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) …
The human brain contains between 100 million and 100 billion neurons that process information from the senses and body and send messages back to the body. Thus, human intelligence is one of the most intriguing concepts many AI scientists are looking to replicate. A team of researchers at the new EBRAINS research infrastructure are building robots whose internal workings mimic the brain that would bring new concepts on the neural mechanisms. Led by Cyriel Pennartz, a Professor of Cognition and Systems Neurosciences at the University of Amsterdam, the team includes cognitive neuroscientists, computational modelers, and roboticists who came together to create complex neural network architectures for perception. This architecture is built based on real-life data from rats.
Engaged couples are forced to postpone their weddings due to social distancing measures. Some couples know the value of a dollar. Or in Sian Taylor's case, she and her fiancé Andy know the value of a pound. The young couple got engaged in the U.K. back in May and have been planning their nuptials, which Taylor has been documenting on TikTok. Throughout the planning process, Taylor realized various wedding services and supplies can quickly rack up a large price tag.
Cambridge-based business Better Origin has developed a product that it claims uses insects to'naturally convert' food waste into animal feed. Although it claims the conversion to be natural, the technology harnesses the power of AI and is fully autonomous. The product functions by feeding the food waste to insects, which are then used by farmers to feed their livestock. The human population is forecast to surpass nine billion by 2050, with food production needing to increase by 70% to increase demand. Better Origin argues that its solution to food waste promotes a circular food system; with waste being consumed by insects to then feed animals, increasing the food supply to humans in a sustainable way.
This podcast was created, and is run by, Ben Byford and collaborators. Over the last few years the podcast has grown into a place of discussion and dissemination of important ideas, not only in AI but in tech ethics generally. The goal is to promote debate concerning technology and society, and to foster the production of technology (and in particular: decision making algorithms) that promote human ideals. Ben Byford is a AI ethics consultant, code, design and data science teacher, freelance games designer with over 10 years of design and coding experience building websites, apps, and games. In 2015 he began talking on AI ethics and started the Machine Ethics podcast.
Thus, Big Data and Machine learning in the current scenario are very closely interrelated. India has diverse and large amounts of data given the population. AI remains a crucial element of innovation, infrastructure, jobs, skill market and strategic interests of the country whose need has escalated even more due to the pandemic. However, there is an absence of any big data repository, guidelines for usage of big data and the Regulation of AI in India, thus, making it hard to deduce a trend of AI friendly technological ecosystem in the country. It's impossible to approach AI and Big data trends without considering legal implications and accountability for its application.
The News: HOUSTON – June 21, 2021 – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced that it has acquired Determined AI, a San Francisco-based startup that delivers a powerful and robust software stack to train AI models faster, at any scale, using its open source machine learning (ML) platform. HPE will combine Determined AI's unique software solution with its world-leading AI and high performance computing (HPC) offerings to enable ML engineers to easily implement and train machine learning models to provide faster and more accurate insights from their data in almost every industry. Analyst Take: HPE opened up its big Discover 2021 week with a handful of announcements. The deal size wasn't disclosed, but I immediately see this deal as a strategic capability to add to the company's HPC and AI portfolio and something that will be well suited to be incorporated into the company's as-a-service ambitions. Furthermore, the Determined AI acquisition comes at an opportune moment as HPE continues to accelerate the process of transforming its entire portfolio to consumption services as part of its GreenLake portfolio.
AI has the potential to deliver real value in business, creating unprecedented efficiencies across countless processes. But is South Africa's industry ready? In the 1964 children's novel by British author Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie's dad, Mr Bucket, loses his job when the factory where he works is mechanised. Once responsible for screwing the lids onto tubes of toothpaste, he gets laid off because a robot is able to perform his job more cheaply and efficiently. This trope of man being replaced by machine often comes up in discussions about artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential impact on our world and workforce.
Everyone nowadays uses social media regularly. As a result, many of us could also be considered screen addicts. This is why businesses are keen to capitalise on our continual interaction with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. As a result, an increasing number of businesses are adopting artificial intelligence in social media strategies to better engage with potential clients. Because of AI technologies like recommendation engines and chatbots, a single click may influence what alerts appear on our social media accounts – posts, adverts, friend suggestions, and more.
Ransomware is being continually mentioned in the daily news and appears to be an unstoppable fiendish craze. Perhaps the recent attack of ransomware on the Colonial Pipeline received the most rapt attention since it led to concerns over gasoline shortages and caused quite a stir among the general public. When ransomware is used against a particular bank or hospital or school, this normally doesn't have quite the same widespread disruption as did the fuel pipeline incident. The thing is, we are probably going to see a lot more ransomware being fielded and doing so against all manner of businesses and governmental entities. Some would assert that we are only so far at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ransomware hacks. Part of the reason why you can expect more use of ransomware is that it is relatively easy for an evildoer to deploy the computer hacking scourge. Whereas the perpetrator used to need to have some keen computer skills, that's not the case anymore. Sadly, ransomware programs can be cheaply purchased online via the so-called dark web, opening the floodgates to just about any determined villain. As a point of clarification, not every use of ransomware is successful.