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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According to Cisco's forecast, there will be 850 ZB of data generated by mobile users and IoT devices by 2021. With a surge in data, challenges like latency will emerge. And, if one has to derive intelligence from algorithms in real-time, the traditional systems cannot be trusted for long. Thanks to the efforts of top companies to place supercomputers in the pockets, edge computing systems have garnered significant attention. Over the past couple of years chipmakers have been bullish on developing integrated solutions for edge cases.
Despite their own high tech nature, many of the 3G and 4G networks we use are currently managed through manually-filled spreadsheets, complete with the errors and inaccuracies that come with human-led processes. For its next generation of 5G networks, telecommunications giant Nokia is hoping to change the state of things. The Finnish company has announced that it has now digitized all of its 5G network deployments globally, and that the new processes it has implemented will be used in every Nokia network roll-out globally. From drone-led site surveys to AI-powered tools that can identify defects in the network in real-time: to manage and maintain the swarm of small cells, base stations and antenna arrays that will come with future 5G networks, Nokia is betting big on digital tools. Nokia's president of global services Sanjay Goel said: "Today, many operators suffer from a fragmented way in how their next-gen 5G networks are designed, built and managed. The adoption of automation, AI and the digitalization of assets are vital steps in a CSP's digital transformation journey to capture the full potential of 5G."
SEP 07 2020: Growing complexities in the communication networks today calls for an intelligent approach to network planning and optimization. With the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques, new technology paradigms such as network virtualization, self-organizing networks (SONs), intelligent antennas, AI-powered radio-frequency (RF) front end and intelligent chipsets can be easily embedded into the communication networks. Telecom companies are therefore leveraging AI solutions to achieve hyper-automation of telecom networks and usher in an era of self-healing and self-configuring networks. Inclusion of network intelligence allows mobile network operators (MNOs) to achieve efficient network management and cross spectrum protection. This report includes a comprehensive analysis of the adoption of AI in telecom, highlighting the major technology trends and opportunities available across the ecosystem.
Qualcomm is targeting first half 2021 commercial edge computing deployments for its Cloud AI 100 family of artificial intelligence inference processors and is releasing a hardware developer kit. The edge computing deployments for the Cloud AI 100 family represent a key milestone for Qualcomm. The company outlined its Cloud AI 100 family last year and worked through the sample and production silicon cadence throughout 2020. Simply put, Qualcomm has made some good progress since its 2019 Cloud AI 100 launch. John Kehrli, senior director product management for Qualcomm's Cloud AI 100 effort, said the combination of 5G and AI has spurred edge computing innovation.
Nokia on Tuesday rolled out enhancements to its Self-Organizing Network software, bringing more automation to network operations. The vendor-agnostic software should help communication service providers more easily manage complex 5G networks, Nokia says. Prior versions of the software automated some time-consuming tasks for network operators, "but you still needed individuals to decide which part of the networks needed to be optimized," Brian McCann, Chief Product Officer for Nokia Software, said to ZDNet, "to identify a problem, to identify the right solution and verify that it fixed the problem and monitor the outcome." Prior versions of the software automated some time-consuming tasks for network operators, "but you still needed individuals to decide which part of the networks needed to be optimized," Brian McCann, Chief Product Officer for Nokia Software, said to ZDNet, "to identify a problem, to identify the right solution and verify that it fixed the problem and monitor the outcome." The latest release uses machine learning to detect network issues and self-correct any deviations based on a set of defined objectives, such as latency or throughput levels. It can also leverage insights to further improve the solution itself.
Beyond asking for the latest temperature, calendar appointments and recipes, Amazon Echo and Google Nest Hub devices can be used for phone calls. Amazon announced on Wednesday a new alliance with wireless carrier AT&T to enable AT&T customers (on "eligible rate plans") to link their mobile numbers and turn their speaker into a two-way phone. This will enable them to make calls and answer their phone from contacts at home by saying "Alexa answer" without having to search for the phone, or answer on a dead battery. You can also have a choice of where you want to answer, via the phone, on your device, or Echo speaker. The alliance is exclusive with AT&T.
In the months before its launch, Motorola's Razr generated ungodly levels of hype -- our quick hands-on, for instance, has the most views of any non-sex robot video we've ever made. Even a functionally perfect foldable would've had a hard time living up to expectations, and in case you missed it, we most certainly did not get a perfect foldable. That left Motorola will little choice but to buckle down, make some changes, and try again. That's where the brand's new Razr comes in -- it sports a modified design, 5G, and fixes for at least some of the issues the first model was notorious for. Mind you, it's still not a flagship phone, and at $1400 we're not sure it's a great deal either. But for people who want an extremely pocket-friendly foldable that's also usable while closed, Motorola just might be on the right track.
Beginning today, AT&T customers can link their phone numbers to Alexa devices. Once they're connected, customers will be able to make and answer calls through Alexa as they would on their phone. As The Verge notes, Echo devices have been able to call mobile numbers and landlines for free since 2017, but this integration with AT&T goes a little deeper, essentially turning your Alexa device into an extension of your phone. Amazon already rolled this feature out abroad. In the UK and Germany, Vodafone OneNumber customers can link their mobile accounts, and EE customers in the UK can do the same.