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The machine-human link and the future we build

The question is, why aren't more people analyzing the probable impact of AI on humankind and working on policies and plans to both maximize the benefits of AI and automation while minimizing the negative effects?

News scan: Free Windows upgrades; Job-stealing robots; More

The top news stories for Oct. 13, 2014.

BabyX reads its first words--artificial intelligence is growing up

One cannot talk intelligently about big data and not be thinking of its ultimate outcome: artificial intelligence, or AI. BabyX is not a real baby but it shows us just how far AI has already come.

Turing Test reversal: 12 out of 13 human judges guessed wrong

On this, the 100th anniversary of Turing's birth, researchers put a test before human judges to see if they could tell whether they were conversing with another human or a machine.

Should AI development and machine learning be capped by law?

"One can imagine such technology outsmarting financial markets, out-inventing human researchers, out-manipulating human leaders, and developing weapons we cannot even understand. Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all," wrote Stephen Hawking, Stuart Russell, Max Tegmark  and Frank Wilczek in a post in The Independent. 

Robot reporters and the rise of analysts and journalists

Mashable has a good report on the use of WordSmith, an artificial intelligence system that uses data to churn out as many as five million stories a week--a feat human journalists and writers can't match. Is this the end of journalism as we know it? No, it isn't.

5 technologies driving big data into mainstream usage

On  GigaOm, Derrick Harris frames the advance of data analytics in terms of Geoffrey Moore's business classic Crossing the Chasm. Harris identifies five technologies that will help big data move into the mainstream.

At the intersection of domain knowledge, the Data Science Venn Diagram and AI

Among the many things Harris said that I found fascinating is this gem: "Right now, the domain knowledge is in our heads--is it possible to extract just enough domain knowledge into software so that more people can more efficiently focus on the questions rather than the tools?" Here are more thoughts on that to mull over…

Spotlight: For networked apps, lack of context trumps big data

Though apps developers are working harder to incorporate context sensitivity, Lisa Morgan finds that the more data they input, the less sensitive they may be.

Artificial intelligence breakthroughs unveiled at CeBIT

Efforts in artificial intelligence are ongoing and making unprecedented headway. Several breakthroughs were demonstrated at CeBIT and most were breath-taking, made more so by the knowledge that these are not far-future fantasies but near-future possibilities. Take a look at some of the things presented at CeBIT and coming down the pipeline now…