Author: Joseph Mapue

The Point Of Play: How Games Make AI Smarter

Do video games make you dumb? You can probably think of someone in your life who’d make you nod vigorously, but according to behavioral psychologists, playing games actually does the opposite. Play performs a crucial role in cognitive development and building behavior that helps advanced animals thrive in different situations and environments. Turns out what helps kittens and toddlers learn can also help AI get smarter. In March 2016, Google’s Alpha Go thrashed 18-time human world champion Lee Sedol, in a five-game match of Go. Alpha Go’s neural networks played tens of millions of matches against both humans and...

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Bits of Love: How AI Fills Our Human Need For Intimacy

Even in a highly connected world, you can still be lonely. What’s the point of thousands of contacts on social media if they’ve all friendzoned you? If you’re short on admirers, perhaps you’ll find solace in an algorithm. Following the incessant launch of life-like robots and chatbots which get you laid, experts predict that human-robot marriages will become legal by 2050.  We don’t even have to wait that long for technology to fill our intimate needs. Users are already asking Siri to find them a boyfriend. Some are asking Amy — a meeting-scheduling virtual assistant — for a date. Desperate...

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6 Historic Jobs Machines Have Taken Over

Technology disrupts the economy, alters everyone’s daily routine, and creates unexpected patterns of behavior. Some changes would have been unimaginable only a few years before. No one before 2006 had to worry about a nasty tweet (what’s a tweet?), much less agonize on how to bit back with a curt but witty comeback.  Rapid advances in automation technology and artificial intelligence have raised the stakes to almost existential levels. Nowhere is the threat of AI more pronounced than in the hazy area of work, profession, and — if you push a bit more — self perception and fulfilment. Modern...

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Conversational Bots Transform How You Learn Languages

Language enables us to understand a message, articulate a plan, and get things done. We need our words to order espresso from the corner cafe, cheer up a friend who’s having a bad day, and quip back against a colleague’s snarky comments.   But we can do all of that only if we speak the same language as the person we are communicating with. Otherwise, far worse things than your colleague’s noxious rants can ruin everyone else’s day. Words lost in translation have caused global companies to lose millions of dollars, medical patients to lose limbs, and politicians to...

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