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UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 7:47 p.m.

Artificial intelligence tool can detect PTSD from patient voices, study suggests

A computer program can analyze the voices of war veterans and determine which of them has post-traumatic stress disorder with 89% accuracy, according to a study published this week in …


Face recognition researcher fights Amazon over biased AI

Facial recognition technology was already seeping into everyday life – from your photos on Facebook to police scans of mugshots – when Joy Buolamwini noticed a serious glitch: Some of …


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: Sun., March 31, 2019, 6:24 p.m.

No AI in humor: R2-D2 walks into a bar, doesn’t get the joke

This is no April Fools’ Day joke: While machines are getting smarter, they still have trouble understanding humor.


Humans, AI compete over cherry blossom dates in Japan

Who can more accurately predict when Japan’s cherry trees will bloom, artificial intelligence or humans?


AI can make up news stories from handful of words

OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research group co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has demonstrated a piece of software that can produce authentic-looking fake news articles after being given just a few …


AI start-up that screens babysitters halts launch, citing heavy backlash

Predictim, the artificial-intelligence start-up that sold automated “risk” screenings of babysitters, says it has put the service on “pause,” citing heavy backlash following a Washington Post report on the service …


Wanted: The ‘perfect babysitter.’ Must pass AI scan for respect and attitude

When Jessie Battaglia started looking for a new babysitter for her 1-year-old son, she wanted more information than she could get from a criminal-background check, parent comments and a face-to-face …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018, 4:56 p.m.

Google to give away $25 million to fund humane AI projects

Google will give away $25 million to projects that propose ways to use the artificial intelligence of computers to help create a more humane society.


Scientists make a maze-running artificial intelligence program that learns to take shortcuts

Call it an a-MAZE-ing development: A U.K.-based team of researchers has developed an artificial intelligence program that can learn to take shortcuts through a labyrinth to reach its goal. In …


Bovines online: Farmers are using AI to help monitor cows

Is the world ready for cows armed with artificial intelligence?


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 5:49 p.m.

Facebook using AI to try to prevent suicide

Facebook is using artificial intelligence to address one of its darkest challenges: stopping suicide broadcasts.


Robots in finance bring new risks to stability, regulators warn

Banks and hedge funds that rely on artificial intelligence threaten to inject risks into the financial system that could exacerbate a future crisis, according to global regulators.


Why AI visionary Andrew Ng teaches humans to teach computers

To push the boundaries of artificial intelligence further, one of the world’s most renowned researchers in the field says many more humans need to get involved. So his focus now …


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 …


Apple’s developer’s conference may highlight artificial intelligence

With Facebook, Microsoft and Google emphasizing AI in their conferences over the past two months, market analysts believe it is Apple’s turn. As the race for artificial intelligence heats up …


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 1:48 p.m.

Google rolling out arsenal of services, gadgets

Google is providing the latest peek at its digital services and gadgets, initially offering a major focus on its efforts to extend artificial intelligence features into more of its apps …


Harrop: Can we think our way past robots?

Who gets to choose the technological future? How does this change us as a society? And what will it mean to be human?


UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

Bezos says artificial intelligence to fuel Amazon’s success

Amazon.com Inc. is embracing artificial intelligence to deliver goods more quickly, enhance its voice-activated Alexa assistant and create new tools sold to others through its cloud-computing division, Chief Executive Officer …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 5:09 p.m.

Ford to invest $1 billion in artificial intelligence for your car

Ford will pour $1 billion over the next five years into an artificial intelligence company tasked with developing the technology that will one day drive its autonomous vehicles.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 7:08 a.m.

Robots and artificial intelligence set to upend the art of making a sale

Softbank Robotics has a vision of a world in which many retailers incorporate artificial intelligence technology into brick-and-mortar stores, in which it feels normal and reflexive for you to approach …


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 …


UW to host free White House workshop on artificial intelligence

The University of Washington will be hosting the first of four White House Office of Science and Technology Policy workshops on artificial intelligence.


Stephen Hawking: Artificial intelligence could end mankind

LONDON — Physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the rise of artificial intelligence could see the human race become extinct.