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Activists urge killer robot ban 'before it is too late'

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:08 AM

'Killer robots are no longer the stuff of science fiction,' says Rasha Abdul Rahim, Amnesty International's advisor on artificial intelligence and human rights

SOLDIER BOT. A group of men look at a exoskeleton robot at the 2018 World Robot Conference in Beijing on August 15, 2018. Photo for illustration purposes only. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP


Facebook turns to AI to fight hate and misinformation in Myanmar

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Artificial intelligence flags about 52% of all the content Facebook removes in Myanmar before it is reported by users, the company reports

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Tech leaders say killer robots would be 'dangerously destabilizing' force in the world

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:35 PM

As nations such as the US, China, Israel, South Korea, Russia, and the UK develop automated weapons systems, tech leaders band together to pledge not to help in the development and use of these 'slaughterbots'

MUSK. Elon Musk is among the leaders of the 160 organizations that have signed the pledge against automated weapons. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP


Google rules out using artificial intelligence for weapons

Jun 08, 2018 - 10:38 AM

The tech giant will not be renewing its contract with the Pentagon

AI. "Han the Robot" waits on stage before a discussion about the future of humanity in a demonstration of artificial intelligence (AI) by Hanson Robotics at the RISE Technology Conference in Hong Kong on July 12, 2017. Photo for illustration purposes only. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP


Google retreating from military AI project: reports

Jun 02, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The collaboration with the US Department of Defense was said to have sparked rebellion inside the California-based company.

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard / AFP

UK pledges millions to fund development of cancer-detecting AI

May 22, 2018 - 12:31 PM

In the UK, AI-powered early detection technology could help 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034


Google pushes artificial intelligence for upgraded news app

May 20, 2018 - 6:50 PM

While the app will enable users to get 'personalized' news, it will also include top stories for all readers, aiming to break the so-called filter bubble of information designed to reinforce people's biases

GOOGLE NEWS. Google launches the new Google News at Google I/O 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

Robert Downey Jr to host YouTube series on AI

May 17, 2018 - 11:38 AM

Robert Downey Jr is moving from Jarvis to real-life robots

Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) w/ Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Wong (Benedict Wong) in the background L to R. ..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

The top announcements that kicked off the Google I/O 2018 conference

May 09, 2018 - 6:49 AM

Google unveils Android P, improvements for Assistant, and new AI capabilities at its annual conference

SUNDAR PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2018. Screenshot from Youtube livestream.

Google's AI improving Photos, Gboard, and Gmail

May 09, 2018 - 1:52 AM

Google is taking its artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities into improving the lives of people by taking AI into new and varied use cases

GOOGLE I/O. Google's artificial intelligence systems are helping to improve its apps and assistants. Screenshots from YouTube livestream.

How artificial intelligence can detect – and create – fake news

May 05, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Facebook could use its partnerships with news organizations and volunteers to train AI, continually tweaking the system to respond to propagandists’ changes in topics and tactics

QUESTIONS. Is that clickbait true? Crystal Eye Studio/Shutterstock.com

Facebook's artificial intelligence learns to see thanks to Instagram hashtags

May 03, 2018 - 2:15 AM

Facebook director of AI and machine learning Srinivas Narayanan says the company used 3.5 billion public Instagram photos in thousands of hashtagged categories to improve a machine learning algorithm's ability to categorize images for itself

IMAGE RECOGNITION. Facebook's director of AI and machine learning, Srinivas Narayanan, explains artificial intelligence as it relates to image recognition and categorization. Screenshot from Facebook livestream.

AI system predicts dog behavior by thinking like a dog

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The study reportedly opens up new research possibilities for AI systems and shows that animals could be new sources of its training data.

U.S. approves artificial-intelligence device for diabetic eye problems

Apr 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The device, called IDx-DR, can diagnose a condition called diabetic retinopathy, the most common cause of vision loss among the more than 30 million Americans living with diabetes

Academics call boycott on South Korean university over 'killer robots'

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, a state-run university is now being criticized by experts for reportedly working with defense company, Hanwha Systems, to develop AI technology in weapons

HAN THE ROBOT. The robot pictured here is not one of the 'killer robots' said to be in development at a South Korean institute. Han was a model used to represent robots at a discussion about the future of humanity and artificial intelligence (AI) by Hanson Robotics at the RISE Technology Conference in Hong Kong on July 12, 2017. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP


Microsoft offers artificial intelligence training courses online

Apr 04, 2018 - 5:45 PM

In the program, participants get to learn about AI and data science through 9 courses of around 8 to 16 hours each

MICROSOFT COURSES. The Microsoft logo is pictured at the Microsoft Annual Shareholders Meeting in Bellevue, Washington on November 30, 2016. File photo by Jason Redmond/AFP

Alibaba sets up AI research center in Singapore

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:58 PM

The institute, a tie-up with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), is Alibaba's first joint research center outside mainland China

How to survive (and probably win) the AI Revolution

Jan 04, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Have you thought about what your place is or will be in the age of artificial intelligence?

What can AI really do for your phone?

Dec 21, 2017 - 11:33 AM

Phones just got smarter – again

2017 top science stories: Space 'visitors', smartphone addiction, and your pet dog

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

What are the biggest stories, discoveries and ideas in science this 2017? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months.

Artificial intelligence finds solar system with 8 planets like ours

Dec 15, 2017 - 9:28 AM

However, none of the planets are expected to be hospitable to life

NASA KEPLER. NASA's Kepler space telescope and artificial intelligence help discover a solar system with as many planets as our own. Photo from NASA Kepler and K2's Twitter account

Microsoft adds AI features, Reddit partnership to Bing search engine

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:15 PM

The new features aim to add more nuance to answers given on search queries

Google opens AI center in China as competition heats up

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Google's move to open a Beijing office focused on fundamental research is an indication of China's AI talent, widely seen as being neck-and-neck with the United States in research capability

This photo taken on April 11, 2016 shows visitors gathering at Google booth during the 2016 China International Electronic Commerce Expo in Yiwu, east China's Zhejiang province. File photo by AFP

Inside ‘The Ark,’ we’re riding into the future of banking

Nov 30, 2017 - 7:16 AM

It’s the country’s first fully digital bank branch, and it aims to transform banking from a boring chore to an empowering experience

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Facebook launches AI to detect suicidal posts ahead of reports

Nov 28, 2017 - 1:13 PM

The artificial intelligence technology uses 'pattern recognition to detect posts or live videos where someone might be expressing thoughts of suicide'

SUPPORT DURING A LIVE VIDEO. Facebook's new AI can detect if you're contemplating suicide during a live video session and get you help if you need it. Image from Facebook.

I am story, not data

Nov 23, 2017 - 7:00 PM

'We live and die as stories, not as data'

The SGV that Washington SyCip left behind

Oct 08, 2017 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Washington SyCip's passing creates a void in the business relationships that directly involve or are dependent on him that will be difficult, if not impossible, to fill

Google shows off Clips, its smart camera

Oct 05, 2017 - 1:51 AM

The Google Clips smart camera aims to mix artificial intelligence, hardware, and software

GOOGLE CLIPS. Screen shot from Google livestream.

Silicon Valley tech guru on AI's effects on PH BPOs

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Fil Am Antonio Yobie Benjamin identifies improvement of internet services and knowledge enhancement as elements that will help the industry prepare for AI

ANTONIO BENJAMIN. The Fil-Am Silicon Valley entrepreneur speaks at 2017 Geeks On A Beach conference in Palawan. Photo by Edd K. Usman/Rappler.


AI startup Ozlo to join Facebook

Aug 01, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Ozlo s AI can answer questions that require responses beyond yes or no – something that may be implemented in Messenger down the line

#ThinkPH 2017: The future of AI and the human experience

Jul 29, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Tech and innovation leaders Arvin Yason Stephanie Sy and Shahab Shabibi on how technology disrupts the human experience

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

BSP plans to tap artificial intelligence

Jul 27, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The Philippines central bank is using the buzzwords FinTech RegTech and chatbots

ROBOTICS? The Philippines' central bank taps a technology partner to study the possibility of adopting artificial intelligence in its operations. File photo

Musk, Zuckerberg duel over artificial intelligence

Jul 26, 2017 - 12:51 PM

The debate between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg underscores the rift in the tech community on whether new technologies capable of creating intelligent machines like robots and self driving cars would be a blessing or a curse for humanity

OPPOSING VIEWS. Mark Zuckerberg (L) and Elon Musk (R). AFP file photos

#ThinkPH 2017: How tech trends shape industries

Jul 19, 2017 - 6:02 PM

These are the ways by which companies can innovate – it’s not all about acquiring the latest tools

WATCH: Tech and innovation trends for local industries

Jul 12, 2017 - 2:54 PM

How are new technologies improving our digital interactions with local companies? Do they have the potential to solve bigger problems in the country? Watch our LIVE interiew with Accenture s JP Palpallatoc on Wednesday July 12 3 pm

Musings: Ghost in The Shell, and AI's march towards manhood

Jun 24, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Book author Karl de Mesa reflects on the fusion of man and machine in Ghost in the Shell and today s real world artificial intelligence

Facebook seeks to become 'hostile place' for extremists

Jun 16, 2017 - 5:49 PM

In a joint blog post the social network s global policy management director Monika Bickert and counterterrorism policy manager Brian Fishman say Facebook is committed to tackling the issue head on

MONIKA BICKERT. Facebook Head of Policy Managment Monika Bickert participates in a discussion and question-and-answer session about 'Internet Security and Privacy in the Age of Islamic State' at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy February 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Microsoft CEO: Tech sector needs to prevent '1984' future

May 11, 2017 - 1:39 PM

Satya Nadella beckons to developers reminding them that their design choices today are shaping the world of tomorrow

NADELLA. Microsoft's CEO touches on the role that developers play in shaping the world's future at Microsoft Build 2017. Photo from Microsoft

Microsoft aims to make artificial intelligence mainstream

May 11, 2017 - 11:31 AM

AI takes centerstage on the first day of the tech titan s annual Build conference

CORTANA PRAISE. Pictured is a screenshot from a Microsoft-published YouTube video featuring developers sharing their thoughts on the tech titan's AI-powered assistant, Cortana. Screenshot from Microsoft/YouTube


TED Talk: Smart machines to recover lost memories, mind your children

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:45 PM

A Berkeley professor however warns of the gorilla problem in which a potentially smarter specie overtakes an inferior one – like how AI could be to humans


Artificial intelligence reinventing banking in PH

Apr 24, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Banks in the Philippines are starting to invest in artificial intelligence

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. AI is changing the face of banking in the Philippines. Rappler file photo

AI could be bigger threat than Trump to BPOs – analysts

Feb 12, 2017 - 10:10 PM

With global spending on artificial intelligence applications expected to reach 47 billion by 2020 BPOs need to start embracing new skill sets so as not to be overtaken says IT research firm IDC

Ford to invest $1B in artificial intelligence startup

Feb 11, 2017 - 10:41 AM

The venture with Argo AI will employ leading engineers and roboticists to develop a virtual driver system described by Ford officials as the brain of an autonomous vehicle

FORD. A Ford logo is seen at the 2016 Washington Auto Show on January 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Google AI shows CSI-like ability to sharpen photos

Feb 08, 2017 - 3:14 PM

A Google research team finds one way to zoom and enhance heavily pixelated photos

23 principles to 'best manage AI in coming decades'

Feb 05, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The newly developed 23 Asilomar AI Principles is the work of the Future of Life Institute whose advisory board includes Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk

AI AS SERVANT NOT MASTER. The principles are laid out to ensure that the rapidly developing artificial intelligence systems of the world remain in service of humanity.

AI takes 'landmark step' as it conquers top poker players

Feb 01, 2017 - 3:17 PM

It s considered a milestone for AI because of all the hidden information involved in a game of poker

AI MILESTONE. Carnegie Mellon creation triumphs in poker, a game considered to be tricky for AI.

Robots need 'kill switches,' warn Euro MPs

Jan 13, 2017 - 5:27 PM

Mady Delvaux a Socialist MEP from Luxembourg says Europe is passively standing by as robots take an increasingly powerful role that will grow even stronger

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES. Singapore's Smart Nation aims to address problems like mobility through smart technologies including autonomous vehicles. Screenshot from IDA Singapore video

Smile, you’re on wifi

Nov 18, 2016 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] One of the most if not the most elusive and difficult thing for computers to read without being invasive are human emotions

Tech titans join to study artificial intelligence

Sep 30, 2016 - 7:05 PM

Microsoft Amazon Google Facebook IBM and Google owned British AI firm DeepMind announce a non profit organization called Partnership on AI focused on helping the public understand the technology and practices in the field

World's largest radio telescope starts operating in China

Sep 25, 2016 - 2:38 PM

3rd UPDATE The Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope will explore space and search for signs of intelligent life

WORLD'S BIGGEST. The Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) costs $180 million. Photo from FAST's website