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DeepMind Has a Bigger Plan for Its Newest Go-Playing AI

October 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow AlphaGo was never just about board games. Alphabet’s AI research arm, DeepMind, announced in an article in the journal Nature today that it has built a final version of its prolific digital Go master: AlphaGo Zero. The software is a distillation of previous systems DeepMind has built: It’s more powerful,...

Your Next Head of Lettuce, Grown By a Robot

October 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You could drive past and never see the only farm in San Carlos, California. The tiny city of 30,000 that sits between San Francisco and Silicon Valley has all the charms of suburbia—sprawling office parks and single-story homes—but doesn’t seem a likely suspect for agriculture. The farm, run by startup...

Zuckerberg’s Apology for “Dividing People” Won’t Stop the Regulators From Moving In

October 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As millions of Jews around the world were breaking their Yom Kippur fast, Mark Zuckerberg was posting on Facebook. “For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do better,” he wrote. In the midst of...

Google Moonshot Lab Cofounder Sebastian Thrun Talks Flying Cars, Automated Teaching, and an AI Arms Race With China

September 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sebastian Thrun has a history of getting in front of trends. He’s known as one of the inventors of self-driving cars, helped launch Google’s [x] moonshot lab, co-founded online education startup Udacity, and has most recently gotten press for his work building flying cars for Larry Page (he’s eying early...

Five Privacy and Security Concerns About Apple’s New FaceID Facial Recognition

September 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple on Tuesday (Sept. 12) unveiled its new FaceID facial recognition technology for the iPhone X—the successor to the iPhone TouchID fingerprint scanner. The company says FaceID is 20 times more secure than TouchID, and can be used for unlocking apps and using ApplePay. Still, this kind of technology (which...

Artificial Intelligence Is Great at Predicting the Size of Hurricanes, But Humans Still Need to Figure Out Their Impact

September 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the modern computer’s first killer apps was predicting the weather. John von Neumann, who built the initial ENIAC computer, became fascinated with predicting weather in the 1930s. He called it “the most complex, interactive, and highly nonlinear problem that had ever been conceived of.” In 1948, he assembled...

You Can Protest, But You Can't Hide From Government Facial Recognition (For Much Longer)

September 7, 2017 Artificial intelligence is giving rise to unprecedented capabilities for surveillance, from facial recognition at bridge crossings to the ability to identify thousands of people at once. Now, new research suggests that AI could potentially be used to identify people who have taken steps to conceal their identities by wearing hats,...

Using AI to Identify Protestors Hiding Behind Hats or Scarves Is Entirely Possible

September 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Artificial intelligence is giving rise to unprecedented capabilities for surveillance, from facial recognition at bridge crossings to the ability to identify thousands of people at once. Now, new research suggests that AI could potentially be used to identify people who have taken steps to conceal their identities by wearing hats,...

Samsung’s Newest Phones Could Legitimately Replace Your Desktop Computer

September 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the last 10 years, Silicon Valley has worked tirelessly to remove the gadgets from your life that the world had spent the 30 previous years building. I used to carry around a CD player, a Gameboy, a notepad and pencil, a tape recorder; today, a smartphone that fits in...

Vladimir Putin Believes Artificial Intelligence Could Lead to Global Monopolies and Drone Wars

September 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While Microsoft and Google preach how society can be enhanced through artificial intelligence, not everyone is thinking about making the world a better place through Paxos algorithms for consensus protocols. Russian president Vladimir Putin spoke about the potential power of artificial intelligence to students on Friday, saying “the one who...