Machine gun-toting drone threatens to change combat forever

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The idea of reducing both civilian and military casualties through the deployment of weaponized drones is, on one hand, an appealing prospect, but it’s also undeniable that the idea of a fleet of drones with machine guns flying through the air is absolutely horrifying.

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Elon Musk’s OpenAI Bot Beats Pro Dota 2 Player | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

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Artificial intelligence developed by the Elon Musk-backed OpenAI bested human players this weekend at The International, an annual Dota 2 championship.While that might not sound too impressive on its face—we’ve seen Google-developed AI beat Go players—Dota 2 is “vastly more complex than traditional board games like chess & Go,” Musk tweeted.”Dota’s a great testbed for artificial intelligence; it’s a very complicated game with a large competitive scene,” OpenAI co-founder and CTO Greg Brockman said in a video explaining the project (below). “The rules of Dota are so complicated [that] if you just think really hard about how the game works and try to write those rules down, you’re not even going to be able to reach the performance of a reasonable player.”

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Machines with Brains — Quartz

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The boundaries between person and machine are becoming difficult to define. Human brains power robotic limbs; an artificially intelligent machine serves as the manager for tens of thousands of workers; chatbots act as digital replicas of us. Humanity is, in effect, getting an upgrade.What were once capabilities thought unique to humans are now powering technologies that could offer the ability to extend and deepen our lives—or supplant our livelihoods.

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Artificial Intelligence Is Changing How Companies Hire; It’s No Longer Just About Killer Resumés And Vibrant Personality

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According to Fast Company, Facebook, IBM, and scores of other companies have started incorporating AI into their hiring practices. But one of the basic questions potential candidates are asking, is: You can impress a person with your great personality and charm, but how do you impress (essentially) a robot?Reports suggest that the AI systems used in the HR department are more sophisticated than flipping through the pages of numerous resumés received by big companies. They are also programmed to scan work samples or the potential candidates, scroll through their social media posts, and analyse facial expressions on behalf of the HR managers.For example, Talla the chatbot can even provide a set of interview questions based upon the role of the prospective candidate. Rob May, CEO of Talla, told Forbes: “You can look at Talla as an intelligent assistant which is able to augment a mid level HR professionals’ job so she can focus on more strategic HR issues.”

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New robotic painting system saves ‘significant’ resources, claims Fraunhofer – Robotics & Automation News

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New robotic painting system saves ‘significant’ resources, claims FraunhoferAn automated painting system, involving an industrial robot, is claimed to save significant resources by its developer, the Fraunhofer Institute.The robotic system – called SelfPaint – is said by Fraunhofer to offer reductions of 20 percent in paint use, 15 percent in energy consumption and 5 percent in production time.These are “significant advantages” compared to manual painting operations, which have previously been the preferred option, adds Fraunhofer. SelfPaint’s biggest advantage could well be that it is also suitable for painting individual pieces, known in industry as batch size 1.

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SoftBank has sold 10,000 Nao robots. Now the tiny humanoid wants to ‘conquer new markets’ with Zora – Robotics & Automation News

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Zora Bots, which has already deployed its software designed for robots in the health sector, is now the world’s leading distributor of Nao and is poised to expand its solution in many areas including retail, hospitality, education and personal services.This strategic rapprochement in the international arena will bring humanoid robotics into a new dimension and make Nao available to a wider audience. The humanoid robot created by SoftBank Robotics and equipped with the Zora solution is already working alongside healthcare teams, performing various functions and providing new kinds of support.

Source: SoftBank has sold 10,000 Nao robots. Now the tiny humanoid wants to ‘conquer new markets’ with Zora – Robotics & Automation News

Facebook, YouTube To Take The Machine Learning Route

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While Facebook is fighting a tough battle against fake news, YouTube is aggressively trying to cut down the offensive and extremist content on its platform. And maybe machine learning is the solution to the problem.

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