It was hailed as the most significant test of machine intelligence since Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in chess nearly 20 years ago. Google’s AlphaGo has won two of the first three games against grandmaster Lee Sedol in a Go tournament, showing the dramatic extent to which AI has improved over the years. That…
The Star Wars expanded universe is huge. Really huge. Like, you just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly huge it really is. To grasp the full extent of this hugeness, a team of data scientists used a new computer program to analyze it, revealing some unexpected things about the extended saga.
Neural networks are increasingly taking on jobs that used to be the preserve of the human brain. So Erik Bernhardsson decided to see what would happen if he threw 50,000 fonts at a neural network and left it to chew at them. The results, it turns out, are pretty interesting.
If a UK intelligence agency’s holiday puzzle wasn’t enough to keep you entertained, how about something a little more difficult? This crossword puzzle is based on the computer science language of regular expressions, and it should keep you busy for... some time.
Suddenly, your boss doesn’t seem so bad. Japanese firm Hitachi is now using artificially intelligent managers, in what may be a world’s first. These AI bosses can not only issue workflows and employee duties in real time, they can even find ways to improve employee efficiency.
Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school. We’ve put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this fall for the latest term of Lifehacker U, our regularly-updating guide to improving your life with free, online college-level classes. Let’s get started.
If you use Google’s new Photos app, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Skype’s new translation function, you’re using a form of AI on a daily basis. AI was first dreamed up in the 1950s, but has only recently become a practical reality — all thanks to software systems called neural networks. This is how they work.
The image above looks like an uninspired digital reworking of a beautiful painting, but it's something more. The technique, called wavelet decomposition, shows us the different brushstrokes that make up a painting, and let us see a painter's style in a new way (or an imposter's).
What is a kilobit equal to? The answer is 1,000 bits, but some people say it should really be 1,024.
I had been avoiding The Imitation Game 'cause I was way afraid of the way it'd portray Turing's work. Instead, it incorporated more bits and pieces of computer science than I thought it would, and did it all surprisingly well. So, I'd like to share with you some of the fundamentals of Computer Science that are…
With so many prominent scientists warning about the dangers of rogue artificial intelligence, and so many ethical concerns coming down the pike in A.I. research and computer science generally, how can computer experts educate themselves? By reading science fiction books.
This coming weekend at Austin's annual convention of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, a group of AI experts will attend a workshop in hopes of hammering out a new-and-improved version of the Turing Test.
A 56-page document handwritten by Alan Turing will be auctioned off in April, with part of the proceeds (it's expected to fetch over $1 million) going to charity. The manuscript dates from 1942, Turing's Enigma Code-breaking days, and contains musings on mathematics and computer science.
German researchers have created a version of Nintendo's Super Mario Advance in which the videogame hero can learn and venture through the game according to his "feelings." It's an exciting advance, but the claim that Super Mario is now "self-aware" is grossly overstated.
One of the most unlikely harbingers of the computer age was a Christian mystic. After getting his ass kicked by Muslim scholars, he thought up a device that would let him win any argument, answer any question, and convert all people to the one true faith.
If you thought IBM's chess-playing computer, Deep Blue, was impressive, this is going to blow you away. Two-player limit Texas hold'em poker has been solved. Pitted one-on-one against the world's best poker players, a new computer program named Cepheus would never lose. You can even challenge it to a game, yourself.
Computers at Google now have a machine-learning system that can analyze images like the one above and generate captions for them. The phrase used to caption this image? “A person riding a motorcycle on a dirt road.” It might not seem like much, but it’s actually one hell of an accomplishment.
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Answer this week's riddle incorrectly, and your life – and the lives of 22 others – will be forfeit.
Imagine you're dropped in the middle of an unknown city and you need to find a restaurant in a safe area using only the visual cues around you. Sounds hard, right? Well, researchers at MIT have developed an algorithm that can do it — and it consistently outperforms humans.