Eric Schmidt: The US Risks Falling Behind China in AI
Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google owner Alphabet, has warned that the US is at serious risk of falling behind China in the development of AI, with significant implications for both commercial and military interests. Part of the problem, he says, is that many of the world's best AI experts cannot get US visas due to their nationalities.
Source: The Verge
BMW Promises Fully Self-Driving Cars by 2021
Car maker BMW has said that it is on track to deliver a vehicle with level 5 automation - a fully driverless car - by 2021. The car would be able to make all driving decisions itself, removing the need for human drivers. However, the company is unlikely to make the car commercially available for several years due to legal issues.
Source: Automotive News
Smartphones Are Changing Brains: Neuroscientists
The frequency of smartphone use is changing the shape and structure of our brains, particular among children, according to neuroscientists. Studies have found that there is now a clear difference between children's brains now and 10 or 20 years ago, leading to predictions that technology will future change the brains of future generations.
Genetic Engineering Could Protect Galapagos Fauna from Extinction
The unique biodiversity of the Galapagos is under threat, with a host of species at risk of extinction at the hands of invasive newcomers. Genetic engineering could be the answer, allowing the activities of interlopers to be stemmed without resorting to poison. However, there are serious ethical and practical concerns to consider.
Source: Scientific American
Sensors Used to Find Previously Undiscovered Void in Great Pyramid
A previously unknown cavity, spanning 30m, has been found in the Great Pyramid of Giza, using sensors designed to detect particles known as muons. The first major structure found in the pyramid since Victorian times, the cavity sits above the grand gallery, and may be a formerly undiscovered chamber or just play a structural role.
Source: The Guardian
AI Lawyer Outperforms Humans in Legal Competition
A content between AI lawyer Case Cruncher Alpha and legal professionals from some of London's biggest firms saw the software come out on top. Both the humans and the AI were tasked with predicting the outcome of hundreds of insurance mis-selling cases, with the AI getting an accuracy of 86.6% compared to the human's 66.3%.