Sorting out AI, ML, DL, and NLP


If you just returned from HIMSS this year you most likely hear one of these acronyms every hour you were there. What is the difference between them? If you google these questions you will get all kinds of definitions and explanations. Here are the basics, from the leading text book around the world, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach. To build a generally intelligent agent, you need machine learning in addition to the other aspects mentioned above.

Meet the company trying to merge the human brain and A.I. to predict real-world events


Rather than being fearful of machines rising up against humans, one company is actively trying to merge the two, by combining human intelligence with computer algorithms to predict a whole series of real-world events. Unanimous AI is a company that uses technology that draws from a concept commonly found in nature: swarm intelligence. Rather than using algorithms to replace human intelligence, the firm tries to amplify it. "The artificial swarm intelligence really refers to the way in which we actually combine humans with technology in order to come to these amplified outsets, or amplified outcomes," David Baltaxe, chief intelligence officer at Unanimous AI, said on Tuesday. Biologists and zoologists have been studying swarm intelligence in systems of insects and animals, like fishes, birds and honeybees, for a long period of time, Baltaxe told CNBC at the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference.

U.N. hears how the Fukushima disaster is transforming Japanese students into agents of change

The Japan Times

NEW YORK – For a dozen students from Futaba Future High School in Fukushima Prefecture, a recent visit to the United Nations was a chance to share their plans to improve the lives of others by drawing from their catastrophic earthquake and tsunami experiences as a source of strength. Despite overcoming enormous hurdles in the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, disaster that took more than 19,000 lives, the surviving students have moved forward with aspirations of choosing future paths to benefit the global community. "Thanks to all my experiences like getting bullied, joining the drama club and studying at my high school, I think I could grow well," Satsuki Sekine told U.N. diplomats, staff and youth representatives who gathered to hear their presentation on the current situation in Fukushima early this month as part of a scheduled visit while in New York. The 17-year-old explained how drama can be used to portray the challenges of discrimination and conflict "not as an abstract concept but with specific and visual examples." Recounting how the tsunami rendered her home unlivable, she explained how her life in Tomioka as a normal 9-year-old was turned upside down.

Swarm Optimization: Goodbye Gradients


These combinations of real-time biological systems can blend knowledge, exploration, and exploitation to unify intelligence and solve problems more efficiently. These simple agents interact locally, within their environment, and new behaviors emerge from the group as a whole. In the world of evolutionary alogirthms one such inspired method is particle swarm optimization (PSO). It is a swarm intelligence based computational technique that can be used to find an approximate solution to a problem by iteratively trying to search candidate solutions (called particles) with regard to a given measure of quality around a global optimum. The movements of the particles are guided by their own best known position in the search-space as well as the entire swarm's best known position.

Invacio Delivers Cutting-Edge Level-3 (Self-learning) Artificial Intelligence Technology - Tech Company News


Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to Invacio? A: My name is William J.D. West, and I'm the Founder of Invacio. Invacio is a cutting-edge technology company that has created a level-3 (Self-learning) artificial intelligence and is ready to bring it to the global market. Invacio's "Jean" is a state-of-the-art, multi-faceted A.I. system that can work as a stand-alone "market specific" module, or as a bigger network of more than 30 individual modules, working together to create one of the most sophisticated Artificial Intelligence platforms on Earth. Invacio brings together the world's largest repository of organized data with the most advanced A.I. technology known to man… and is working to make it accessible to EVERYONE on the planet.

Prudential's Global Head of AI on 'which algorithm to use and when'


Prudential's global head of AI, Michael Natusch, took to the stage at RE•WORK's Deep Learning in Finance event in London this week to explain the global financial services firm's approach to artificial intelligence (AI) – explaining which algorithm to use and when. Natusch gave a top level view of Prudential's thinking around what AI user interfaces to use in what situations and which algorithms should be applied, depending on the requirements for causation or correlation. He began by explaining the fundamentals of AI (see below image), stating that organisations need three fundamentals: data, intelligent agents (data scientists/algorithms) and user interfaces. Very clearly we need data. On top of data you need some sort of model that sits on top that makes sense of what's in that data.

The Near Future: See How Healthcare Tech Will Transform Our Lives


CableLabs just released a cool short film called The Near Future: A Better Place that explores how emerging technologies in healthcare will transform our daily lives. A substantial percentage of the population worldwide is over the age of 60, and it will dramatically increase in the next two decades. This really underscores the importance of healthcare advancements, and connectivity is the underlying component that will power the emerging technologies that can transform our daily lives, such as IoT, telemedicine, intelligent agents and new sensors. For example, Cookie – the little robot AI Agent in the film is an in-home companion that provides social interaction, around the clock monitoring, as well as a direct interface with the complex system of care at the hospital. With this short film, CableLabs wants to inspire you and the entire tech and healthcare industry to help make this vision a reality in the near future.