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9 of the most jaw-dropping things Elon Musk said about robots and AI in 2017


Global competition to be the country with the most sophisticated AI will be the cause of the next world war, Musk predicts. His comment was responding to a story about Russian president Vladimir Putin predicting the country winning in artificial intelligence "will be the ruler of the world." Musk posted the warning with a photo of a poster that read "in the end, the machines will win." "I have exposure to the most cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned by it," Musk said at the National Governors Association. "AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization in a way that car accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs or bad food were not -- they were harmful to a set of individuals within society, of course, but they were not harmful to society as a whole."

Artificial Intelligence Robot 'Alisa' Nominated for Russian President


Alisa, a virtual reality assistant developed by Russia's tech giant Yandex, has been nominated to become the next president of Russia by thousands of supporters across the country. The favorite for elections scheduled for March 2018, President Vladimir Putin, announced his candidacy on Wednesday. Putin is seeking a fourth term in office which would extend his tenure into 2024. Other contenders for the presidency will likely include familiar political figures from the pro-Kremlin Communist Party and the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party, as well as new faces such as the former reality TV star Ksenia Sobchak and the business-oriented Party of Growth leader Boris Titov. It appears they will now be challenged by Alisa's progressive promise to bring "the political system of the future, built exclusively on rational decisions made on the basis of clear algorithms," the Lenta news website reported.

Google is opening an artificial intelligence center in China


"The science of AI has no borders, neither do its benefits," Fei-Fei Li, chief scientist at Google's AI business, said in a blog post Wednesday announcing the new center. But China's internet borders are fortified by the so-called Great Firewall, and most of Google's biggest products -- its search engine, YouTube and Gmail -- have been blocked by the country's vast censorship apparatus for years. Google (GOOGL) effectively left China in 2010, but the country's 730 million internet users make it too large a market to ignore. The company has made no secret of its desire to find ways to rebuild its presence there. Related: Google's man-versus-machine showdown blocked in China Its artificial intelligence unit DeepMind teamed up with Chinese authorities to hold a five-day festival in the country earlier this year.

Create Twitter WordCloud with just 40 lines of RCode


Guess whose twitter handle gives this word cloud? You are right, that is Andrew Ng tweeting about his new Deep Learning course on Coursera! It's always fun to see data in action; isn't it? Let's try and create a similar wordcloud for three world leaders, viz. A wordcloud is a data visualisation technique in which the size of each word indicates its frequency or importance in the associated text (i.e., the more times a word appears in the corpus, the bigger the word) Since you are interested in creating a wordcloud from twitter handles using R, I will safely assume you have both, a Twitter account to your name, and RStudio installed on your machine.

UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence - The Official Portal of the UAE Government


In October 2017, the UAE Government launched'UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (AI)'. This marks the post-mobile government phase which will rely on various future services, sectors and infrastructure projects.

Putin believes that whatever country has the best AI will be 'the ruler of the world'


Russian president Vladimir Putin believes that in the future, the country that leads in artificial intelligence (AI) could dominate the world. According to a report by Russian state-funded organisation RT (which we first saw via The Verge), Putin told students that "artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all of humankind." "It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict," he said. "Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world." That's why Russia will share its know-how in artificial intelligence with other nations.

AI Is The Future Of Computing, And SingularityNET Is The Future Of AI


What happens when you create an open AI marketplace that can learn from itself? Remember Sophia, the humanoid robot who was granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia? From the general media hubbub to the discussion surrounding the Saudi government's treatment of women's rights, the landmark event caused quite a stir across the web. But behind all that buzz, SingularityNET, whose artificial intelligence technology powers the robot built by Hanson Robotics, has been working to completely revolutionize web as we understand it. In some sense, the premise behind SingularityNET is fairly simple.

SoftBank's Son remains confident over Saudi investment in Vision Fund amid crackdown

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Billionaire Masayoshi Son may be getting closer to achieving his dream of making SoftBank Group Corp. the world's biggest investor in technologies, thanks in part to the main patron of Son's $100 billion (¥11.3 The Saudi prince has been the largest investor in the SoftBank Vision Fund, contributing almost half of the money Son has been raising to accelerate his dealmaking around the world. And since November, Salman has been at the center of an unprecedented purge of officials and political rivals in the oil-rich nation, leading to a consolidation of his power. A stronger Salman could mean steady flows of Saudi money into the fund, which allows SoftBank to make investments without adding to its heavy debt load and offering the potential for those investments to generate revenues to pay down the burden. At the same time, any unforeseen reversal in the prince's fortunes may raise questions about the sustainability of his investments.

Russian AI Alisa wins backing of 40,000 in election run-up

Daily Mail

Russia's next president could be an artificially intelligent robot that claims'enemies of the people will be shot'. Forty thousand Russians have nominated a piece of AI software on their phones to stand against Vladimir Putin for the 2018 Russian presidency. The AI assistant known as Alisa, similar to the Apple's voice-activated Siri, was created by Russian technology company Yandex. Russia's next president could be an artificially intelligent robot that claims'enemies of the people will be shot'. Since the AI's launch in September, Alisa has stirred controversy on social media, with users sharing a series of contentious statements from the software.

3 Keys to Winning the Great Artificial Intelligence (AI) War! – InFocus Blog Dell EMC Services


There is a war a-brewin', but this war will be fought with wits and not brute strength. Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin's declaration that "the nation that leads in AI (Artificial Intelligence) will be the ruler of the world," the press and analysts have created hysteria regarding the ramifications of artificial intelligence on everything from public education to unemployment to healthcare to Skynet. Note: artificial intelligence (AI) endows applications with the ability to automatically learn and adapt from experience via interacting with the surroundings / environment. See the blog "Artificial Intelligence is not Fake Intelligence" for a more detailed explanation on artificial intelligence and machine learning. The Fast Company article "How to Stop Worrying and Love the Great AI War of 2018," projected that the AI battle would ultimately boil down between the "AI Big 6": Alphabet/Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft.