Artificial Intelligence

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

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