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) …
A group of more than 30 democratic lawmakers led by Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) are calling on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to make substantive changes to their recommendation algorithms. In three separate letters addressed to the CEOs of those companies, the group makes a direct link to the January 6th US Capitol attack and the part those platforms played in radicalizing the individuals who took part in the uprising. "On Wednesday, January 6th the United States Capitol was attacked by a violent, insurrectionist mob radicalized in part in a digital echo chamber that your company designed, built and maintained," the letter addressed to Google and YouTube CEOs Sundar Pichai and Susan Wojcicki says. A letter from some Congress members to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki flexes research on how YouTube's algorithms have promoted conspiracy theories and political extremism. Citing the Capitol attacks, they request changes to its recommendations systems.
People were talking, theorising and experimenting with AI for sure, but what happened in the last decade has made AI more tangible. This was the decade when AI went mainstream. Be it access to world standard courses, platforms, libraries, frameworks, hardware -- everything just fell into place. And, it wouldn't be an exaggeration if one were to say that what was accomplished in the last ten years single-handedly fortified the foundations of our future. In this article, we look at a few of the most important breakthroughs that directly or indirectly have made AI a household name.
Natural language processing first studied in the 1950s, is one of the most dynamic and exciting fields of artificial intelligence. With the rise in technologies such as chatbots, voice assistants, and translators, NLP has continued to show some very encouraging developments. In this article, we attempt to predict what NLP trends will look like in the future as near as 2021. A large amount of data is generated at every moment on social media. It also births a peculiar problem of making sense of all this information generated, which cannot be possibly done manually.
President Trump reacts to the media and Big Tech's role in politics in a'Sunday Morning Futures' exclusive. The year 2020 proved to be a pivotal one in tech, as companies provided essential services during the coronavirus pandemic and unveiled 5G telecom technology while facing unprecedented antitrust scrutiny and accusations of censorship amid an intense election and social justice movement. "I think sometimes we hear that … U.S. innovation is slowing down, and I think the last year has shown that that's not really the case," Neil Chilson, senior research fellow for tech and innovation at the Charles Koch Institute, told Fox News. Chilson gave examples of the country's rapid COVID-19 vaccine development, SpaceX's astronaut launch in May and autonomous driving company Waymo's recent announcement that its self-driving cars will be completely autonomous in trials in Phoenix. "I'm pretty excited about the future. I think 2020 shows that the U.S. is still the world leader in tech and innovation, and we should continue to maintain our cultural appreciation for innovation and a regulatory environment that enables it," he said.
Let's talk about the good things that happened this year. Yes, 2020 has been a relentless nightmare that's unspooled at rapidly shifting speeds -- and it's showing no signs of magically abating as the clock strikes 12 this New Year's Eve. But you, who by some combination of luck or fate are still thinking and breathing, know this already. What you may be less aware of, however, is that despite the undeniable pain and tragedy 2020 has wrought, there are developments worth celebrating. While each passing year seemingly brings with it news of further digital indignities thrust upon your life, 2020 witnessed genuine progress when it comes to protecting your privacy.
Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act is the legal principle that makes today's internet possible--from Facebook, Twitter and TikTok to YouTube, Discord and Twitch. It protects companies from being held liable for what their users do online. This made sense when online services were little more than tools for creating virtual billboards and mailing lists, but many of today's platforms have evolved to include powerful artificial-intelligence algorithms that determine what shows up in people's feeds. Critics on both sides of the political aisle say if companies control what people see, they should be responsible for what people see--and don't see. President Trump threatened to veto a recent defense-spending bill unless a provision to strike down Section 230 was included.
The Zoom video meeting service is finally coming to Amazon's Echo Show video device, five months after first being announced. This follows the launch of the service on Facebook's Portal video device in September, and Google's announcement this week that a limited preview of Zoom for the Nest Hub Max video device was now available. Fine print alert: Google's preview hasn't yet opened to the general public and Amazon's Zoom support is only available on one of the three Echo Show devices, the 8-inch model, which is currently holiday-priced at $44.99. Amazon also has models with 5-inch and 10-inch screens. Zoom was named the most downloaded app of the year by Apple, as the pandemic changed the way we learn and work from home.
The world of AI has been shaken by Google's dismissal of AI Ethicist Dr Timnit Gebru last week. This behaviour is emblematic of the self-centred attitudes of major tech companies which also results in lack of commitment to democratisation of technology. With Facebook, Amazon and Apple also in the spotlight for allegedly creating a monopoly, the time has come for SMEs to re-revaluate their AI providers. The tech industry has experienced a meteoric rise this millennium, growing into one of the world's largest industries, with investment increasing by £3.1 billion in 2019 alone. Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have a combined worth of $4 trillion, giving them unprecedented power over the marketplaces they facilitate.