In October, DeepMind unveiled a neural network that can access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine. The result is a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain.
The past year saw progress in developing hardware and software capable of human feats of intelligence.
From Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp to the possibility of peak coal in China, the numbers told the tale.
Google can identify and transcribe all the views it has of street numbers in France in less than an hour, thanks to a neural network that’s just as good as human operators. In January, its engineers revealed how they developed it.
Routers on 600 buses and taxis allow free Internet access and collect data for city planners.
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In April, the first large-scale measurements of the way humans play Rock-Paper-Scissors revealed a hidden pattern of play that opponents can exploit to gain a vital edge.
Humans and software see some images differently, pointing out shortcomings of recent breakthroughs in machine learning.
Health-care organizations often store medical records and other information insecurely.
Singapore plans to let anyone test driverless cars in one of its busy neighborhoods in 2015.