Weekly Top 10 Automation Articles

1. A.I. Can Now Read Your Thoughts—And Turn Them Into Words and Images

A recent article in Nature highlights a discovery that pushes the boundaries of our imaginations and challenges some of the very attributes that make us human. The piece details how artificial intelligence is creating speech by interpreting brain signals (and even offers an audio recording for a chance to hear it for yourself).

Author: John Nosta

Read More On: FORTUNE

2. Artificial Intelligence Can Now Copy Your Voice: What Does That Mean For Humans?

It takes just 3.7 seconds of audio to clone a voice. This impressive—and a bit alarming—feat was announced by Chinese tech giant Baidu. A year ago, the company’s voice cloning tool called Deep Voice required 30 minutes of audio to do the same. This illustrates just how fast the technology to create artificial voices is accelerating.

Author: Bernard Marr

Read More On: FORBES

3. Robots Edge Closer To Unloading Trucks In Amazon-Era Milestone

As FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. beef up automation to keep pace with surging e-commerce and a potential threat from Amazon.com Inc., they’ve been stumped at a crucial stage: loading and unloading trucks. Robot makers are getting close to solving part of that puzzle.

Author: Thomas Black

Read More On: BLOOMBERG

4. Amazon Says Fully Automated Shipping Warehouses Are At Least a Decade Away

The future of Amazon’s logistics network will undoubtedly involve artificial intelligence and robotics, but it’s an open question at what point AI-powered machines will be doing a majority of the work. According to Scott Anderson, the company’s director of robotics fulfillment, the point at which an Amazon warehouse is fully, end-to-end automated is at least 10 years away.

Author: Nick Statt

Read More On: THE VERGE

5. Facebook Is Finding Problems With Artificial Intelligence Too

ONE DAY AT work last year, Lade Obamehinti encountered an algorithm that had a problem with black people. The Facebook program manager was helping test a prototype of the company’s Portal video chat device, which uses computer vision to identify and zoom in on a person speaking.

Author: Tom Simonite

Read More On: WIRED

6. Inspection Robots Are Climbing The Walls To Monitor Safety Conditions In Hazardous Locations

Down in Christchurch, New Zealand a team of roboticists at Invert Robotics has commercialized an inspection robot that uses tiny suction cups on a series of treads and a specialty chemical to create a technology that has robots literally climbing the walls. Meanwhile, a world away in Pittsburgh, Gecko Robotics  is tackling much the same problem with high-powered magnets and an inspection robot of its own.

Author: Jonathan Shieber

Read More On: TECHCRUNCH

7. Artificial Intelligence Is Creating A Fake World -- What Does That Mean For Humans?

"Seeing is believing" or is it? There once was a time when we could have confidence that what we saw depicted in photos and videos was real. Even when Photoshopping images became popular, we still knew that the images started as originals. Now, with advances in artificial intelligence, the world is becoming more artificial, and you can't be sure what you see or hear is real or a fabrication of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Author: Bernard Marr

Read More On: FORBES

8. How To Integrate AI Into Your Business

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a computerized learning process that more businesses are utilizing to streamline processes, improve customer service or create deliverable products. Many entrepreneurs want to include AI in their operations, and that doesn't have to be difficult.

Author: Brian Hughes

Read More On: ENTREPRENEUR

9. Six Ways Robots Are Used Today That You Probably Didn’t Know About

Before we start, we need to define what actually is a robot. There is no official definition of what constitutes a robot, but many roboticists (like me) consider it to be a machine that moves, or has moving parts, and that makes basic decisions while interacting with the world.

Read More On: THE CONVERSATION

10. Machine Learning Paves The Way For Next-Level Quantum Sensing

Researchers at the University of Bristol have reached new heights of sophistication in detecting magnetic fields with extreme sensitivity at room temperature by combining machine learning with a quantum sensor. The findings, published in Physical Review X, could lead to a new generation of MRI scanners which use magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body, as well as further potential uses within biology and material science.

Read More On: PHYS.ORG

Yusra Hamid