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AI taught to beat Sudoku puzzles. Now how about a time machine to 2005?

AI can now solve some of the hardest Sudoku puzzles to a high degree of accuracy, according to new research that teaches machines to logically reason. Sudoku was, if you can recall, all the rage in the West at least a decade ago. Sure, there are computational algorithms to crack the puzzles within a second, however, it’s an …

2001: A Stob Odyssey

Stob has obtained access to the unpublished journals of a young British programmer who found herself assigned to the elite team that built the HAL 9000 computer during the 1990s. **Undated, circa 1992.** It's so confusing here in Urbana, Illinois, especially after Croydon. For one thing they say 'Hey!' when they just mean 'Hi …
Verity Stob, 28 Nov 2017

Boffins craft perfect 'head generator' to beat facial recognition

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics have defeated facial recognition on big social media platforms – by removing faces from photos and replacing them with automatically-painted replicas. As the team of six researchers explained in their arXiv paper this month, people who want to stay private often blur …
Doctor examines virtual brain

Neural networks: Today, classifying flowers... tomorrow, Skynet maybe

If there's a poster child for machine learning, it's neural networks. We gave a practical introduction to the topic here, but this time I'll take a different approach and explain the background to how neural networks, er, work. To demonstrate this, we'll show how a neural net can be used to classify different species of iris …
Mark Whitehorn, 27 Nov 2017

When it comes to ML, reports of JavaScript's death are exaggerated

Machine learning is fast becoming one of the high-growth areas for developers – but what language should you employ, given that so many exist? If you believe the statisticians, Python is the default choice for many. 50 per cent of data scientists and developers use Python, with 33 per cent prioritising it for development, …
Maxwell Cooter, 22 Nov 2017

US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That's really dumb – boffins

A group of 54 computer scientists and academic researchers on Thursday asked the US Department of Homeland Security to rethink its plan for employing software algorithms to determine whether immigrants to the country should be admitted or deported. To implement various White House executive orders to limit immigration through …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Nov 2017
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IBM asks remaining staff to take career advice from HR-bot

IBM staff are being asked to eat the company's dogfood in the form of an AI-infused career advice chatbot named “Myca”. The Register understands that Myca – an acronym for “My Career Advisor” - was developed in a staff hackfest and is sold as the Watson Career Coach. Multiple IBMers of our acquaintance tell us that a great …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2017
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You wanted robo-butlers. Instead, you're getting robo-BOFHs

Interview Park Place Technologies for the past two years has been working with IT services biz BMC to develop a way to augment its data center service business with machine learning. Chris Adams, chief operating officer of the data center hardware-tending shop, based in Cleveland, Ohio, told The Register in a phone interview the way …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Nov 2017

Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

We all assume that intelligent devices will either serve our every need, or try to kill us, but what if they just want to party? Well, it could work out pretty expensive as Oliver Haberstroh found out when his Amazon Alexa started its own early-hours party – waking up, and blasting music automatically, while its owner was out …

Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

Facebook has begun conducting a pilot where it solicits intimate photographs of women – and it will soon offer the service in the United Kingdom as well as the US. Anxious exes who fear their former partner is set on revenge porn will be urged to upload photographs of themselves nude. A hash of the nude image is created and …
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Machine learning? AI? How we learned to relax at MCubed

Events The machines are not taking our jobs any time soon, Prof Mark Bishop declared at the opening of MCubed, mainly because right now, computing is better suited to cementing artificial stupidity than creating true artificial intelligence. Prof Bishop, in the opening keynote of the Register and Heise-backed conference, also made …
Joe Fay, 8 Nov 2017
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More expensive, takes longer than usual, not particularly brilliant. Yes, it's your robot surgeon

Robot-assisted surgery costs more time and money than traditional methods, but isn't more effective, for certain types of operations. Laparoscopic surgery, which involves one or more small incisions suited to a laparoscope rather than large cut, tends to preferable when it's an option because it's minimally invasive. For …

How we fooled Google's AI into thinking a 3D-printed turtle was a gun: MIT bods talk to El Reg

Video Students at MIT in the US claim they have developed an algorithm for creating 3D objects and pictures that trick image-recognition systems into severely misidentifying them. Think toy turtles labeled rifles, and baseballs as cups of coffee. It’s well known that machine-learning software can be easily hoodwinked: Google's AI-in …

Cupboard of matrices looking a little... sparse? Have this delicious Taco

A bunch of clever folks have created an open-source compiler, dubbed Taco, that generates code optimized for performing calculations on sparse matrices – a useful but tricky concept in computer science. From studying interactions in particle physics and ranking search engine results, to training artificial intelligence systems …

39 episodes of 'CSI' used to build AI's natural language model

A group of University of Edinburgh boffins have turned CSI:Crime Scene Investigation scripts into a natural language training dataset. Their aim is to improve how bots understand what's said to them – natural language understanding. Drawing on 39 episodes from the first five seasons of the series, Lea Frermann, Shay Cohen and …

Can you get from 'dog' to 'car' with one pixel? Japanese AI boffins can

It doesn't take much to confuse AI image classifiers: a group from Japan's Kyushu University reckon you can fool them by changing the value of a single pixel in an image. Researchers Jiawei Su, Danilo Vasconcellos Vargas and Sakurai Kouichi were working with two objectives: first, to predictably trick a Deep Neural Network ( …
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Robot granted Saudi citizenship has more rights than Saudi women

Saudi Arabia has granted citizenship to a robot in a move that appears to elevate its rights above those of women within the Middle Eastern country. The robot called Sophia was wheeled out in front of a crowd at the Future Investment Initiative summit in the capital, Riyadh. It was created by Hong Kong-based company Hanson …
Kat Hall, 27 Oct 2017
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AI might outsmart ITIL, make MTBF moot, says ServiceNow strategist

Artificial Intelligence might just make IT organisations look for new measures of their success and lead to a rethink of ITIL, according to ServiceNow's chief strategy officer Dave Wright. ServiceNow acquired AI outfit DxContinuum in January 2017 and will debut its wares in the “Kingston” release of its signature SaaS, which …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2017

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