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    1. CompSci boffins find Reddit is ideal source for sarcasm database

      CompSci boffins find Reddit is ideal source for sarcasm database

      Over here at El Reg , we think that chatbots are, like, the best thing ever. Not. But would they be any better if they could detect sarcasm and retaliate with their own snide remarks? A group of computer scientists from Princeton University, USA, certainly think so. Mikhail Khodak, Nikunj Saunshi and Kiran Vodrahalli, all graduate students, have pooled together “a large self-annotated corpus for sarcasm” by trawling through Reddit.

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    2. Please don't call them Facebook chatbots, says Facebook's bot boss

      Please don't call them Facebook chatbots, says Facebook's bot boss

      F8 2017 Facebook all but admitted the failure of chatbots last month – with the announcement that developers building Messenger bot can hide text input boxes and offer menu-driven conversations instead. Chatbots were billed by some as the new user interface for apps: rather than tap on icons and swipe through screens, you tell the software what you want, and it reacts accordingly.

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    3. Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

      Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

      Artificial intelligence can inherit the same racial and gender biases as humans do when learning language, according to a paper published in Science. AI and machine learning are hot topics. Algorithms are becoming more advanced, providing us with better internet searching and recommendations to potentially help us diagnose diseases or drive cars . There are advantages to relying on them – they don’t get tired and can power through the more mundane tasks that we find boring.

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    4. Don't fall for the AI hype: Here are the ingredients you need to build an actual useful thing

      Don't fall for the AI hype: Here are the ingredients you need to build an actual useful thing

      Artificial intelligence these days is sold as if it were a magic trick. Data is fed into a neural net – or black box – as a stream of jumbled numbers, and voilà! It comes out the other side completely transformed, like a rabbit pulled from a hat. That's possible in a lab, or even on a personal dev machine, with carefully cleaned and tuned data.

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    5. What 2017 holds for AI: Will you fear or embrace our machine overlords?

      What 2017 holds for AI: Will you fear or embrace our machine overlords?

      From voice translation to self-driving automobile, AI's impact in everyday life will become more and more apparent this year. The AI and deep learning market will experience even more rapid technological advancement, very rapid growth and adoption, and increasing competition for both hardware and software platforms. While AI fears will remain, the public will become more cognisant and comfortable with social media AI applications.

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    6. From drugs to galaxy hunting, AI is elbowing its way into boffins' labs

      From drugs to galaxy hunting, AI is elbowing its way into boffins' labs

      Feature Powerful artificially intelligent algorithms and models are all the rage. They're knocking out it of the park in language translation and image recognition, but autonomous cars and chatbots? Not so much. One area machine learning could do surprisingly well in is science research. As AI advances, its potential is being seized by academics. The number of natural science studies that use machine learning is steadily rising.

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    7. Humanity needs you... to build an AI bot that can finger rotten headlines

      Humanity needs you... to build an AI bot that can finger rotten headlines

      Two AI researchers are behind a daring open challenge to fight the spread of outrageous headlines that are completely detached from reality. (As if anyone would write such things, tut-tut.) The Fake News Challenge ( FNC ) is organized by Dean Pomerleau, an entrepreneur and adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and Delip Rao, an employee at Joostware.

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    8. Nadella calls for AI sector to move beyond 'worshipping' a handful of companies

      Nadella calls for AI sector to move beyond 'worshipping' a handful of companies

      The tech sector is currently "worshipping" a handful of artificial intelligence companies, but is yet to show how it will make the technology accessible to and useful for its human end users, Microsoft head Satya Nadella has said. Speaking at the DLD technology conference in Munich, he said: "The way at least I have defined AI in simple terms is we are trying to teach machines to learn so they can do things that humans do, that in turn helps humans. Which is augmenting what we have."

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    9. Microsoft swallows up AI language biz Maluuba

      Microsoft swallows up AI language biz Maluuba

      Microsoft reckons it can advance its efforts in conversational AI by today acquiring Maluuba – a Canadian machine-learning startup trying to “solve artificial general intelligence” through language. The financial details of the deal remain undisclosed. Founded in 2011 by CEO Sam Pasupalak and CTO Kaheer Suleman, who were classmates at the University of Waterloo, Canada, Maluuba has grown from a small startup to a fully established deep learning laboratory in Montreal.

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    10. Meet the Loughborough 'emo' boffins who predicted Trump's victory

      Meet the Loughborough 'emo' boffins who predicted Trump's victory

      This has not been a good year for opinion pollsters, most of whom failed to predict either Britain’s vote to leave the European Union or the election of Donald Trump as US president. To be fair, both were close races. Wise pollsters offer probabilities rather than certainties: FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver , who successfully predicted the results in all 50 states for the 2012 presidential election, gave Trump a 29 per cent chance of winning this time around compared with an eight per cent chance of Mitt Romney beating Barack Obama. Even so, his model still made Hillary Clinton the ...

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    11. The Rosetta Stone of chatbot APIs: Upstart touts software bridge

      The Rosetta Stone of chatbot APIs: Upstart touts software bridge

      Taking aim at the balkanized bot ecosystem, Message.io , a Y Combinator-backed startup, on Wednesday began offering private beta access to its bot platform. The 12-person company, based in Austin, Texas, aims to provide a single system for managing bot-based communication across multiple messaging services. Its bot syndication tool can take a chatbot designed for one of its supported services and make it available to users of other supported services.

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    12. Microsoft's Cognitive Toolkit on GitHub in all its speech-recognising glory

      Microsoft's Cognitive Toolkit on GitHub in all its speech-recognising glory

      Microsoft has released a catalogue of AI software under Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit on GitHub today. The new toolkit is an updated version of the Computational Network Toolkit, which was developed by a team of computer scientists interested in speech recognition and natural language processing. It has since expanded into other areas. The 22 APIs cover computer vision, emotion recognition, web search and text analysis, and have been updated to be compatible with C++ and Python.

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    13. AI lawyer: I know how you ruled next summer

      AI lawyer: I know how you ruled next summer

      RotM Artificial Intelligence can predict the outcomes of European Court of Human Rights trials to a high accuracy, according to research published today. The use of AI has is slowly seeping into many industries including the legal sector. AI can trawl through vast amounts of information at a faster rate than humans without slowing down, making it easier for lawyers to prepare for hearings. The paper, published in PeerJ Computer Science, shows that the new software has gone one step further.

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    14. The dollars marched in two by two: Huawei tips $1m into Berkeley AI lab

      The dollars marched in two by two: Huawei tips $1m into Berkeley AI lab

      Huawei is handing $1m to the University of California Berkeley’s AI lab to foster a research and development partnership between industry and academia. Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) Lab will work with the Noah’s Ark Laboratory of Huawei to accelerate research into the main areas of AI, which includes “deep learning, reinforcement learning, machine learning, natural language processing and computer vision.” BAIR has over 30 faculty members and more than one hundred graduate students applying AI in different subjects from robotics to cyber security. The Noah’s Ark Lab specialises in data mining and machine learning which has ...

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    15. IBM Watson Xprize is a chance to make AI more open, says prize founder

      IBM Watson Xprize is a chance to make AI more open, says prize founder

      It's all fun and games until someone loses an AI A $3m AI competition aimed at showing “how humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to tackle the world's grand challenges” has been launched by IBM Watson under the XPRIZE banner. IBM Watson XPRIZE leader Amir Banifatemi hopes to repeat the successes of the previous X Prize, a separate competition, with AI.

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    16. Baidu Research grills AI models on deep learning

      Baidu Research grills AI models on deep learning

      Baidu Research has launched DeepBench, a new tool for AI researchers interested in assessing deep learning operations across hardware platforms. The announcement was made at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence conference by Greg Diamos and Sharan Narang, researchers working at Baidu’s AI lab in Silicon Valley. Deep learning is a technique used in machine learning that is rapidly gaining popularity amongst the AI community.

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    17. Do AI chat bots need a personality bypass – or will we only trust gabber 'droids with character? Register

      Do AI chat bots need a personality bypass – or will we only trust gabber 'droids with character? Register

      Machine communication is an area generating much excitement in AI. The ability to give machines a voice and personality has been the subject of many sci-fi films, and the push in natural language processing has brought that idea closer to reality. All the big AI players are investing in some sort of chatbot. Google just released Allo, a messaging app that incorporates its Google Assistant. Apple users have Siri, the voice-powered assistant. Amazon has its AI assistant Echo.

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    18. Russia will fork Sailfish OS to shut out pesky Western spooks

      Russia will fork Sailfish OS to shut out pesky Western spooks

      Paranoia over NSA tampering spurs de-Westernisation drive Russia's Minister of Communications and Mass Media, Nikolai Nikiforov, has taken part in talks to form a consortium that will aid Russia in developing a custom mobile OS, reportedly a forked version of Jolla's Sailfish OS, to lessen its dependence on Western technology.…

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