China isn't just investing heavily in AI--its experts aim to set the global standards for the technology as well. Academics, industry researchers, and government experts gathered in Beijing last November to discuss AI policy issues. The resulting document, published in Chinese recently, shows that the country's experts are thinking in detail about the technology's potential impact. Together with the Chinese government's strategic plan for AI, it also suggests that China plans to play a role in setting technical standards for AI going forward. Chinese companies would be required to adhere to these standards, and as the technology spreads globally, this could help China influence the technology's course.
The long fly ball in baseball is a thing of beauty. Spectators hold their breath as the ball arcs gracefully into the sky and then hurtles towards the outfield with a uniformed player in pursuit. Sometimes it ends up nestling gracefully in the hollow of an outstretched glove. When it works, it seems like a simple act, but catching success asks a fascinating question: how do baseball outfielders coordinate their run perfectly to take a long fly ball? The answer reveals something about the way our brains work and gives us an insight into the future of machine learning.
"AI is the most important issue shaping society," said veteran venture investor Ted Dintersmith. Our new paper on the implications of artificial intelligence concluded, "Code that learns will prove to be humankind's greatest invention." Concerned that the country wasn't mobilizing for the automation economy, Ted left his fund, and produced a movie, Most Likely to Succeed, to name the problem. He visited all 50 states hosting conversations about what's happening, what it means, and how to prepare. "If we don't address the problem, we'll have a lot of angry, alienated people on our hands.
Musk, prodded along by Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan, started by talking about his goals for SpaceX and the future of interstellar travel. Audience members submitted questions on a private network, and the first asked how everyday people could help get humans to Mars. Musk's answer essentially boiled down to, "I appreciate your support, but I got this." Though Musk has his hand in myriad industries -- transportation, energy, artificial intelligence and space, to name a few -- interplanetary travel was the star of the conversation. Early on, the lights dimmed as Nolan introduced the Falcon Heavy & Starman video that hit YouTube over the weekend, highlighting the recent, successful Falcon Heavy launch that put a Tesla in space.
Consumers have quickly become the most disruptive force in today's consumer products industry. With a rise in demand, companies must rely on automation, artificial intelligence and other innovative technologies to transform the way they make, move and market products. From product design and manufacturing to data and consumer behavior, this panel will discuss the significance of AI in industries today and what's in store for the future.