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How intelligent is artificial intelligence?

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Despite the rule "never start with a disclaimer", let me do exactly this: there is no universally accepted definition of intelligence, nor an always-applicable test for it. However, in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) we are confronted with the task to define the level of performance of an AI. Due to the fact that AI bases on computers, we could use the typical parameters, such as availability, response time, throughput, floating point operations per second, instructions per second, etc. Although such parameters are important for an AI computer too, they do not represent the adequate framework to conclude on an AI's intelligence. The reason for this is that a slow computer with smart algorithms seems to be "more intelligent" than a fast computer with circuitous ones.


French e-commerce company buys Israeli AI startup Sigmento

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Akeneo, a French e-commerce company, said Thursday it has acquired Sigmento, an Israeli startup that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help online vendors better describe their products. "This was a technology-based acquisition," said Fred de Gombert, co-founder and CEO of Akeneo in a phone interview. The brand that will succeed in the future will be the one "that masters the product experience," he said, by describing the product successfully for every kind of search and on every platform including social media, virtual marketplaces, and voice assistants. Get The Start-Up Israel's Daily Start-Up by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up "Sigmento was able to demonstrate success in this area on a large scale," said de Gombert. "For us, this was a critical consideration.


Chinese start-up develops AR glasses with facial recognition AI

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Imagine meeting someone you should know but whose name you can't recall. Now imagine you're wearing a pair of glasses that will scan social media for a match on their face and display their name in front of one of your eyes within two seconds, sparing you embarrassment. Activate the glasses' camera function, look at an object and in seconds the brand, model number, its price on e-commerce websites and reviews of the product will scroll in front of that same eye. If you think that sounds like science fiction, think again: this is what Rokid Glass promises to do. In the words of Rokid's Reynold Wu, they will offer "an anytime, anywhere AR visual overlay in front of your eyes [that] effectively synthesises voice interaction, AI, and image AI".


Why the rise of the robots won't mean the end of work

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For now, at least, we have better things to worry about. Some in Silicon Valley are even calling for a basic minimum income provided by the government for everyone, under the assumption that work will become scarce. But many economists are skeptical of these claims, because the notion that the the economy offers a fixed amount of work has been debunked time and time again over the centuries and current economic data show no signs of a productivity boom. Fortunately, we don't need to divine the future of the labor market in order to prepare for it. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app.


What does ML & AI mean for consumer?

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AI / ML are the undercurrents changing digital landscape. It is not very well understood on how they will exactly impact the fintech sector. Specific actionable use cases are still being debated. Corporate are slower to respond than start-ups. The speed of adoption can be accelerated if the specific uses cases and benefits are defined and measured from customer perspective.


This Week in Digital Marketing: Facebook Algorithm, AI, AMP & YouTube

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'Organic Reach on Facebook Is Dead': Advertisers Expect Price Hikes after Facebook's Feed Purge – Facebook seems to be "returning to being a social network rather than a news organization…. This algorithm change looks like a step to confirm that, returning to the days of wall posts and status updates." This article from Digiday offers a few ideas, like produce high-quality content, up their spend to get into the news feed, and make use of messaging apps. This SEMrush post offers four ways that content marketing will be changed by this new technology -- plus a quick caveat from Stephen Hawking who warns that "the development of full AI could spell the end of the human race." Google Adds AMP Testing Tool to Search Results – Search Engine Journal's article about Google's update to the AMP testing tool is a super quick read.


Tech Tent: China's AI ambitions

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On this week's Tech Tent we hear why China's determination to be a leading player in artificial intelligence could lead to tensions with the United States. We have two other reports on this week's programme. Her victory is being seen as a key moment in the battle against the internet scourge known as revenge porn. And in a report from Rahul Tandon in Kolkata, we find out why India's new Aadhaar biometric identity card scheme has become mired in controversy. For millions of people who have struggled to open a bank account or get access to government services without proof of identity, it has proved life-changing.


Amazon updates the Alexa app so you can actually use Alexa

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Amazon's Alexa app is about to get a lot more useful. That's because the company is finally bringing the full powers of its assistant to the Alexa smartphone app. SEE ALSO: Your bathroom could soon be a'smart bathroom' thanks to Kohler Until now, the Alexa app was primarily used for controlling settings, timers, and various Alexa-enabled devices, but you couldn't actually use any of Alexa's assistant capabilities. It's not the first time the full-fledged Alexa assistant has made its way to the smartphone screen. Now anyone with the Alexa app can take advantage of the voice assistant on their phones.


The AI Powerhouse that is Transforming Scanning and Document Storage - Future Of Work

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I've written in the past how adopting e-signatures--specifically Adobe Sign--was a game-changer for our businessbecause it saves time, reduces costs, and greatly boosts efficiency. It's a no-brainer that e-signatures are the way to go for businesses in the digital age, especially given the importance of documents in our everyday workflow. Just because our reliance on documents as business tools has been around for so long, doesn't mean our approach to handling them should be archaic. In fact, focusing on the customer experience starts with documents, and nobody knows that better than Adobe Document Cloud. Through an app that leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI), Adobe Scan now allows users to convert photos of documents to versatile, editable PDFs, eliminating the need for scanners altogether and revolutionizing document storage in the process.


Dating App Requires Verbal Sexual Consent Amid #MeToo Era

International Business Times

The discussion of sexual assault and harassment are all the more paramount in an era dominated by the #MeToo and Times Up movement, but now there is a mobile dating application that is working towards making such complaints a thing of the past. Enter "Yes to Sex," a dating app created in 2016 that requests for an explicit sexual consent agreement to be made between both parties. The app, which is available for download through Apple's App Store and Google Play, requires users to verbalize the words "yes" or "no" before engaging in sexual relations with another user. The entire process is expected to take no more than 25 seconds, Yes to Sex's website claimed. "The media talking about consent is the first step in the right direction of making it the norm to verbally ask a potential partner straight-up every time, if they are interested," Wendy Geller, the app's president, CEO and inventor, told International Business Times.