If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines. In computer science AI research is defined as the study of intelligent agents: any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal. Colloquially, the term artificial intelligence is applied when a machine mimics cognitive functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as learning and problem solving. AI can be categorized into subfields that focus on specific problems or tasks, such as machine learning, perception, speech recognition, planning or robotic operating systems. General-purpose artificial intelligences are still hypothetical.
Advanced analytics and other AI-driven tools and technologies have been transforming the way organizations function by harnessing valuable information from the largest datasets and providing important insights. With the continued growth of cognitive technologies and increasingly widespread adoption by many industries, what will the future of advanced analytics and AI adoption look like? With the evolution of big data analytics over the past few years, the opportunities to apply this knowledge and to see how different industries are embracing AI and ML has shown tremendous value. However, the evolution and future of analytics doesn't come without challenges. In a recent AI Today podcast interview with Antonio Cotroneo, Director of Technical Content Strategy at OmniSci, spoke about these potential challenges as well as opportunities for industries.
It won't be in the Olympics anytime soon but Oki Mek considers artificial intelligence "a team sport." As the chief artificial intelligence officer for the Department of Health and Human Services, Mek may be a little biased, but as his agency works through its AI strategy -- released in January -- collaboration and knowledge exchange will be paramount. The strategy aims to promote AI adoption, and to ensure that algorithms are fair, legal and ethical. Three core pieces of the strategy are adoption and bringing the entire department up to speed on the language of AI; scaling best practices, and accelerated adoption. As for the first piece, Mek said culture change plays a pivotal role. "The main risks here is not AI itself, it's not the technology itself, it's more of a culture shift.
From spiraling claim volumes to more stringent payer requirements and increasing reporting obligations, today's health practitioners face higher challenges than ever. As a result, diagnostics providers across the country are effectively looking for new revenue streams, improved payer relations, cost-cutting opportunities, and more predictable reimbursement rates. For example, high-quality and carefully designed data sets facilitate improved analytics, and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) can expedite the Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) process while also enhancing financial and operational performance. Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, Inc. (CAQH) used data from medical plans representing nearly half of the US insured population to find that electronic prior authorizations adoption rose by just one percentage point to 13 percent from 2018 to 2019. For years, visionary healthcare providers have been using technology to improve care for people suffering from sleep problems, eye illness, cancer, and now, even COVID-19.
In the dark of night, a drone takes off from a Toronto hospital rooftop, the hum of its rotors barely audible over the bustling sounds of the cars and pedestrians below in Canada's largest metropolis. On its maiden flight, with a bird's-eye view of the city's glistening skyline as it glides over apartments, shops and office towers, the drone is carrying a precious cargo -- human lungs for transplant. The 15.5-kilogram (34-pound) carbon fibre unmanned electric drone purpose-built by Quebec-based Unither Bioelectronics flew just 1.2 kilometers (0.75 miles) from Toronto Western Hospital on the city's west side to the roof of the downtown Toronto General Hospital. This handout photo released by Unither Bioelectronique and taken in September 2021 shows Unither Bioelectronique's drone transporting a pair of donor lungs, high above Toronto traffic at night Photo: Unither Bioelectronique / Jason van Bruggen The trip at the end of September took less than 10 minutes. It was automated but kept under the watchful eye of engineers and doctors.
THE INSTITUTE Artificial intelligence is transforming the financial services industry. The technology is being used to determine creditworthiness, identify money laundering, and detect fraud. AI also is helping to personalize services and recommend new offerings by developing a better understanding of customers. Chatbots and other AI assistants have made it easier for clients to get answers to their questions, 24/7. Although confidence in financial institutions is high, according to the Banking Exchange, that's not the case with AI.
She has been described as "a vision of the future" who is every bit as good as other abstract artists today, but Ai-Da – the world's first ultra-realistic robot artist – hit a temporary snag before her latest exhibition when Egyptian security forces detained her at customs. Ai-Da is due to open and present her work at the Great Pyramid of Giza on Thursday, the first time contemporary art has been allowed next to the pyramid in thousands of years. But because of "security issues" that may include concerns that she is part of a wider espionage plot, both Ai-Da and her sculpture were held in Egyptian customs for 10 days before being released on Wednesday, sparking a diplomatic fracas.