Google’s week consisted of bringing its TensorFlow machine learning software to iOS, seeing its Tango software added into the first consumer smartphones, and receiving a proposal by its DeepMind division to add a kill switch to artificial intelligence (AI) systems.
The firm’s AlphaGo AI is also scheduled to face the best Go player the world can offer in a match later this year.
Google brings TensorFlow AI software to iOS
Google updated its TensorFlow machine learning software to run on iOS devices.
The technology that powers AlphaGo was released to the open source community in November, but has now reached the hands of Apple developers who can build a neural network right into apps.
Lenovo reveals world's first Tango AR smartphone
Google’s Tango software was revealed to be a key feature of Lenovo’s new smartphones.
The Lenovo PHAB2 Pro uses Google's software and sensors to enable motion tracking, depth perception and area learning.
Google co-founder Larry Page probably has secret flying car factories
Google’s Larry Page has invested heavily in two startups working on flying cars.
A patent registered by Zee.Aero, one of the startups, showed a small plane that can take off and land vertically via electric power, pretty much a flying car.
Google DeepMind proposes kill switch to prevent robot Armageddon
Google’s AI division DeepMind has proposed creating a ‘kill switch’ to shut down errant robots and AIs.
"Safe interruptibility can be useful to take control of a robot that is misbehaving and may lead to irreversible consequences, or to take it out of a delicate situation, or even to temporarily use it to achieve a task it did not learn to perform or would not normally receive rewards for," said a paper created in association with the University of Oxford.
Google's AlphaGo AI will take on Chinese Go prodigy
Google’s AlphaGo AI will take on the very best player of Chinese board game Go that humanity can offer.
The game-playing AI will face child prodigy and champion player Ke Jie, having already beaten other human opponents including Go grandmaster Lee Sedol.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
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Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago