Scientists identify possible source of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ in the brain

Scientists have identified mechanisms in the human brain that could help explain the phenomenon of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ – the unsettling feeling we get from robots and virtual agents that are too human-like. They have also shown that some people respond more adversely to human-like agents than others.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 1, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: robotics spotlight-on-artificial-intelligence spotlight-on-neuroscience

Driverless cars working together can speed up traffic by 35 percent

A fleet of driverless cars working together to keep traffic moving smoothly can improve overall traffic flow by at least 35 percent, researchers have shown.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  artificial-intelligence-ai  spotlight-on-artificial-intelligence  computer-science  algorithm  driverless-cars  transport

Machine learning predicts mechanical properties of porous materials

Machine learning can be used to predict the properties of a group of materials which, according to some, could be as important to the 21st century as plastics were to the 20th.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 15, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence-ai spotlight-on-artificial-intelligence machine-learning advanced-materials spotlight-on-advanced-materials

AI: Life in the age of intelligent machines

In a new film, leading Cambridge University researchers discuss the far-reaching advances offered by artificial intelligence – and consider the consequences of developing systems that think far beyond human abilities.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 22, 2019 ~3 min

Tags:  robotics  engineering  artificial-intelligence-ai  spotlight-on-artificial-intelligence  machine-learning  spotlight-on-work  labour

Using AI to avert ‘environmental catastrophe’

A new Centre at the University of Cambridge will develop AI techniques to help address some of the biggest threats facing the planet. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 21, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence-ai spotlight-on-artificial-intelligence machine-learning environment spotlight-on-sustainability-and-the-environment

AI system may accelerate search for cancer discoveries

Searching through the mountains of published cancer research could be made easier for scientists, thanks to a new AI system. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 27, 2018 ~4 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence-ai spotlight-on-artificial-intelligence spotlight-on-cancer cancer language-sciences linguistics natural-language-processing spotlight-on-language-sciences

Multi-million pound initiative from Microsoft to support AI research at Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is joining with Microsoft to help tackle the problem of ‘brain drain’ in AI and machine learning research.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 31, 2018 ~4 min

Tags: engineering spotlight-on-artificial-intelligence

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