AI can make an impact like electricity: Coursera's co-founder Andrew Ng - ETtech

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Over the years, Andrew Ng has worn many hats - Coursera co-founder, former Baidu chief scientist, founding lead of Google Brain team, and Stanford University adjunct professor. But lately, he has emerged as the leading influencer championing artificial intelligence (AI). Well over 1.5 million people have enrolled in his AI courses in Coursera. In a chat with Vinod Mahanta, Ng talks about recent AI controversies: Elon Musk versus Mark Zuckerberg spat on dangers of AI, Facebook AI chatbots creating their own language and job displacements. Edited excerpts: In an experiment recently, Facebook chatbots created their own language and had to be shut down.


AI can make an impact like electricity: Andrew Ng - ET Telecom

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Over the years, Andrew Ng has worn many hats -- Coursera co-founder, former Baidu chief scientist, founding lead of Google Brain team, and Stanford University adjunct professor. But lately, he has emerged as the leading influencer championing artificial intelligence (AI). Well over 1.5 million people have enrolled in his AI courses in Coursera. In a chat with ET, Ng talks about recent AI controversies: Elon Musk Versus Mark Zuckerberg spat on dangers of AI, Facebook AI chatbots creating their own language and job displacements. Edited excerpts: In an experiment recently, Facebook chatbots created their own language and had to be shut down.


Prepare for the Impact of AI on Procurement - Smarter With Gartner

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Basic machine learning technology is already used by some procurement applications in areas such as spend analytics and contract analytics. This is mostly limited to automating the processes of collecting, cleaning, classifying and analyzing expenditure data in an organization -- to identify savings or paths to greater efficiency. Today, procurement technology vendors are creating cognitive procurement advisors (CPAs) and virtual personal assistants (VPAs) that use natural-language processing (NLP) and natural-language generation to further increase automation and efficiency. "A procurement VPA can improve the end-user experience of traditional procurement tools and increase spend under management by guiding people to the correct purchasing tool," said Magnus Bergfors, research director at Gartner. "A CPA can provide summaries, recommendations and advice in everything from supplier assessments and performance management, to risk management and compliance."


Chatterbots bid to show their human side

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A series of chatterbots will attempt to fool judges - including me - into thinking they are also human. No computer has ever triumphed at the Loebner Prize - a version of the Turing Test, first proposed by the computer scientist Alan Turing, who worked at Bletchley codebreaking during World War Two. Steve Worswick is the person behind Mistuku, a bot anyone can chat with online and which was judged the best system in the 2013 contest. "It's slowly becoming more and more involved in our everyday lives," he told Sky News. "At the stage we're at at the moment, I don't think we need to be fearing about people's jobs.


How AI will transform education in 2017

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Education has mostly followed the same structure for centuries -- e.g., the "sage on a stage" and "assembly line" models. As AI continues to disrupt industries like consumer electronics, ecommerce, media, transportation, and healthcare, is education the next big opportunity? Given that education is the foundation that prepares people to pursue advancements in all the other fields, it has the potential to be the most impactful application of AI. The three segments of the education market -- K-12, higher education, and corporate training -- are going through transitions. In the K-12 market, we are seeing the effect of the newer, more rigorous academic standards (Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards) shifting the focus toward measuring students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills and preparing them for college and career success in the 21st century.