Inside the Chinese lab that plans to rewire the world with AI

The ticket kiosks at Shanghai’s frenetic subway station have a mind of their own.

Walk up to one and state your destination, and it’ll automatically recommend a route before issuing a ticket. It’ll even check your identification (a necessary step in China) by looking at your face. In the interest of reducing the rush-hour stampede, the system is set up to let you find information ...

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Why humans learn faster than AI—for now

In 2013, DeepMind Technologies, then a little-known company, published a groundbreaking paper showing how a neural network could learn to play 1980s video games the way humans do—by looking at the screen. These networks then went on to thrash the best human players.

A few months later, Google bought the company for $400 million. DeepMind has since gone on to apply deep learning in a range of situations, most famously to outperform humans in the ancient game of Go.

But while ...

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Graphene brain implant could turn thoughts into speech

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