A.I. Might Kill Us Through Incompetence, Not Malevolence

Artificial intelligence has been looming large in the public conciousness recently, thanks to the likes of Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking telling us how we're going to die at the hands of robots (the upcoming Terminator reboot probably doesn't help, either). But amidst the techpocalypse talk, there's been limited… » 2/23/15 11:01pm Monday 11:01pm

Anki's Incredible Self-Driving Toy Cars Just Got Even Cooler

What's better than a set of tiny artificially intelligent cars that drive themselves around a track while duking it out with lasers and tractor beams? Well, what if you could configure that track however you want? That's the name of the game with Anki Overdrive, coming this September from the geniuses at robotics… » 2/10/15 9:24am 2/10/15 9:24am

The AI Revolution: How Far Away Are Our Robot Overlords?

Imagine taking a time machine back to 1750—a time when the world was in a permanent power outage, long-distance communication meant either yelling loudly or firing a cannon in the air, and all transportation ran on hay. When you get there, you retrieve a dude, bring him to 2015, and then walk him around and watch… » 2/09/15 2:00pm 2/09/15 2:00pm

How Do Robots Learn to Cook? By Watching YouTube, Obviously.

Scientists have been toying around with something called "deep learning" (a massive, internet-based robot brain) for a while now. But a newly published paper details the latest advancement in the robotic processing system: Learning how to cook simply from watching YouTube videos. Robots—they're just like us! » 1/04/15 10:20am 1/04/15 10:20am

Facebook Wants to Save You From Yourself and Your Drunk Selfies

Facebook is investing in artificial intelligence research to a potentially creepy end: The social network's top minds want to build software that can do anything from read your status updates to warn you when you're about to upload an embarrassing picture. Put another way, Facebook wants to stop you from uploading… » 12/10/14 12:30pm 12/10/14 12:30pm

Amazon's Echo Might Be Its Most Important Product In Years

It's pretty rare that a new product truly surprises us. But today Amazon did just that, introducing Echo, a talking, listening piece of electronic furniture. It's like having the internet on your kitchen table, cracking jokes and settling bets, and it's the most innovative device Amazon's made in years. » 11/06/14 2:33pm 11/06/14 2:33pm

Would You Let This AI App Answer Your Email For You? 

Would you let a robot respond to your mail? Well Less.Mail just announced an artificially intelligent piece of software that will do just that. It comes in the form of an Android app called Less.Mail, and it's currently available by invite-only. It's an interesting idea, but it must be a nightmare to execute. » 10/27/14 2:17pm 10/27/14 2:17pm

The Creators of Siri Are Building a New AI That Programs Itself

Siri was a forward-thinking addition to iOS when it was introduced in 2011. Then Google and Microsoft implemented their own (better) contextually aware virtual assistants to help navigate you through your day. But there was always room for improvement, and the original creators of Siri think they take it even further. » 8/12/14 10:49am 8/12/14 10:49am

Creepy Robot Looks Like Your Friends, Knows What You're Thinking

Humans are the worst—there's no denying it. But isolating yourself from the rest of humanity doesn't exactly come with the best track record either. Now, though, you can get the best of both worlds thanks to SociBot-Mini, a depth-sensing, mood-reading, friends'-identity-stealing disembodied robot torso. » 3/28/14 1:40pm 3/28/14 1:40pm

Moov Might Be the Most Advanced Fitness Wearable Yet

As you may have noticed, there are a million activity trackers out there right now. Most of them are glorified pedometers. The upper tier add altimeters, heart rate monitors, and sleep-tracking to the equation. But what if you don't just want to be reminded to work out—you want to work out better, safer, and more… » 2/27/14 12:00pm 2/27/14 12:00pm

CARROT Wakes You Up With Empty Threats...And Some Real Ones

Getting out of bed is the worst. And anyone who says they don't mind waking up can just leave now. Some of us are employing desperate measures to get going every morning, and a manipulative/verbally abusive alarm clock sounds like just the thing. The makers of the CARROT To-Do list wanted to bring their motivational… » 9/01/13 4:19pm 9/01/13 4:19pm