Creepy Robot Takes the Form of 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. Read More >>

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 efficiently? Moov might just be the AI coach you've been hoping for. Read More >>

Report: Google's AI Dreams Are For Search, Not Robotics

With its mind seeming firmly on robotics right now, the assumption was that Google's £300 million AI purchase would slot right in to that same division. But it turns out that such artificial intelligence will instead be powering the company's search systems. Read More >>

Google's Buying an AI Startup Called DeepMind for £300M (Update)

Clearly not content with buying a terrifying robot army, Google is now purchasing a London-based artificial intelligence company to go with it—for just over £300 million. Read More >>

A Robotic Petting Zoo Is Just as Creepy-Awesome as it Sounds

Petting zoos are fun, but they can also be kind of sketchy. Is that rabbit being attacked by too many five-year-olds? Is that goat depressed? It's awkward. But if the tactile experience were coming from robots and AI you might really be able to enjoy yourself. Read More >>

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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 snark to a particularly rough time of day and they certainly found it. Read More >>

The AI Effects Team Controlled Their Robo-Puppet While Buried Alive

AI had its narrative problems, sure. But it didn't have a problem with the awesomeness of its practical effects, specifically the awesomeness of this fully kinetic, crippled android puppet. It's so good that the robo-carnage is almost disturbing. Read More >>

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How Machines Think

When people talk about artificial intelligence, it's tempting to think that it means computers can think (a little) like humans. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it turns out that's not quite the case. Read More >>

One of the World's Best A.I. Computers Is as Smart as a Four Year Old

Computers are good at a lot of things. Thinking like a grown-up human being is not one of them. Not yet, at least. Read More >>

IBM's Incredible Watson Has a Boring New Job Answering Phones

After you've used your crazy robot intellect to crush puny meatbags definitively in a game of Jeopardy, it would seem like the world is your oyster. But Watson's not taking trying to take over the world or anything, no. After a trying out medicine and inventing a pastry, he's settling for a boring job in customer service. Read More >>

The Most Realistic Virtual Human Ever Is a Fully Expressive Talking Head

Hoping to be holding the personal assistant of the future, researchers at the University of Cambridge have unveiled what's supposedly the most realistically expressive controllable avatar ever. Move aside, Siri — this is what you get for mouthing off. Read More >>

Meet the Twitter Bot That Can Answer All Your Questions

Remember SmarterChild? That AIM bot that would answer all/most of your questions and get huffy and stop talking to you when you inevitably started swearing at it? Unfortunately SmarterChild is still dead and gone, but it's got a Twitter descendant: @DearAssistant. Read More >>

Supercomputer "Dr." Watson Is Now Seeing Patients

Everybody's favourite clue-guessing computer Watson was always destined for more than just trouncing meatbags on Jeopardy. And though it spent a little of its time just hanging out and learning how to swear, Watson has now moved on to bigger and better things. "Dr". Watson's taking patients now, through a cloud-based medical application. Read More >>

Watch This Adorable Horde of Intelligent Swarm Robots Play Piano

Sometimes robots can be better than humans at playing instruments. Sometimes they're just cooler at it. This herd of little swarm robots — which divvy up the playing between themselves automatically — is the latter. Read More >>

Gaming Bot Convinces Humans it's a Real Person With Feelings, Grudges and Fury

The developers of two multi-player bot opponents have happened upon the right formula, managing to convince human players they were playing against actual people rather than computer controlled chunks of code. Read More >>

The Best Chatbot in the World Is Still Awful

If you ever speak to Chip Vivant, you might find his conversation a little stilted. Incoherent, even. Because, despite being crowned the beast chatbot in the world, frankly, he still carries a conversation like like R2D2 with a head injury. Read More >>


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