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Google launches ad-free net experiment

Google has unveiled a project that offers web users the option to pay to visit sites rather than see adverts. Dubbed Contributor, users can pay a monthly fee of between $1 to $3 for ad-free sites. When those who have paid their subscriptions visit a participating site they will see pixelated patterns replacing the adverts. It has so far signed ...

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Robots face new test of creative abilities

A US professor is proposing a new way to test whether artificial intelligence (AI) is on a par with that of humans. Currently scientists use the Turing test – named after computer scientist Alan Turing – which evaluates whether an AI can convince a judge that it is human in a conversation. Prof Mark Riedl, from the Georgia Institute of ...

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