IBM's fast-talking AI machine just lost to a human champion in a live debate


San Francisco (CNN Business)People are great at arguing. But a project from IBM shows that computers are getting quite good at it, too. On Monday, Harish Natarajan, a grand finalist in 2016's World Debating Championships, faced off against IBM's Project Debater -- a computer touted by the company as the first artificial-intelligence system built to meaningfully debate humans. Natarajan won, but the computer demonstrated the increasingly complex arguments that AI is starting to make. Project Debater, which has been in the works since 2012, is designed to come up with coherent, convincing speeches of its own, while taking in the arguments of a human opponent and creating its own rebuttal.

Data Management for Artificial Intelligence


Machine learning systems don't just extract insights from the data they are fed, as traditional analytics do. They actually change the underlying algorithm based on what they learn from the data. So the "garbage in, garbage out" truism that applies to all analytic pursuits is truer than ever. Few companies are already using AI, but 72 percent of business leaders responding to a PWC survey say it will be fundamental in the future. Now is the time for executives, particularly the chief data officer, to decide on data management strategy, technology and best practices that will be essential for continued success.

AI 'creating more jobs than it is replacing'


Here at Newsflash Online, we know that there has been a lot of concern from some quarters concerning the potential of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) to replace human jobs. A new survey suggests, however, that those businesses that were currently rolling out AI were also more likely to be recruiting people as they did so. The survey, carried out by Dun & Bradstreet at the AI World Conference and Expo in Boston, found that 40% of such companies were adding new jobs and actively recruiting. A fifth of companies surveyed in full AI deployment Most companies surveyed had moved beyond the awareness and early adoption stages and were now involved in the implementation of AI. 20% were at the stage of full deployment. As the survey was carried out at an AI conference, respondents were always likely to be more advanced than businesses as a whole.

Is The Green New Deal Sustainable? – Becoming Human: Artificial Intelligence Magazine


This week Washington DC was abuzz with news that had nothing to do with the occupant of The While House. A group of progressive legislators, led by Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, in the House of Representatives, introduced "The Green New Deal." The resolution by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was in response to the alarming Fourth National Climate Assessment by aiming to reduce global "greenhouse gas emissions from human sources of 40 to 60 percent from 2010 levels by 2030; and net-zero global emissions by 2050." While the bill is largely targeting the transportation industry, many proponents suggest that it would be more impactful, and healthier, to curb America's insatiable appetite for animal agriculture. In a recent BBC report, "Food production accounts for one-quarter to one-third of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and the brunt of responsibility for those numbers falls to the livestock industry."

PewDiePie enlists Elon Musk to host Meme Review in last ditch effort to beat T-Series

The Independent

The battle between PewDiePie and T-Series to be the world's most popular YouTube channel has taken a bizarre turn, after billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk revealed he hosted PewDiePie's'meme review'. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjelberg, has been the top channel on the world's most popular video-sharing platform since 2013. His dominance has been challenged in recent months by the Indian channel, which posts Bollywood film trailers and music videos. The rise of T-Series has proved controversial within some corners of the YouTube community, seen as a David vs Goliath-style contest between an independent creator and a major corporate brand. For PewDiePie supporters, T-Series' popularity reflects a perceived shift in YouTube's focus towards larger brands that have more potential for generating revenue.

Huawei founder says 'no way the US can crush us'

The Independent

The founder of Huawei has said that the firm can withstand attempts by foreign governments to shut out the Chinese technology giant. Ren Zhengfei said US was attempting to "crush" his company by encouraging allies not to use Huawei-made equipment. He warned that by turning their back on Huawei they risked falling behind in areas like 5G rollout, which Huawei has helped pioneer in recent years. "There's no way the US can crush us," he told the BBC. "The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced. Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit."

iPhone group calls still not working properly after FaceTime bug update

The Independent

Group FaceTime calls on the iPhone and other Apple products are still not working properly, after the company rushed to fix a major bug. Earlier this month, it emerged that it was possible to listen in on people through their iPhone by exploiting a bug in FaceTime, the app used to make audio and video calls over the internet. By adding someone into a group conversation, their phone would start ringing – and during that entire time, the microphone would be switched on and allow the caller to hear everything a person was doing. Apple rushed to fix that bug, first by switching off the service entirely and then pushing out a software update that stopped it happening. But that update has still left some problems and the calls are not working entirely since the update was released.

Apple acquires artificial intelligence voice startup PullString: report


Apple has reportedly acquired PullString, an artificial intelligence (AI) startup for at least $30 million. According to Axios, the iPad and iPhone maker snapped up PullString likely due to the startup's specialization in AI and the voice, technologies used in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and smart home assistants, such as Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft's Cortana. Founded in 2011, PullString -- formerly ToyTalk -- is based in San Francisco. The startup previously raised $44.8 million through four funding rounds including investors such as CRV, True Ventures, and Greylock Partners. PullString is the brainchild of former Pixar executives Renee Adams and Oren Jacob.

In China, some parents seek an edge with genetic testing for tots

MIT Technology Review

In Shenzhen, even kindergartners have homework. You can see it in the workbook-laden backpacks weighing them down as they waddle through the school gates at 8 a.m. and back out again at 5 p.m. Many are not headed home yet. There are dance classes, piano lessons, English tutors, kung-fu sessions to get to. After classes, after dinner, it is time to tackle that homework.

Now is your chance to save over £500 on a Flymo robotic lawn mower


If your garden is your pride and joy, then you'll know that it takes a lot of work to maintain. It doesn't have to be this way, though. The lawn is the jewel of any impressive garden. There really is something special about a perfectly manicured lawn, especially when you know the owner has probably put hours into its upkeep. You can cut that time considerably with a robotic lawn mower.