The Future is Now Smartlogic


About two weeks ago, I saw an article (actually, one of my colleagues posted it on our intranet) from the MIT Technology Review about the limitations of Artificial Intelligence. The article is here for those of you who want to read it in full, but the fundamental concept is; while AI has made great strides in the last 20 years or so (see the recent win by Google's AlphaGo over Lee Sodol, who is thought to be one of the best Go players of all time), it is still fundamentally inadequate in one respect – we have not yet built a machine that can carry on a conversation with anything remotely approximating human facility. Quite simply, the computer does not understand the meaning of words that it is using and is therefore unable to use them intelligently. The reason for this, according to the article, is that "words often have meaning based on context and the appearance of the letters and words." It's not enough to be able to identify a concept represented by a bunch of letters strung together.

Tenn. teacher cracks Adobe code, wins software


Powell High School teacher Jimmy Waters stands in front of the San Jose Semaphore in California. Waters cracked a code broadcast by the building that had been unsolved for more than four years. Jimmy Waters, 31, teaches advanced algebra, geometry and trigonometry at Powell High School. Last summer, Waters devoted a month of his vacation time to solving the puzzle presented by the San Jose Semaphore, a project created by New York-based artist Ben Rubin in 2006. Adobe planned on rewarding Waters with a one-year subscription to its Creative Cloud software, but at his request, the company is donating 40 one-year subscriptions to Powell High School's computer lab, on top of a 3-D printer "to help the students push the boundaries of creativity even further," according to a company news release.

Salesforce Introduces AI Software for Better CRM and Marketing


Salesforce Inc., a global computing company, announced on Sunday, an initiative that integrates Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology into its software for enterprises. Called Salesforce Einstein, the company came up with such an initiative to streamline the sales, services and marketing processes of a workplace. Artificial intelligence has the capabilities to function with human-like abilities and hence its implementation for CRM will make the sales and marketing tasks automatic. This new offering has a set of online AI services that will ease the sales tasks and improve productivity. It will help sales people to predict market behavior and focus on the relevant information.

Could we make first contact with aliens using maths?

Daily Mail

Making first contact with intelligent alien life could be difficult if humanity has no way of getting its messages across. But one a bizarre theory claims the solution could lie in maths. It suggests our communications with aliens should be based on maths because it is more likely to be familiar and understandable to them. The idea is that mathematics comes as naturally to us as art or music, and so may be hard-wired into the brains of aliens in a way that human language cannot be. Now Carl DeVito, a mathematician at the University of Arizona in Tucson, has put forward a new language based on'plausibly universal scientific concepts'.

A look at the leading data discovery software and vendors


Turning data into business insight is the ultimate goal. It's not about gathering as much data as possible, it's about applying tools and making discoveries that help a business succeed. The data discovery software market includes a range of software and cloud-based services that can help organizations gain value from their constantly growing information resources. These products fall within the broad BI category, and at their most basic, they search for patterns within data and data sets. Many of these tools use visual presentation mechanisms, such as maps and models, to highlight patterns or specific items of relevance.