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Presidential Report Explores Best Way to Harness AI

Oct 13, 2016 |

A new report from the Office of Science Technology Policy (OSTP) addresses the fast-growing field of artificial intelligence (AI), which is increasingly poised to reshape the way we live and work. Titled “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence,” the report makes 23 policy recommendations on a number of topics concerned with the best way to harness the power of machine learning and algorithm-driven intelligence for the benefit of society.

Larry Smarr Helps NCSA Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Sep 20, 2016 |

Throughout the past year, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications has been celebrating its 30th anniversary. On Friday, Larry Smarr, whose unsolicited 1983 proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) begat NCSA in 1985 and helped spur NSF to create not one but five national centers for supercomputing, gave a celebratory talk at NCSA.

Mapping Out a New Role for Cognitive Computing in Science

Feb 25, 2016 |

The avalanche of data being produced by experimental instruments and sensors isn’t just a big (data) problem – it’s perhaps the biggest bottleneck in science today. What’s needed, say the distinguished authors of a new white paper from the Computing Community Consortium, is a community-wide agenda to develop cognitive computing tools that can perform scientific Read more…

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…