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A major new report on the state of artificial intelligence (AI) has just been released. Think of it as the AI equivalent of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, in that it identifies where AI is at today, and the promise and perils in view. From language generation and molecular medicine to disinformation and …

This episode of The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast explores why experts are worried about AIs becoming addicts.   You can read the text version of this in-depth article here. The audio version is read by Peter Hanly in partnership with Noa, News Over Audio. Thomas Moynihan and Anders Sandberg at the University …

In 2022, we will see artificial intelligence continue along the path to becoming the most transformative technology humanity has ever developed. According to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, its impact will be even greater than that of fire or electricity on our development as a species. This may seem like a very ambitious claim, but considering …

In his autobiography, Miles Davis complained that classical musicians were like robots. He spoke from experience – he’d studied classical music at Juilliard and recorded with classical musicians even after becoming a world-renowned jazz artist. As a music professor at the University of Florida, which is transforming itself into an “AI university,” I often think …

Synthetic datasets are increasingly being used to train AI models. These promise greater privacy and less bias, but are not without their drawbacks. Synthetic datasets are becoming increasingly popular for training artificial intelligence models. Proponents of this computer-generated data say it protects personal information and reduces the chances of bias emerging in AI systems. But …

When I open any website offering services or goods, I always check how well a recommender system works.  It’s my personal marketing thing, tic, and oddity. Whatever you call it. Big business also adores recommender engines as much as I do, so I am in good company. “Recommender engines or recommenders, as they are sometimes called, are the most …

AI ethics has long been a hot-button issue. For some, it’s reduced to a debate about whether AI should be making decisions traditionally reserved for humans. There are misconceptions that AI systems will quickly evolve into superhuman intelligence, or that they’ll be a silver bullet to solve problems for which we as a society don’t …

Deep learning is the main force behind the recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Deep learning models are capable of performing on par with, if not exceeding, human levels, at a variety of different tasks and objectives. However, deep neural networks are vulnerable to subtle adversarial perturbations applied to their inputs – …

“Everything we love about civilization is a product of intelligence, so amplifying our human intelligence with artificial intelligence has the potential of helping civilization flourish like never before – as long as we manage to keep the technology beneficial.“ Max Tegmark, President of the Future of Life Institute   WHAT IS AI? From SIRI to self-driving cars, …

What does it mean to be an inventor? In patent law, designed to protect the intellectual property of inventors, officials are used to thinking of inventors as humans, taking an “inventive step” – a new way of doing something — not obvious to a person skilled in the same art. But last week — in …