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UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

Google promises better privacy tools, smarter AI assistant

Google announced updates for its artificially intelligent voice assistant and new privacy tools to give people more control over how they’re being tracked on the go or in their own …


Amazon’s role in co-sponsoring research on fairness in AI draws mixed reaction

Amazon has partnered with the taxpayer-funded National Science Foundation on a three-year, $20 million program to fund basic research into fairness in artificial intelligence systems, which are under increasing scrutiny …


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 4:53 p.m.

A robotic hand can juggle a cube – with lots of training

How long does it take a robotic hand to learn to juggle a cube? About 100 years, give or take.


Bovines online: Farmers are using artificial intelligence to make cows more productive

Is the world ready for cows armed with artificial intelligence? No time to ruminate on that because the moment has arrived, thanks to a Dutch company that has married two …


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 6:29 p.m.

How much all-seeing AI surveillance is too much?

When a CIA-backed venture capital fund took an interest in Rana el Kaliouby’s face-scanning technology for detecting emotions, the computer scientist and her colleagues did some soul-searching – and then …


Why Google’s new AI assistant tells you it’s a robot – even if it sounds human

Duplex is the company’s next-generation virtual helper. In the months ahead, Duplex will be introduced for three types of tasks: booking restaurant reservations, calling stores to inquire about holiday hours, …


IBM’s debating AI is here to convince you that you’re wrong

A machine developed by IBM is challenging humans to debates about the future of medicine and the value of physical education.


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 7:25 p.m.

Tech leaders seek more focus on AI at White House summit

Top U.S. tech executives and researchers are planning to press the Trump administration to invest in artificial intelligence and craft policies they hope will strengthen the economy without displacing jobs.


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

What happens when the robots sound too much like humans?

Artificial intelligence has a new challenge: Whether and how to alert people who may not know they’re talking to a robot.


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

How Google aims to simplify your life with AI

Google put the spotlight on its artificial intelligence smarts at its annual developers conference Tuesday, announcing new consumer features aimed at simplifying your life.


White House will host Amazon, Facebook, Ford and other major companies for summit on AI

The White House on Thursday plans to convene executives from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Intel and 34 other major U.S. companies as it seeks to supercharge the deployment of powerful robots, …


Microsoft launches $25M program to use AI for disabilities

Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities.


Bovines online: Farmers are using AI to help monitor cows

Is the world ready for cows armed with artificial intelligence?


AI has a dirty little secret: It’s powered by people

There’s a dirty little secret about artificial intelligence: It’s powered by hundreds of thousands of real people.


AI can read! Tech firms race to smarten up thinking machines

Research teams at Microsoft and Chinese tech company Alibaba reached what they described as a milestone earlier this month when their AI systems outperformed the estimated human score on a …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017, 3:06 p.m.

Facebook improves how blind can “see” images using AI

The facial recognition technology, which uses artificially intelligent algorithms, doesn’t appear to have changed much since Facebook began using it in 2010 to suggest the identities of people in photos. …


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 6:57 p.m.

China artificial intelligence bid seeks $59 billion industry

China aims to make the artificial intelligence industry a “new, important” driver of economic expansion by 2020, according to a development plan issued by the State Council.


Facebook wants to use artificial intelligence to block terrorists online

To combat the spread of terror-related content online, Facebook announced Thursday that it will bolster its automated and human-powered efforts to flag and take down extremists posts, and will develop …


Hedge funds close in on designing ultimate trader’s brain

After many false dawns, an artificial intelligence technology called deep learning that loosely mimics the neurons in our brains is holding out promise for firms. WorldQuant is using it for …


This startup pays real people to answer questions to build better AI

A Seattle-based startup, Mighty AI, will get data to help you set up effective artificial intelligence software, by paying subject-matter experts to spend a few minutes answering questions or performing …