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China and the US are bracing for an AI showdown—in the cloud

China and the US are bracing for an AI showdown—in the cloud

Chinese and American tech giants are preparing for a showdown that may shape the future of artificial intelligence. China’s cloud providers, Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu, are getting ready to do battle with US giants Amazon, Google, and Microsoft to deliver AI online. …Continue reading

The Machines Are Getting Ready to Play Doctor

It might not be long before algorithms routinely save lives—as long as doctors are willing to put ever more trust in machines. A team of researchers at Stanford University, led by Andrew Ng, a prominent AI researcher and an adjunct professor there, …Continue reading

Bitcoin-Inspired Digital Currency to Power Mobile Savings App

Proponents of the digital currency Bitcoin have often argued that money made out of computer code could help poor people access financial services. But so far applications for the technology have been almost exclusively aimed at people with Internet access and smartphones.

Fiction That Gets AI Right

Even the most futuristic applications of AI, from robotic servants to instant health scans, somehow already seem familiar because they have been endless fodder for pop culture. At the movies, you’ve probably seen artificial intelligence as a menace in The Terminator or …Continue reading

Machines Are Developing Language Skills Inside Virtual Worlds

Machines are learning to process simple commands by exploring 3-D virtual worlds. Devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home have brought voice-controlled technology into the mainstream, but these still only deal with simple commands. Making machines smart enough to handle…