Amazon Breaks Silence on Aiding Law Enforcement Following Employee Backlash

During a company-wide meeting recently, Amazon addressed its relationship with US law enforcement agencies, including Immigrations Customs and Enforcement — its first direct response to employees concerns raised in June about the company’s often successful attempts to provide cloud infrastructure and facial recognition software for these government authorities. Read More >>

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These Animated AI Bots Learned to Dress Themselves, Awkwardly

The ability to put our clothes on each day is something most of us take for granted, but as computer scientists from Georgia Institute of Technology in the US recently found out, it’s a surprisingly complicated task—even for artificial intelligence. Read More >>

Top Cortana Exec Out at Microsoft as Internal Shakeup Continues

The next VP to leave Microsoft is the current head of Cortana, Javier Soltero, according to multiple reports. The departure is part of an ongoing internal shakeup at Microsoft that has seen execs including 20-year vet Terry Myerson leave the company. Read More >>

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Unpredictable Londoners Are Training Driverless Cars to Deal with Human Behaviour

Londoners have always thought of themselves as a bit special, and a software startup at Imperial College has pretty much confirmed they're right. Read More >>

Uber Is Planning to Resume Its Self-Driving Car Programme in the US

Uber is planning to put its self-driving car technology back on the streets in Pennsylvania after it suspended the programme earlier this year. The ride-sharing company ceased operations of the programme in several cities following a fatal crash in which one of its cars was involved in Tempe, Arizona in March. Read More >>

Whales Can Now Be Tracked From Space

Whales are big-ass animals. They’re so big, in fact, that satellite technology is now good enough to spot them from space. Read More >>

An AI Lie Detector Is Going to Start Questioning Travellers in the EU

A number of border control checkpoints in the European Union are about to get increasingly—and unsettlingly—futuristic. Read More >>

Google Pledges $25 Million for ‘Good’ AI, Totally Isn’t Trying to Make You Forget That Military AI Stuff

Google has faced a lot of backlash since Gizmodo revealed in March that the company was helping the United States Department of Defense develop artificial intelligence that could be used to analyse drone footage as part of the Defense Department’s Project Maven. Internally, the program angered many Google employees and members of the AI community. Google ultimately decided against renewing its contract for Project Maven and released a set of principles to guide its use of AI. Read More >>

New Documents Show Amazon’s Face-Scanning Tech for Cops Was a Headache From the Start

Earlier this year, Amazon’s facial recognition tech Rekognition—which can scan photos and videos and match them against databases of faces—faced a flood of criticism from Amazon employees, shareholders, and civil rights activists who argued that its use by government agencies was unethical or even dangerous. That backlash was spurred by an ACLU report showing how Amazon was working with law enforcement in America to market its surveillance tech—and now new documents provide more insight into how Amazon is giving this controversial tool to police. Read More >>

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Absolutely Nothing Will Go Wrong When MIT Lets the Internet Control a Real Person on Halloween

In a soon-to-launch online social experiment that is definitely in no way going to backfire, researchers with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab are reportedly planning to hand an individual’s free will over to the internet. The experiment, which is titled BeeMe and is being described by MIT as the “first reality augmented game,” will rely on collective commands from online participants to help the individual defeat an evil artificial intelligence program. Read More >>

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AI Community Feuds Over ‘NIPS,’ The Controversial Name of Its Top Conference

At one of the most prominent artificial intelligence (AI) conferences in the world last year, keynote speaker Elon Musk reportedly made a joke about “tits” on a stage in front hundreds of researchers and engineers. He seemed to be referring to the name of the mainstay AI conference, NIPS, and its unofficial pre-conference event, the suggestively named ‘TITS,’ which launched last year. The Neural Information Processing Systems conference, as it is formally known, is an event that draws in people from all across the AI and machine learning (ML) community, including employees of Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. Read More >>

Apparently Everything Needs AI These Days, Even the Vibrators

AI is the new big thing in the tech industry, so naturally it has to be included in just about everything. Speakers, cameras, photo galleries, and... vibrators? That's what Vibease wants to do, because it's launched a Kickstarter page for a new lip-stick shaped vibrator that has some AI integration built in. No I'm really not making this up. Read More >>

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Portrait Painted by AI Sells For £338,000

A painting made by an artificial intelligence program sold at Christie’s in New York auction on Thursday for $432,500 (£337,874) – far more than the estimated $7,000 to $10,000. Read More >>

Facebook Is Using New AI Tools to Detect Child Porn and Catch Predators

Facebook is using new machine learning tech to flag child exploitation and nudity on the service, the company’s global safety head Antigone Davis announced today. In the last quarter alone, Davis says the new tools helped the company delete “8.7 million pieces of content” that “violated our child nudity or sexual exploitation of children policies.” Read More >>

We Might Be Getting a Welsh Alexa

In the ongoing effort to keep the amazing language that is Welsh active and thriving, the Welsh government is launching a 'technology action plan' that includes recommendations for smart speakers that speak the language. Read More >>