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) …
Few industries have been hit as hard by the technological changes of recent times as the media industry. The same trends that have improved the lives of billions -- the growth of the internet, the spread of social media, and the proliferation of smartphones -- have instead disrupted the business models of every major media company, diluting their ability to sustainably fund their core operations. Most media companies have identified a'shift to video' as a critical pathway out of this digital dilemma. Digital video content is five times more engaging for consumers and four times more valuable for advertisers than text content alone. However, despite huge investments by media companies in increased video production, these shifts to video have so far failed to deliver meaningful bottom-line results.
Our children will only know a world with AI. Last year was massive for the creation of exponential technologies leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Venture capital funding doubled to $12 billion in 2017 for AI. Blockchain has been laying the foundation for a new decentralized internet at the same time. Last year, the total amount of capital raised via ICOs was a little over $5 billion.
Yesterday in Berlin, I attended a workshop on the use of artificial intelligence in governing communication online, hosted by the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. In the United States and Europe, many platforms that host user content, such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, have enjoyed safe harbor protections for the content they host, under laws such as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), and in Europe, Articles 12–15 of the eCommerce Directive. Some of these laws, such as the DMCA, provide immunity to platforms for copyright damages if the platforms remove content based on knowledge that it is unlawful. Section 230 of the CDA provides broad immunity to platforms, with the express goals of promoting economic development and free expression. Daphne Keller has a good summary of the legal landscape on intermediary liability.
In June of 1956, A few dozen scientists and mathematicians from all around the country gathered for a meeting on the campus of Dartmouth College. Most of them settled into the red-bricked Hanover Inn, then strolled through the famously beautiful campus to the top floor of the math department, where groups of white-shirted men were already engaged in discussions of a "strange new discipline"--so new, in fact, that it didn't even have a name. "People didn't agree on what it was, how to do it or even what to call it," Grace Solomonoff, the widow of one of the scientists, recalled later. The talks--on everything from cybernetics to logic theory--went on for weeks, in an atmosphere of growing excitement. What the scientists were talking about in their sylvan hideaway was how to build a machine that could think. The "Dartmouth workshop" kicked off the decades-long quest for artificial intelligence. In the following years, the pursuit faltered, enduring several "winters" where it seemed doomed to dead ends and baffling disappointments. But today nations and corporations are pouring billions into AI, whose recent advancements have startled even scientists working in the field. What was once a plot device in sci-fi flicks is in the process of being born. Hedge funds are using AI to beat the stock market, Google is utilizing it to diagnose heart disease more quickly and accurately, and American Express is deploying AI bots to serve its customers online.
Artificial intelligence is already an integral part of our lives. From Google Maps to Alexa, AI makes our lives more convenient. Less visibly, AI has helped streamline operations across a range of industries by automating mundane tasks. But as AI expands its applications, many have expressed concerns that it will exacerbate existing inequalities. Numbers from the World Economic Forum suggest that more than half of the 1.4 million US workers expected to be affected by tech disruption will be women.
The time has come when machine translation, first conceptualized in the 1960s, is finally useful. Google and hundreds of smaller companies have developed algorithms, mined data, used human translation examples and employed syntactic and contextual analysis and every tool in the book to come up with software that essentially breaks down the language barrier completely. You can now automatically translate every website, and in most languages the result is acceptable. Twitter offers a link under every foreign-language tweet to translate it into a foreign language to translate. Some social networks always appear in your preferred language, translating content on the fly.
These are all buzzwords that regularly crop up in the beauty industry, driving women (and men) all around the world to spend thousands of dollars on skincare products that they may or may not need. In fact, the global skincare industry is currently estimated to be worth around $130 billion by 2019 -- that's a lot of miracle cures. And we can only assume that the industry will snowball even further in this selfie-obsessed age. People want to look good -- fact. But with so many products to choose from, it can often be a quagmire of irrelevant creams and dissatisfying serums out there.
With technology moving as fast as it is, we're all scrambling to stay relevant. And marketers are no exception. Every day, we're met with stories about robots taking over our jobs and AI-less businesses soon being left in the dust. And in this dramatically shapeshifting panorama, it's easy to get all shifty-eyed and assume your competitors are nailing the whole AI thing, poised to bury you. Naturally, you look for solutions to put your marketing capabilities on steroids, vowing to tap the power of AI.
With the continuous growth of new AI plugins available for WordPress, there are a lot of instances where AI and machine learning is making its mark on the average WordPress user. In this article we will very loosely discuss a few places in which we are seeing common trends and potential instances in which we could see these new plugins growing into a part of our daily workflow. Personal communication is a key component in any business model and the internet isn't any different. Standing out from the competition is easiest when you can first identify yourself as a strong communicator and make a positive impact whenever possible. Chatbots have begun to take over mobile and desktop web applications in a lot of communications roles.