The Most Terrible Revelation In Last Night's Person Of Interest

This season of Person of Interest has been one long philosophical tale about the dangers and benefits of all-power artificial intelligence — but last night's episode made the whole discussion alarmingly concrete. But that wasn't the most startling moment in last night's episode. Spoilers ahead... » 12/17/14 5:15pm Yesterday 5:15pm

Computers Wrote the Caption for This Photograph, and Changed Everything

Computers at Google now have a machine-learning system that can analyze images like the one above and generate captions for them. The phrase used to caption this image? "A person riding a motorcycle on a dirt road." It might not seem like much, but it's actually one hell of an accomplishment. » 11/24/14 11:09am 11/24/14 11:09am

​Amoebas Are Still More Intelligent Than Our Most Powerful Computers

If you're one of those people who believe the singularity is imminent, you might want to pack a lunch. Our machines just aren't that smart, says Alva Noë, a philosopher at the University of California at Berkeley. What we call artificial intelligence is actually best described as pseudo-intelligence. » 11/24/14 7:20am 11/24/14 7:20am

Last Night's Person Of Interest Packed Two Huge Scary Cliffhangers

One of the things we've always loved about Person of Interest has been the way it juggles its global "artificial intelligence" and its local "urban organized crime" storylines. And last night's episode was a great example of this, with stories in which two of our favorite characters were exposed due to the power of… » 11/19/14 5:46pm 11/19/14 5:46pm

Reese Gets The Perfect Cover In A Clip From Today's Person Of Interest

Person of Interest continues to be the best, most thought-provoking show on network television right now. And we're absolutely dying to see how last week's cliffhanger gets resolved. But meanwhile, here's an exclusive clip from tonight's episode in which Reese has finally found a way to watch the new number and play… » 11/18/14 11:28am 11/18/14 11:28am

This Phenomenal Magic Trick Was Created By An Artificial Intelligence

Magicians are not supposed to reveal their secrets. But what if that magician is a machine? Recent experiments at Queen Mary University of London show that it's not only possible to teach a computer program how magic tricks work, but that these systems are capable of designing new and superior versions that can be… » 11/17/14 9:20am 11/17/14 9:20am

How Universal Basic Income Will Save Us From the Robot Uprising

Robots are poised to eliminate millions of jobs over the coming decades. We have to address the coming epidemic of "technological unemployment" if we're to avoid crippling levels of poverty and societal collapse. Here's how a guaranteed basic income will help — and why it's absolutely inevitable. » 10/31/14 1:00pm 10/31/14 1:00pm

Person Of Interest Clip Shows How Reese's Worst Nightmare Gets Worse

Here's yet another reminder that Person of Interest is currently the best genre show on network television, and there's a new episode tonight. This season, the running storyline about artificial intelligence has ramped way up, and it's gotten crazy good. And to whet your appetite, here's an exclusive clip! » 10/21/14 12:41pm 10/21/14 12:41pm

"How Did This Turn Into A Flirty Thing?" Amy Acker Talks Root And Shaw

The new season of Person of Interest plunged us into a dystopian A.I.-monitored world. And all of a sudden, Root is the linchpin of everything, as she helps the undercover Machine Gang. We talked to Amy Acker about Root's new role, her flirtation with Shaw, and whether Root will be meeting Samaritan's right-hand woman… » 9/29/14 4:13pm 9/29/14 4:13pm

Person Of Interest's Creators Explain Why A.I. Could Be The New A-Bomb

Person of Interest returns tonight with an even scarier look at ubiquitous surveillance than before. The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Dave Maass is fascinated by the show's themes — so he seized the chance to interview the creators and stars. And they told him why we should be very afraid. » 9/23/14 3:20pm 9/23/14 3:20pm