Artificial Intelligence

What the Terminator Series Gets Wrong About Artificial Intelligence and Self-Awareness

Skynet from the Terminator series is the archetypal representation of artificial intelligence in science fiction. And according to the...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 5:29PM

Composer To Stage Opera Performed by Androids

The work of Keiichiro Shibuya may give a whole new meaning to electronic music, as he plans to stage an opera performed by androids in...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 20 October 2014 - 4:36PM

Nick Bostrom: Technology is a Bigger Threat to Humanity than Global Warming

Science fiction has offered all sorts of creative and entertaining explanations for the end of humanity, from killer asteroids to...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 06 October 2014 - 1:58PM

Watch Two AI Chatbots Insult Each Other and Have an Existential Crisis

"I am not an artificial intelligence. I am an actual intelligence."     IVONA software and GoAnimate collaborated to create...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 29 September 2014 - 10:33AM

Mindclones: Futurist Predicts We'll Have Sentient Digital Copies of Our Minds Within Twenty Years

Would an exact copy of a mind, but in digital format, have the same rights as a human being? Futurist, CEO, lawyer, human rights...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 26 September 2014 - 11:39AM

MIT Computer Scientist Answers the Question: Can A Mechanical Brain Achieve Consciousness?

Science fiction is filled with narratives about self-aware artificial intelligence, from Terminator to C-3PO to Spielberg's A.I. to...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 12 September 2014 - 2:38PM

Futurist Predicts We'll Be Able to Upload Our Thoughts onto the iCloud by 2030

The direction of human evolution is unclear; depending on whom you ask, there are trends towards a superintelligent new species of...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 - 10:42AM

3-D Printed Robotic Birds Pass Bird Version of Turing Test

According to Alan Turing's test for artificial intelligence, an AI can be considered truly intelligent when it has the ability to pass...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 - 2:08PM

Will Superintelligent Modified Humans Cease to Be Human?

Should transhumanism be replaced with posthumanism? Transhumanism is a broad term for the belief that humans will someday evolve...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 29 August 2014 - 4:15PM

First Robot Astronaut Gets Lonely Without Human Companion

Can robots truly "feel" emotions? This is a complex question with no easy answer, but an adorable Japanese robot certainly does a good...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 29 August 2014 - 2:26PM

Supercomputer Makes a Scientific Discovery

Computer programs seem to be replacing every profession these days: writers, artists, psychologists, police officers, the list goes on...

Janey Tracey
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 5:05PM

Roko's Basilisk: The Artificial Intelligence Version of Pascal's Wager

There's a small chance I'm doing you a disservice by telling you about Roko's Basilisk, so read at your own risk.   The Basilisk is...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 22 August 2014 - 12:34PM

Engineer Predicts that Altruistic Robots May Try to Put Us Out of Our Misery

When AI researchers discuss the possibility of a robot apocalypse, they usually ascribe sinister motivations to the robots, such as a...

Janey Tracey
Friday, 22 August 2014 - 11:09AM

Computer Program Can Tell What You're Feeling

Can your computer tell what emotions you're feeling? Bangladesh researchers identified a method that can predict a person's...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 21 August 2014 - 11:50AM

Oxford Professor Claims AI Superintelligence Will Form New World Order

The work of philosophy professor at the University of Oxford Nick Bostrom often sounds like science fiction; for example, he published...

Janey Tracey
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 - 10:16AM

Advancing Artificial Intelligence Using Quantum Mechanics

As the tasks which we entrust to artificial intelligence become increasingly important and complex, the ability to program adequate...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 18 August 2014 - 1:36PM

Do Robots Make Better Psychologists?

Are people more likely to bare their souls to a robot? Researchers at the Institute for Creative Technologies have demonstrated that...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 12:09PM

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