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AI's struggle to reach "understanding" and "meaning"


This article is part of our reviews of AI research papers, a series of posts that explore the latest findings in artificial intelligence. The short excerpt below from the 1938 film La Femme du Boulanger (The Baker's Wife) ingeniously depicts how the human mind can extract deep meaning from life experiences and perceived situations. In the movie, directed by Marcel Pagnol, the baker Aimable welcomes his wife Aurelie, who has just come back after running off with a shepherd days earlier. While Aimable treats Aurelie with sweet words and a heart-shaped bread (which he had baked for himself), he shows no kindness toward Pomponette, his female cat who coincidentally returns home at the same time as Aurelie, after abandoning her mate Pompon for a chat de gouttière (alley cat). Aimable calls Pomponette ordur (junk) and a salope (a rude term) who has run off with un inconnu (a nobody) and bon-a-rien (good for nothing) while the poor Pompon has been miserably searching for her everywhere.

10 Ways AI Is Transforming Enterprise Software - InformationWeek


If you are currently in the market for almost any kind of enterprise software, you will almost certainly run across at least one vendor claiming that its product includes artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. Of course, some of these claims are no more than marketing hyperbole, or "AI washing." However, in many cases, software makers truly are integrating new capabilities related to analytics, vision, natural language, or other areas that deserve the AI label. The market researchers at IDC have gone so far as to call AI "inescapable." Similarly, Omdia Tractica predicted that worldwide revenue from AI software will climb from $10.1 billion in 2018 to $126.0 billion in 2025, led in large part by advancements in deep learning technology.

A Beginner's Guide to Face Recognition with OpenCV in Python - Sefik Ilkin Serengil


OpenCV becomes a de facto standard for image processing studies. The library offers some legacy techniques for face recognition as well. Local binary patterns histograms (LBPH), EigenFace and FisherFace methods are covered in the package. It is a fact that these conventional face recognition algorithms ARE NOT state-of-the-art techniques anymore. Nowadays, CNN based deep learning approaches overperform than these old-fashioned methods.

Voice assistants - Speech service - Azure Cognitive Services


The first step to creating a voice assistant is to decide what it should do. The Speech service provides multiple, complementary solutions for crafting your assistant interactions. You can add voice in and voice out capabilities to your flexible and versatile bot built using Azure Bot Service with the Direct Line Speech channel, or leverage the simplicity of authoring a Custom Commands app for straightforward voice commanding scenarios.

New AI predicts which planets are going to smash into each other


A team of NASA astrophysicists has put the fate of entire star systems in the hands of an AI algorithm. The system -- dubbed SPOCK -- by NASA and Princeton University astrophysicist Daniel Tamayo, doesn't actually decide which worlds will live and die. But it can predict the paths of exoplanets, and determine which ones will remain stable and which will crash into other worlds or stars, far more accurately and at greater scale than humans ever could. Since the first exoplanet was discovered in 1995, scientists have identified more than 4,000 worlds elsewhere. Over 700 of them are in star systems containing more than one planet, Tamayo said in a press release, which potentially puts them at risk of devastation collisions.

Autonomous drone maker Skydio shifts to military and enterprise with its first folding drone


Skydio, a startup that makes autonomous drones that fly themselves with little human intervention, is entering the commercial drone market with its new X2 model. The X2 is Skydio's first non-consumer device and it's marketed toward government agencies, the military, and other organizations that require aerial surveillance or surveying, with its own built-in infrared thermal camera. The X2 announcement coincides with Skydio's new round of $100 million in funding, led by German multinational company Siemens' Next47 firm. Skydio first entered the market a little more than two years ago with the Skydio R1. The R1 was an autonomous drone that sported impressive artificial intelligence-powered obstacle avoidance and other sensors and software features that let it seamlessly fly itself through complex outdoor environments like wooded trails while following subjects.

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Which Planetary Systems Will Survive 100,000 Times Faster


While three planets have been detected in the Kepler-431 system, little is known about the shapes of their orbits. On the left are a large number of superimposed orbits for each planet that are consistent with observations. An international team of astrophysicists led by Princeton's Daniel Tamayo removed all the unstable configurations that would have already collided and couldn't be observed today. Doing this with previous methods would take over a year of computer time. With their new model SPOCK, it takes 14 minutes.

COVID-19: Why RPA alone is not enough


Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is demonstrating remarkable potential in enterprise deployments, saving thousands of hours each year, reducing wages costs and enabling people to focus on higher-value work. However, recent experience has shown that intelligent and agile automation of business processes requires more than RPA. The biggest problem with enterprise operations today is the simple fact that most firms only implemented RPA and believe that this technology is the only good solution for optimizing their routine processes. An RPA application often has to coexist with other applications supporting different workflows for handling huge digital workload while increasing productivity and reducing costs. RPA is relatively easy and quick to implement technology and promises a strong ROI and is defiantly a helpful element for automating simple, repetitive tasks, especially in connection with legacy systems or documents.

How Artificial Intelligence and Robotic industry is going to upsurge post-Covid-19


'Necessity is the mother of invention', a saying that has been told for generations. However, in the current scenario, it's befitting to say it propels innovation too. The current pandemic that the world is facing could be the necessity to make or break industries and economies. Artificial intelligence and the robotics industry could be the innovation that could pave the way to a new world. Many experts have said that the COVID-19 crisis marks the beginning of the 4th industrial revolution otherwise called the AI era.

Samsung expects 6G to launch as early as 2028


Samsung Electronics expects 6G communication to be commercialised as early as 2028 and go mainstream by 2030, it said in a white paper published on Tuesday. ITU-R, a sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) responsible for radio communication, is expected to begin their work to define a 6G vision next year, Samsung said. The time spent on defining and developing technical standards for each successive generation, from 2G to 5G, has shortened, the company said. It took 15 years for 3G to be defined and eight years for 5G, and this trend of acceleration will continue to 6G, it added. The South Korean tech giant also said its vision for 6G is to bring the next hyper-connected experience to every corner of life.