Paul Allen enlists machine-learning tools for monitoring wildlife and ecosystems

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Paul Allen has made a name for himself as a co-founder of Microsoft, a supporter of artificial intelligence research and a contributor to causes such as wildlife conservation -- so it only makes sense that the Seattle-area billionaire wants to use machine learning to further his philanthropic goals. His latest contribution comes through the Seattle-based Vulcan Machine Learning Center for Impact, or VMLCI. "Its mission will be to apply the tools of machine learning and AI for good," Bill Hilf, CEO of Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc., said today in a tweet. VMLCI's strategy meshes with the mission of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, whose motto is "AI for the Common Good." The center aims to forge collaborative partnerships with corporations, academic institutions and other organizations to help connect folks working on social and environmental causes with the machine-learning resources they need.


What is AI? Everything you need to know about Artificial Intelligence

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It depends who you ask. AI might be a hot topic but you'll still need to justify those projects. Back in the 1950s, the fathers of the field Minsky and McCarthy, described artificial intelligence as any task performed by a program or a machine that, if a human carried out the same activity, we would say the human had to apply intelligence to accomplish the task. That obviously is a fairly broad definition, which is why you will sometimes see arguments over whether something is truly AI or not. AI systems will typically demonstrate at least some of the following behaviors associated with human intelligence: planning, learning, reasoning, problem solving, knowledge representation, perception, motion, and manipulation and, to a lesser extent, social intelligence and creativity. AI is ubiquitous today, used to recommend what you should buy next online, to recognise what you say to virtual assistants such as Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, to recognise who and what is in a photo, to spot spam, or detect credit card fraud. At a very high level artificial intelligence can be split into two broad types: narrow AI and general AI.


What is AI? Everything you need to know about Artificial Intelligence ZDNet

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It depends who you ask. AI might be a hot topic but you'll still need to justify those projects. Back in the 1950s, the fathers of the field Minsky and McCarthy, described artificial intelligence as any task performed by a program or a machine that, if a human carried out the same activity, we would say the human had to apply intelligence to accomplish the task. That obviously is a fairly broad definition, which is why you will sometimes see arguments over whether something is truly AI or not. AI systems will typically demonstrate at least some of the following behaviors associated with human intelligence: planning, learning, reasoning, problem solving, knowledge representation, perception, motion, and manipulation and, to a lesser extent, social intelligence and creativity. AI is ubiquitous today, used to recommend what you should buy next online, to understand what you say to virtual assistants such as Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, to recognise who and what is in a photo, to spot spam, or detect credit card fraud. At a very high level artificial intelligence can be split into two broad types: narrow AI and general AI.


Artificial Intelligence, Real Deal: Apple Buys Machine-Learning Startup

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Apple Inc. acquired artificial intelligence startup Turi Inc. for about 200 million, according to people familiar with the situation, in the latest deal by the iPhone maker to accumulate advanced computing capabilities for its products and services. Turi helps developers create and manage software and services that use a form of AI called machine learning. It also has systems that let companies to build recommendation engines, detect fraud, analyze customer usage patterns and better target potential users, according to the Seattle-based startup's website. Apple could use this to more rapidly integrate the technology with future products. Apple's move Friday is part of a broader battle among Google, Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com


Apple Buys Machine-Learning Startup Turi

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Apple Inc., AAPL 0.23 % stepping up its involvement in one of Silicon Valley's hottest arenas, is acquiring machine-learning specialist Turi Inc. Financial terms couldn't immediately be determined. GeekWire, which reported the acquisition Friday, said Apple is paying around 200 million. An Apple spokesman issued the company's standard statement in connection with such transactions: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Turi's chief executive is Carlos Guestrin, who holds the title of Amazon professor of machine learning at the University of Washington--a position endowed by Amazon.com He is also an associate professor of computer science and engineering.