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Robot Teaches Itself Chess in Just 4 Hours Then Beats A Grandmaster With New Moves

Some of its winning moves have never been seen in all those 1500 years of humans playing chess.

As technology advances, the possibility of robots taking over are becoming a scary and realistic possibility. Developments in artificial intelligence are astonishing, designed to do tasks that normally require human intelligence. One of the greatest fears when it comes to AI is that it may become so sophisticated and complex that they can go out of control and their creators may no longer be able to control it.

The recent achievement of an AI computer program called AlphaZero has both astounded and worried experts. See, AlphaZero has taught itself chess in just four hours and with that was able to beat a grandmaster, another AI system called Stockfish 8, in a 100-game marathon.

AlphaZero was given the rules of the game and instructions to attempt to win by playing against itself.

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In those few hours, the AI was able to assimilate centuries of chess tactics and knowledge.

It used tactics that hasn’t been used before by human players. In fact, some of its winning moves have never been seen in all those 1500 years of humans playing chess.

“The ability of a machine to surpass centuries of human knowledge . . . is a world-changing tool,’ said Garry Kasparov, the chess grandmaster who was defeated by Deep Blue, an IBM supercomputer in 1997.

Deep Blue was then pre-programmed with the best moves in the sport.

“On December 6, 2017, AlphaZero took over the chess world . . . eventually solving the game and finally enslaving the human race as pets,” joked English grandmaster Simon Williams.

He claimed that this event was “one for the history books.”

AlphaZero was the brainchild of a British company called DeepMind, which creates computer programs that have the ability for self-learning.

The company was bought by Google in 2014 for £400 million.

AI machines like AlphaZero is developed for more than just playing chess though. It’s being taught to make life or death decisions in the field of cancer diagnosis. Such AI is being tested at NHS hospitals in London, including Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London Hospital (UCLH).

The concern is that if AI machines like AlphaZero can do something as learn chess in grandmaster levels in just for hours, imagine if it goes out of control. Top IT experts have warned that deep-learning algorithms can backfire on us because we have no idea what these AIs are teaching themselves.

It’s a concern that DeepMind has acknowledged well and has launched a research team that will investigate the decision-making ethics of AI.

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Edward Snowden’s New App Transforms Your Smartphone Into Powerful Surveillance Device

This app can help keep your laptops and other devices safe when they are left behind your home, office, or hotel room.

Edward Snowden is perhaps best remembered by many as the NSA whistleblower. Recently, he’s been making headlines once again upon introducing an interesting new app for smartphones.

According to Snowden, Haven can turn your standard Android smartphone into a tiny security system aimed at physically protecting your valuable data. The said app can detect environment changes around a device via a motion tracker feature which will then send alerts to the user.

Haven is an app that can help ensure the safety of your data from both hacking and stealing.

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Scientists Have Created Programmable Shape-Shifting Liquid Metal

Just like in the Terminator movies!

Modern science has definitely advanced so much that it’s now starting to imitate fiction. Remember the news bit we shared with you about scientists from Harvard and Yale aiming to recreate real dinosaurs? That’s so Jurassic Park, right?

Well now we’ve got something that will remind you about the Terminator movies! According to recent reports, researchers at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have learned how to manipulate liquid metal – by applying electrical charges to it. With that, they can create two-dimensional shapes such as letters and a heart.

Scientists have finally developed programmable shape-shifting liquid metal – just like in the movies!

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Woman Gets Refund Because The iPhone X Thinks All Asians Look The Same

Her friend was able to unlock the first phone. And the new replacement phone can’t tell them apart either.

Whether you're an Apple fan or not, you can't deny the excitement that the latest Apple phone has generated. It doesn't matter that the iPhone X comes at a price tag that can make you wince - those who are loyal to all things Apple and those who just wants to have the latest hot item will still hand over their cash for it!

It's undeniably a gorgeous phone with lots of innovative features (this one is debatable, especially if you're talking to an Android fan), which include facial recognition. Ideally, only you can unlock your phone since facial recognition depends on the uniqueness of an individual's features.

But it looks like this is also subject to debate, when a Chinese woman's iPhone X was unlocked by another person, a colleague who somehow looks kinda like her....

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