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) …
Artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed many aspects of our lives for the better. It even played a role in developing vaccines against COVID-19. But you may be surprised just how many things we take for granted that rely on AI. As IBM explain, "at its simplest form, artificial intelligence is a field, which combines computer science and robust datasets to enable problem-solving." It includes the sub-fields of machine learning and deep learning.
As IBM explain, "at its simplest form, artificial intelligence is a field, which combines computer science and robust datasets to enable problem-solving." It includes the sub-fields of machine learning and deep learning. These two fields use algorithms that are designed to make predictions or classifications based on input data. Of course, as technology becomes more sophisticated, literally millions of decisions need to be made every day and AI speeds things up and takes the burden off humans. The World Economic Forum describes AI as a key driver of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
As IBM explain, "at its simplest form, artificial intelligence is a field, which combines computer science and robust datasets to enable problem-solving." It includes the sub-fields of machine learning and deep learning. These two fields use algorithms that are designed to make predictions or classifications based on input data.
When it comes to figuring out what accounting firms are going to do, the best approach is simple: Ask. That's the theory behind Accounting Today's annual "Year Ahead" report: Each year we survey accountants across the country -- this year almost 600 responded -- to ask them about their plans for the next 12 months in areas ranging from tax season to staffing to marketing to technology. To complement that, we reached out to a selection of top firm leaders to get their take on the major issues they're expecting to face in 2020, and their advice for their fellow practitioners. This year's panel comprises Tom Barry, managing partner of Los Angeles-based Green Hasson Janks; Avani Desai, president of Tampa, Florida-based Schellman & Co.; and Heidi LaMarca, CEO and managing partner of Atlanta-based Windham Brannon. What are the trends that accountants and firms should keep an eye out for in 2020?
January 31, 2019Disaster relief, remote-healthcare diagnostics, tracking rhino poachers, upping student achievement--each of these disparate activities could get a big boost from artificial intelligence (AI). A recent discussion paper from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), "Notes from the AI frontier: Applying AI for social good," lays out just how AI can help tackle some of the world's most challenging social problems, analyzing 160 use cases. The good news: about one-third are already being used today. Still, there's much more that can be done, both to implement these solutions and to fully understand the breadth of what they can do for social-good organizations. We gathered questions about this topic from our social-media audience around the globe for Michael Chui, an MGI partner based in McKinsey's San Francisco office and one of the report's authors.
Future AI may be super powerful but, as Dr. Joanna Bryson of the University of Bath relates, that still won't make it a person. The desire to bestow human life on inanimate material has been a component of our collective imagination since at least the days of Ovid. In his work Metamorphoses he relates the tale of Pygmalion, who sculpted Galatea out of ivory and besought her animation at the hands of Aphrodite. Two thousand years later, we still see that narrative trope playing itself out in stories such as Alex Garland's Oscar-winning film Ex Machina, where an AI developer creates an autonomous female android named Ava as the key component of a Turing Test. From marriage to murder, the finales of these and other similar stories range from wish fulfillment to cautionary tale, but the psychological underpinnings remain the same: the aspiration to take something intrinsically non-human (such as ivory or silicon) and humanize it.
Nintendo is coming out of a rough patch in its 128-year history. After spending most of the 00s riding high on the success and profits of its DS and Wii consoles, the current decade has seen the Japanese company struggle to adapt to the changes that its rivals and smartphones have wrought upon the video game world. The death of company president Satoru Iwata in 2016, who presided over a creatively and financially brilliant period in Nintendo's history, left many wondering how the company would find its way again. In March 2017, Nintendo's fortunes turned around again with the launch of the Switch, a smart portable games console that can also be docked next to a TV and played at home. It has proven extremely popular, and its flagship games Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2 and Zelda: Breath of the Wild hoovered up awards last year, including three Baftas at this month's ceremony.