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How Real-Life AI Rivals 'Ex Machina': Passing Turing
Still of Alicia Vikander in the sci-fi/psychological thriller "Ex Machina."
March 18th, 2015
The Turing test, a foundational method of AI evaluation, shapes the plot of the sci-fi/psychological thriller "Ex Machina." But real-life systems can already pass the test.
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Quirky Robots Invade SXSW Festival (Photos)
Cardboard Social Robot
March 16th, 2015
At the Robot Petting Zoo, makers showed off everything from a social robot to an insectlike creature that gazes longingly into your eyes.
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How Real-Life AI Rivals 'Star Wars': A Universal Translator?
Star Wars droid C-3P0.
March 21st, 2015
Star Wars' beloved droid C-3PO's astounding translation abilities might be the most useful in everyday life, and the most likely to be replicated by real-life AI.
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Are Wearable Drones Buzzing on the Horizon?
March 18th, 2015
Future wearables may be tiny drones that protect users from pollution, play games, act as scouts and fly long distances on drone superhighways.
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25 Robots Set to Compete in Ambitious Contest This Summer
THORMANG 2 robot
March 6th, 2015
This summer, 25 robots from around the world will go head to head in a competition to test how machines could one day provide assistance after natural or man-made disasters.
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Firefighting Robots Could Help US Navy Snuff Out Fires at Sea
SAFFIR Firefighting Robot
February 6th, 2015
Hose-wielding humanoid robots could one day keep Navy firefighters out of harm's way.
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How Real-Life AI Rivals 'Terminator': Robots Take the Shot
Terminator Genisys
March 20th, 2015
Arnold Schwarzenegger takes on his iconic killer-robot role in July's "Terminator Genisys." While no Skynet-like AI has sent red-eyed robots after humanity, the prospect of weaponized AI has gotten much more likely since the first "Terminator" movie.
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In Images: Wearable Drone Concepts
parasol wearable drone
March 18th, 2015
Future wearables may be tiny drones that protect users from pollution, play games, act as scouts and fly long distances on drone superhighways.
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Chatty Machines? Future Computers Could Communicate Like Humans
Binary code.
February 27th, 2015
In the future, you might be able to talk to computers and robots the same way you talk to your friends.
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