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) …
For those who haven't heard, there's a bit of a brouhaha brewing with the video game retailer GameStop, which is publicly traded. Much of Wall Street soured on the company, believing it to be the next Blockbuster or Radio Shack: a dinosaur from a bygone era that has no hope of succeeding in the increasingly internet-run future. As a result, a major Wall Street hedge fund worth billions decided to make a bet that the company's already low stock price would just keep going lower. The traditional way to make money in stocks was to find a company that was worth more than what its stock price indicated, purchase the stock at a bargain, and then make your money either through the company's distribution of its profits back to its equity owners or the appreciation of its stock price. But you can also make money betting on a company to eventually circle the toilet.
While many would like to flush the year 2020 down the toilet, bathroom tech is no joke. From smart toothbrushes and self-cleaning bidets to voice-activated showers and Android-powered mirrors, you might be surprised how much innovation there is for that small room we spend a considerable amount of time in. How much time, you ask? Conservatively, 30 minutes a day, according to several studies and surveys over the years (such as here, here, and here), which averages out to roughly eight days a year. Tech that you sit on, stand under and stare into may add convenience, comfort, and in some cases, smarter water consumption to help save money on your monthly utility bill. The following is a look at what's available today, ranging in price from $99 to $1,599.
Essentials Week spotlights unexpected items that make our daily lives just a little bit better. During the great toilet paper and Purell shortage of 2020, my savior was Nowinstock.net. As coronavirus cases crippled the U.S. in the spring, cleaning wipes and soap were also hard to get online and in store. With store shelves left bare, Amazon prices surged. Then I was introduced to the stripped-down website that sends you alerts when a popular item is in stock.
Cleaning up the oceans is a huge undertaking, especially for a single nonprofit based out of the Netherlands, but having Microsoft on your side is a nice bonus. Boyan Slat launched The Ocean Cleanup nonprofit in 2013, with the goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Since then, the project has also embraced the goal of preventing new waste from entering the ocean by cleaning up rivers the carry many of the pollutants. In 2018, The Ocean Cleanup was a participant in Microsoft's annual hackathon, where volunteers work together on moonshots to try to come up with innovative solutions. The resulting machine learning models have helped The Ocean Cleanup track plastic and other waste, and informed how and where the nonprofit deploys its giant autonomous plastic collectors.
Just like any other day, we start our morning with a coffee and a snack to go from our favorite bakery. Later on the same day, we check out our mail where we find letters, newspapers, magazines, and possibly a package that just arrived. Finally at night, after a rough week, we decide to go out to have drinks with friends. Sounds like a pretty uneventful day, right? Except that we produced lots of trash in the form of plastic, glass, paper, ad more.
Google's parent company Alphabet has rebooted its robotics program– following a string of robotics acquisitions being put on ice– to see if robots can be'taught' to complete everyday tasks. It all started with trash-- employees of X lab noticed waste not being sorted out properly and decided robots may be a solution to help sort through it. Like existing forms of robotics, the robots are programmed to perform a task. But not with code; with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) the robots'learn' the task through practice, and observation of humans, or "shared experiences". In its blog post, X lab explained the notion of coding as the only way to program robots sets a limit to its capabilities.
Intel has recently partnered with Accenture and the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation to create an AI-driven data collection platform aimed at analyzing and protecting vulnerable marine habitats, habitats like coral reefs. A combination of climate change, pollution, and overfishing have been damaging the world's oceans, particularly coral reefs. Coral reefs around the world are experiencing mass die-offs and problems like coral bleaching. Scientists and conservationists are looking for ways to protect coral reefs and help them recover. Designing plans to support coral reefs requires data, and as Engadget reported, Intel has partnered with two environmental foundations to create the CORaiL platform.
Like clockwork the annual CES, the massive technology show formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, has taken over Las Vegas during this first full week of January. This year's event is expected to attract about 175,000 industry professionals to the Las Vegas Convention Center, surrounding hotels and other facilities. In total, the show covers nearly three million net square feet – all focusing on tomorrow's tech. From autonomous car concepts and adorable robots to voice-controlled smart home gadgets to next-generation 8K televisions, CES provides an exciting peek into the near future. Ivanka Trump:President's daughter and advisor speaks on the future of work at CES 2020 in Las Vegas Lenovo offered hands-on time with its versatile ThinkPad X1 Fold, the world's first fully functional PC with a foldable OLED display.
People like to call millennials "lazy" when in fact we're just a bunch of tech-savvy innovators who increasingly show that you don't have to do everything the same way your parents or grandparents did. Case in point: You don't have to have cable. You don't actually have to call people on the phone, ever. And splitting monthly bills with strangers can actually be normal. Adults born in the 1980s and early 1990s have practically become experts at finding alternatives to everyday tasks so they can get more done with less physical exertion.