Artificial Intelligence


Flying Plates Learn To Catch Flying Poles In Switzerland

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Normally a plate can't get a job at the circus. It's just a plate. But here's a plate that can swoop through the air, catch a flying pole, and balance it upright, midair! In other words, a circus-worthy plate. Artificial Intelligence is the science of making dumb things do smart-looking stuff.

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On The Media

Assessing the Risk of a Robot Uprising

Friday, December 07, 2012

The threat of man-made machines rising up against humanity sounds like the premise of a science fiction movie, but a group of academics in the UK are looking into the possibility that such a threat could become reality. A new research center at the University of Cambridge is examining extinction-level risks to humanity, from the rise of killer robots to nuclear war. Brooke speaks with Martin Rees, an astrophysics professor and co-founder of the Center for the Study of Existential Risk.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Watson Won!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

On Language columnist for the New York Times Magazine Ben Zimmer and Stephen Baker, author of Final Jeopardy: Man vs Machine and the Quest to Know Everything talk about how the IBM's super computer won last night on Jeopardy! and what it means when artificial beats human intelligence.

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The Takeaway

Do Roombas Dream of Electric Sheep?: The Practical Application of Artificial Companions

Monday, July 05, 2010

When we speak of robots, we tend to discuss mechanical taskmasters sent to the bottom of the ocean to fix broken pipes or a machine sent to diffuse a bomb. To date, robots have been used to tackle jobs deemed too dangerous or impractical for humans. But, The New York Times has been exploring a new breed of robots designed to execute emotional functions by providing companionship and even conversation.

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Bach, Beethoven, and R2D2

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

OK, she's a computer, but is composer Emily Howell really all that different? 

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