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The NSA Is Building An Artificial Intelligence System That Can Read Minds

The NSA is working on a computer system that can predict what people are thinking. "Think of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the most memorable character, HAL 9000, having a conversation with David. We are...

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This iPhone App Knows What You Like -- Before You Ask It A Single Question

Google CEO Larry Page and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer agree on one thing: the future of search is tied in with artificial intelligence. Page has talked about the ideal search engine knowing what you...

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You Can Learn How To Become More Rational

LessWrong is a community blog devoted to “refining the art of human rationality.”  The blog is led by artificial intelligence theorist Eliezer Yudkowsky.  A charitable organization which Yudkowsky...

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This Is What Happens When Two Computers Talk To Each Other

The Cornell computer science department hooked up two artificial intelligence "chatbots" and recorded their conversation: Please follow SAI on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this...

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Artificial Intelligence Pioneer John McCarthy Has Died

The tech world has lost a brilliant mind with the passing of John McCarthy. He invented LISP, an early computer programming language still in use today, and coined the term "artificial intelligence,"...

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Artificial Intelligence Took America's Jobs And It's Going To Take A Lot More

It's not just the recession that killed American employment. And it's not just robots taking jobs from autoworkers. The scary new dimension is artificial intelligence, which could replace as many as...

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How We Got Siri: The History Of Talking To Machines (AAPL)

Siri represents a mainstream success in getting people to communicate with their electronics, but it's hardly the first time someone talked to a computer. Siri has plenty of ancestors dating all the...

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ART CASHIN: We May Have Just Witnessed The Presence Of Artificial...

Wednesday morning, there was a violent sell-off in stocks that seemed to start exactly at 10:00 AM.  This had some New York Stock Exchange floor traders scratching their heads. Art Cashin, UBS...

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ART CASHIN: Robots May Have Been Responsible For A Rare Synchronization In...

We live in an interesting time, don't we?  Everything used to be explained by Newton's laws of physics.  Then it was Einstein's theory of relativity.  Fold into that some Freud and modern economics....

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Meet Siri's Less Popular Sister: Trap.it

While Siri's sister company can't talk back to you, it is just as smart. Like Siri, Trap.it came out of a $200 million program funded by DARPA. The five-year program was called CALO, which is short...

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MBA Students Tried To Figure Out What IBM's Watson Should Be Used For, And...

The folks at IBM are still trying to figure out what exactly to do with their amazing artificial intelligence computer Watson, and they're looking to all kinds of sources for inspiration. One of those...

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Facebook's Cofounder And First Investor Are Trying To Replicate The Human Brain

Startup Vicarious is trying to build a computer with the human ability to see and perceive. It's a really hard artificial-intelligence problem that once solved, has immense potential to change the...

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Cambridge University To Study Possibility That Technology Could Ultimately...

A new Cambridge research center will assess whether advanced technology could destroy human civilization, Brid-Aine Parnell of The Register reports. The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER)...

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It Was A Bad Idea For Watson The Supercomputer To Learn The Urban Dictionary

"OMG, that's a bullshit question. Eat one, you doofus." One as-yet-to-be-determined day in the future, computers will talk back to us in this manner. But, thankfully, it would appear that Computers...

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What The Human Mind Has That A Robot Could Never Match

I just got done reading Ray Kurzweil's How to Create a Mind, his latest on how machines will soon (2030ish) pass the Turing test, and then basically become like robots envisaged in the 60's, with...

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IBM Has Sent A Supercomputer To College To Learn How To Be More Human (IBM)

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Watson, the supercomputer famous for beating the world's best human "Jeopardy!" champions, is going to college. IBM is announcing Wednesday that it will provide a Watson system to...

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Google Has Bought A Startup To Help It Recognize Voices And Objects (GOOG)

Google has bought a three-person Canadian startup, DNNresearch, based in Toronto, TechVibes reports. The "DNN" in its name stands for "deep neural networks." That's a contemporary approach to designing...

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Harvard Cognitive Scientist Shares Fascinating Insights About The Human Mind

The more we learn about the human mind, the more fascinating it becomes, according to Harvard cognitive scientist Steve Pinker. He's known for his research in evolutionary psychology, or the idea that...

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This Video Of A Robot, Hooded And Chained By The Neck As Humans Test It, Will...

Normally, when we talk about what advanced robots might do in the future, we worry that they might harm us. What if machines with artificial intelligence decide that we humans are getting it wrong,...

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Google's Big Chinese Competitor, Baidu, Is Setting Up Shop In Google's...

About six miles south of the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., is the town of Cupertino. And that's where Chinese search company Baidu is opening a new office that will be home to something called...

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