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) …
With automation and artificial intelligence expanding across every industry and job function, machine learning – which enables computer systems to learn much like the human brain does – has emerged as one of today's fastest-growing careers. Well-known applications include fraud-detection systems and autonomous cars. To teach the skills to succeed in this rapidly expanding field, Cornell has launched an online certificate program in machine learning. "Machine learning algorithms improve themselves with experience by discovering patterns in data. This approach is extremely powerful but requires a solid understanding of the underlying principles and mechanisms," said Kilian Weinberger, associate professor in Computing and Information Science and faculty author of the certificate program.
While AI had some success at beating humans at other games such as chess and Go (games that follow predefined rules and aren't random), winning at poker proved to be more challenging because it requires strategy, intuition, and reasoning based on hidden information. Despite the challenges, artificial intelligence can now play--and win--poker. Artificial intelligence systems including DeepStack and Libratus paved the way for Pluribus, the AI that beat five other players in six-player Texas Hold'em, the most popular version of poker. This feat goes beyond games. This achievement means that artificial intelligence can now expand to help solve some of the world's most challenging issues.
Last year, when the Food and Drug Administration approved an Apple Watch feature that notified users if they had an irregular heart rhythm, the information tech industry hailed it as a watershed moment in consumer-focused health care. Cardiologists, on the other hand, warned that the app could lead to privacy violations, unwarranted worrying and wasteful or even dangerous medical care. It might have been good to have an authoritative assessment of the new technology's pros and cons. But in the United States, at least, that no longer happens. In Britain, France and the European Union, government agencies examine the ethical, social and economic impact of artificial intelligence and other big new technologies used in health care and elsewhere.
What Dr. Machina has done in the pages of the book you are holding is take us once again to the future…even if it looks a lot like the past. Scissorwalk combines the idea of MST3K and memes into a (somewhat) coherent tale of Chet, who looks like the 1950s idea of what a real American should look like. And while that doesn't all sound that futuristic you have to understand that it was made, in part, by a robot!
A new biometric technology that literally waves goodbye to passwords is due to be announced by Hitachi Europe Ltd. on September 10. This first-of-a-kind technology couples Hitachi's proven secure finger vein technology with any device that has a camera. So, could this be the beginning of the end for not only passwords but fingerprint scanning and facial recognition systems? I've been taking an exclusive first look at the new hand gesture biometric authentication technology. Hitachi has been a leading player in the biometric authentication business for many years, with its finger vein biometrics used by banks to replace passwords for authorizing transactions.
Machine learning is a term we hear all the time at Google. "Everyone loves it -- machine learning is everyone's BFF these days," says Avinash Kaushik, who leads a team of analysts in Google's marketing department. But putting all the hype aside, can the latest marketing trend actually help companies achieve important business goals? That's a question Kaushik's team is trying to answer. "I spend most of my time trying to figure out how we can unlock the power of machine learning," he says.
At the 2019 Paris Air Show, Dassault Aviation showed a mockup of the FCAS sixth generation fighter jet for the first time publicly. A new partnership between ANSYS and Airbus Defense and Space will develop a new artificial intelligence design tool to create the embedded flight control software for Europe's Future Combat Air System (FCAS). FCAS is a next-generation air combat development program involving France, Germany and now Spain to develop a system of fully automated remote air platforms and sixth-generation fighters that will replace the current generation of Eurofighter and Rafale jets operated by those three countries. Dassault and Airbus are the lead prime manufacturers for the FCAS program. A mockup of the future FCAS stealth fighter concept was shown publicly for the first time during the 2019 Paris Air Show.
If you've had any experience trying to increase customer engagement with your business, you know that the only constant is change – and the rate of change is constantly accelerating. Not only are customers expanding the ways they interact with the businesses they buy from, but emerging technologies are enabling businesses to make those conversations more personalized, productive and on-point. Take a look at self-service. An increasing number of customers prefer to solve their problems "on their own," which really means they take advantage of the tools and processes companies design for them to resolve issues without talking to an agent. A survey by Zendesk and market research firm Loudhouse found that 53 percent of customers think it is important for them to resolve their own product problems rather than rely on customer service representatives.
Back in 2006, Phil Fernandez, Jon Miller, and David Morandi founded Marketo. At the time, they only had a PowerPoint. But then again, they also had a compelling vision to create a new category known as marketing automation. Within a few years, Marketo would become one of the fastest software companies in the world, as the market-product fit was near perfect. By 2013, the company went public and then a few years later, it would go private.