “chatbot” that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue. And the bot doesn’t just answer by spitting…

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Can We Design Trust Between Humans and Artificial Intelligence?

THE SUCCESSFUL ADAPTATION OF AI REQUIRES EMPATHY ON THE PART OF BOTH PEOPLE AND COMPUTERS, SAYS ARTEFACT’S PATRICK MANKINS or many years, interacting with artificial intelligence has been the stuff of science fiction and academic projects, but as smart systems take over more and more responsibilities, replace jobs, and become…

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Computers That Know How You Feel Will Soon Be Everywhere

SOMETIME NEXT SUMMER, you’ll be able to watch a horror series that is exactly as scary as you want it to be—no more, no less. You’ll pull up the show, which relies on software from the artificial intelligence startup Affectiva, and tap a button to opt in. Then, while you…

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Autonomous cars, artificial intelligence and the future of search

The future of driving will be as easy as riding a horse which knows where its going and how to get there, according to Chinese web giant Baidu’s top artificial-intelligence (AI) researcher. Self-driving cars will understand the road ahead of them and autonomously navigate around pedestrians and other obstructions, said…

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The Dawn of Killer Robots

The robots have always been coming. But this week, as the specter of intelligent machines dominates the Convention on Co​nventional Weapons discussions at the United Nations, and as some of the most powerful tech firms in the world join the military-industrial complex, it seems the evolving relationship between us meat​bagsand robots has…

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Virtual Nose Keeps Gamers From Feeling Sick

Simulator sickness—which often induces vertigo and even nausea—often afflicts players of virtual reality games, but inserting a “virtual nose” into the picture may be a way to lessen the queasiness. Various physiological systems govern the onset of simulator sickness: an overall sense of touch and position, or the somatosensory system; liquid-filled…

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