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If artificial intelligence (AI) can beat the greatest strategy champions at their own games, will it reach a point where it can beat a lawyer at the practice of law?

Raymond "Ray" Kurzweil (/ˈkɜːrzwaɪl/ kurz-wyl; born February 12, 1948) is an American author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist. Aside from futurology, he is involved in fields such as optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. He has written books on health, artificial intelligence (AI), transhumanism, the technological singularity, and futurism. Kurzweil is a public advocate for the futurist and…

Computers that simply do the sames things faster and faster are becoming boring. Been there, done that. But a device that can detect and interpret your emotions? Or intelligently organize a meeting, knowing that one of the participants is jogging at the time? That’s a more interesting proposition. Intel, perhaps surprisingly, is working on both. At the Intel Developer Forum this week, the chip giant has serious business on tap...

Designing Collective Behavior in a Termite-Inspired Robotic Construction Team Published on Feb 13, 2014 A team of computer scientists and engineers at Harvard University has created an autonomous robotic construction crew. The system needs no supervisor, no eye in the sky, no blueprint, and no communication: just simple robots—any number of robots—and a very smart algorithm.

We really DO have internet on the brain: Researchers find neural 'wiring' is similar to structure of online networks [Neurotechnology: http://futuristicnews.com/tag/brain/ Neuroscience Books: http://futuristicshop.com/category/neuroscience-books-neurotechnology-books/]

We don’t know how to make software that learns without explicit instruction—but we need to if dreams of humanlike AI are to come true.

Light-speed interconnects may lead to ultra-high-speed computers | Light waves trapped on a metal’s surface (surface plasmons) travel farther than expected, up to 250 micrometers from the source — which may be far enough to create ultra-fast nanoelectronic circuits, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have discovered. [The Future of Computers: http://futuristicnews.com/tag/future-computer/ Optical Computers: http://futuristicnews.com/tag/optical-computer/]

Deadline for proposals: January 18, 2013 The program committee of We Robot: Getting Down To Business invites submissions from legal scholars and roboticists to the second annual conference on robotics and the law, scheduled to take place April 8-9, 2013 at Stanford Law School.

The AI Challenge The challenge of creating machine-based, sentient life could not be more profound. But if we reduce intelligence to multi-layered recognition and reaction to a series of inputs, a road map to AI becomes somewhat clearer.

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