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Amazon and Microsoft are joining efforts to make their digital assistants Alexa and Cortana work in concert. Amazon’s voice-powered helper Alexa will now be able to access Cortana’s functions (and viceversa) through a range of different platforms. According to The New York Times, the integration between the two smart assistants should be pretty straightforward: Amazon users will […]

Rogue Artificial Intelligences can be concocted by fiddling with training data, scientists have found. A group of researchers from the New York University have discovered that manipulating the datasets used to train neural networks may result in  the creation of malicious AI systems. At the core of this issue, the researchers say, is the fact that a growing […]

The UK government has announced it will start trials of partially autonomous trucks on British public roads by 2018. The lorries will test a technique called “platooning”, in which driverless vehicles trail a manned “lead truck”, following its cues to accelerate, brake and turn. That is achieved by allowing trucks to “talk” through a local wi-fi network. It […]

In June, Amazon announced its acquisition of supermarket chain Whole Foods. Now, Amazon’s tech rival Alphabet is teaming up with Whole Foods’ competitor Walmart in order to dent Amazon’s online shopping empire. Alphabet’s subsidiary Google has announced in a blogpost that its users will now be able to buy Walmart products through Google’s shopping app […]

Apple is reportedly working on a self-driving shuttle bus to run between its Cupertino headquarters and the nearby town of Palo Alto. According to the New York Times, the iPhone maker is going to test its autonomous driving software on a vehicle manufactured by a commercial carmaker; the bus’s official moniker will reportedly be PAIL […]

Facebook’s virtual assistant M is finally launching in the UK. The AI-powered smart helper will be able to interact with British users through a conversational interface built upon Facebook’s Messenger platform. The agent is able to carry out basic tasks—such as make a purchase, or book a table—and retrieve information. In addition, M uses natural language processing to analyse […]

Fiat Chrysler Automobile — the Italian-American carmaker also known as FCA— is teaming up with Intel to develop an “autonomous driving platform”, namely self-driving car technology. The partnership also includes FCA’s German competitor BMW and self-driving tech company Mobileye, which Intel acquired last March.  The group’s goal is kick-starting on-road tests for 40 driverless vehicles by the end 2017. FCA is […]

A bot trained by Elon Musk-backed OpenAI has beaten one of the world’ best players at online videogame Dota 2, during e-sports tournament The International. The machine learning bot had been trained simply by pitting one Artificial Intelligence against another, and letting them play for weeks on end until they mastered the game. During the tournament, hosted […]

London-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) company BenevolentAI has announced the expansion of its business to the United States, after snapping up two major AI experts from the tech sector and academia. Founded in 2013 and based near King’s Cross, the company is using AI to drive scientific progress forward. BenevolentAI’s machine learning algorithms have been trained to scour millions of research publications, […]

Electric carmaker Tesla is planning to create electric trucks able to drive themselves and to coordinate with other vehicles  to move in formation, Reuters reports. That transpired from email conversations between the company led by global-moonshooter-in-chief Elon Musk and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). “Our primary goal is the ability to operate our prototype […]

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