The Artificial Intelligence revolution is here. We are moving further into an age, where the imagination stirred from our childhood spent watching movies, is now becoming reality. Leading us into this age are the typical (and untypical) tech giants, who are fiercely competing for the next break through. Project Oxford is Microsoft's venture into the world of artificial intelligence and deep learning. It takes in several key areas, including image, facial, text and speech recognition, and hopes to implement the technology into its computer operating systems and smartphone software.
It has been reported that Baidu's most recent investment has come in the form of deep learning capabilities, which they are looking to use for Phoenix Nest, their ad-bidding platform. Although the company always keep a fairly tight lid on future projects, one could safely assume that the deep learning technology could soon find its way into Minwa's architecture, removing the need for many of the developers inputting code and deleting abnormalities. This would also create the opportunity for Minwa to be involved in a more philanthropic role as Watson has started to be used.
Artificial Intelligence evokes a whole gamut of reactions. The cinematic world has been taking unrestrained creative liberty for ages. Such ambiguities that hound artificial intelligence (AI) clearly stem from an inherent lack of understanding of its root concepts. Interestingly, in one form or the other, the human race is already surrounded with AI. The era of Artificial Intelligence has begun.
The competition and commission is open to all applicants, wherever in the world you may be based, but due to the collaborative nature of the commission the successful candidate must be able to communicate in English with confidence. Applicants will be expected to show a track record of delivery of ideas of this scale to a defined timeline, to be able to deliver to a set date and budget in Oxford. The opportunity will be of particular interest to innovators, artists, designers, architects, urbanists, interaction designers, digital performance designers, technologists and creative practitioners who can demonstrate a history of delivering high quality, innovative art and technology practice. We aim to broaden the constituency of people currently engaged in imagining city futures, so we particularly welcome applications from deaf and disabled practitioners and practitioners from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background. An existing Oxford connection is not a necessity - Smart Oxford and Playable City will facilitate collaborations with Oxford creative teams at shortlisting stage, if necessary, to connect projects explicitly with the city.