Amazon, Google personal assistants can handle more chores. Just ask them

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Already, about one in four U.S. consumers has a home personal assistant at their beck and call, thanks to the success of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Nest. But many users are just scratching the surface of what these gadgets can do. If you aren't familiar with the speakers (both starting at $35), you wake up your artificial intelligence-driven helper with a keyword – "Alexa" for Amazon devices and "OK, Google" for a Google Nest or Google Home speaker – followed by a question or command. A human-like voice will give you a response, whether you want to hear the weather, a specific song, set a timer for the oven, or control your smart devices in your home, such as adjusting lighting or a thermostat. One-fourth of U.S. consumers (25%) will use a smart speaker in 2020, up from 17% in 2018, according to research firm eMarketer.



Experts Join Rensselaer-IBM Artificial Intelligence Research Collaboration

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"The addition of these faculty is expanding our interdisciplinary cohort of AI researchers across the entire campus. We expect these four outstanding faculty members are the first wave of hires who will increase our capabilities for AI and machine learning research across all five of Rensselaer's schools," said James Hendler, director of the AIRC, and a Rensselaer Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web, and Cognitive Science. The Rensselaer-IBM AIRC is dedicated to advancing the science of artificial intelligence and enabling the use of AI and machine learning in research investigations, innovations, and applications of joint interest to both Rensselaer and IBM. The collaboration fosters the growth of AI and machine learning capabilities through faculty hires, by funding specific research initiatives, and through funding top graduate students as IBM AI Horizons fellows. For more information about the AIRC, watch this video.


Bots vs. AI: Two Kinds of Software Art Take Different Approaches to the Digital Commons

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"AI: More than Human," an exhibition that appeared at London's Barbican Art Gallery this past summer and can now be seen at the Forum in Groningen, the Netherlands, mirrors the muddled zeitgeist of artificial intelligence. It seeks to bring together the various elements of art, research, and commerce, displaying interactive installations as well as projects applying AI in fields as diverse as agriculture and neuroscience. Rather than untangle these distinct areas, Barbican curator Anna Holsgrove has chosen to intermix them under sections titled the Dream of AI, Mind Machines, Data Worlds, and Endless Evolution. I saw the show in the company of computational artist Memo Akten, who has been at the forefront of many micro-movements, learning new tools to study how they expand human creativity. At the Barbican, Akten presented the latest iteration of Learning to See (2017), an interactive installation in which machine-learning software analyzes a live feed from a camera pointed at a table covered with everyday objects.



Calls for AI Regulation Gain Steam

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Should restrictions be placed on the use of artificial intelligence? Google CEO Sundhar Pichai certainly does, and so do a host of other business leaders, including the CEOs of IBM and H2O.ai, as the chorus of calls for putting limits on the spread of the rapidly evolving technology gets louder. Pichai aired his opinion on the matter in an opinion piece published Monday in the Financial Times, titled "Why Google thinks we need to regulate AI" (story is protected by a paywall). In the story, Pichai, who is also CEO of Google's parent company, Alphabet, shared his lifelong love of technology, as well as the breakthroughs that his company is making in using AI to fight breast cancer, improve weather forecasts, and reduce flight delays. As virtuous as these AI-powered accomplishments are, they don't account for the negative impacts that AI also can have, Pichai wrote.


AI & Machine Learning: An Enterprise Guide - InformationWeek

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Set the buzz factor aside for a minute, and understand that artificial intelligence is doing real work for real companies. Even in the early stages of implementation, AI is providing enterprise organizations with benefits: Efficiency in operations, cybersecurity protections, innovation, and stronger customer relationships. However, the race to implement AI and machine learning also raises citizen privacy concerns. There have been revelations about the potential for algorithmic bias reflected in data sources. There has been speculation about AI applications going rogue.


Use of Artificial Intelligence: Comparing Croatia with Other Countries' Strategies

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January 25, 2020 - The AI revolution is upon us. How much is Croatia lagging behind, and are we going to do something about it? But even if we start those processes, where would we be in comparison to the rest of the world? What are other countries already doing and what should we be aware of? Fortunately, a fear of missing out is spreading around the globe or at least among some countries.


Private Healthcare Summit 2020

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The theme for the Private Healthcare Summit 2020 is "The transformation of private healthcare in a decade of change" The next ten years will see a radical shift in private healthcare - breakthroughs in Artificial intelligence and digital health, the consumerisation of private healthcare, a volatile market, the drive for improved outcomes and reduced costs. The 2020 Summit will feature contributions from the opinion leaders and entrepreneurs who will lead the industry's response to change The conference will explore the following topics: • The development of AI and its potential impact on the private healthcare sector.


AI Was Everywhere at CES

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Artificial intelligence was on the tip of the tongue this week at CES, the annual technology extravaganza formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show. From Samsung's Neon avatars and LG's smart washing machine, to Intel's Tiger Lake processors and the gun-detecting PATSCAN, AI seemed to be everywhere. Samsung's research subsidiary, STAR Labs, unveiled its latest AI project, called Neon. Similar to a chatbot, Neon generates a photo-realistic digital avatar that interacts with people in real time. The South Korean technology giant plans to weave the Neons into people's day-to-day lives, where the avatars will play the role of doctors, personal trainers, and TV anchors giving you the evening news.