We Need Computers with Empathy

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I was rehearsing a speech for an AI conference recently when I happened to mention Amazon Alexa. At which point Alexa woke up and announced: "Playing Selena Gomez." I had to yell "Alexa, stop!" a few times before she even heard me. But Alexa was oblivious to my annoyance. Like the majority of virtual assistants and other technology out there, she's clueless about what we're feeling.


Natural Stupidity is more Dangerous than Artificial Intelligence

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Do you know what's more dangerous than artificial intelligence? In this article, I will explore natural stupidity in more detail and show how our current technology (driven by narrow artificial intelligence) is making us collectively dumber. We've all had this experience of using a GPS to guide us around an unfamiliar place only to realize later that we have no recollection or ability to get to that place again without the aid of a GPS. Not only is our directional instinct diminished because of lack of use, but so is our own memories. We've all experienced losing our ability to recall due to our over use of Google.


GopherCon 2017 - Lightning Talk: Pete Garcin - Building an ML-Powered Game AI Using TensorFlow in Go

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Neural Networks, Types, and Functional Programming -- colah's blog

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Deep learning, despite its remarkable successes, is a young field. While models called artificial neural networks have been studied for decades, much of that work seems only tenuously connected to modern results. It's often the case that young fields start in a very ad-hoc manner. Later, the mature field is understood very differently than it was understood by its early practitioners. For example, in taxonomy, people have grouped plants and animals for thousands of years, but the way we understood what we were doing changed a lot in light of evolution and molecular biology.


How AI conquered democracy - BPU Holdings, ZimGo

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Arguably, there's no better time to be a politician than now. With the advances made in AI, Machine Learning, and Deep Machine Learning politicians can have access to real-time polling results. They also have much further-reaching access to their constituents due to the fact that most people are walking around with the digital world in their pocket (or purse). What's really exciting is that Machine Learning is being used to better understand what issues are most important to voters and to more effectively interact with them. We can use AI to better listen to what people have to say and make sure their voices are being clearly heard by their elected representatives.


Machine Learning And The Future of Finance

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Artificial intelligence has conquered games and image recognition, but will it master investing? The short answer is yes, but how soon and how complete? Machine learning methods have had impressive recent successes. These include defeating humans at chess, Jeopardy, poker and Go, as well as providing superior image and speech recognition. Developers strive to create tools that automate decision making and that can mimic or exceed human performance for specific tasks.


Artificial Intelligence: What? Why? How?

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Artificial Intelligence – You've probably heard this term thrown around a lot in the last few years, but what does it actually mean? With AI becoming more mainstream and access to using it becoming simpler, companies are finding that their data and offering can be enriched through its use. This session will cover the basics of AI – what it is, what it entails and how companies are using it. It will then give an overview of how certain types of startups can also harness the power of AI (as well as giving the limitations of AI in current context). A simple, high-level explanation of what Artificial Intelligence is, how it works and why the world is seeing a new revolution through AI at this point in time.


Australian government awards AU$5.9m in R&D grants to support defence operations

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The Australian government has announced awarding five organisations with Defence Innovation Hub grants worth AU$5.9 million. Western Australia-based L3 Oceania has secured a AU$2.9 million contract to explore the development of an underwater acoustic sensor, while the University of Newcastle will explore the development of virtual reality-based resilience training programs for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel under a AU$2.2 million contract. Agent Oriented Software from Victoria has been awarded a AU$378,000 grant to explore the concept of an "autonomous teamed intelligent software agent capability resilient to cyber-attacks"; Explosive Protective Equipment from Queensland received a AU$242,000 grant to explore the integration of a Cobham Amulet Ground Penetrating Radar into an existing unmanned ground vehicle for the detection of improvised explosive devices; and Griffith University received a AU$183,000 grant to explore the development of a portable device that enables real-time detection of airborne biological threats. "These investments will drive growth in defence industry and innovation whilst focusing on the capability needs required to ensure Australia's national security now and into the future," Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in a statement on Friday. Launched in December last year, the Defence Innovation Hub has invested about AU$20 million to industry and research organisations, Pyne said.


How AI and robots are eating desperately-needed jobs in India

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If I were under the age of 40, a category that encompasses approximately 65 percent of Indians, I would be absolutely terrified right about now. For that matter, if I were below or above those ages, I would also be petrified. If ever a country faced the prospect of a dystopian future marked by gangs of unemployed youth in the millions wandering about creating mayhem, pillaging and plundering for lack of anything else to do, it's India -- unless it is able and willing to do something about it very quickly and efficiently. Sophia got to share her views with some powerful leaders. AI and robotics are part of this story but to understand the gigantic swamp of quicksand that India is in, we have to go back a little.


To Survive the Streets, Self-Driving Cars Have to Start Thinking Like Humans

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Next time you're driving down the road or walking down the street, pause to consider how you read your surroundings. How you pay extra attention to the kid kicking a soccer ball around her front lawn and the slightly wobbly, nervous looking cyclist. How you deprioritize the woman striding toward the street, knowing she's heading for the group of friends waving to her from the sidewalk. You make these calls by drawing on a lifetime of social and cultural experience so ingrained you hardly need to think about it. But imagine you're an autonomous car trying to do the same thing, without that accumulated knowledge or the shared humanity that lets you read others' nuanced behavioral cues.