DeepMind developing an artificial intelligence with imagination


DeepMind, a British artificial intelligence firm acquired by Google in 2014, is building an AI capable of “imagination” and understanding the consequences of previous actions.

In two research papers submitted last week, DeepMind describes how the AI would be able to “construct a plan” and remember information that may be important in the future.

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“What differentiates these agents is that they learn a model of the world from noisy sensory data, rather than rely on privileged information such as a pre-specified, accurate simulator,” said the DeepMind research team to Wired.

“Imagination-based approaches are particularly helpful in situations where the agent is in a new situation and has little direct experience to rely on, or when its actions have irreversible consequences and thinking carefully is desirable over spontaneous action.”

Like most of DeepMind’s research, it used video games to test the AI’s proficiency. The AI played Sokoban, a puzzle game, without knowing the rules. In the video (below), as the AI begins to understand how the game is won, it becomes more accurate and moves faster.

DeepMind said the new AI showed “improved data efficiency, performance, and robustness to model misspecification compared to several baselines.”

In 2015, DeepMind showed its Deep Q-learning AI figuring out how to play Atari breakout. After 120 minutes, it had become an ‘expert’ at the game, capable of breaking all the blocks without missing.

The company is most commonly known for its AlphaGo AI, which defeated many human champions of the abstract strategy board game Go. DeepMind has not said if it will build another competitive AI agent in the future, for other strategy games like chess or shogi.

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BT, Intercede and Imagination offer ‘trust continuum’ for IoT security

Imagination, a global technology company, and Intercede, a digital identity and credentials expert, have partnered to demonstrate a “trust continuum” focusing on enhanced Internet of Things (IoT) security at BT’s bi-annual Innovation 2017 event.

The parties demonstrated how an end-to-end chain of trust is established via the home gateway by architecting systems-on-chips (SoCs) for home gateway routers to enable them to become secure, intelligent hubs for all IoT devices and services within the home while also providing operators and their IoT providers dynamic deployment, provisioning, and management of these services. It provides assurance that a connected device is on a trusted path running authentic manufacturer-installed software, and operating in its intended state.

Efforts are also put forth to define the APIs necessary to ensure hardware-enforced, end-to-end security in the evolving service-based economy, with the first of those APIs imminently being rolled out for peer review.

The demonstration also sheds light on Imagination’s OmniShield enabled MIPS CPUs supporting multiple isolated Trusted Runtime Environments, Intercede’s powerful MyTAM client and mobile app, L4Re hypervisor from Kernkonzept, and a MIPS-based SoC from Baikal Electronics.

Elsewhere, ENISA has published an IoT security proposal which argues: “A European scheme for certification and the development of an associated trust label should be evaluated, to ensure that reliable security processes and services are being developed to support industry in implementing security features in their products to encourage the development of mandatory staged requirements for security and privacy in the IoT, including some minimal requirements. These common principles should be considered in future revisions and new legislative initiatives.”

Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director at ENISA, said: “Trusted solutions and a common defined level for the security and privacy of connected and smart devices is both recommended and needed, to allow Europe to reap the benefits of soon to become ubiquitous technologies.” Latest from the homepage

Imagine Blue – From Imagination to Innovation (sponsored)

The Bluetooth Imagine Blue Awards highlight the work and imaginations of creators, developers and students using Bluetooth® technology to solve the world’s biggest challenges. Applicants entered in two categories—Prototype and Student—with the chance to win cash prizes ranging from $ 5,000 to $ 10,000 USD to help take their inventions to market. The Bluetooth SIG received hundreds of applications and a panel of judges narrowed down to five finalists in each category. Prototype finalists will be displayed in the Bluetooth SIG booth (booth 17) at Bluetooth World.  Winners of both categories will be announced from Bluetooth World on 28 March. Finalists include:

Beeem (Beem Technologies) enables Bluetooth beacons to broadcast cloud-connected, fully functioning webpages for users to access more information and purchasing capabilities for any object, place or event.

Touch Beacon (Novalia) brings touch-based, interactive consumer digital experiences to virtually any printed material via Bluetooth connectivity and beacons.

TrackR atlas (TrackR) creates a virtual floor plan of users’ homes and helps track frequently misplaced items via a small, plug-in Bluetooth proximity device.

Cassia TeleHealth Solution (Cassia Networks) connects the Cassia Bluetooth router with smart medical equipment to create a more effective and automated IoT telehealth solution for at-home care.

Tempow multi streaming audio (Tempow) uses local multi-casting capabilities to connect one smartphone to several Bluetooth audio devices for one synced output.

The Student finalists include ArriveAwake-ArriveAlive from Ashton Cofer, Bluejay from Sara Du, Magic Knock from Kento Sasamoto, OperaBLE from Celia Garrido-Hidalgo and DeMeter from Gary Dusek.

This post is running as part of a media partnership between Stacey on IoT and The Bluetooth SIG.

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Internet of things – beyond our current imagination | Ashkan Fardost | TEDxÖstersund

Internet of things - beyond our current imagination | Ashkan Fardost | TEDxÖstersund

Ashkan talks about internet of things, what we can expect in the future and how far the development has come.

Ashkan is an active speaker, writer, workshop leader and consultant, who is also a scientist in the research labs of Uppsala University, within the fields of organic and medicinal chemistry. The core theme of his talk at TEDx Östersund is how the internet of things can improve societies and economies of all shapes and sizes, on a magnitude beyond our current imagination.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at