Worried AI will replace your job?Here’s an explainer to prepare for that day

Machines are expected to excel humans in language translation by 2024, in writing high-school essays by 2026, in driving a truck by 2027, and working in retail service jobs by 2031, according to research by Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute and Yale University. By 2049, machines will be able to write a bestseller, and […]

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The biggest limitation of artificial intelligence is it’s only as smart as the data sets served

“The mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardise it,” said Hal the computer to the astronauts in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The artificial intelligence (AI) race has taken on the portentous public relations spectre of the Soviet-USA race to the moon, or to build the first atomic bomb. Periodic announcements of […]

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Scientists unlock secret of Malaysia’s proboscis monkeys

There is a secret to Sabah’s iconic male proboscis monkeys – when they become bigger, so will their body and testicles. But more importantly, the males with a bigger nose can attract more females. According to a scientific study, there is a clear link between the nose sizes of the males and the number of […]

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How old do you think you are? Chinese researchers create test for ‘biological’ age

Chinese researchers say they have come up with a simple way to find out a person’s biological age – how much the body has aged physically – through a urine test. Their findings will help researchers conduct large-scale ageing studies and even predict a person’s risk of age-related diseases, according to a paper published in […]

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China’s race for the mother of all supercomputers just got more crowded

Long considered the Holy Grail for nations, quantum computing is poised to move on the fast track in China as the mainland’s internet giants pour new investment into this field, boosting efforts by the country to become a hi-tech innovation powerhouse. Baidu, Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings – the Chinese internet triumvirate known by […]

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Microsoft bot expertly translates news from Chinese to English

Journalists with bilingual skills may see their days numbered after Microsoft said it hit a “historic milestone” in developing a machine to match human level translation of news from Chinese to English. A team of Microsoft researchers said on Wednesday they have developed the first machine translation system that has the same quality and accuracy […]

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