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Artificial Intelligence


Analysis and insight on the ever-evolving advancements in artificial intelligence. Stay updated as Singularity Hub discusses the most important AI research.

Kurzweil Discusses the Future of Brain Computer Interfaces (Video)

Offering money as a prize for scientific endeavors has a long history of success. That's how we got a clock accurate enough to calculate longitude, and an aviator brave enough to cross the Atlantic....

Igniting a Brain-Computer Interface Revolution – BCI X PRIZE

This is a guest post written by entrepreneur, Singularity University alumnus and teaching fellow Rod Furlan. He is an independent researcher in the fields of artificial intelligence, quantitative finance and high-performance computing. Passionate about...

Stanford’s Robot Car Tries for Peak Performance

Sometime this year, Stanford plans on taking their driverless Audi TTS and using it to climb the 12.4 miles up Pike’s Peak. Now, if you’ve been following recent advances in robot driving you...

Cleverbot Chat Engine Is Learning From The Internet To Talk Like A Human

Judging by the comments section of this blog, some of you readers are actually robots. Well, today's your day because we're going to be talking all about you. Chatterbots are computer programs designed to...

Reading Your Mind to Tag Images (and Work With Computers)

The most valuable machine you own may be between your ears. Work done at Microsoft Research is using electroencephalograph (EEG) measurements to "read" minds in order to help tag images. When someone looks at...

Wireless Device Reads Brain Signals, Turns them into Speech (Video)

Remarkable news keeps coming for those who are trapped in their own bodies. People with locked-in syndrome, a condition where a healthy mind is unable to express itself due to brain damage, are...

Eureqa – Software to Replace Scientists

The job of a scientist has its fun parts, and its not-so-fun parts. Making new discoveries, understanding the way things work, and experimenting with the natural world are all pretty cool ways to spend...

fMRI Used as Evidence in Sentencing for Murderer

Magnetic resonance imaging has been hailed as a possible means of creating the ultimate lie detector. Yet the first publicized fMRI evidence admitted into a US court was not used to separate fact from...

Brain Controlled Robot Follows Mental Commands (Video)

Ask any super villain and he'll tell you - good robotic henchmen are hard to find. That's why I love the robot from Rajesh Rao's lab at the University of Washington. The little humanoid...

The Brain According to Henry Markram (Video)

Once you start building a brain in a box you get two things: admission into the Mad Scientists' Club, and a chance to speak at TED. Henry Markram is the director of the Blue...

Artificial General Intelligence 2009 Conference Videos Up on Vimeo

Sure, there are narrow AI programs that can detect credit card fraud, or help a plane land safely, or even translate languages. But where's the computer that thinks it's a person? Where's the human-like...

Review of Vitamin D Video Beta Launch – It’s Pretty Awesome

A few weeks ago I discussed Vitamin D Video, the software system which acts like the human brain to find people and objects of interest in a recording. Vitamin D takes hours of tedious...

Is Software Set to Replace Sports Journalists?

Sports writers are sharpening their pencils and maliciously eying their laptops as researchers in the Intelligent Informations Lab at Northwestern University announce that they've created a program that can write a convincing baseball news...

Take a Virtual Trip Through The Brain of a Mouse

It may sound like the premise for the next roller coaster ride at Disney Land, but UC San Diego is serious about letting you take a virtual voyage through the brain of a mouse....
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Electrodes in Brain Give Insight Into How We Use Language

I doubt there's many people who really like having electrodes stuck in their brains, and for those people who do...eww. Of course if someone is going to be placing wires into your neurons, they...

UK Scientists Use Laser To Give False Memories to Flies

It's not enough that we swat flies or lure them to get stuck on glued paper, now we are also writing false memories into their brains. A team of neuroscientists at the University of...

Music Created by Learning Computer Getting Better

Like many composers, Emily Howell has her own unique style that she refines constantly. She'll listen to what critics have to say about her work and then try to write music that is good...

Video of Airplane Laser Hitting Truck!

// For those of us living in fear of a deadly truck uprising, Maximum Overdrive must have scared someone, we can finally rest easy knowing that Boeing recently used a laser attached to...
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iCub Takes Humanoid Robotics Back to Its Infancy

When parents give birth to a child, it would seem pretty ridiculous to expect that baby to immediately live and function as well as an adult. Yet our pursuit of humanoid robots does almost...

New Software Acts Like Human Brain to Find People in Videos

Now that we can program a computer to reason somewhat like a human brain, it seems a little cruel to then set that artificial intelligence to one of the most mind-numbing tasks around: watching...

Implant that Shocks Brain to Treat Epilepsy in Clinical Trials

The medical uses of electrically shocking your brain have a dubious history and a worse portrayal in movies. One Flew Over A Cuckoo's Nest certainly didn't leave viewers rushing to strap electrodes to their...

Henry Markram’s Artificial Brain in a Computer (Video)

Many of you, like me, are excited about the possibilities of modeling and simulating the human brain. The Blue Brain Project, based in Switzerland, and made possible by IBM, is one of the leading...

Sequenced Human Genomes Nearly Doubled Since March

Complete Genomics has had a busy spring. For those of you who missed our February story, or our recent article, CG is a human genome sequencing company that is focusing on economies of scale....

BCI2000 Lets Your Mind Control Computers

Usually wearing a silly hat and staring at the computer doesn't do anything besides make you lonely, but now with BCI 2000, that's going to change. You've probably seen some of the really great...

Bionic Limbs With Artificial Intelligence

They won't give you superhuman strength, and they definitely don't cost six million dollars, but the artificial limbs from Ossur can think to help you walk better. The Rheo Knee, Power Knee, and Proprio...

AcceleGlove Remotely Controls Objects With Hand Gestures

Anthrotronix is letting your hands do the talking. Their new acceleglove is an input device that reads the smallest movements of the fingers to control robots, communicate in American Sign Language, or let soldiers...
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Toyota Humanoid Robot Runs At 7 Km/hr

Props to the guys over at smart-machines for digging up an awesome video (see below) of the Toyota humanoid robot running at 7 Km/hr (4 mph), besting Asimo's 6Km/hr.  Making humanoid robots that can...

Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man

Prominent New York Times reporter John Markoff just came out with a story titled "Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man" that has raised some eyebrows.  Several friends that aren't even in the science/tech space...

Wolfram Alpha – A Force To Be Reckoned With

Two months ago Wolfram Alpha launched its question answering engine in one of the most eagerly anticipated product launches of the year.  Although sensationalists wanted to call Wolfram Alpha a Google killer, here at...

Programmable Matter: Claytronics or Gershenfeld

We still tell our children "you can be anything when you grow up." It's time to start telling them "you're going to be able to make anything...right now." Similar work at MIT and Carnegie...
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Disturbingly Real Replicants from Hanson Robotics

If Disney's Hall of Presidents upset you, if Chuck E. Cheese and his friends frighten you, if the TV show Dinosaurs gave you nightmares - don't read this post! Hanson Robotics is in the...

Computer Learns Sign Language – Next Stop World Domination

Why does it have to take so long for the computers to rise up and kill us? The suspense is just maddening. Four Terminator movies and a television series spin-off and it still hasn’t...

The Hub Goes To Scifoo 2009 – It Was Awesome! (scifoo09)

I just wrapped up an amazing weekend participating in the fourth annual scifoo gathering at Google headquarters (the Googleplex) in Mountain View, CA.  The 2009 scifoo camp boasted a fascinating and stimulating array of...

Sensor Sensibility: New Information from Toumaz CEO

It's time to let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. For anyone who has visited the hospital recently, medical sensors should be familiar to you. Little sticky pads for ECG...

RoboCup Takes Place in Graz, Austria: Robots Play Soccer and Search for Survivors

Earlier on Singularity Hub, we covered the RoboGames.  That was all well and good, with smashing and melee and some soccer to boot, but the six-year old RoboGames tradition is not the final word...

Braingate2: Your Mind Just Went Wireless

Are you ready to control the world with your mind? The possibility just got a little stronger. A few weeks ago, Singularity Hub highlighted some of the many accomplishments of Braingate, the neural interface...

Kurzweil in the Lyons’ Den

Does the Transcendent Man just want to be a robot? That's part of the story coming out of Daniel Lyons' recent article in Newsweek about Singularity front man, Ray Kurzweil. The other part is...

War 2.0 – Rise of the Robots

The face of war is changing, and it may no longer be a human one. Developing new technology has always been a cornerstone of a successful military force, but now those technologies are steadily...

The Scientific Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease

HBO’s documentary, “The Alzheimer’s Project”, is free for viewing on their website.  If you have not yet seen it, make sure to take a look because this masterfully crafted, easily digestible film is an...

Create an AI on Your Computer

If many hands make light work, then maybe many computers can make an artificial brain. That's the basic reasoning behind Intelligence Realm's Artificial Intelligence project. By reverse engineering the brain through a simulation spread...

The QB1 Computer: No Mouse, No Keyboard. Just Gestures

The mouse and keyboard are fast becoming obsolete.  There are quite a few contenders in the ring vying to make it happen.  There’s an onslaught of technology that reads directly from the brain, there...

Advancements in Brain Control: Wheelchairs that Move by Thought

The seventies gave the world “soul power” and now the new millennium is moving on to brain-power. There has been a flurry of postings here at Singularity Hub within the past few months...
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The Emotiv Headset – Gaming With Thoughts Alone

Mind control is coming to a home near you. Well, it’s not going to let you lull your neighbors into a trance, but it will let you control a computer with only a thought....

Braingate Frees Trapped Minds

It is a horrifying concept: being buried alive. Even more terrible is the prospect of living trapped in our own bodies, unable to move or communicate. It's called locked-in syndrome. Characters like Captain Pike...

Posting Tweets with Brain Power

Tired of using thumbs to endlessly update Twitter on a cell phone?  Well, worry no longer about finger injuries from marathon tweeting: the University of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering has come to the...

Security Checks Reaching Towards Your Brain

When Descartes said "I think therefore I am" he probably didn't know that he was answering a security question. Using behavioral or physical characteristics to identify people, biometrics, has gotten a big boost in...

Virtual Neurons Acting Like the Real Thing – The Blue Brain Project

Creating a virtual model of the human brain is one thing. I do it all the time, doodling little cerebrums while I talk on the phone. But getting your model to behave just like...

Boom! Question Answering Engines Take Off. IBM Sets Sights On Jeopardy, Wolfram Alpha

Boom!  That is the sound skittering across the information industry landscape this week as IBM has suddenly stepped into the ring, proposing that its Watson question answering engine will be able to best humans...

Who is DIYbio.org?

If you're like me, Jurassic Park taught you two valuable lessons: genetic engineering has to be dangerous, and the coolest scientists are chaos obsessed mathematicians. Fifteen years later, I'm throwing both of those lessons...

Do It Yourself Biohacking

Ever wanted to play with your own genome? When you read about the latest genetic engineering tools do your fingers itch with anticipation? Do you look around the library, the pub, or the community...

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