How Stephen Hawking Reclaimed His Voice--and Helped Others Do the Same


Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society. Stephen Hawking, renowned physicist and best-selling author, died on March 14 at the age of 76. Hawking is well-known as one of the greatest scientists of our time, whose discoveries transformed our knowledge of black holes and whose popular science texts inspired millions. He is also well known for having amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that left him almost completely paralyzed, and for losing his ability to speak after a bout of pneumonia that required a tracheotomy. Fortunately for us all, Hawking refused to let his disabilities prevent him from sharing his brilliant ideas and insights with all of us.

Tourism Jobs Numbers Increase Despite Modest Introduction of Artificial Intelligence


Many travel industry executives are optimistic that new technologies such as artificial intelligence can make their businesses smarter and more efficient while plenty of travel industry employees wonder if they'll eventually be replaced by robots and self-driving cars. Well, these are indeed early days, but emerging technologies do not appear to be slowing travel industry job growth -- not yet. Gloria Guevara, president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council, said travel jobs globally grew last year even as new technologies and platforms made their debuts, albeit relatively modestly compared with what may be in the offing. One in five jobs that were created globally in 2017 were in the travel industry, according to WTTC's data. Some 119 million jobs worldwide last year were directly attributed to tourism, and the industry created two million new jobs.

IBM offers up new skills for competency with deep learning


Many organizations are slow at adopting progressive methods. IT professionals need to prepare themselves for substantial change and a threat to jobs. This is because there is an accelerating and disruptive digital technology transformation in progress. It is referred to as the "digital revolution" which includes artificial intelligence. It can potentially adversely impact an organization's competitiveness and will be replacing employee jobs with computers.

At Mars, Jeff Bezos Hosted Roboticists, Astronauts, Other Brainiacs and Me


"I get invited to everything, and everywhere I go, everyone wishes they had my job. But that's not true here," said Pablos Holman, a self-described futurist and inventor who has worked on lasers that kill mosquitoes and machines that suppress hurricanes. "There's geniuses everywhere," he said, motioning to the pair talking next to him, the theoretical physicist Lisa Randall and the computer scientist Stephen Wolfram. "I don't even register on this scale." We're at Mars, an exclusive three-day conference at a midcentury-modern hotel here in the California desert run by Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, for some of the world's most successful geeks. For its first two years, Mars was largely secret; the most prominent image that leaked was a photo of Mr. Bezos piloting a 13-foot robot last year.

Teach yourself to... understand AI


Most people will come across artificial intelligence (AI) in their daily lives, from using autocorrect in text messages or following online maps on a smartphone to talking to "smart assistants" such as Amazon's Alexa. However, there are still many people who do not know what AI is. Google searches for "what is artificial intelligence?" Rather than being the world-destroying stuff of sci-fi nightmares -- such as in 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Terminator -- AI has the potential to help entrepreneurs be more productive and do things more efficiently. "We need to understand that AI isn't a threat to humanity, it's an opportunity to reinvent the way we do business," said Kriti Sharma, vice-president for AI and bots…

IBM's Watson assistant could power homes, cars and hotels


IBM has been showing off its new voice and text based Watson assistant, based on its famous AI platform - aimed at cars, smart homes, hotels and businesses. Companies will be able to take the voice tech and customise and brand it up themselves - so we won't be saying "OK Watson" to every bit of connected tech we encounter. And IBM is also talking up its privacy policy when it comes to personal data compared to rival assistant makers. The demos IBM showed at its Think conference included a couple of interesting ideas. In a connected hotel room, and with an electronic key sent to your smartphone, Watson would be able to adjust the lighting, temperature and music to your preferences as well as display emails and calendar info on a dashboard for when you arrive.

Recommendation Engine Market by Type (Collaborative Filtering, Content-Based Filtering, and Hybrid Recommendation), Deployment Mode (Cloud and On-Premises), Technology, Application, End-User, and Region - Global Forecast to 2022 : ReportsnReports


The recommendation engine market based on AI, is projected to grow at a CAGR of 40.7% during the forecast period The market for recommendation engine based on AI, is expected to grow from USD 801.1 million in 2017 to USD 4414.8 million by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 40.7% during the forecast period. The growth in focus toward enhancing the customer experience is a major factor driving the growth of the recommendation engine market. Moreover, enhancing customer experience is important to achieve customer engagement and retention, thereby achieving higher sales and Return on Investment (RoI). However, designing of targeted campings, as well as relevant product and content recommendations, could help organizations engage more customers. Hence, analysis of customer data here plays a vital role to understand the customer behavior and preferences.

Curiosity rover: 2,000 days on Mars

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Nasa's Curiosity rover, also known as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), is celebrating 2,000 martian days (sols) investigating Gale Crater on the Red Planet. In that time, the robot has made some remarkable observations. Here are just a few of them, chosen by the Curiosity science team. Looking back: In the history of the space age, some of the most dramatic planetary images ever taken have been of Earth, but photographed looking back from deep space. This image by Mastcam on the Curiosity Rover shows our planet as a faint pinpoint of light in the martian night sky.

Uber self-driving crash: Footage shows moment before impact

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Police have released two videos showing the moments leading up to a fatal crash involving a self-driving Uber car in Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday. In the 14-second video, the autonomous vehicle is seen failing to slow down before hitting Elaine Herzberg, 49, who is walking her bike across the road. One video shows dashcam footage of the impact. Uber has suspended self-driving tests in North America following the crash. In footage released on Wednesday by the Tempe police department, the human Uber operator sitting inside the Volvo appears to be looking down at something while the vehicle is travelling in autonomous mode.