Building a stairway to the singularity

| Sep 3, 2016

Building a stairway to the singularity

by

A computer’s victory over a human go master this past March reminds us of the pending “singularity” — the rapidly approaching moment in time when artificial intelligence overtakes human intelligence. Machines will learn, and we won’t be their teachers. Are we prepared for it? ...

Fukuoka inn taps 'Internet of Things' fad for smartphone crowd

Aug 21, 2016

Fukuoka inn taps 'Internet of Things' fad for smartphone crowd

A small hotel in the city of Fukuoka is adopting “Internet of Things” technology so some of its guests can adjust their room conditions via smartphone. And Hostel opened Friday as Japan’s first inn to fully use IoT technology, the operator said. Sony Corp., ...

Rise of the machines: Keep an eye on AI, say experts

Mar 13, 2016

Rise of the machines: Keep an eye on AI, say experts

A Google computer’s stunning 3-0 victory in a Man-vs-Machine face-off over the ultimate board game highlights the need to keep Artificial Intelligence under human control, experts said Saturday. The partly self-taught AlphaGo program’s defeat of go grandmaster Lee Sedol showed AI was progressing faster ...

Feb 6, 2016

Science and technology plan

Hopefully the government's new five-year plan for science and technology plan will reverse a disturbing decrease in the quality and quantity of Japanese research.