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AI Re-Emerging as Research in Complex Systems

October 6, 2006

The future of AI will be embodied intelligent systems, able to model and understand the environment and learn from interactions, while learning and evolving in constantly changing circumstances; and re-emergece as research in complex systems.

AI Reaches the Golden Years

July 18, 2006

If the rate of computational power grows exponentially, the possibilities of true artificial intelligence, as seen in movies like The Terminator and I, Robot, could be possible very soon, said Ray Kurzweil.

He pictures a world where humans and machines have merged, enhancing our cognitive abilities and keeping our bodies healthy from the inside.

“It’s not a human civilization and a machine civilization competing with each other,” Kurzweil… read more

AI researcher Hugo de Garis joins Utah State University Computer Science department

August 27, 2001

AI researcher Hugo de Garis has accepted a tenure-track Associate Professor position in the Computer Science department at Utah State University (USU), starting September 10, 2001, has learned.
“I will continue my artificial brain work of course, for the next 20 years, corresponding with the “Moore window,” in which Moore’s law remains valid until it hits the atomic barrier around 2020,” de Garis said. “The next-smallest thing to atoms… read more

AI researchers think ‘Rascals’ can pass Turing test

March 14, 2008

Passing the Turing test–the holy grail of AI (a human conversing with a computer can’t tell it’s not human)–may now be possible in a limited way with the world’s fastest supercomputer (IBM’s Blue Gene) and mimicking the behavior of a human-controlled avatar in a virtual world, according to AI experts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

“We are building a knowledge base that corresponds to all of the relevant background for… read more

AI set to exceed human brain power

July 25, 2006

AI is already in more common usage than many of us might imagine. AI-inspired systems are already integral to many everyday technologies such as internet search engines, bank software for processing transactions and in medical diagnosis, said Nick Bostrom, Director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute.

Ray Kurzweil believes the development of artificial superintelligence will herald a singularity, in which human cognitive abilities are enhanced by brain implants.

AI Software Enables Satellite Self-Repair

October 8, 2004

NASA scientists recently successfully radioed AI software to a satellite and tested the software’s ability to find and analyze errors in the spacecraft’s systems.

The AI software, Livingstone Version 2 (LV2), automatically detects and diagnoses simulated failures in the NASA Earth Observing One satellite’s instruments and systems. LV2 monitors the satellite’s software, which autonomously runs the satellite’s imaging systems. If the satellite does not respond properly to its software’s… read more

AI software smart as a 4-year-old

July 16, 2013


Artificial and natural knowledge researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have IQ-tested one of the best available artificial intelligence systems to see how intelligent it really is.

About as smart as the average 4-year-old, they will report July 17 at the U.S. Artificial Intelligence Conference in Bellevue, Wash.

The UIC team put ConceptNet 4, AI software developed at… read more

AI Software to Command NASA Mission

May 30, 2001

AI software will make real-time decisions on a NASA satellite mission in 2002, NASA JPL announced today.

NASA’s Continuous Activity Scheduling, Planning Execution and Replanning (CASPER) software will guide three identical miniature satellites, which will be launched from the Space Shuttle and fly in formation as part of the Three Corner Sat mission.

CASPAR will make decisions based on the images it acquires and… read more

AI Spacesuits Turn Astronauts Into Cyborg Biologists

November 3, 2009

Patrick McGuire, a University of Chicago geoscientist, has developed algorithms that can recognize signs of life in a barren landscape, using a Hopfield neural network, which compares incoming data against patterns it’s seen before, picking out those details that qualify as new or unusual.

AI system predicts medicine’s hidden powers

August 27, 2007

University of British Columbia biologists are developing an AI system that can predict unknown antibiotic properties of existing drugs.

They first trained the system by feeding in the structures of thousands of known antibiotics, as well as drugs without any bacteria-killing abilities. The system then uses this information to examine the structure of drugs it hasn’t seen before and predict whether they will kill bacteria or not.

AI systems may blow weathermen away

September 29, 2005

Weather forecasters could find themselves pushed out of a job by an artificial intelligence system designed to write clearer, less ambiguous reports.

Computer scientists at the University of Aberdeen, UK, were asked to generate an “artificial weatherperson” by operators of offshore oil rigs, who wanted more clarity in their forecasts. The vocabulary used by different forecasters can be vague and highly variable, says Ehud Reiter, who led the Aberdeen… read more

AI That Picks Stocks Better Than the Pros

June 14, 2010

The Arizona Financial Text system (AZFinText) ingests large quantities of financial news stories (in initial tests, from Yahoo Finance) along with minute-by-minute stock price data, and then uses the former to figure out how to predict the latter.

Then it buys, or shorts, every stock it believes will move more than 1% of its current price in the next 20 minutes — and it never holds a stock for… read more

AI to Assist Alzheimer’s Patients

June 25, 2002

The Activity Compass, a Palm handheld with a GPS receiver and wireless modem, will memorize an Alzheimer’s patient’s daily routine and offer him directions when he becomes lost or confused.

AI to predict Sun’s next attack on Earth

December 20, 2011

Solar flares

Piet Martens of Montana State University and colleagues have developed 15 programs that use data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and image-processing techniques such as contour or edge recognition to automatically identify features on the sun’s surface.

To make the process generic, Martens’ team is using techniques developed to identify breast tumors. This involves splitting a 1.6-million-pixel image into 1024 blocks. For each block, the software… read more

AI tutor, college degrees planned for Udacity online courses: Sebastian Thrun

July 20, 2013

Sebastian Thrun

Udacity cofounder and CEO Sebastian Thrun says Udacity is planning to develop AI “that sits there, watches you learn, and helps you pick the right learning venue or task, so you’re more effective and have more pleasure,” he told MIT Technology Review. It should be available in at least a year, he said.

Thrun also said San Jose State University is offering coreread more

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