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[VIDEO] The Case for Breaking Up Big Tech

When NYU professor Scott Galloway began The Four, his book on Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook, he thought it was a love letter. Now he says it’s time to break up the companies. Why it matters: In a year where the biggest tech companies have [...]

What if Google ruled North Korea?

Michael Brendan Dougherty writes: Kevin Kelly of Wired magazine wants us to welcome the future, where the ubiquity and power of surveillance technology make our lives completely transparent to society, government, and even ourselves. It will be [...]

[VIDEO] How China Is Changing Your Internet

Chinese Tech Firms Forced to Choose Market: Home or Everywhere Else HONG KONG — For teenagers who like to sing along with Ariana Grande and Flo Rida, Musical.ly is a must-have. The app that lets users lip-sync and dance in their own music videos [...]

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 [...]

Ray Kurzweil: Humans will be hybrids by 2030

That’s the prediction of Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, who spoke Wednesday at the Exponential Finance conference in New York. “We’re going to gradually merge and enhance ourselves. In my view, that’s the [...]

Does Artificial Intelligence Pose a Threat?

A panel of experts discusses the prospect of machines capable of autonomous reasoning Ted Greenwald writes: After decades as a sci-fi staple, artificial intelligence has leapt into the mainstream. Between Apple ’s Siri and Amazon ’s [...]

Google Patents Customizable Robot Personalities

A patent that has just been awarded to Google suggests that either could be possible and that we could potentially download different personality types from the cloud. In fact, if you can’t choose what kind of personality you want for your [...]

Protesters Stage Anti-Robot Rally at SXSW

Jon Swartz reports: The chant reverberated through the air near the entrance to the SXSW tech and entertainment festival here. “I say robot, you say no-bot!” About two dozen protesters, led by a computer engineer, echoed that sentiment [...]

Japan: Robot to Take Top University Exam

Scientists in Japan are trying to create a computer program smart enough to pass the University of Tokyo‘s entrance exam, it appears. The project, led by Noriko Arai at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics, is trying to see how fast [...]

Hyping Artificial Intelligence, Yet Again

Gary Marcus writes:  According to the Times, true artificial intelligence is just around the corner. A year ago, the paper ran a front-page story about the wonders of new technologies, including deep learning, a neurally-inspired A.I. technique [...]

[VIDEO] Google’s Next Frontier: Robots

Boston Dynamics’ four-legged robot named WildCat can gallop at high speeds SAN FRANCISCO — John Markoff  writes:  BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat and Atlas have joined Google’s growing robot menagerie. Google confirmed on Friday that it had [...]

VIDEO: Ray Kurzweil – Immortality by 2045

‘In additional to radical life extension we’re going to have radical life expansion. ‘We’re going to have million of virtual environments to explore that we’re going to literally expand our brains – right now we [...]