Steven Croft, the Lord Bishop of Oxford, who is a member of the House of Lords' Artificial Intelligence Committee, said jobs would be lost as more "mundane tasks" become automated. His comments come as experts have warned robots could take over from humans as developments in artificial intelligence threaten to become smarter than those who create it. Speaking on Sunday on BBC Radio 4, Dr Croft said issues needed to be tackled including our use of data. Asked where future pressure points could arise, he said: "The first one I would say is data and the issue of control of our data, which is really slightly out of control at the moment and the Government is proposing new legislation this year to catch up with the technology.
Now, however, researchers at MIT have started using radio signals and artificial intelligence algorithms to analyze patients' sleep stages without physical sensors and they're reporting a high rate of accuracy. While other systems use radio signals to monitor sleep, this is the first study that claims a high rate of accuracy (80 percent) as measured against EEG recordings. The RF signals gather some irrelevant information when tracking sleep, so the MIT team had to come up with new algorithms to help separate out the important data. The new sleep monitoring system uses deep neural networks and unique, MIT-written AI algorithms to analyze the data to translate the raw information to valuable sleep data.
Researchers have devised a new way to monitor sleep stages without sensors attached to the body. Their device uses an advanced artificial intelligence algorithm to analyze the radio signals around the person and translate those measurements into sleep stages: light, deep, or rapid eye movement (REM).
On Inside Business this week we discuss Artificial Intelligence and ask how it's going to affect our lives, and see how Northern Ireland is involved? We are joined by; Austin Tanney, head of life science at Analytics Engines; Dr Michaela Black, head of computing and intelligent systems at Ulster University; Queen's student Rachael Coulter, who has attended an AI Camp this summer; and Tom Gray, head of digital at Catapult NI. Also on the programme is Belfast-born Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield.
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Like so many other things Amazon Echo Show can do, making calls starts with the Alexa app on your smartphone. The device is also a good digital photo frame if you store you images with Amazon (unlimited with a Prime account). You can also choose any image to save as your Echo Show home screen background. In the Alexa App, I connected my Sirius XM account to the Alexa app and now I can ask the Show to play music from one of the many Sirius channels, provided I know the exact name -- otherwise, Alexa can't help me.
Starting today, SiriusXM subscribers will be able to play any of the radio's available channels through their Alexa devices, depending on the package they're subscribed to. Howard Stern announced the news this morning on SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show. Amazon's and Google's focus on making their smart speakers helpful with a number of services is different from their recently announced competitor, Apple's HomePod. For example, all of you Parrotheads out there, to listen to your favorite channel, all you have to do is say "Alexa, play Radio Margaritaville on SiriusXM."
The satellite radio subscription service today joins the offerings on Amazon's Echo speaker, with its 200 channels that include music, sports and talk show host Howard Stern. Sirius joins Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeart Radio and TuneIn radio as music choices customers can request by voice. Siri, on the iPhone, can open up and play songs from Apple Music, while Google's Echo-like Home speaker, can play music from Google-owned YouTube, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn and iHeart Radio. With the Sirius channels, Echo customers will need to know which specific station they want to listen to, as there's no current way to scroll up and down the station lineup like there is on satellite radio.