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AI Can Be Made Legally Accountable for Its Decisions

Computer scientists, cognitive scientists, and legal scholars say AI systems should be able to explain their decisions without revealing all their secrets. By Emerging Technology from the arXiv Artificial intelligence is set to play a significantly [...]

China’s AI Awakening 中国 人工智能 的崛起

The West shouldn’t fear China’s artificial-intelligence revolution. It should copy it. Will Knight reports: On a tropical island that marks the southern tip of China, a computer program called Lengpudashi is playing one-on-one poker against a [...]

AI Enlisted to Help Prevent Traffic Jams

The transport ministry will this autumn start a pilot project that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to alleviate traffic congestion in tourist hotspots. The project will use traffic volume data collected through a network of cameras installed on [...]

AI-Generated Pop Song Puts Human Composers on Notice

Rich Haridy reports: At the rate AI-generated music is progressing, it could be old-fashioned to manually compose songs in as little as a decade. The latest step forward comes with the release of “Break Free,” the first single from the [...]

Elon Musk Lays Out Worst-Case Scenario for AI Threat

Powerful technology will threaten all human jobs, could even spark a war, Tesla CEO says. Tim Higgins writes: Elon Musk warned a gathering of U.S. governors that they need to be concerned about the potential dangers from the rise of artificial [...]

Apple’s HomePod Puts Siri in a Speaker

Pierce reports: It’s hard not to watch Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant invade millions of living rooms and not feel like Apple blew an opportunity. Almost six years after Apple announced Siri as a feature on the iPhone 4S, Siri’s [...]

Apple Announces HomePod, a Smart Home Audio Speaker

Janko Roettgers reports: Apple is taking on Amazon Echo and Google Home: The company announced a new voice-controlled speaker during its WWDC developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Monday. Dubbed HomePod, the new speaker features voice control [...]

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem. Will Knight writes: In 2015, a research group at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York was inspired to apply deep learning to the hospital’s vast database [...]

Google Is Already Late to China’s AI Revolution

Cade Metz writes: Sitting on a stage in Wuzhen, China, a historic city up the river from Shanghai, Google chairman Eric Schmidt described what he called “the age of intelligence.” But he wasn’t talking about human intelligence. He meant [...]

AI Program Defeats World’s Top Go Player

Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent WUZHEN, China – Akiko Yoshinaga reports: The artificial intelligence program AlphaGo overwhelmingly defeated Ke Jie, a 19-year-old Chinese national who is said to be the best Go player in the world, in the third [...]