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Google Assistant Impersonating a Human Is Scary as Hell to Me

Google could soon have a feature that lets your phone impersonate people—because consumer-facing artificial intelligence isn’t terrifying enough. Called Duplex, it’s intended to make people’s lives easier by handling standard phone calls that are necessary, but not especially personal. Read More >>

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Woman With Leprosy Denied Pension Because She Doesn’t Have Fingers for India’s Biometric Database

Blind, disabled, and estranged from her family, 65-year-old Sajidha Begum has survived on a monthly pension cheque of 1,000 rupees (£11.53) in Bangalore, India. In August, however, the Indian government sent a letter to the leprosy hospital where she’s lived for over 10 years saying her pension was being taken away unless it was linked to a card from Aadhaar, the country’s controversial biometric database. But since leprosy has taken Begum’s sight and fingers, she has no way of submitting the necessary fingerprints and iris scans—and no prospective solution as she awaits help. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s New AI Writes Captions For Your Photos—and It’s Pretty Good

Microsoft just launched a new online app that offers to try and understand the contents of your photographs and write captions for them. And it’s surprisingly impressive. Read More >>

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Lee Sedol Loses Final Go Match Making it a 4-1 Victory for Google’s AI

Google’s AlphaGo has stomped to victory for a fourth time against Go world champion Lee Sedol. That makes it a resounding victory for the AI, which has won four of the five games it’s played against its human opponent Read More >>

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How Neural Networks are Turning Human Brains Into AI

AI was first dreamed up in the 1950s, but has only recently become a practical reality — all thanks to software systems called neural networks. This is how they work. Read More >>

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Can You Answer These Questions That Facebook Thinks Any Good AI Should?

For decades, the Turing Test has been used as a yardstick by which to measure the abilities of artificial intelligence. But now a team of Facebook researchers has developed a set of reasoning and natural language questions that it thinks any good AI should be able to answer. Read More >>