AI is transforming the world as we know it. Contextual awareness paired with AI is opening the door to many positive solutions for healthcare, environmental protection, conservation, smart cities and public safety. Enterprise AI applications also proliferate in marketing and sales, HR and recruiting, security, autonomous operations and financial services. On the other hand, the rapid advancement of AI also raises questions and concerns around data ethics, which are only beginning to be addressed. As a case in point, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has been challenged by AI bias concerns for its new crime analysis AI tool.
Trash talk has been part of sport and human competition for as long as people have been competitive, but now robots are getting in on the game. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, programmed a robot called Pepper to use mild insults such as'you are a terrible player' and'your playing has become confused'. It would then use these insults while challenging a human to a game called'Guards and Treasures' that is designed to test rationality. Even though the robot used very mild language, the human player's performance got worse while they were being insulted, according to lead author Aaron M. Roth. The team say tests like this could help work out how humans will respond in future if a robot assistant disagrees with a command, such as over whether to buy healthy or unhealthy food.
Amazon wants to see more consumers using their voices to control their TVs this holiday season. This week, it announced a new $35 product, the Fire TV Blaster, which acts as a universal remote of sorts, by enabling TVs that don't have voice access to respond to Alexa. It will be available Dec. 11. The advantages of voice versus clicking are substantial, says Amazon vice-president Sandeep Gupta, who stopped by the Los Angeles USA TODAY bureau for a Talking Tech audio interview. Voice is a more "flexible," experience and completes the task with less bother, he says.
Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal accused Google of stealthily collecting sensitive patient data from millions of Americans without their consent. The New York Times soon followed with its own report, offering more detail on "Project Nightingale" and noting how it was likely to rile up privacy advocates. Forbes then published its own story, followed by another article from Business Insider, each drip-feeding more details about this initiative. When, you might ask, will it all end? The problem is not the reporting; it's that Google's own ambitions in health care have no clear limits, which is something that Project Nightingale illustrates.
Artificial intelligence technology is advancing and bringing opportunities for society but also profound challenges for individual freedom. AI is a powerful enabler of surveillance technology, such as facial recognition, and many countries are grappling with appropriate rules for use, weighing the security benefits against privacy risks. Authoritarian regimes, however, lack strong institutional mechanisms to protect individual privacy--a free and independent press, civil society, an independent judiciary--and the result is the widespread use of AI for surveillance and repression. This dynamic is most acute in China, where the Chinese government is pioneering new uses of AI to monitor and control its population. China has already begun to export this technology along with laws and norms for illiberal uses to other nations.
'Developments in artificial intelligence (AI) are leading to fundamental changes in the way we live. Algorithms can already detect Parkinson's disease and cancer, and control both cars and aircraft. How will AI change our society in the future? This documentary journeys to the hot spots of AI research in Europe, the USA and China, and looks at the revolutionary developments which are currently taking place'. 'The rapid growth of AI offers many opportunities, but also many dangers.
Beyond cortical and limbic systems, the company Neuralink could add a third layer of digital superintelligence to humans and avoid artificial intelligence enslavement, its founder Elon Musk claimed Tuesday. The brain-computer linkup firm is working to treat medical conditions using its implanted chip as early as next year, but during a podcast appearance, Musk reiterated his belief that the technology could avoid some of the worst consequences of advanced machines. "It's important that Neuralink solves this problem sooner rather than later, because the point at which we have digital superintelligence, that's when we pass the singularity and things become just very uncertain," Musk said during an interview with MIT professor Lex Fridman. Musk was keen to note that the singularity, a hypothesized point where machines grow so advanced that humanity slips into an irreversible change, may not necessarily be good or bad. He did state, however, that "things become extremely unstable" after that point, which means Neuralink would need to achieve its human-brain linkup either before or not long after "to minimize the existential risk for humanity and consciousness as we know it."
"November 8th is National STEM day and we honor the dedication, creativity, and passion of JAIC's science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals who drive our AI capability delivery forward." The Department of Defense stands at a rare moment of historical significance. Just as in 1957 when the world was caught off-guard as we watched Sputnik launch into space, our nation must again align our STEM capabilities to our national defense needs. We have entered a time when AI technologies will transform not only society, but the very character of warfare. Our country's leadership role is dependent on our next-generation STEM expertise.
As far as the ongoing debate over who is going to be most impacted by the AI trend -- blue-collar or white-collar workers -- the answer, as it turns out, is white collar, says new research from the Brookings Institution. "Better-paid, white-collar or office occupations may be most exposed to AI," Brookings said in summarizing the major findings of a report set to be published today (Nov.
Japanese electronics giant Sony today announced the establishment of Sony AI to "unleash human imagination and creativity with AI. This new organization, with offices globally in Japan, Europe, and the United States, will advance fundamental research and development of AI (artificial intelligence). Sony AI will drive the research and development of AI in both physical and virtual space through multiple world-class flagship projects as well as other explorative research projects, including AI ethics. Initially, Sony AI will launch three flagship projects in the areas of gaming, imaging & sensing, and gastronomy. But the Japanese electronics giant wants to play a bigger role in the food industry. "AI and robotics will not replace chefs.