Artificial intelligence
Emerging Tech

What the heck is machine learning, and why is it everywhere these days?

Machine learning has been responsible for some of the biggest advances in artificial intelligence over the past decade. But what exactly is it? Check out our handy beginner's guide.

The Pixel 3 is just another phone. But the A.I. brains inside are unrivaled

The idea that artificial intelligence in smartphones will transform our lives has been heavily hyped, but the reality often disappoints. Google may not know how to make a beautiful phone, but its A.I. features are truly useful.

Essential is reportedly building an A.I.-powered phone that mimics its user

According to a new report, Essential is working on a new phone. The device will reportedly feature heavy use of artificial intelligence, even going as far as to text people for the user.
Social Media

Facebook Marketplace gets smarter with new A.I.-powered tools

Facebook's Craigslist competitor is now two years old, and getting even smarter, thanks to artificial intelligence. Facebook marketplace will now suggest prices based on what similar items sold for.
Emerging Tech

MIT’s latest A.I. is freakishly good at determining what’s going on in videos

MIT researchers have created an A.I. system which uses a deep learning neural network to fill in the blanks in video frames to work out what activity is taking place. Here's why that matters.
Smart Home

Survey says: We’d rather let robots cook than drive

More people would be comfortable letting robots service cars than drive them, a new survey by shows. And fully half of those surveyed would be fine with a robot chef or personal trainer.
Emerging Tech

Microsoft and Shell build A.I. into gas stations to help spot smokers

Shell and Microsoft have created a system for gas stations that can spot someone who's smoking or about to smoke. The platform uses multiple cameras, local computing power, and Microsoft's cloud intelligence system to do the job.

Smart Reply not smart enough? Desktop Gmail users can soon opt out

Google will soon give desktop Gmail users the ability to opt out of Smart Reply. If you'd prefer to compose a short email the old-fashioned way, you can do so without seeing the auto-generated suggestions in the future.
Emerging Tech

Don’t be fooled — this automated system sneakily manipulates video content

In the vein of “deep fakes," Recycle-GAN, a new system from Carnegie Mellon University, presents another case for how difficult it will be to distinguish fiction from reality in the future.
Emerging Tech

Swiss researcher offers blueprints for animal-friendly autonomous machines

A scientist worries that our high-tech future fails to consider the well-being of other creatures: "Machine ethics has so far concentrated almost exclusively on automatic actions that affect people."
Emerging Tech

Neural networks? Machine learning? Here's your secret decoder for A.I. buzzwords

Don't know your machine learning from your evolutionary algorithms? Worried every time you sit on a bus in case Google's Larry Page sits down next to you with a pop quiz? Our handy A.I. buzzword guide is here to help.

A.I.-powered Grammarly comes to Google Docs to improve your writing

Google Docs is getting another artificial-powered grammar checking tool to help improve your writing. Grammarly announced that it is bringing its service as a Chrome browser extension, competing against Google's native tool.
Emerging Tech

What is an artificial neural network? Here’s everything you need to know

Neural networks are behind some of the biggest advances in artificial intelligence. But what exactly is an artificial neural network? Check out our beginner's guide to clue you in.
Emerging Tech

A.I. bests experts at predicting deaths from heart disease

An artificial intelligence algorithm has bested experts at predicting patient deaths from heart disease. In a study published in the journal PLOS One, researchers make yet another case for using A.I. to inform medical diagnoses.
Emerging Tech

Two left feet? No problem. This A.I. can turn anyone into a dancer

Are you a terrible dancer who nonetheless dreams of one day starring in a toe-tapping music video? Thanks to some innovative A.I. research from UC Berkeley, your dream could soon come true.
Emerging Tech

As Christie’s auctions its first A.I. painting, the meaning of ‘art’ gets blurrier

Later this year, a painting generated by A.I. will go up for auction. Here's why that's actually a major milestone for machine intelligence -- and its newfound ability to be creative.
Emerging Tech

Algorithm outperforms humans at spotting fake news

Researchers have created an A.I. system that can tell the difference between real and fake news — often with better success rates than its human counterparts. Such a system may help filter out articles meant to misinform.
Emerging Tech

IBM’s Holodeck-style classroom tech makes language-learning apps look primitive

With A.I. and 360-degree screens, IBM Research and New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have teamed up to create the most high-tech and immersive way to learn a new language yet.