If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
On June 17th, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff retweeted images from a CBS reporter of a detention facility in McAllen, Texas where children slept on the floor, covered in emergency blankets. Just a few days later, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent an all-staff email calling President Donald Trump's immigration policy "cruel and abusive." In March, Beinoff's company signed a contract with US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to provide cloud services in order to boost the agency's hiring efforts, something that CBP has long struggled with. And at Microsoft, employees have organized to demand that Microsoft cancel its $19.4 million contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for data processing and, potentially, facial recognition software. An NBC investigation also identified active contracts between ICE and a host of prominent tech companies--Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Thomson Reuters, Motorola Solutions, and Palantir--each worth tens of millions.
Hear the story of how we used Python to build an AI that plays Super StreetFighter II on the Super NES. We'll cover how Python provided the key glue between the SNES emulator and AI, and how the AI was built with gym, keras-rl and tensorflow . We'll show examples of game play and training, and talk about which bot beat which bot in the bot-v-bot tournament we ran. After this talk you'll know how easy it is to use Python and Python's machine learning libraries to teach a computer to play games. You'll see a practical example of the same type of machine learning used by AlphaGo, and also get to find out which character in StreetFighter II is best to pick when playing your friends.
Artificial Intelligence is growing up fast. Although modern computers were only invented in the mid 20th century, they have already evolved into the complex machines we rely on today. Artificial Intelligence now governs a large proportion of consumer and business behaviour: from the way we use the internet, manufacture goods, and even hire and fire our workforces. However, as with any technology, when things grow too quickly, problems can arise. Artificial Intelligence as a scientific discipline might be struggling to keep up with the pace of change.
The increased competition among businesses in the last two decades has provided customers with more product choices, pushing companies to rethink their business strategies. In an economy where customers are bombarded with a wide array of choices, they are now looking for a personalized experience that is smart and contextual. Managing a small section of customers might not require much resources and technology for businesses. However, catering to large audience demanding personalized experience could present multiple challenges. In order to address these challenges, companies--multinationals and start-ups alike--use CRM software that allows them to capture, store, and manage consumer data.
China's top voice recognition firm iFlytek has penned a deal with China International Publishing Group to build a national artificial intelligence translator and keep up with rising demand. AI translations can lift the burden off human translators, who can barely keep up with requirements at government departments and companies looking to operate overseas, state-owned news agency Xinhua cited CIPG Deputy Director Fang Zhenghui as saying. The machine can translate Chinese into 33 languages, added Liu Qingfeng, president of Anhui-based iFlytek, saying it uses cutting-edge technology to improve the accuracy of machine translations. "When translation machines fail to recognize some special nouns or specific terms, human translators can monitor the process and help to polish the text," he said. "The machine [can] learn from these mistakes and improve its work next time."
"I never forget a face", "She's got an honest face", "You could see it in his face", and "She looks young for her age" are just a few of the often-used phrases suggesting that faces are important for our interactions with other people and what we think we know about them. But can people really remember faces as well as they think they do, and can we really tell someone's age from their face? Or can artificial intelligence (AI) do it better? And can we really tell if someone is trustworthy just by looking at their face? Research shows that humans exhibit a wide range of facial recognition abilities.
A few years ago, artificial intelligence (AI) was more promise than reality, but today it's part of everyday life. For instance, voice assistants on our smartphones respond to verbal questions. They can find inexpensive flights or dim the lights in the living room. In another example, given thousands of vacation photos, AI software easily picks out the faces of our friends and family. And autonomous vehicles – albeit still in test mode – are driving through some cities and on many highways making decisions on their own.
Peter Isackson is an author, media producer and chief visionary officer of SkillScaper. AI hasn't yet been programmed to realize that emotion is a key ingredient of understanding. Artificial intelligence, like some colonial administration backed up by a powerful army, keeps moving into areas once proudly owned and managed by the race of human beings. As in all colonial ventures, some of the natives see the opportunity of supporting and, thereby, being handsomely rewarded and supported by the colonizers. In this spirit, IBM unveiled in a live contest the first non-human debating machine.
Engineer Masaaki Nagumo always wanted to build his own Mobile Suit Gundam mecha when he was a child. When he grew up, he transformed his childhood dream into reality. Nagumo created a 28-foot tall, 7 tonnes heavy LW Mononofu robot for his employer, Sakakibara Kikai. The project took six years to complete and is probably the world's largest anime-inspired robot in which you can ride in and control as well. The robot can move its arms and fingers, turn its upper body, and can walk forward and backward with a speed of 1km/hour.
Bloodhounds are famous for their ability to track scents over great distances. Now researchers have developed a modern-day bloodhound--a robot that can rapidly detect odors from sources on the ground, such as footprints. The robot, reported in ACS Sensors, could even read a message written on the ground using odors as a barcode. Over the past two decades, researchers have tried to develop robots that rival the olfactory system of bloodhounds. However, most robots can only detect airborne odors, or they are painstakingly slow at performing analyses.