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This Robot Reads WikiHow Guides to Learn How to Make Breakfast

As robots become more common in offices and homes, more humans will need to communicate with them. Sadly, bots still can’t converse or read or write well—yet. A European research project is looking to fix this limitation with a WikiHow-skimming kitchen robot that uses text and voice commands to throw together grub. » 8/25/15 4:20pm 8/25/15 4:20pm

Software That Learns To Drift Could Teach Autonomous Cars To Drive Like Ken Block

Most researchers developing artificial intelligences are working towards a goal of making robots that can one day adapt to any situation. But researchers at MIT have instead created an AI that can learn to drift an RC car, which means that one day the terminators will drive even better than Ken Block can. » 8/17/15 11:26am 8/17/15 11:26am

Design Secrets of Ex Machina, This Year's Boldest Science Fiction Movie

Ex Machina looks unlike any science fiction film you’ve seen lately. Its mostly subterranean location is opulent and claustrophobic—and then there’s Ava, the eerily beautiful robot. Check out an exclusive clip from the DVD’s special features, and our interview with the film’s production designer, Mark Digby.… » 7/13/15 1:13pm 7/13/15 1:13pm

For the First Time an AI Machine Identified Galaxies All on Its Own

Researchers in the UK have developed a computer that can scan outer space and classify galaxy types on its own, without any human help. This image recognition AI could help develop robots that can “see” better on their own, possibly helping doctors spot tumors or airport security spot firearms. » 7/08/15 1:40pm 7/08/15 1:40pm

Recent Reports Make Machine Learning Sound Like a Sport. It isn’t

News that Baidu, the Google of China, cheated to take the lead in an international competition for artificial intelligence technology has caused a storm among computer science researchers. It has been called machine learning’s “first cheating scandal” by MIT Technology Review and Baidu is now barred from the… » 6/12/15 3:30am 6/12/15 3:30am

Ex Machina's Biggest Villain Hunts You Too

It’s hard to figure out who the villain is in Alex Garland’s sexy robot thriller Ex Machina. That’s what makes the film so, well, thrilling. But as a new featurette called from the studio called “God Complex” makes painfully clear, the real villain is the one you can’t see, the one that’s ever-present, always… » 4/28/15 2:23pm 4/28/15 2:23pm

From Metropolis To Ex Machina: Why Are So Many Robots Female?

The new movie Ex Machina has been pushing people’s buttons. It features a seemingly vulnerable robot named Ava, who’s as beautiful as she is mysterious. But Ava’s just the latest in a long line of artificial seductresses, girlfriends and mothers. Why are so many thinking machines female? » 4/21/15 4:25pm 4/21/15 4:25pm

This Movie's Realistic AI Scared the Shit Out of Me

When I watched the trailer for Ex Machina, I was excited. It wasn’t just the uncanny and attractive robot Ava, either. There were androids, AI, Turing tests! This looked like the scifi movie of my dreams. But when I saw Ex Machina recently, I was terrified. Because it told the truth about what AI might become. » 4/13/15 11:55am 4/13/15 11:55am

Ex Machina Proves Science Fiction Movies Can Be Smart AND Kick Your Ass

Ex Machina is one of the smartest, most thought-provoking science fiction movies in ages. And that probably conjures images of a slow, introspective Sundance-y film — but actually, Ex Machina moves at a ruthless pace, and kicks your ass up one all and down the other. Minor spoilers ahead... » 4/10/15 3:39pm 4/10/15 3:39pm

Director Alex Garland Explains Why Ex Machina Is So Disturbingly Sexy

You've probably seen some pretty sexy robotic imagery from Ex Machina — and yet, it's kind of weird and off-putting as well. The new film from 28 Days Later and Dredd writer Alex Garland, takes the "sexualized robot" archetype and makes it weirder. We talked to Garland about why his robot is both sexy and disturbing. » 4/07/15 9:31pm 4/07/15 9:31pm

A.I. Pilots Are Not The Solution To Preventing Airline Disasters

We're still trying to understand the horrific Germanwings tragedy. But already, some people are suggesting it could have been prevented if a computer had been flying the plane. But that's not the solution. We spoke to an expert about why an A.I. pilot would open up an entirely new set of risks and complications. » 3/27/15 3:00pm 3/27/15 3:00pm

Why the Talking "Smart" Barbie Terrifies Parents

Some child advocates are clamoring for Mattel to halt production of a new "smart" Barbie that can have conversations with your kid. The Barbie's powered by voice recognition artificial intelligence that's becoming increasingly prevalent in our everyday gadgets, but that doesn't mean it doesn't freak people out.… » 3/12/15 3:10pm 3/12/15 3:10pm

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 2/23/15 11:01pm