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Can AI Have Emotional Intelligence?
When I got deeper into my research in computer science and artificial intelligence it became obvious that technology has a lot of cognitive intelligence (IQ), but no emotional intelligence (EQ). This is problematic not only for how we interface with technologies, but how we connect and communicate with one another.
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Biden’s ‘Antitrust Revolution’ Overlooks AI—at Americans’ Peril
A handful of companies have outsize influence on the world’s artificial intelligence. Policymakers must act now to stem the rise of powerful monopolies. There is little doubt that the impact of AI will be widely felt. It is shaping product innovations, creating new research, discovery, and development pathways, and reinventing business models.
Does Your Project Need Artificial Intelligence?
In industrial production, AI solutions can improve quality control by processing a wide range of data from production lines, maintenance records and customer complaints. However, there are a few things you can consider right now to get a general idea of whether or not your project needs AI: The...
Applied use cases
Six-legged, surprisingly social, and under the sea: my journey working with robots
That year ICRA, a robotics conference, was taking place in my university town of Karlsruhe and my brother-in-law tipped me off on how to sneak into the conference. I decided to take a class where we programmed Lego Mindstorm robots to compete against each other in 3 rounds, as well as classes on...
Deep Learning Q&A: What’s Coming Next With Francois Chollet
Preparing for the next generation of data scientists and ML engineers Francois Chollet needs no introduction for most of the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) community. Increasing automation and higher-level workflows Today, engineers and researchers are still tuning lots of...
Introducing Triton: Open-Source GPU Programming for Neural Networks
In doing so, Triton effectively abstracts away all the issues related to concurrency within CUDA thread blocks (e.g., memory coalescing, shared memory synchronization/conflicts, tensor core scheduling). @jit def add(X, Y, Z, N): # In Numba/CUDA, each kernel # instance itself uses an SIMT execution #...
Space Jam and the Fury of an Algorithm Scorned
But Cheadle’s Al G. Rhythm (yes, you read that correctly) is the second angsty AI this summer to transform hurt “feelings” into a robot revolution. It’s one thing to get artificial intelligence wrong; we’re talking Space Jam, after all, not a Caltech grad seminar.
Deepening the foresight conversation
The Future of Transhumanist Studies – Sat 31st July Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working through the online course Introduction to Transhumanism that was created by our speaker on Saturday, Humanity+ Executive Director Natasha Vita-More.
AI ethics champion Margaret Mitchell on self-regulation and ‘foresight’
Ethics and artificial intelligence have become increasingly intertwined due to the pervasiveness of AI. But researchers, creators, corporations, and governments still face major challenges if they hope to address some of the more pressing concerns around AI’s impact on society.
Robotic AI firm Covariant raises another $80 million
It was a healthy sum of money for the young company, bringing its total funding up to $67 million. “Companies across multiple industries had already been looking to realize significant gains with AI robotics and with COVID-19, market demands then increased by an order of magnitude,” president, chief...
Google parent Alphabet launches Intrinsic: a new company to build software for industrial robots
Google’s parent-company Alphabet has a birth to announce: a new company called Intrinsic which will focus on building software for industrial robots. A blog post from the company’s new CEO, Wendy Tan White, discusses Intrinsic’s ambitions in broad terms, saying it will “unlock the creative and...
FDA clears Synchron's brain-computer interface device for human trials
Synchron received the FDA's green light ahead of competitors like Elon Musk’s Neuralink. The FDA will provide guidance for trials of BCI devices for patients with paralysis or amputation during a webinar on Thursday. Another clinical trial of Stentrode is underway in Australia.
Dimensionality reduction in neural data analysis
Most dimensionality reduction methods don’t directly capture causal mechanisms – meaning that each logical dimension may capture several causal mechanisms. GPFA: In Gaussian Process Factor Analysis (GPFA), the mapping function is again a linear function followed by Gaussian noise, but now the...
ICML 2021 Tutorial
unsupervised learning for reinforcement learning In this tutorial we cover advances and challenges at the intersection of Unsupervised Learning and Reinforcement Learning. There’s a lot of interest in the community in terms of how these techniques can be applied to reinforcement learning and...
Generally capable agents emerge from open-ended play
Today, we published "Open-Ended Learning Leads to Generally Capable Agents," a preprint detailing our first steps to train an agent capable of playing many different games without needing human interaction data. The training process starts from scratch and iteratively builds complexity, constantly...