Tag: artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Marvin Minsky Dies at 88

Jan 26, 2016 |

“Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist’s thirst for knowledge with a philosopher’s quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that helped inspire the creation of the personal computer and the Internet, died on Sunday night in Boston,” reported the New York Times today. He was 88. The NYT obituary by Glenn Read more…

This Hospital Computer Knows When Your Days Are Numbered

Sep 25, 2015 |

Chalk “predict death” off the list of “what computers can’t do.” A supercomputer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass., can decipher the likelihood of a patient’s imminent demise with uncanny accuracy. Patients at the hospital are linked up to the machine, which leverages all available patient data — doctors visits, lab results, medications and Read more…

AI’s Forward March: Machine Teaches Itself to Play Chess in 72 Hours

Sep 23, 2015 |

The field of artificial intelligence has had a rocky history with numerous setbacks, but there have been high points too, like when IBM’s Deep Blue beat reigning chess champion, Garry Kasparov, in 1997, or when another IBM machine, Watson, proved its mettle on the popular quiz show Jeopardy, in 2011. Now machine learning, and its Read more…

CMU’s Claudico Goes All-In Against World-Class Poker Pros

May 1, 2015 |

Last Friday (April 24), the “Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence” competition kicked-off at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Today, exactly halfway through the event, computer program “Claudico,” a joint effort between the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Carnegie Mellon, has played over 40,000 hands of No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker against four of the game’s professionals. The Read more…

UK Selects Five Universities to Lead Alan Turing Institute

Feb 4, 2015 |

To bolster the UK’s position as a leader in the areas of big data and algorithm research, five universities have been chosen to lead the county’s new Alan Turing Institute, which will be based at the British Library in London’s Knowledge Quarter. The selectees that will head the Institute are Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Warwick and University Read more…

IARPA Seeks Partners in Brain-Inspired AI Initiative

Jan 22, 2015 |

US intelligence officials have set in motion a five-year project to spark progress in machine learning by reverse-engineering the algorithms of the human brain. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) recently put out a call for innovative solutions with the greatest potential to advance theories of neural computation as part of the Machine Intelligence Read more…

Baidu Supercomputer Tops Google in Image Recogition

Jan 20, 2015 |

In an effort to oust Google from its the top spot in image recognition, Baidu, Inc. has dedicated a supercomputer to what it claims to be the world’s most accurate computer vision system. Using the ImageNet object classification benchmark, the Chinese search engine company claims that their system managed a 5.98 percent error rate, which Read more…

New Intelligence Test Asks What It Means to Be Human

Nov 24, 2014 |

The primary definition of artificial intelligence (AI), specifically strong AI, is the power of a machine to exhibit intelligence indistinguishable from that of a human. But researchers have long been divided on the best way to measure this quality. For several decades, they have resorted to some version of the Turing Test, named after the famed Read more…

Virtual Human Program Aims to Transform Healthcare

May 19, 2014 |

Based on the number of prominent research projects currently in the works, 2014 could be a tipping point for the field of personalized medicine and in silico research. Last week, the Insigneo Institute at the University of Sheffield spotlighted its Virtual Physiological Human (VHP) program, which the project’s backers describe as “transcending sci fi and Read more…

Brain-Inspired Device Simulates One Million Neurons

May 5, 2014 |

Bioengineers at the University of Stanford have developed a new type of circuit board modeled on the human brain. The Neurogrid, as it’s called, operates about 9,000 times faster using significantly less power than a typical PC. While no match for the power and capability of the human brain that inspired it, the new advance Read more…