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Robot Olympics: more exciting than the human version?

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang showcased the East Asian nation’s robotics heritage by including robots in many areas of the event ... but there was also a mini-event taking place at the same time a two-hour drive from PyeongChang: robotic skiing. Eight teams sent their full metal skiers down a slalom run. The results were mixed, with near equal helpings of cuteness, idiocy and admiration ... could this presage more robotic sports?

These are the most important short-term trends in AI

Forward Partners, a London-based company that specialises in early stages venture capital investing, has come up with a series of observations and predictions on the microtrends that are expected to shape the AI business in the next five years. The company’s insights are drawn from its interactions with nearly 500 applied AI start-ups. Chris Corbishley, an investor with Forward Partners, took part in the AI Expo 2018 held in London Olympia on 18 and 19 April. In his public speech Corbishley outlined the trends that could potentially define the AI start-up scene in the years to come...

What causes AI boom and bust: a personal view of Artificial Intelligence history

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is ubiquitous. Everything from toiletries to phones to cow tracking claims to be using ‘cutting edge AI technology’ to improve the efficiency, usefulness or accuracy of specific products or services.

But the cutting edge might not be as sharp as many believe. AI has a nearly 70-year long history with some surprising backtracks and re-emergences among it...

A new way of thinking about media forensics

Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches are increasingly used to create or edit media ... The capabilities of these tools mean it’s harder than ever to spot a fake image, or a fake sound recording or a fake video – and that’s a problem for many organisations. What’s needed is a radical rethink, by those who care, of the way that trust in media content can be evaluated, that draws on well-established protocols and analogous problems. Rather than try to spot a fake by looking more closely at its content (for instance, the edges of visual elements, composition, relationships between pixels in an image, or the attributes of the file such as file size or compression) etc, one must instead look more closely at its context. There are multiple ways this might be done. The military have long been specialists at deception (think camouflage) and the assessment of information of variable trustworthiness...

Societal aspects of Artificial Intelligence

A societal approach, based on fairness and transparency, needs to be adopted when developing and introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications, according to Kiki de Bruijn, a cognitive neuroscientist working at Diffblue as an Artificial Intelligence Evangelist, who took part in the AI Expo held in London Olympia on 18 and 19 April 2018. De Bruijn declared herself a firm believer in AI’s potential to improve the way people live. She insisted that, in order to achieve ...

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