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Researchers in Japan have built a humanoid robot that sweats to cool down. A team from the University of Tokyo unveiled  Kengoro— a  1.7-metre tall, 57-kg robot able to do push-ups thanks to a complex system of motors. Since its compact structure had no room for usual cooling systems —such as cooling coils or fans— the scientists decided […]

A team of researchers from Oxford University have developed a platform that uses classic shooter Doom to train computer vision algorithms. The project, called ResearchDoom, records a wealth of metadata from gaming sessions, including annotated images of various 3D objects featured in  the game. According to a paper describing the initiative, the data can then be […]

Mercedes-Benz has taken an uncommonly clear-cut stance on self-driving car ethics, stating that autonomous vehicles should always try to save their occupants over pedestrians. The German carmaker came out in favour of preserving the life of who is inside the car at the Paris auto show, last week“If you know you can save at least one […]

Google DeepMind has created a program able to navigate the London Underground by combining deep learning and a computerised short-term memory. The London-based company published a paper on Nature detailing the invention of a “differentiable neural computer” (DNC), a system that overcomes the limitations of standard neural networks. Neural networks are algorithms—modelled after biological neurons—which are […]

Alphabet’s Google DeepMind has doubled the size of its health team. The London-based Artificial Intelligence company told Business Insider that its healthcare unit, which debuted in February, has been scaled up from 20 to 40 staff—and that some big cheeses are among the new hires. Among them are developer and cryptographer Ben Laurie, who is the founding […]

British MPs have demanded that the government come to grips with the rise of Artificial Intelligence, whose impact on society and jobs is poised to be too relevant not to deal with. A parliamentary report from Westminster’s Science and Technology Committee calls for the creation of a government-backed commission assessing the consequences of AI, and in […]

Alphabet is the clear frontrunner in the race to create human-like Artificial Intelligence,  Oxford scholar Nick Bostrom said. The Swedish-born philosopher has established himself as an authority in researching  Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and its possible impact on human civilisation— a topic he explored at length in his 2014 bestseller “Superintelligence.” On Wednesday, Bostrom was taking part in London IP Expo […]

There is a new exclusive club in Europe, and it is all about self-driving cars. European telco companies and automotive giants teamed up  to launch a joint initiative to foster automated driving and connected cities. The group,  unimaginatively called European Automotive-Telecom Alliance, includes household car-making names such as Audi, Renault,  BMW, Daimler, plus the European branches of Ford and Hyundai. […]

Yahoo! is not exactly going through a great period, what with the Verizon paltry buyout and the massive data hack, but it is still hell-bent on helping you spot bawdy images. Yahoo! engineering team have just open-sourced a system using convolutional neural networks (CNN) to detect “Not Suitable for Work” (NSFW) images. While, on the Internet, […]

This time last summer, I was immersed in the world of life science and healthcare startups, and the term ‘precision medicine’ was on everyone’s mind, though not so much AI, machine learning, or deep learning. The meteoric rise of the CRISPR gene-editing technology, which allowed researchers to carry out complex genetic experiments at an unprecedented […]

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