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) …
Whether you're a professional expert, an enthusiast, or just a living, breathing human being, chances are that your life, and those of your loved ones, have been affected by advancements in medical technology, or the lack thereof. Just in my personal life, there are numerous examples of both -- the X-rays my extreme sports-loving brother has brought home over the years; the metal hip replacement that helps my partner's mother walk without pain, or the cardiopulmonary bypass my grandfather never had the chance to use. As we know too well, incredible medical advancements don't guarantee equal access, and there are too many examples where technologies available to some are out of reach to others, either due to a lack of access or a lack of communication. One of the most recent examples of global health inequality was the COVID vaccine. While many of us in the Global North had received our third shot by early 2022, people in the Global South were still waiting for their first.
People have been talking about IT and business alignment since the 1990s. Yet, despite decades of consultant engagements, analyst pronouncements, internal reengineering projects, and Agile scrums, we don't seem to know if all that work on alignment has made a difference. Now, fresh data on the topic hints at some progress on IT and business alignment, tempered by concerns that outdated or inefficient processes may quash efforts to adopt next-generation initiatives, such as artificial intelligence (AI). Also: Two breakthroughs made 2023 tech's most innovative year in over a decade More than eight out of 10 business leaders say IT has been doing a good job of keeping up with business needs, a recent survey finds. The survey, commissioned by Celonis, covered 1,217 senior business leaders -- of which 300 respondents lead IT departments -- and shows 81% believe IT "is able to support the business at the speed required, indicating the central role IT now plays in supporting transformation." That focus on transformation also goes into new areas and is paving a pathway for AI.
FOX News White House correspondent Peter Doocy has the latest on the backlash against Bidenomics on Special Report. A new study concluded that people with excessive optimism are more likely to struggle with decision-making and could have lower cognitive function. "Those highest on cognitive ability experience a 22% (53.2%) increase in the probability of realism (pessimism) and a 34.8% reduction in optimism compared with those lowest on cognitive ability," reads the abstract of a University of Bath study published in Neuroscience News. According to the study, people who have unrealistic optimism are more prone to "excessively risky behavior" and do not act with adequate caution. The impact on these traits is felt most when it comes to financial issues, when those with excessive optimism make risky choices and are prone to complications with saving and investing wisely.
Jessica Melugin, Competitive Enterprise Institute Director of Center for Technology and Innovation, discusses Twitter accusing Meta of stealing trade secrets and a New York City law requiring businesses to audit A.I. hiring tools. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently re-upped his calls for a global body, akin to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to advise member nations on regulating artificial intelligence (AI). Schmidt first made his case for an "International Panel on AI Safety" – an "IPCC for AI," if you will – in an October 2023 op-ed in the Financial Times. He writes of the AI panel's potential to be an, "an independent, expert-led body empowered to objectively inform governments about the current state of AI capabilities and make evidence-based predictions." He claims that AI policy makers, "are looking for impartial, technically reliable and timely assessments about its speed of progress and impact."
The uncanny ability of artificial intelligence to spot patterns in large amounts of data could finally unravel some of the thorniest mysteries of the ancient world. Researchers working with companies such as IBM and Google's Deepmind are on the brink of deciphering ancient texts once thought unreadable - and even'cracking' an unknown language from almost two millennia before the birth of Christ. AI allows researchers to sift through images far faster than human beings, and the techniques could answer fundamental questions about the history of language and potentially uncover lost works by Greek and Roman writers. A mysterious unknown language, 'Linear A' discovered on tablets in Crete in 1900 has never been deciphered - but AI might be able to crack the code. Among the world's most famous examples of unknown languages, stones and tablets written in the strange'LInear A' language is considered the main script used by the Minoan civilization, a Bronze Age kingdom led by King Minos.
About noon on Nov. 17, Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, logged into a video call from a luxury hotel in Las Vegas. He was in the city for its inaugural Formula One race, which had drawn 315,000 visitors including Rihanna and Kylie Minogue. Altman, who had parlayed the success of OpenAI's ChatGPT chatbot into personal stardom beyond the tech world, had a meeting lined up that day with Ilya Sutskever, chief scientist of the artificial intelligence startup. But when the call started, Altman saw that Sutskever was not alone -- he was virtually flanked by OpenAI's three independent board members. Instantly, Altman knew something was wrong.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. joins'Fox News Sunday' to discuss a new survey that revealed 74% of Americans are concerned about a war between the U.S. and China. This is a rush transcript of'Fox News Sunday' on December 3, 2023. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. A special hour on the state of defense, a report card on America's military readiness to meet the challenges of an increasingly dangerous world. Israel's war with Hamas, the latest conflict to ignite instability, turbo- charging attacks on our forces in the region from Iranian proxies. We'll get reaction from National Security Council Communications Coordinator John Kirby about the restart of the war and the headwinds the Biden White House faces from Democrats over conditioning future aid to Israel. GENERAL C.Q. BROWN, JOINT CHIEFS CHAIRMAN: We want to be so good at what we do that our adversaries go, not today, not tomorrow, not ever. General C.Q. Brown joins me here at the Reagan Library. And before serving in Congress, they served several tours of duty on the ground in two of America's longest wars. We sit down with Congressman Michael Waltz and Seth Moulton, veterans for both sides of the aisle, as the fight over defense spending is coming up against the stark deadline. Plus -- JENNIFER GRIFFIN, FOX NEWS NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: Is it cool to be patriotic now? UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's always been cool to be contrarian and I think right now, it's -- it's been a little contrarian to be very patriotic. BREAM: Our inside look at how cutting-edge technology is shaping the future of warfare and battlefields worldwide. Here are the top headlines making news today. Israel is widening its evacuation orders for Palestinians in southern Gaza, including in and around the cities of Khan Younis and Rafah, which both reported heavy bombardment overnight. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling for a total victory against Hamas and pushing back against White House calls to allow the Palestinian Authority to ultimately govern Gaza, claiming the group also calls for Israel's destruction. Meanwhile, in Paris, French authorities are looking into whether terrorism was to blame for a knife and hammer attack on tourists near the Eiffel Tower, leaving a German man dead and two others injured. A 26-year-old French national has been arrested. Let's turn now to Trey Yingst in southern Israel with the very latest on the war in Gaza. After a week-long ceasefire saw more than 100 hostages freed from Gaza, fighting has resumed for a third day. Israeli officials say the ground and air campaign in the second phase of this war against the strip could last for months. New airstrikes overnight targeted tunnel shafts and weapon storage facilities.
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Grok, the AI assistant on X (formerly Twitter), launched on Friday for Premium subscribers (those who pay $16/month) and has already spun a flurry of conversation. Nearly immediately, users noticed that Grok is "woke"; it doesn't share its creator Elon Musk's right-wing political or cultural views. For instance, as Mashable's Cecily Mauran pointed out, Grok isn't aligned with Elon Musk's anti-trans beliefs, responding to a question of whether trans women are women with "yes." A popular prompt for Grok is to "roast" someone, Mauran reported, so naturally, someone decided to ask Grok to roast Musk. Aravind Srinivas, CEO of Perplexity AI (which brands itself as the "world's first conversational answer engine and research companion"), asked Grok to "roast @elonmusk based on his posts, and be vulgar!"
Imagine the Colossus of Rhodes, the Statue of Zeus and the other ancient Seven Wonders of the World standing as they did thousands of years ago when first built. Artificial intelligence has done just that by recreating each historic structure in modern society with bustling tourists snapping photos with smartphones. Only one of the original seven survives today, with the others lost over time due to war, crumbling civilizations and natural disasters. But using the imagine generator Midjourney, AI has brought them back from the dead, allowing the world to take another look. Ancient artwork depicting the Colossus of Rhodes shows the statue straddling the harbor entrance, but researchers have determined such a feat would be impossible.