Consumer & Gadgets

People are too trusting of virtual assistants

Attributing lifelike qualities to virtual assistants could cause people to reveal more personal information to the companies that own them than they otherwise would, according to a new study.

Computer Sciences

AI: Agents show surprising behavior in hide and seek game

Researchers have made news in letting their AI ambitions play out a formidable game of hide and seek with formidable results. The agents' environment had walls and movable boxes for a challenge where some were the hiders ...

Engineering

Teaching AI agents navigation subroutines by feeding them videos

Researchers at UC Berkeley and Facebook AI Research have recently proposed a new approach that can enhance the navigation skills of machine learning models. Their method, presented in a paper pre-published on arXiv, allows ...

Computer Sciences

Crowd workers, AI make conversational agents smarter

Conversational agents such as Siri, Alexa and Cortana are great at giving you the weather, but are flummoxed when asked for unusual information, or follow-up questions. By adding humans to the loop, Carnegie Mellon University ...

Computer Sciences

Do you speak robot-ish? Interpreters may soon be in the house

(Tech Xplore)—OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research company. In describing their work, they state that they are "working towards the next set of breakthroughs." That is no exaggeration.

Computer Sciences

AI researchers get a sense of how self-interest rules

(Tech Xplore)—Interested in serious mind games, of the artificial intelligence variety? Park these phrases in your vocabulary list, courtesy of a DeepMind exploration: "deep multi-agent reinforcement learning" and "sequential ...