This Machine Can Learn About the World Just by Watching It

It's a possible step on the road to a total surveillance AI like the one in Person of Interest. Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a computer program that teaches itself everything there is to know about any visual concept — without any human supervision. » 6/13/14 1:00pm 6/13/14 1:00pm

Sophisticated chatbot poses as teenage girl to lure pedophiles

Spanish researchers have developed an advanced — and extremely convincing — chatbot that poses as a 14-year-old girl. Called Negobot, the system will help authorities detect sexual predators in chatrooms and social networks. » 7/11/13 8:40am 7/11/13 8:40am

New AI uses the Internet to identify unfamiliar things

Researchers at Japan's Tokyo Institute of Technology have updated their SOINN machine learning algorithm so that it can now use the Internet to identify items it's never encountered before. » 5/08/13 3:58pm 5/08/13 3:58pm

A computer learns the hard way: By reading the Internet

At Carnegie-Mellon university, a massive computer system called NELL (Never Ending Language Learner) is systematically reading the internet and analyzing sentences for semantic categories and facts, teaching itself English and educating itself in human affairs. We spoke to NELL's creators. » 10/08/10 4:20pm 10/08/10 4:20pm

Scientists Use Your Brain to Read Other People's Minds

Your private thoughts could be used to pry information out of somebody else's mind. Today a group of neuroscientists announced they used test subjects' brains to train computers how to "recognize" electrical patterns created by thoughts. Specifically, they trained the computers to recognize thoughts about objects… » 1/02/08 7:20am 1/02/08 7:20am