After 10 years in the making, Natural Motion launches Clumsy Ninja, an autonomous virtual character game.
Beyond Verbal scores another $1 million to further its emotions analytics and artificial intelligence research.
Tempo AI, a startup focused on increasing productivity through your calendar, has raised a new $10 million Series A round of funding, the company announced today.
The CIA has invested an undisclosed sum in “robot journalism” startup Narrative Science through its venture arm In-Q-Tel.
Guest Post What if Siri could help us modulate the emotional tone of our messages? Would it make the world a better place with less conflict and argument, or would it leave piles of unread messages?
IBM’s Watson, a supercomputer designed for artificial intelligence, isn’t just good at answering Jeopardy questions — it’s also smart at diagnostic medicine and creating new recipes.
Google’s Knowledge Graph has a long, long way to go. At least according to Google CEO Larry Page.
Prominent futurist and author Ray Kurzweil has accepted a position as director of engineering at Google, where he plans to work on technology developments in language processing, machine learning, and other areas.
It may sound like something out of a dystopian novel, but scientists are confident about a machine learning technology that can recognize and replicate human activities like seeing and thinking.
For decades, “artificial intelligence” was a long-sought-after ideal in computing circles. Now it’s finally starting to become real — just not in the way anyone expected.
ToyTalk has raised $11.5 million for its talking teddybears, created by former Pixar CTO and SRI scientist.
Desti uses Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing to act as a personal virtual tour guide.
Guest Post One unexpected and dramatic impact of this influx of information is that it has exposed the weaknesses of the current design of search as we know it.
Science experiments in AI are coming back to improve Google’s core products
Editor’s Pick Ray Kurzweil is looking forward to the year 2029. That’s the year he predicts that our technology will be able to think without us.
ZenRobotics has raised $17M for its recycling robot
YouTube could make more money. Video search could get much, much better. And that laborious process of tagging every video you upload to YouTube with all the keywords you can possibly think of might finally be over … all because of technology based on a recently awarded Google patent that enables automated object recognition.
Vicarious is building A.I. software based on the human brain. Sounds cool, right? VCs thought so, too, and they backed it up with $15 million in the startup’s first round of institutional funding.
Editor's Pick The two hundred people packed into a small screening room in Midtown Manhattan on a recent Tuesday night made quite a throng. Engineers, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs sipped Sam Adams and nibbled bits from a fruit plate. They were there to learn about CrowdControl, a New York startup that is melding human workers with artificial intelligence to create the next paradigm for global labor: crowd computing.
America has been extremely worried about the loss of manufacturing to China. Seduced by subsidies, cheap labor, lax regulations, and a rigged currency, American industry has made a beeline to China.
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For the first time, one of Google’s much-hyped self-driving cars has been in a car accident, according to auto blog Jalopnik. But it’s actually a mere human’s fault.
Google hasn’t given up on its sci-fi ambitions to make self-driving cars a reality. The company is now lobbying Nevada to be the first state to legally allow self-driving cars on public roads, the New York Times reports.
Watch out, Amazon.com: Someone’s trying to bump your shopping cart.
Email is fast and quick, but it’s often tone-deaf. When we send a message in the heat of the moment, we don’t think about the consequences of what happens when the person receiving it misinterprets the tone of the text.
It looks like several key players from the early days of Facebook have taken an interest in an artificial intelligence startup called Vicarious Systems.
“So we have developed technology for cars that can drive themselves,” Google engineer Sebastian Thrun nonchalantly announced on the company’s blog earlier this afternoon.
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