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Why AI needs a magic moment

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Well-known author Malcolm Gladwell defines the tipping point as "that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire." The idea of using AI-powered technology to fuel digital marketing and customer experience has been around for years, yet recently it seems that every leading newspaper and tech blog is buzzing with AI stories. Major analyst firms too have been predicting an AI investment boom. IDC, for example, is forecasting a 54 percent growth in marketing spend on AI software over the next four years, from $360 million in 2016 to more than $2 billion in 2020. We've also seen an uptick in deployments of AI-powered machine learning offerings from marketing cloud vendors racing to provide the optimal automated experience delivery.


Robots exchange 'genetic material' to evolve

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A series of experiments has pitted robots against each other in different tasks to assess their evolving fitness across 10 generations, as they swapped genetic material in a process similar to mating. The study shows for the first time that developmental factors play a role in the evolution of physically embodied robots just as they do in biological systems, according to the researchers. The work taps into Darwinian evolutionary principles, and marks an important step forward in understanding how the interplay between evolution and development contributes to these systems. As the robots'reproduced' across 10 generations, the physical expression of the genome changed by altering their wiring according to the new genetic setup. The researchers measured the robots' fitness by their performance, and compared this with simulations In the study, researchers from Vassar College expanded on efforts in evolutionary robots to include epigenetic factors for the first time.


Why AI needs a magic moment

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Well-known author Malcolm Gladwell defines the tipping point as "that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire." The idea of using AI-powered technology to fuel digital marketing and customer experience has been around for years, yet recently it seems that every leading newspaper and tech blog is buzzing with AI stories. Major analyst firms too have been predicting an AI investment boom. IDC, for example, is forecasting a 54 percent growth in marketing spend on AI software over the next four years, from $360 million in 2016 to more than $2 billion in 2020. We've also seen an uptick in deployments of AI-powered machine learning offerings from marketing cloud vendors racing to provide the optimal automated experience delivery.


Know Your AI Lingo: A Cheat Sheet for Non-Computer Scientists

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The topic of artificial intelligence is everyone's lips lately. Just Google the term and you'll see a plethora of articles and information on the subject, generating daily -- and not just from academic journals, but in mainstream media and pop culture. We talk about artificial intelligence quite a bit on our own blog, so it's a good idea to brush up on some of the vocabulary you'll be hearing a lot more about as AI becomes more ubiquitous in our lives. Check out our handy glossary and then test yourself with our fun quiz. Or more simply, having machines "think like a human."


Katsushi Ikeuchi: e-Intangible Heritage CMU RI Seminar

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Abstract: "Tangible heritage, such as temples and statues, is disappearing day-by-day due to human and natural disaster. In e-tangible heritage, such as folk dances, local songs, and dialects, has the same story due to lack of inheritors and mixing cultures. We have been developing methods to preserve such tangible and in-tangible heritage in the digital form. This project, which we refer to as e-Heritage, aims not only record heritage, but also analyzes those recorded data for better understanding as well as displays those data in new forms for promotion and education. This talk consists of three parts.


Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Managers? ‹ http://coachfederation.org/blog

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Much has been said about how artificial intelligence (AI) will replace many blue collar and white collar jobs. Could AI also replace many levels of management all the way up to the C-suite? AI and "robotization," is exerting a slow but continuous degradation on the value and availability of work--in the form of wages and the number of adult workers with full-time jobs. The widespread disappearance of jobs in a social transformation would be unlike anything we've experienced or imagined. The issue won't be just saving jobs, but it will also involve saving or recasting the concept of work.


AI and IoT in the Kingdom of Robots @ThingsExpo #AI #IoT #M2M #BigData

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Fingerspitzengefühl is a German word used to describe an ability to maintain attention to detail in an ever-changing operational and tactical environment by maintaining real-time situational awareness. The term is synonymous with the English expression of "keeping one's finger on the pulse." The problem with traditional fingerspitzengefühl, in addition to pronouncing it, is it is hard to scale. Today, however, in a world of sensors, GPS and mobile devices, having real-time situational awareness is far easier than ever before. In fact, today the challenge is not how to do it (answer: sensors), but what to do with all the information.


Elite Scientists Have Told the Pentagon That AI Won't Threaten Humanity

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A new report authored by a group of independent US scientists advising the US Dept. of Defense (DoD) on artificial intelligence (AI) claims that perceived existential threats to humanity posed by the technology, such as drones seen by the public as killer robots, are at best "uninformed". Still, the scientists acknowledge that AI will be integral to most future DoD systems and platforms, but AI that could act like a human "is at most a small part of AI's relevance to the DoD mission". Instead, a key application area of AI for the DoD is in augmenting human performance. Perspectives on Research in Artificial Intelligence and Artificial General Intelligence Relevant to DoD, first reported by Steven Aftergood at the Federation of American Scientists, has been researched and written by scientists belonging to JASON, the historically secretive organization that counsels the US government on scientific matters. Outlining the potential use cases of AI for the DoD, the JASON scientists make sure to point out that the growing public suspicion of AI is "not always based on fact", especially when it comes to military technologies.


By Observing Humans in Slow Motion, Robots Learn to Collaborate with Us

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Roomba has a new friend. Researchers have developed a robot that can help clean the kitchen. In a paper presented at Robotics Science and Systems in Rome in July, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison describe how they taught a Kinova Mico robot arm to help people do the dishes. The key, apparently, is slowing down and letting human team members take charge. "We want robots to follow our lead, or at least plan their actions with an awareness of ours," says Bilge Mutlu, associate professor of computer science, psychology, and industrial engineering and an author of the paper.


A world where everyone has a robot: why 2040 could blow your mind

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In March 2001, futurist Ray Kurzweil published an essay arguing that humans found it hard to comprehend their own future. It was clear from history, he argued, that technological change is exponential -- even though most of us are unable to see it -- and that in a few decades, the world would be unrecognizably different. "We won't experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century -- it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today's rate)," he wrote, in'The Law of Accelerating Returns'. Fifteen years on, Kurzweil is a director of engineering at Google and his essay has acquired a cult following among futurists. Some of its predictions are outlandish or over-hyped -- but technology experts say that its basic tenets often hold.