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Now AI's become board members - at Hong Kong based venture capital firm, Deep Knowledge Ventures anyway.


Venture Capital Firm Appoints Machine Intelligence As Board Member
Hong Kong based venture capital firm Deep Knowledge Ventures (DKV) has appointed a machine learning program to its board. Called VITAL, it’s an “equal member” that will uncover trends “not immediately obvious to humans” in order to make investment recommendations. This is probably an attempt to attract media attention, but it could truly be the start of a larger trend; it’s the world’s first software program to be appointed as a board member. The move could also herald a new direction in the way venture capital is done. The tool was developed by Aging Analytics UK who’s licensing it out to DKV, a capital fund that focuses on companies developing therapies for age-related diseases and regenerative medicine. DKV will use VITAL (Validating Investment Tool for Advancing Life Sciences) to analyze financing trends in databases of life science companies in an effort to predict successful investments. It works by poring over massive data sets and applying machine learning to predict which life science companies will make successful investments. The company has already used VITAL to inform investment decisions in two start-up life science companies, Pathway Pharmaceuticals, Limited in Hong Kong and InSilico Medicine, Inc in Baltimore, USA. The long-term goal is to get the intelligence to the stage where it’ll be capable of autonomously allocating an investment portfolio. Eventually, the software is expected to get an equal vote on investment decisions. (via Venture Capital Firm Appoints Machine Intelligence As Board Member)

Stephen Hawking and the robot uprising?Well not quite, but he warns that AI has risks involved.


Artificial intelligence ‘could be the worst thing to happen to humanity’: Stephen Hawking warns that rise of robots may be disastrous for mankind

A sinister threat is brewing deep inside the technology laboratories of Silicon Valley.

Artificial Intelligence, disguised as helpful digital assistants and self-driving vehicles, is gaining a foothold – and it could one day spell the end for mankind.

This is according to Stephen Hawking who has warned that humanity faces an uncertain future as technology learns to think for itself and adapt to its environment.

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IBMs new business unit for Watson with a $1 billion investment.

"(Reuters) - IBM (IBM.N) said it will invest more than $1 billion to establish a new business unit for Watson, as the tech giant hopes to get more revenue from the supercomputer system that beat humans on the television quiz show "Jeopardy". "(via Reuters)

Her (this is the trailer) is a movie examining digital connectivity, AI and our interaction with them.

IBM's Watson will have an application API. (Apply here). From their press release:

The move aims to spur innovation and fuel a new ecosystem of entrepreneurial software application providers – ranging from start-ups and emerging, venture capital backed businesses to established players. Together with IBM, these business partners share a vision for creating a new class of cognitive applications that transform how businesses and consumers make decisions.

To bring this shared vision to life, IBM will be launching the IBM Watson Developers Cloud, a cloud-hosted marketplace where application providers of all sizes and industries will be able to tap into resources for developing Watson-powered apps. This will include a developer toolkit, educational materials and access to Watson’s application programming interface (API). - PRNewswire

It appears that it will be an open API:

IBM’s more powerful Watson supercomputer is opening up for public use | The Verge

IBM’s Watson supercomputer is taking a big step towards public use. Today, the company announced plans to open Watson up to developers in 2014, establishing an open platform and API that would let coders to build apps on top of the supercomputer’s database and natural language skills. It’s not the first time the project’s been used by outside groups, but the new platform will give developers complete control of the front-end, and require only minimal input from the Watson team at IBM. Companies will still have to contract an instance of Watson from IBM, but once that’s done, their programs will be able to pull questions and answers from the supercomputer in real time.


IBM Watson API Coming: 3 Potential Business Applications For IBM’s Watson Cloud Ecosystem

Watson, the name for the IBM supercomputer best known for crushing “Jeopardy!” contestants, is prepping its “cognitive computing” technology to be utilized by third-party developers for the first time via a Watson cloud service called the “Watson Ecosystem.”

The Watson cloud service will release with a development tool kit, access to the application programming interface (API) of Watson, an application marketplace, and educational material about IBM’s supercomputer. IBM says the Watson API should look familiar to any programmers familiar with the RESTful APIs, but details like pricing for the cloud service aren’t set yet. IBM also said it will tap startups to build software for Watson through a number of prominent venture capitalists, though the company refused to name names.

An AI beating the Turing test.



by Charles Q. Choi

One of the greatest challenges the field of artificial intelligence faces is to simulate the workings of a human brain. Now an AI company reveals its software can solve the world’s most widely used test of a machine’s ability to act human, Google’s reCAPTCHA, by copying how human vision works. 

The founder of modern computing, Alan Turing, developed the Turing test, which asks if it is possible to devise machines capable of acting human, and in doing so helped spawn the field of artificial intelligence. The most famous version of his test asks whether a machine can mimic a person well enough in a conversation over text to be indistinguishable from human — if so, a computer could be argued to be at least as intelligent as us. 

The most commonly used Turing test is the CAPTCHA, which stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.” CAPTCHAs are designed to see whether users are human, often to prevent Internet-crawling bots from accessing computing services or collecting sensitive data. 

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IBM is looking for apps for its digital brain (SyNAPSE).


Coding cognition: IBM needs apps for its digital brain

IBM wants to see researchers writing programs for the digital equivalent of a human brain. It’s a lofty, almost sci-fi task that’s likely a far way out, but IBM announced on Wednesday that it had made some significant steps toward making it happen: it’s been developing just such a digital brain, and it’s releasing the very first toolkit to let developers start using it. 

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