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Should we be considering coding ‘kindness’ into Artificial Intelligence?

There are countless examples of humanity envisaging a deus ex machina come to either usher in a technological utopia or wreak unmitigated destruction. At the end of Terminator 3, artificial intelligence becomes self-aware and acts to eliminate its primary threat – humanity. In I, Robot a similarly advanced artificial intelligence (AI) attempts to sequestrate humanity for its own good, avoiding further human-on-human conflict.

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Training Computers To Recognize Emotion

Body language has long been an area of study and wonder. The ability to read the natural signals emitted by humans and therefore interpret their underlying thoughts and emotions has long been seen as a powerful tool and has been used in many areas.

However, there has been an increase in effort to develop methods to determine emotion, other than those relying on human analysis and this is being led by the advancement in computer technology.

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Guy Builds Robot that Plays Angry Birds

This guy named Jason Huggins built a robot in his home which ended up playing a game of Angry Birds. He named the robot ‘BitBeamBot‘ and built it out of wood, Lego, and servo motors. The robot uses an Arduino board and likely runs custom software that he made himself. Right now the robot has to be controlled by a person, but with some creative programming I believe it will become hands free and able to play by itself. Check out the video inside.

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Can You Beat A Computer At Rock Paper Scissors?

Rock Paper Scissors

It looks like the New York Times has created a game that uses artificial intelligence to outsmart you. It uses a simple game called Rock, Paper, Scissors which is pretty much known by everyone on the planet by now.

The computer tries to mimic human reasoning by building on simple rules and statistical averages. So based on the rules of the game and your previous moves, the computer tries to make predictions on your next move.

The game has 2 modes, the first being Novice where the computer learns the game from scratch, and veteran where the computer has experience of over 200,000 rounds of previous experience.

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Talk to a real-life CGI character

Over at CEATEC Japan a lot of different innovations in technology are announced each year. There was a demonstration of a real-life CGI character that you can interact with. The technology is from Nagoya Institute of Technology Center for Speed and Technology Research and looks very similar to technology in the movie Time Machine. The character can answer questions you ask to it like weather, or other select topic that have been pre-programmed. The character is supposed to be used to help with services and can also demonstrate anything you may want it to, and it can dance. For more information follow the source.

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