Artificial Intelligence

New Mechanical Brain Has One Million Programmable Neurons

We haven't been able to build a true, sentient artificial intelligence yet because we don't understand the human brain enough to build...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 07 August 2014 - 3:27PM

Can an Artificial Intelligence Compose Great Music?

First we had computers creating visual art, then we had computers writing their own moralistic fables, and now we have computers that...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 07 August 2014 - 1:46PM

The Science of Star Wars: Light Sabers Already Exist and R2D2 is Coming Soon?

Could Star Wars really happen? Science writers Mark Brake and Jon Chase gave a presentation in May and physicist Andy Howell wrote up...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 04 August 2014 - 3:09PM

Artificial Intelligence Designs a Cancer Drug

Is artificial intelligence the future of drug discovery? Where cancer drugs usually take 24 to 48 months and approximately $100...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 04 August 2014 - 12:46PM

Robotic Aesop: Computer Program Can Write Its Very Own Fables

Can an artificial intelligence create art, particularly of the literary variety? We tend to think of art as a singularly human...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 01 August 2014 - 12:38PM

US Government Chatbot Gets Everyone to Spill Their Secrets

Members of the U.S. Army are more likely to tell their deepest, darkest secrets to a robot than to a faceless questionnaire. Dean...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 11:38AM

Will Computers Become the Artists of the Future?

Can true art be produced according to set, inflexible logical and mathematical rules? A new exhibition called Automatic Art in...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 10:20AM

Meet Jibo: The World's First Social Robot

Meet Jibo, the newest creation of famed MIT roboticist Cynthia Breazeal.       Designed as an interactive companion and...

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 - 10:18AM

In the Robotic Revolution, Gender Equality May Take a Hit

There has long been public anxiety about robots rendering certain jobs obsolete, but it turns out women might have more to worry...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 - 3:06PM

Will We Someday Use Child Sex Robots to Treat Pedophiles?

If we create robots that look like children, the uncanny valley may be the least of our problems. At a robot ethics panel at Berkeley...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 14 July 2014 - 3:13PM

Neuroscientists Boycott Upcoming Project to Build an Artificial Brain

The European Union just gave the Human Brain Project 1.2 billion euros to build an artificial human brain using a network of...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 11 July 2014 - 11:28AM

The Real Reason We Haven't Created Artificial Intelligence Yet

"We don’t yet understand how brains work, so we can’t build one."   Jaron Lanier, computer scientist and author of "Who Owns...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 - 12:16PM

British Minister Says Robots Will Take Over White-Collar Jobs First

David Willetts, British Minister of University and Science, claims that "robots will take over middle-class professions" before manual...

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 - 10:05AM

Can We Give Artificial Intelligence Free Will?

A recent study from UC Davis that found a kind of "neural noise" in the human brain may aid researchers in creating a more "human"...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 12:26PM

Meet Bob, Europe's First Robotic Security Guard

Meet Bob, Birmingham University's new security guard robot who has been working alongside security guards at a firm in Twekesbury for...

Monday, 16 June 2014 - 10:36AM

Police Officers Turn to Robocops for Moral Guidance

Law enforcement has enlisted the help of computers to ensure that they respect suspects' privacy, under the theory that computers are...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 13 June 2014 - 10:40AM

Skynet Lives! Turing Test Passed For The First Time

Meet Eugene Goostman - a seemingly normal 13 year old boy. He's from Odessa, Ukraine, and doesn't speak English very well. He likes...

Monday, 09 June 2014 - 12:50PM

Artificial Intelligence Named Pepper Can Read Human Emotions

Japanese company Softbank has unveiled Pepper, a robot that can purportedly read human emotions.   The robot has an "emotional...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 05 June 2014 - 9:50AM

Ethical Robots and Deleting Memories - Four Ways Science Met Science Fiction

Science found new ways to make us feel like we're living in a real-life sci-fi movie last week, but not all of the stories were...

Kieran Dickson
Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 10:28AM

The Many Ways That Science Met Science Fiction Last Week

Yet again the past week has seen science meet science fiction in the coolest ways imaginable. There were some giant leaps made in the...

Kieran Dickson
Monday, 12 May 2014 - 5:11PM