SAN FRANCISCO | A robotic hand can juggle a cube _ with lots of training

SAN FRANCISCO — How long does it take for a robotic hand to learn to juggle a cube? About 100 years. That’s how much virtual computing time it took researchers at OpenAI to train its disembodied hand. OpenAI is the nonprofit artificial-intelligence lab funded by Elon Musk and others. The hand, called Dactyl, has a … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | A robotic hand can juggle a cube _ with lots of training

Twitter turns over ‘handles’ of 201 Russia-linked accounts

MENLO PARK, CA/October 13, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Twitter has handed over to Senate investigators the profile names, or “handles,” of 201 accounts linked to Russian attempts at influencing the 2016 presidential election. The company has stepped up its efforts to cooperate with investigators after it was criticized for not taking congressional probes seriously enough. The … Continue reading Twitter turns over ‘handles’ of 201 Russia-linked accounts

Worries hit consumer market over US ban of Kaspersky

NEW YORK/September 13, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Worries rippled through the consumer market for antivirus software after the U.S. government banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky Labs software on Wednesday. Best Buy said it will no longer sell software made by the Russian company, although one security researcher said most consumers don’t need to be alarmed. … Continue reading Worries hit consumer market over US ban of Kaspersky

SAN FRANCISCO | Why is Facebook keen on robots? It’s just the future of AI

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook announced several new hires of top academics in the field of artificial intelligence Tuesday, among them a roboticist known for her work at Disney making animated figures move in more human-like ways. The hires raise a big question — why is Facebook interested in robots, anyway? It’s not as though the … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Why is Facebook keen on robots? It’s just the future of AI

NEW YORK | YouTube aims to crack down on fake news, support journalism

NEW YORK — Google’s YouTube says it is taking several steps to ensure the veracity of news on its service by cracking down on misinformation and supporting news organizations. The company said Monday it will make “authoritative” news sources more prominent, especially in the wake of breaking news events when misinformation can spread quickly. At … Continue reading NEW YORK | YouTube aims to crack down on fake news, support journalism

SAN FRANCISCO | Google pledges not to use AI for weapons or surveillance

SAN FRANCISCO — Google pledged Thursday that it will not use artificial intelligence in applications related to weapons, surveillance that violates international norms, or that works in ways that go against human rights. It planted its ethical flag on use of AI just days confirming it would not renew a contract with the U.S. military … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Google pledges not to use AI for weapons or surveillance

NEW YORK | Twitter’s Alex Jones ban: Blip in sea of abuse?

NEW YORK — Twitter’s decision to permanently ban conspiracy-slinger Alex Jones shows it’s serious about enforcing its policy against abuse. But it has a long way to go. Along with Facebook and other tech companies, Twitter sees promise in using artificial intelligence to rid its service of objectionable posts, photos and videos. To this end, … Continue reading NEW YORK | Twitter’s Alex Jones ban: Blip in sea of abuse?

NEW YORK | Twitter’s ban of Alex Jones raises questions on consistency

NEW YORK  — Twitter’s permanent ban of conspiracy-monger Alex Jones on Thursday again underscored the difficulty many social-media services face in trying to consistently apply their rules against harassment and other bad behavior. The platform took action against Jones and his Infowars show for “abusive behavior,” referencing videos posted Wednesday that showed him berating CNN … Continue reading NEW YORK | Twitter’s ban of Alex Jones raises questions on consistency