A bot is born: Kimera Systems adds 'Nigel' to the crowd of AI assistants

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There's a new bot in town: Nigel, a software assistant that its creators at Oregon-based Kimera Systems say can learn from the behavior of its users. Nigel was "born" on Friday, when Kimera co-founder and CEO Mounir Shita fired up the program for a private beta test at a birthday party in downtown Portland. It's named after one of the software's principal architects, Nigel Deighton, who passed away in 2013. Kimera says a public beta version of the program will soon be made available. CEO Mounir Shita and COO Nick Gilman deliver Nigel! #AGI is born!


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Kimera Systems Inc. announced its Nigel artificial general intelligence (AGI) technology became a commercially deployable artificial intelligence technology to observe user behavior, comprehend context, and derive a common sense set of actions to apply under specific circumstances. Nigel was able to observe that a movie theater is a type of location, and that people share common behaviors with respect to their phones when they visit this type of location. Through these observations, Nigel learned to proactively dim screens and silence smartphones when people enter a cinema. As an artificial general intelligence technology, Nigel represents a new approach that fuses together a broad range of hard and soft sensor data, resulting in continuous observation, moment-to-moment contextual awareness and soon, complete comprehension.


AI that can tell you how to vote - 'Nigel' knows what's best for you - Computer Business Review

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Would you trust a robot to tell you how to vote? Scientists from Kimera Systems have developed a robot that will be able to help users make political decisions. The robot named'Nigel' uses artificial intelligence (AI) to become aware of its user's life and utilise the information by offering advice to user's including how to vote. Unlike other AI robots Nigel programmes itself as it goes, rather than teach itself how to perform and effectively carry out tasks. It works solely on how the user is themselves, for example if they offer traits of a left wing supporter he will adapt to that life style.


AI system will soon be able to tell you how to vote

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If you're struggling to decide how to vote in the next election, then help may be at hand – in the form of a robot. Scientists have created an artificial intelligence robot called Nigel that will soon be able to assist users in making political decisions. But while its designers are confident that the robot will be able to help you make these important decisions in the future, they emphasise that they are'still way off' from this goal. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is an emerging field aimed at building'thinking machines.' These are general-purpose systems with intelligence comparable to that of the human mind.


What is Artificial General Intelligence? And has Kimera Systems made a breakthrough?

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The field of artificial intelligence has spawned a vast range of subset fields and terms: machine learning, neural networks, deep learning and cognitive computing, to name but a few. However here we will turn our attention to the specific term'artificial general intelligence', thanks to the Portland-based AI company Kimera Systems' (momentous) claim to have launched the world's first ever example, called Nigel. The AGI Society defines artificial general intelligence as "an emerging field aiming at the building of "thinking machines"; that is general-purpose systems with intelligence comparable to that of the human mind (and perhaps ultimately well beyond human general intelligence)". AGI would, in theory, be able to perform any intellectual feat a human can. You can now perhaps see why a claim to have launched the world's first ever AGI might be a tad ambitious, to say the least.