If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Deep learning is changing the way we use and think about machines. Current incarnations are better than humans at all kinds of tasks, from chess and Go to face recognition and object recognition. In particular, humans have the extraordinary ability to constantly update their memories with the most important knowledge while overwriting information that is no longer useful. The world provides a never-ending source of data, much of which is irrelevant to the tricky business of survival, and most of which is impossible to store in a limited memory. So humans and other creatures have evolved ways to retain important skills while forgetting irrelevant ones.
It's the golden age of artificial intelligence (AI), a.k.a. But like every golden age, there's a gold rush-like buzz in the air that makes it hard to tell what's hype and what's not; what's actually happening now vs. what will happen later (or not at all). What should we pay attention to… and how do we know where to look? And what should every business be thinking about? Andreessen Horowitz operating partner and head of the deal and research team Frank Chen reflects on all this and more, in this talk delivered at our most recent annual a16z Summit, which took place November 2017.
I wrote not too long ago that there is obviously a tech bubble and pointed to subscription companies as proof. Economist Matthew Martin posted recently on twitter that these subscription companies are not "tech startups", because subscription companies "go way back and there has been essentially no innovation". On the one hand, I'm happy to say "fine they are just startups and what I mean is there is a startup bubble". I don't really care about quibbling over the definition of a tech company, and my point is that there is bubbly corner of the economy filled with startups and many of them look alike, whatever you want to call them. On the other hand, no, I am right.
"An AI would provide the equivalent of a'Messiah' – having many orders of magnitude more processing elements than the brain" Mr Mitchell claims the same drive that compels people to believe in God and follow religions will work for Artificial Intelligence. He explained: "We [believe] there must be some higher power that causes lightning, sunsets, and crashing waves – or at least speaks to the bottom of our beings, rather than ignore them as ho-hum background." Dr. Stephen Thaler, the President and CEO of Imagination Engines and an AI and consciousness expert, has claimed people will rely on AI to provide solutions to society's problems. "An AI would provide the equivalent of a'Messiah' – having many orders of magnitude more processing elements than the brain, enabling it to gift us with solutions to the most daunting social, political, economic, and environmental challenges," he said.
The other day I received a voice notification that my Amazon order for Vitamin D pills (getting ready for a Portland winter) had shipped and was en route to my home. It was a simple gesture that was also communicated via email. But for someone who sends billions of notifications a day, the voice alert got my juices flowing because it represented an exciting future that's starting to come into view. After years of science fiction exposing us to the idea of voice-powered apparatus, we finally live in an era where smart speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home and other devices (like Apple's forthcoming HomePod) are at our beck and call to deliver news, music and movies in one moment and then, a few seconds later, change the temperature of our living room. And get ready for more notifications.
Ask anyone what Google is and the most likely answer will be that it's a search engine, which is pretty hard to argue with. The tech giant's most important platform is called Google Search, where people type in queries and get search results in return. Except the nature of search is drastically changing, as Google further integrates machine learning and artificial intelligence into everything it does. We now get personalised search results based on our location, user history and content preferences. We get content recommendations popping up on our phones and alerts for the latest news, sports results and travel updates.
Artificial intelligence has become a part of our life – its objectively huge potential is now obvious to everyone, more and more is being said about innovative products that give an idea of an AI-operated world of the future, but less so, about the risks associated with the introduction of such technologies – primarily because they are not considered relevant yet. Nevertheless, while developing solutions for data protection with the introduction of AI, we can confidently say that the relevance of these risks will become a problem not in years, but months from now. Starting with the fact that along with promising technological trends - machine learning and AI - the technologies of cyberthreats grow and develop at the same pace, if not faster – recent cases of WannaCry and NonPetya only prove that. AI algorithms, with all their advantages, have a fundamental problem – data sensitivity. The general weakness with most of the algorithms created so far is that they are trained not to understand information, but to recognize the right answers.
THIS is part of my ongoing series on technology and real estate. The focus is on artificial intelligence (AI), which has been casting a dark shadow on the Philippine business-process outsourcing (BPO) industry. According to the Oxford dictionary, AI is "the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making and translation between languages." Artificial intelligence has great potential to disrupt existing industries and traditional work practices across the world. And the Philippines is no exception.
There's only one constant in business – and that's that things change. And that change has been accelerating in recent years. Businesses have had to adjust to new ways of doing things, most of them related to the digital transformation that business, and the world, has experienced in recent years. From artificial intelligence (AI), to blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT), new digital technologies are having a major impact on business – and that impact will only grow in 2018. And companies can't afford to ignore the trend.
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