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How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the news business

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"The advent of the internet and the subsequent information explosion has made it increasingly challenging for journalists to produce news accurately and swiftly." So begin the research and development team at the global news agency Reuters in a paper on the arXiv this week. For Reuters, the problem has been made more acute by the emergence of fake news as an important factor in distorting the perception of events. Nevertheless, news agencies such as the Associated Press have moved ahead with automated news writing services. These report standard announcements such as financial news and certain sports results by pasting the data into pre-written templates: "X reported profit of Y million in Q3, in results that beat Wall Street forecasts ... " So there is significant pressure on other news agencies to automate news production.


Google urges 'fair and responsible' AI development

ZDNet

TOKYO, JAPAN--Artificial intelligence (AI) has been widely touted to bring about positive changes to businesses and society as a whole, but key challenges will need to be resolved for its benefits to be truly accessible. First, there should be easy access to machine learning expertise. Second, "fair and responsible" development needed to be made in society alongside the progress of AI, according to Jeff Dean, Google Senior Fellow in research. On its part, he, Google had been providing internal courses to arm its employees with machine learning skillsets. Such initiatives had enabled the company to grow the number of Google employees trained in machine learning from fewer than 1,000 in 2012 to more than 18,000 today, said Dean, speaking at a media event here to showcase the company's AI and machine learning technologies.


Health Care Enters the Exponential Era

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Health care may be on the cusp of a major transformation as IT leaders prepare for the increased adoption of disruptive technology capabilities. The health care industry has hardly been an early adopter of technology-enabled transformation, having been slower to embrace the emerging systems and tools that have remade other industry sectors. However, that is beginning to change. Consider how the development and implementation of exponentially improving technologies have revolutionized genomics. In 1999, scientists spent five months and approximately $300 million generating the first-draft sequence of a human genome.


Apple Was Allegedly 'Dithered' With The Development Of The HomePod

International Business Times

Apple took three years to develop its Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker. According to a new report, the HomePod was originally just a side project at Apple it wasn't really intended to be an Amazon Echo competitor. Sources told Bloomberg that the development of the Apple HomePod began in 2012. At the time, it was merely a side project, which is something that's fairly common within the company. Sources also said that development for the HomePod was canceled and resurrected "several times" because Apple couldn't figure out where it would fit within its current lineup of other products.


WATCH: Video Of AI-Controlled Drones Killing With Ruthless Precision

International Business Times

A short film made by campaigners and scientists shows tiny drones hunting and killing with ruthless precision and without human guidance. The movie, released by the campaign group Stop Autonomous Weapons, highlights the perils of autonomous weapons falling into the wrong hands. It shows students in a school classroom being attacked by drones, armed with explosives. The drones identified and neutralized targets and did not need any instructions during the mission. This gruesome reminder of the destructive potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-integrated weapons displays autonomous drones that can find, follow and fire at targets independently.


The Allure of Artificial Intelligence - KWHS

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Did you ever watch the 2015 movie Chappie? Set in the 22nd Century in South Africa, it's about a robotic police force fighting crime, the development of an artificial intelligence chip, and a robot named Chappie who begins to think like a human. Even since 2001 when Steven Spielberg's science fiction drama AI hit theaters, humanoid robots and artificial intelligence have been considered synonymous. In reality, though, the artificial intelligence industry is much broader. This essential part of the technology sector aims to create intelligent machines of all kinds that work and react like humans.


Can artificial intelligence beat musicians at their craft?

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Should musicians, whose job relies on the unpredictable and mysterious workings of human imagination, heed the warnings about artificial intelligence driving humans into unemployment? Apparently, the answer to that question is bit complicated. Artificial intelligence is gradually transforming into a general-purpose technology that permeates virtually every aspect of human life and society. Just like electricity (another general-purpose technology) which had an impact on music and musical instruments, AI algorithms will inevitably change the way we create and perform music. While this does not mean an end to the era of human musicians, it is fair to say that some dramatic changes are lying ahead.


Can artificial intelligence beat musicians at their craft?

#artificialintelligence

Should musicians, whose job relies on the unpredictable and mysterious workings of human imagination, heed the warnings about artificial intelligence driving humans into unemployment? Apparently, the answer to that question is bit complicated. Artificial intelligence is gradually transforming into a general-purpose technology that permeates virtually every aspect of human life and society. Just like electricity (another general-purpose technology) which had an impact on music and musical instruments, AI algorithms will inevitably change the way we create and perform music. While this does not mean an end to the era of human musicians, it is fair to say that some dramatic changes are lying ahead.


Can artificial intelligence beat musicians at their craft?

#artificialintelligence

Should musicians, whose job relies on the unpredictable and mysterious workings of human imagination, heed the warnings about artificial intelligence driving humans into unemployment? Apparently, the answer to that question is bit complicated. Artificial intelligence is gradually transforming into a general-purpose technology that permeates virtually every aspect of human life and society. Just like electricity (another general-purpose technology) which had an impact on music and musical instruments, AI algorithms will inevitably change the way we create and perform music. While this does not mean an end to the era of human musicians, it is fair to say that some dramatic changes are lying ahead.


Why Sci-Fi Novels Are the New Comic Books For Streaming TV

WIRED

You already get a Star Wars movie every year. The choices are: Either take a risk and make original stuff, or take slightly less of a risk with a known quantity from somewhere. TV's looking for books; books work better on TV. For the kind of people who roll science fiction books on their Kindle like a development agent rolls calls during casting season, this middle is a very good one to be caught in.