TECHNOLOGY


Why businesses should pay attention to deep learning

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I think the future of Alluxio is much brighter when you flip the adjective and the noun and say that it's actually a storage-backed distributed memory system, a shared memory. For example, not every company has an image-recognition problem of scale, but I'll bet every company has transactional data, time series, a transaction log. Let's divide the world into before deep learning on time series and after deep learning on time series. With deep learning, particularly recurrent neural networks like Long Short-term Memories (LSTM), relatively new applied techniques that can model time series in a much more natural way, you don't have to specify arbitrary windows.


Workers are not as enthusiastic about artificial intelligence and automation as their bosses

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A quarter of Australians fear redundancy due to increased use of artificial intelligence and automation as businesses increasingly investigate options, according to a new report into business use of emerging technologies. The study from research firm Telsyte looks broadly across Australian businesses and the rapid adoption of new technologies under way, including artificial intelligence and automation, wearable technology, augmented and virtual reality and drones. It finds that nearly two-thirds of businesses are already dabbling with machine learning or deep learning to improve operations or influence business decision making, with so-called artificial intelligence and automation technology use growing for things ranging from physical robots to digital assistants and chatbots. Telsyte managing director Foad Fadaghi said there was a distinct difference in the enthusiasm for intelligent automation among company executives from the general population.


For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese

MIT Technology Review

In China today, voice assistant technology works by turning a user's voice commands into text and generating a response based on the meaning of the text. They will also have to understand emotions, since humans' decision making is not based solely on logic, notes Jia Jia, an associate professor at Tsinghua University who studies social affective computing. As of the end of 2016, Baidu claimed 665 million monthly active mobile users, and as of March this year, Alibaba had 507 million mobile monthly active users. For example, to train a neural network to understand texts in sports medicine, you could draw upon data from sports and data from medicine.


Brainpower is so yesterday -- leave it to AI

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A recent report from Harvard said the emergence of artificial intelligence as a weapon poses as much game-changing potential as the airplane and the nuclear bomb. Elon Musk, the Tesla/Hyperloop/SpaceX dude prone to the grandiose, thinks unchecked artificial intelligence could become an existential threat to mankind. A report released in May calculated that more than half the jobs in the Kansas City area could be automated -- a pace quickened as much by artificial intelligence as by robotics -- in less than 20 years. That fits in with a growing range of predictions that the world of work will change more in the next few decades from artificial intelligence than the economy's been remade by computing power in the last 50 years.


Do You Have AI Trust Issues?

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The truth is that increasing numbers of consumers each year are putting their trust into machines that gather data about them and then use it to understand their behavior and preferences in far quicker, easier and often more accurate ways than human beings ever could. Indeed, a recent study conducted by my employer among 6,000 global consumers, found that 88 percent of respondents wanted to be told whether they were interacting with a real person or a machine when they received customer service help. Instead, the process will involve humans working alongside AI to generate insights, predict behavior and make recommendations that will have a significant impact on the way that we as consumers interact with organizations. Only when that question has been answered and that obstacle overcome will organizations be able to harness the power of humans and machines working together to provide truly seamless customer experiences.


人工智能规划( EM réngōngzhìnéng guīhuà /EM ): Artificial intelligence plan - Opinion - Chinadaily.com.cn

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The State Council, China's Cabinet, recently issued a national artificial intelligence development plan. The three-step plan clarifies the strategic objectives for China's new generation of artificial intelligence. By 2020, the overall level of China's AI technology and its use should catch up with the world's leading level, by 2025 there should be major breakthroughs in theoretical research and progress in building an intelligent society, and by 2030 China should be one of the major artificial intelligence innovation centers globally. The plan advances six key tasks: establishing an open and synergetic artificial intelligence science and technology innovation system, cultivating a high-end and highly efficient intelligent economy, building a safe and convenient intelligent society, enhancing military and civilian integration in the artificial intelligence field, setting up safe and efficient intelligent infrastructure systems for the internet and big data, and deploying significant technology projects centered on a new generation of artificial intelligence.


A Guide to the 10 Next Hot Jobs in Digital Marketing, and for Several Years to Come

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Chief experience officer Category: Executive management Fast fact: By 2020, 40 percent of chief digital officers will report to CXOs, according to IDC. Bot developer Category: Cross-enterprise technology Fast fact: Bots or virtual assistants will command 20 percent of user interactions with smartphones by 2019, according to Gartner. Skills needed: Undergraduate degree in computer science; knowledge of linguistics, interactive language arts, programming, design, engineering, natural language processing and ethics. The emerging world of mixed reality (MR) is best served by individuals who are passionate about emerging technologies and curious about mediums beyond virtual or augmented reality, says Di Dang, senior UX designer of mixed reality at digital agency POP.


AI is impacting you more than you realize

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In today's age of flying cars, robots, and Elon Musk, if you haven't heard of artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) then you must be avoiding all types of media. Delivering personalized content experiences to today's consumer is incredibly important, especially given the always-on, constantly connected, multi-device life that we all lead. If one specific placement performed poorly for multiple advertisers with similar KPIs, similar advertisers in the future will not waste money testing that placement. The advertising industry has faced major challenges in relevancy for consumers and brand safety for marketers.


India will ban driverless cars in order to protect jobs

Engadget

As self-driving cars are being tested everywhere from the US to South Korea, Germany to Australia, reports today make it clear that it won't be happening in India. The country's transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari told reporters today, "We won't allow driverless cars in India. Rather, the minister's rejection of self-driving vehicles is about the jobs they would take away from drivers in the country. "We won't allow any technology that takes away jobs.


Zuckerberg slams Musk's AI 'doomsday' as 'irresponsible'

Daily Mail

When asked his thoughts on AI in light of recent concerns expressed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Zuckerberg explained that he's'really optimistic' about its development, as it holds potential to bring'a dramatic improvement in people's lives.' Zuckerberg is pictured during a recent keynote address During a question-and-answer session at the summer conference of the National Governors Association in Rhode Island., Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned that regulation of artificial intelligence is needed because it's a'fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation.' When asked his thoughts on AI in light of recent concerns expressed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk (pictured), Zuckerberg explained that he's'really optimistic' about its development, as it holds potential to bring'a dramatic improvement in people's lives' As cars remain one of the top causes of death, he says it's'only a matter of time' before driverless cars become safer than humans behind the wheel. During the summer conference of the National Governors Association in Rhode Island, Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned that regulation of AI is needed because it's a'fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.'