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) …
Have you ever been running late for work, your hand extended into your shower, cursing its name as the water slowly warms to a temperature that would allow you to enter? Well, you may be being unsympathetic to your hot water heater, because it's likely running all day and all night to keep between 40-80 gallons of water heated, so it can be ready at your command. As you ponder the inefficiency of such a system, imagine the hot water needs of a hotel or a high-rise apartment building, with hundreds of rooms and thousands of inhabitants. The founder in this week's Silicon Valley Insider, Sridhar Deivasigamani, estimates that at any point in time in the US, there could be as much as 6 billion gallons of water being kept hot for our consumption, one-sixth the size of Lake Tahoe. Intellihot, the Galesburg, IL company founded in 2009, designs and manufactures tankless water heaters, as well as monitoring devices and apps, for residential, commercial and industrial applications.
Have you heard about the Darwin Awards? Jump on YouTube and have a look. It's a naughty honor that sets people up for the most sophisticated attempts to do something they think is cool. One is taking a selfie with a wounded bear, another is screwing an engine to a skate. These bold actions lead to serious mistakes with serious consequences and funny comments.
I would like a large cheese pizza with an ominous side of surveillance, please. Earlier this year, Domino's, the worldwide purveyor of mediocre pizza, introduced a snazzy tool called the Dom Pizza Checker to its Australia and New Zealand locations. According to its website, in-store cameras "use advanced machine learning, artificial intelligence and sensor technology to identify pizza type, even topping distribution and correct toppings". If your food doesn't match your order, or internal quality standards, workers are ordered to make it again. Basically, Big Brother is watching your pizza.
Managing supply chain is one of the biggest technological opportunities in the world. The potential to disrupt inefficiencies using innovations has led several startups, especially in India, to rise to the challenge. GoBOLT, a Gurugram-based tech startup, was founded in late 2015, to take on the mammoth and unorganised logistics industry in India. Founders Sumit Sharma, Parag Aggarwal, Naitik Baghlaall come from corporate backgrounds, having worked in companies like Ernst & Young, J M Financial, GSK, and Tata Motors. The idea for GoBOLT was born during Sumit's travels, while travelling to developed economies like the US and Canada, where asset utilisation in the trucking industry is very high.
What does it mean for a robot to be self-aware? That's exactly what this robotics lab is investigating as they embark on a quest towards artificial consciousness. We develop machines that can design and make other machines - automatically." The Challenge of Determining Whether an A.I. Is Sentient https://slate.com/technology/2016/04/... "It is not easy to determine when an organism is sentient, however. A brief recount of past and present controversies and mistakes makes it clear that human beings are not great at recognizing sentience."
The term industry 4.0 is the new buzzword. Conferences, articles and reports dedicated to the subject seem to indicate it. But … What is industry 4.0? And most importantly, what is behind this concept? According to AppStudio, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also recognized as Industry 4.0, is altering the manner companies' function and thus the contexts they are compelled to compete in.
Accenture is spending $1 billion in re-training training its employees every year as the company sees its customers are increasingly demanding newer technology-led services. The tech services major said it has trained nearly 80% of its technology services employees in technologies such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing - broadly referred as digital technologies. Digital currently contributes more than 60% of Accenture's $43.2 billion revenue. Nearly 55% of Accenture's employees are in technology services roles globally. "We had (nearly) 200000 people across 180 countries and we pitched that as our strength. One of the clients once asked me it is your strength or weakness, do you really need so many people in future. It was a big question at that point of time we took decision to rotate to new. So our investment in talent is close to a billion dollar globally and nearly 80% of tech services talent are trained in new," said Bhaskar Ghosh, group chief executive, Accenture Technology Services.