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Agricultural robots may reduce costs of organic produce

September 20, 2012


Blue River Technology has announced $3.1 million in funding for its plans to develop agricultural robots that can automatically kill weeds and thin out plants like lettuce that need adequate room to grow, CNET reports.

It could help reduce the cost of organic produce.

The startup’s prototype Lettuce Bot uses a camera to image the plants beneath it. Machine learning algorithms then identify which ones are desirable and… read more

AI algorithm gives computers ‘hindsight’ to anticipate the future

April 15, 2011

An AI algorithm that gives computers “hindsight” to anticipate the future has been developed by computer scientists and economists at Tel Aviv University.

Funded by Google, the researchers have developed an algorithm that uses academic game theory to measure the distance between a desired outcome and an actual outcome. The algorithm can adapt to the situation at hand by analyzing the behavior of users as… read more

AI algorithm learns to ‘see’ features in galaxy images

July 8, 2015

Hubble Space Telescope image of the cluster of galaxies MACS0416.1-2403, one of the Hubble “Frontier Fields” images. Bright yellow “elliptical” galaxies can be seen, surrounded by numerous blue spiral and amorphous (star-forming) galaxies. This image forms the test data that the machine learning algorithm is applied to, having not previously “seen” the image (credit: NASA/ESA/J. Geach/A. Hocking)

A team of astronomers and computer scientists at the University of Hertfordshire have taught a machine to “see” astronomical images, using data from the Hubble Space Telescope Frontier Fields set of images of distant clusters of galaxies that contain several different types of galaxies.

The technique, which uses a form of AI called unsupervised machine learning, allows galaxies to be automatically classified at high speed, something previously… read more

AI and robotics researchers call for global ban on autonomous weapons

"If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable"
July 27, 2015


More than 1,000 leading artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics researchers and others, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, just signed and published an open letter from the Future of Life Institute (FLI) today calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons.

FLI defines “autonomous weapons” as those that select and engage targets without human intervention, such as armed quadcopters that can search for and eliminate… read more

Ai Announces the Second Learning Machine Challenge

May 28, 2002

Artificial Intelligence Research (Ai) has announced it is sponsoring the Second Learning Machine Challenge, an annual competition to promote machine learning algorithms for computerized language acquisition.

Participants will create a computer program that can perform well at a language game without knowing the syntax, grammar or rules of the language. The creator of the winning program will win a $2000 prize.

AI authors crowdsourced interactive fiction

Achieves near-human-level authoring
September 3, 2015

The Scheherazade-IF Architecture (credit: Matthew Guzdial et al.)

GVU Center at Georgia Tech | A new Georgia Tech artificial intelligence system develops interactive stories through crowdsourced data for more robust fiction. Here (in a simplified example), the AI replicates a typical first date to the movies (user choices are in red), complete with loud theater talkers and the arm-over-shoulder movie move.

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new artificially intelligent system that crowdsources plots… read more

AI beats human poker champions

July 9, 2008

An artificial intelligence program called Polaris 2.0 defeated human champions in the second Man-Machine Poker Competition, in Las Vegas, July 3-6.

Deveoped at the University of Alberta, Polaris 2 had learning built into its programming, thereby countering the learning ability of the humans by switching strategies whenever they did.

‘AI Bush’ chatbot uses advanced natural-language programming

December 14, 2003

AI Bush, “an interactive Robot President,” is an experimental natural-language program and game from EllaZ Systems.

Announced today, it is based on the program “Ella,” which won the worldwide Loebner Prize Contest in 2002 as the “most human computer.”

AI Bush games include the strategy game “Reelect Bush?” You are a close advisor, helping him make decisions. The President’s expressions, voice clips, and tracking… read more

AI Cited for Unlicensed Practice of Law

March 9, 2007

A web-based “expert system” that helped users prepare bankruptcy filings for a fee made too many decisions to be considered a clerical tool, a California appeals court said last week, ruling that the software was effectively practicing law without a license.

AI could power next-gen CCTV cameras

June 26, 2008

University of Portsmouth scientists are developing fuzzy-logic-based technology that would allow CCTV cameras to “hear” violent sounds (glass breaking, gunshots, etc.) and react quickly, respond to visual cues such as fights or violent behavior, and pick up key words and phrases it associates with criminal activity.

AI Depends on Your Point of View

July 30, 2003

The Real-World Reasoning project, a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program, is designed to get computers to start examining situations in more than one way, integrating rule-based and probabilistic reasoning as well as game theory and strategic thinking.

It’s part of a larger effort to move toward machines that can think for themselves.

AI designs its own video game

March 8, 2012


Space Station Invaders,” the handiwork of an AI called Angelina, can create a simple video game almost entirely from scratch.

Angelina creates games using a technique known as cooperative co-evolution. The system separately designs different aspects, or species, of the game.

Angelina creates a level by randomly selecting from a list, then scattering enemies and power-ups throughout the level. Enemy movements and combat behaviors… read more

AI developed for Mars explorers

June 16, 2005

A computer system designed to look for life on Mars picks out interesting features and highlights them in real-time in a visor on one eye or a tablet display.

It consists of a 667MHz wearable computer, a tablet display with stylus or visor, a colour video camera and tripod.

It would provide “augmented reality”, allowing astronauts on future Mars missions to narrow down their search for targets relevant… read more

AI expert Ben Goertzel on Coast to Coast radio March 28

March 27, 2012


AI expert Dr. Ben Goertzel will be on Coast to Coast AM the evening of March 28, talking about his work in AI and its applications in areas like financial prediction, gaming, and radical life extension. He will also discuss creating benevolent superhuman AI.

Dimitar Sasselov, Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, will discuss thbreakthroughs in synthetic biology and exoplanetary astronomy, and how they will shed… read more

AI Founder Blasts Modern Research

May 14, 2003

“AI has been brain-dead since the 1970s,” said AI guru Marvin Minsky in a recent speech at Boston University.

Minsky accused researchers of giving up on the immense challenge of building a fully autonomous, thinking machine.

“The worst fad has been these stupid little robots,” said Minsky. “Graduate students are wasting 3 years of their lives soldering and repairing robots, instead of making them smart. It’s really shocking.”

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