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The Morning After: You can write on Amazon's newest Kindle


Amazon's barrage of new hardware included something many of you might have been waiting for: a Kindle e-reader with stylus support. Yes, the Kindle Scribe comes with a magnetic stylus and a 10.2-inch, 300ppi display. You won't need to charge or sync the Scribe's stylus, and you can use it for jotting notes, journaling and annotating any books you're reading. Starting next year, you'll also be able to send Microsoft Word documents to Kindle Scribe. Kindle Scribe will start at $340 and arrives November 30th.

Tesla's A.I. Day Is Coming. The Bar for Musk Is High.


It's a big ask for Tesla second artificial-intelligence day: How to top the dancer in a robot suit doing the Charleston at last year's debut event? The image is a hard one to forget.

Elon Musk to march out Tesla Bot at AI Day


The long-awaited reveal of Elon Musk's robot army comes to an end Friday when the Tesla mogul will uncloak the prototype at its annual AI Day on Friday. Dubbed "The Tesla Bot", or "Optimus", the 5'8", 125-pound robots are designed to complete "dangerous, menial or boring tasks," starting on Tesla's own assembly lines, according to Musk. Musk first explained the idea for the "I, Robot"-like machines at last year's AI Day, saying that they are designed to work closely with both humans and other machines to accomplish tasks. Early diagrams revealed that Optimus will have a display screen on its "face" and five-fingered hands with dexterity akin to a real person's. The bots will be equipped with a version of Tesla's autonomous navigation system found in its cars, where several camera systems work together to identify and clear obstacles. Optimus will also be able to respond to instructions like "please go to the store and get me the following groceries," Musk said. The Tesla chief executive even said that the robots would have a personality, which he described as "friendly." He added that, despite concerns spurred by sci-fi films, the robots are harmless. They are designed with a top speed of 5 mph "so you can run away from it and most likely overpower it," Musk said. Tesla plans to deploy the worker-bee bots on its floors first as a proof of concept, before looking to sell the machines elsewhere. While the idea may be futuristic, many AI experts have questioned the efficiency of Musk's bipedal robots over existing factory machines, such as the robot arms used on automobile assembly lines. "If he just gets the robot to walk around, or he gets the robots to dance, that's already been done," said Nancy Cooke, a professor in human systems engineering at Arizona State University, in an interview with Reuters. Shaun Azimi, head of NASA's Dexterous Robotics Team, also expressed skepticism about the idea. "Self-driving cars weren't really proved to be as easy as anyone thought.



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Role of Artificial Intelligence in Social Media


AI has the potential to transform the way brands market on social networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It can automate many of the tedious tasks of social media management and it can also do social media monitoring at scale. AI allows social media marketers to reach their audience and understand their preferences. This helps them target their ads in a better way as well as create content in a better way.

Opinion: The Rise of the Robots Just Cannot Be Stopped


Automation of the labor force was feared for a long time. In 2017, a website sprung up to answer a question long on the minds of many: Will robots take my job? The creators based it on Bureau of Labor Statistics data and a 2013 research paper from Oxford University about "the susceptibility of jobs to computerization." Things have moved quickly since; even the term "computerization" now sounds desperately out of date. If you plug "journalist" into the site's search bar, for example, the site reveals an "automation risk score" of 9 percent.

Are Alexa and Siri making our children DUMB?


Alexa, Siri and Google Home might be making children less intelligent and socially stunted, it was claimed today. The voice-controlled devices -- popular in homes across the world -- allow users to ask questions and receive answers. But this may impede youngster's learning skills, critical thinking and empathy, says Dr Anmol Arora, a researcher at Cambridge University. Dr Anmol Arora, a researcher at Cambridge University, says this is down to the tech only offering short and concise answers to questions, inappropriate responses and being unable to give feedback on their social skills. Alexa, Siri and Google Home might be making children less intelligent and socially stunted, according to an artificial intelligence expert.

Fresh Guidance On AI Patents From UK IPO - Patent - UK


The UK Intellectual Property Office (Patent Office) has provided fresh guidance on patent applications for artificial intelligence (AI) inventions, including helpful scenarios explaining how to successfully gain AI patents from the UK IPO. This guidance is designed to help ensure the UK remains a cost-efficient forum for applicants to get granted patents in this rapidly evolving area. Artificial intelligence is now applied in a vast range of fields, from pharmaceuticals to the automotive industry, and from industrial chemicals to fintech. The enormous range of possible uses has created challenges for the Patent Office when it comes to examining patent applications related to AI inventions. The UK IPO applies a framework developed by the English Courts when assessing whether computer-implemented inventions, including AI inventions, are excluded from patentability as merely "computer programs as such" or if they escape the exclusion by providing a technical contribution. This involves assessing a number of "signposts" for patentability.

New Technology Could Reduce the Side Effects of Common Medicines


Artificial intelligence might help doctors in determining whether individuals are likely to have adverse effects from widely used antidepressants, antihistamines, and bladder medications. An evaluation of a new tool to determine which medications are more likely to have adverse anticholinergic effects on the body and brain was conducted under the direction of the University of Exeter and the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust. Their findings were recently published in the journal Age and Ageing. Many prescription and over-the-counter medications that affect the brain by inhibiting the neurotransmitter acetylcholine may result in adverse anticholinergic effects. Numerous drugs, including certain bladder medications, antidepressants, stomach medicines, and Parkinson's disease have some degree of anticholinergic impact.

The Evolving Landscape of Automatic Speech Recognition


Automatic speech recognition (ASR) has come a long way. Though it was invented long ago, it was hardly ever used by anyone. However, time and technology have now changed significantly. Audio transcription has substantially evolved. Technologies such as AI (Artificial Intelligence) have powered the process of audio-to-text translation for quick and accurate results.