'Explainable Artificial Intelligence': Cracking open the black box of AI

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At a demonstration of Amazon Web Services' new artificial intelligence image recognition tool last week, the deep learning analysis calculated with near certainty that a photo of speaker Glenn Gore depicted a potted plant. "It is very clever, it can do some amazing things but it needs a lot of hand holding still. AI is almost like a toddler. They can do some pretty cool things, sometimes they can cause a fair bit of trouble," said AWS' chief architect in his day two keynote at the company's summit in Sydney. Where the toddler analogy falls short, however, is that a parent can make a reasonable guess as to, say, what led to their child drawing all over the walls, and ask them why.


'Explainable Artificial Intelligence': Cracking open the black box of AI

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At a demonstration of Amazon Web Services' new artificial intelligence image recognition tool last week, the deep learning analysis calculated with near certainty that a photo of speaker Glenn Gore depicted a potted plant. "It is very clever, it can do some amazing things but it needs a lot of hand holding still. AI is almost like a toddler. They can do some pretty cool things, sometimes they can cause a fair bit of trouble," said AWS' chief architect in his day two keynote at the company's summit in Sydney. Where the toddler analogy falls short, however, is that a parent can make a reasonable guess as to, say, what led to their child drawing all over the walls, and ask them why.


Interview: Travel sector being disrupted by AI (Includes interview and first-hand account)

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There are several drivers for the growth of artificial intelligence in the travel sector; these range from cost saving for travel agents to a preference by millennials to work with artificial intelligence and chatbots. As to what artificial intelligence can deliver, this ranges from answering questions about amenities, services and local attractions through to managing the booking process. To gain a clear insight into how artificial intelligence is being applied and what future disruption has in store, Digital Journal caught up with Anil Kaul, CEO of Absolutdata (a consulting-oriented Analytics & Research firm based out of San Francisco, California). Digital Journal: What are the major trends in the travel sector? Anil Kaul: There are many.


What Is Explainable AI and Why Does the Military Need It?

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Last summer, the Defense Science Board's report on autonomy found that investing in artificial intelligence (AI) warfare is a crucial part of maintaining the United States' national security and military capability. As the report reads, "It should not be a surprise when adversaries employ autonomy against U.S. forces." In other words, AI warfare is likely on the horizon; it's just a matter of who gets there first.


Google's AI Chief: 'Definitely Not Worried About AI Apocalypse'

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Zuckerberg, who spent the summer sparring with Tesla's Elon Musk over the risks of ever-advancing artificial intelligence in our technology, got some support from Google's head of search and AI, John Giannandrea, who spoke recently about what he called the "huge amount of unwarranted hype around AI right now." Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Giannandrea echoed some of the Facebook co-founder's recent statements dismissing doomsday scenarios in which AI-empowered machines pose an inherent existential threat to their human creators. "This leap into, 'Somebody is going to produce a superhuman intelligence, and then there's going to be all these ethical issues' is unwarranted and borderline irresponsible," Giannandrea said at the conference. Google's AI chief added: "I'm definitely not worried about the AI apocalypse." Giannandrea went on to explain the importance of machine learning and artificial intelligence in revolutionizing the technology industry. Google uses AI to power features like Google Translate, the online tool that can instantly translate both spoken words and typed text, as well as products that help users search for new jobs online and provide you with ready-made replies to messages in Google's Gmail, among countless other applications.