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Find out what Artificial Intelligence projects companies are investing in


Innovations and R&D Published 18. May 17 AI Revolution is upon us and organizations everywhere are eager to plan their strategies accordingly to keep their competitive edge. We asked executives and decision makers of the largest companies about their Artificial Intelligence investment plans and upcoming projects. Do you want to meet these executives?

Forget chess: Artificial intelligence is now debating people


In its latest "man versus machine" event, IBM staged two debates Monday at its San Francisco, California, office between humans and its latest artificial intelligence (AI) system, Project Debater. Using vast data sets and revolutionary speechwriting technology, the AI won the audience vote for "most persuasive" in one of the night's two arguments, The Guardian reports. Although not as clear-cut a victory as Deep Blue's chess win over grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997, the debate performance was particularly startling given how "human" most of the skills involved are: reason, rhetoric, argument, and even humor. Project Debater represents a huge leap forward in AI's potential ability to aid in human decision-making, says computer scientist Chris Reed of the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom. Nonetheless, it will still be some time before Siri is truly able to talk back.

Saudis Disqualified from Hosting Chess Match After Israelis Complain

NYT > Middle East

Saudi Arabia has been hit with an onslaught of negative news lately, punctuated by emaciated children in the Yemen war and the killing of a prominent journalist, possibly on the orders of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Now the prince is facing a public-relations setback in another arena: chess. The international chess governing body has stripped Saudi Arabia of hosting rights to a prominent tournament, just a few weeks before it was to be held in the country for the second consecutive year. A cryptic announcement by the chess body, the Fédération Internationale des Échecs, said the event, the World Rapid and Blitz Championships, would be held in Russia instead. The announcement, made in a Twitter posting, did not explain the reason for the sudden change.

Up your style *and* strategy with a crystal chess set on sale


TL;DR: Make your game of chess feel a little more luxe with a Crystal Chess Board, on sale for $159.99 -- a 46% savings -- as of March 7. Chess is probably one of the only games that can be just as decorative as it is fun to play. If The Queen's Gambit was your favorite quarantine watch, you can impress all of your friends not only by showing off your skills, but also by displaying this chic chess set. This Crystal Chess Board is made from 100 percent crystal, from the pieces to the board itself. Instead of black and white, the pieces come in both smoke-grey and clear varieties. This game is just as gorgeous to leave out on your end table and use as a decoration as it is to actually play and use for the iconic game itself.