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) …
Policymakers and candidates of both parties have increased their focus on how technology is changing society, including by blaming platforms and other participants in the tech ecosystem for a range of social ills even while recognizing them as significant contributors to U.S. economic success globally. Republicans and Democrats have significant interparty--and intraparty--differences in the form of their grievances and on many of the remedial measures to combat the purported harms. Nonetheless, the growing inclination to do more on tech has apparently driven one key congressional committee to have compromised on previously intractable issues involving data privacy. Rules around the use of algorithms and artificial intelligence, which have attracted numerous legislative proposals in recent years, may be the next area of convergence. While influential members of both parties have pointed to the promise and peril of the increasing role of algorithms and artificial intelligence in American life, they have tended to raise different concerns.
Image by Commonwealth Secretariat on Flickr, used under a CC BY-NC 2.0 license. Following years of citizen mistrust of election management bodies and perceived lack of transparency, the use of biometric technology such as people's physical and behavioural characteristics in political processes has swept across Africa. As Zimbabwe heads for general elections, constitutionally due in 2023, the campaign season will soon be in full swing. The country held by elections on March 26, 2022, which saw the opposition party Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) bagging 22 out of the 28 National Assembly seats. Although these by elections were a litmus test of the main election set for next year, what role is artificial intelligence expected to play in shaping political outcomes?
Automation and hyperautomation are cut from the same cloth. Each solution gives businesses exactly what they crave: Technology that yields faster and more financially responsible processes that are freer of error. That said, hyperautomation takes automation one step further. With it comes additional layers of advanced technologies that cultivate end-to-end automation processes, streamlining workflows and enabling teams to remove some tedious day-to-day tasks. Their unique components allow them to build off one another, and each on its own could be the right call for your business process optimization efforts.
Generative models capable of automatically producing paragraphs of text or digital art are becoming increasingly accessible. People are using them to write fantasy novels, marketing copy, and to create memes and magazine covers. Content automatically created by software is poised to flood the internet for better or worse as AI technology is commercialized. Take Cosmopolitan's recent and "world's first artificially intelligent magazine cover," for instance: the image of a giant astronaut walking on the surface of a planet against a dark sky splattered with what looks like stars and gas as produced by OpenAI's DALL-E 2 model. Karen Cheng, a creative director, described trying various text prompts to guide DALL-E 2 in producing the perfect picture.
Were you unable to attend Transform 2022? Check out all of the summit sessions in our on-demand library now! While many other industries are battered by high inflation and slowing growth rates, the market for software sophisticated enough to communicate digitally with humans isn't slowing down. Referred to as chatbots, global demand for these virtual humans is projected to grow by nearly 500% between 2020 and 2027 to become a $2-billion-a-year industry, according to new market research. Today, the use of these digital assistants and companions is already widespread.
Have you ever wanted all the benefits of going to a bar without having to talk to the actual human being serving your drinks? You're in luck, because Italian scientists at the University of Naples Federico II have developed a machine that can do just that. Using machine-learning algorithms, BRILLO (Bartending Robot for Interactive Long-Lasting Operations) can do everything you expect of an experienced, battle-hardened bartender. He can remember your favorite drinks, make small chit-chat, and even crack jokes if that's the mood at the bar. As seen in the video above, BRILLO sports an old-fashioned look complete with a bow tie and vest, alongside long mechanical arms and a human-like face to make him more personable.
Face biometrics are now firmly established as a way for people to unlock their mobile phones, or sign up to a new online account. As a core means of identifying a person, however, former UNDP Policy Advisor and Program Manager for Legal Identity Niall McCann thinks facial recognition may be on its way out. Biometrics are often part of the registration process, linking a person to their ID number, and ID documents may encode the individual's biometrics, number, or both. McCann tells Biometric Update's Frank Hersey in episode two that because facial recognition can be carried out without the consent or knowledge of the subject, unlike fingerprint biometrics, it is likely to be restricted by the UN for ID projects in the coming years. "You don't know when a CCTV camera system based on street corners is identifying you via facial recognition means," McCann explains.
The Amazon growth story has been a remarkable one so far. On the top line, the company has grown every single year since its inception. Even in going back to 2004, Amazon generated a much more modest $6.9 billion in revenue compared to the massive $469 billion for 2021. Most of these sales come from their retail and ecommerce operations, which the company has come to be known for. That's because 74% of Amazon's operating profit comes from Amazon Web Services (AWS).