The suitors fell one by one. Disney. Alphabet. Salesforce.
Good news: President Obama isn't worried that self-aware robots are going to take over the planet and kill off humans.
Sam Kronick has a bunch of rocks arrayed in front of him on a raised desk in his Oakland studio. He’s an artist and his plan is to sketch the rocks, but not with pen and paper. He and his artistic partner Tara Shi are going to do a 3D scan of them so that an artificial intelligence program can map their contours,…
Last month, Tribune Publishing, the company that publishes The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun, announced that it was renaming itself "tronc." The company said it planned to use "artificial intelligence and machine learning" to deliver better content to the 60 million people who visit its…
The mishaps for Tesla's Autopilot have gotten a lot of attention, but the semi-autonomous driving technology has also had successes in helping drivers avoid crashes, and in at least one instance, a pedestrian.
Last year, researchers found that when kids met a robot in the mall, they would often try to beat it up. Last week, at a shopping center in the Bay Area, the opposite happened: a security robot took out a toddler.
A team of marvelous weirdos at Harvard have created what they are calling a ‘synthetic beast.’ It graces the cover of this month’s issue of Science, which you are free to look at if you want it to haunt your mind for years and years to come.
In what's beginning to feel like a depressing weekly ritual, there's news that another Tesla has crashed with the driver blaming the car's Autopilot system. This time it happened in Montana, with the car reportedly hitting a wooden guardrail on the side of a two-lane highway.
At the end of last week, almost two months after the fact and later than we probably ought to have learned about it, the first fatal crash of a Tesla on autopilot was widely reported.
NASA’s history-making spacecraft, Juno, made a spectacularly successful journey to Jupiter this July 4, entering the planet's orbit and transmitting back to Earth all manner of data about the mysterious gas giant 370 million miles away from us. The success of the mission came after five lonely years of the…
Algorithms discriminate. It's not their fault, they're strings of math, but people program them. Software used to predict future criminals is biased against blacks. Google Images thinks C.E.O's are men and shows women listings for lower paying jobs. Our generally racist society leads to racist search results even when…
Uber drivers who pay a visit to the company's inspection lot near Mission Bay in San Francisco will be met with a rather strange sight: a five-foot-tall, white, egg-shaped robot wheeling around the lot, on the look-out for trouble.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into Tesla Model S vehicles following the first fatal crash involving a self-driving car.
In a stunning display of legal acuity a sole, tireless lawyer has beaten back 160,000 parking tickets on both sides of the Atlantic since last fall.
Everyone! Please, do not worry about the critically endangered bees. Scientists have a plan for replacing them: robot bees. Or as they would like to be known, 'Robo Bees'. Which is great and reassuring news, because bee hotels are probably not going to keep the au naturale bees from dying out. Let's hope robot bees…
As a general rule, people don't want to die. And they usually don't want other people to die. But because life is cruel and technology is dangerous, sometimes those two desires are at odds, especially when it comes to heavy, quick-moving, and increasingly automated vehicles.
Our forward-thinking cousins in Europe have proposed that robots, should they achieve sentience any time soon, be legally classified as “electronic persons.” And while treating our mechanical friends as though they were real people is a wise preemptive move to quell their inevitable, murderous uprising against us for…
A group of researchers from Google, Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, and OpenAI have released a new paper on the need to face our most dire artificial intelligence threat: cleaning robots.