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Artificial intelligence still requires intelligence

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In the world of business and design, we have started using terms like "algorithm" and "machine learning" as magic calculations for problems we would like to gloss over. It sounds like an impressive algorithm, but the starting point was the manual and time-consuming process of reading news articles and creating a list of words and word pairs that seemed to define the issues we were looking for. Over the five-year life of the company, we manually identified more than 2,000 words and word pair terms for the ranking. This process lines up very well with Google's Human-Centered Machine Learning philosophy, which focuses on how people might solve the problem manually before resorting to algorithms to solve a problem.


Industrial automation and intelligence automation, .. the difference?

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Industrial automation can be defined as a Set of processes where implementation of control systems, such as Robots, computers or both, including information technologies for administering different processes and equipment's in an industry to replace a human being. This is done to achieve higher productivity, quality, flexibility, information accuracy and higher safety. The negative effects being high initial cost, associated with making the switch from a human involved production line to an automatic production line. In other words, it is the application of artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies like computer vision, cognitive automation, machine learning to a robotic process which will elevate competitive advantage to a business.


Appvance Launches AI-Driven Test Automation

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By modeling human testers, including manual and test automation tasks such as scripting, Appvance has developed algorithms and expert systems to take on those tasks, similar to how driverless vehicle software models what a human driver does. The Appvance AI technology learns from various existing data sources, including learning to map an application fully on its own, various server logs, Splunk or Sumo Logic production data, form input data, valid headers and requests, expected responses, changes in each build and others. The resulting test execution represented real user flows, data driven, with near 100% code coverage. Built from the ground up with DevOps, agile and cloud services in mind, Appvance offers true beginning-to-end data-driven functional, performance, compatibility, security and synthetic APM test automation and execution, enabling dev and QA teams to quickly identify issues in a fraction of the time of other test automation products.


How AI and automation are changing the insurance industry

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Perhaps the biggest advantage of exploring these technologies is that insurers now have more touch points with a broader demographic of customers; giving them the data needed to create bespoke packages that justify the cost of service. The second hasn't yet bought into digital disruption, and the focus is on making sure the core set of services is working for the customer. To be able to respond to the concerns being voiced by consumers, and to harness the business agility needed to respond to market trends, insurance businesses from the c-suite down need to make a culture shift. By mirroring this innovation with new internal processes, and by aligning innovation teams with those looking after the core business offerings, the face of insurance will change as we know it.


AI taking your jobs is good news: Terem Technologies' Scott Middleton

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"AI is not far off, it's just the next layer of automation," he said. He said the number of photographic developers and printers declined but the number of photographers has increased, which shows how automation and innovation allow people to focus on creative work. Kaila Colbin, New Zealand ambassador of Silicon Valley think tank Singularity University, said automation and subsequent loss of jobs have been happening for a long time but the emergence of AI posed threats for jobs that humans were traditionally considered to be more capable at. She said inventions such as AI lawyer "Ross" and chatbot which contested 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York - presents threats for humans.


Tapping Into Data Capital with AI and Machine Learning

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Adaptively intelligent apps consume streams of raw data from multiple sources--such as customer experience, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, and human resources--to develop predictive analytics. "Data is the fuel that drives organizations towards automation," Rich Clayton, vice president of Oracle's Business Analytics Product, recently wrote. There's marketing data, sales data, supply chain data, HR data, and so on--and these functions are highly interdependent. For instance, this is the approach Oracle takes with the Oracle Management Cloud, which leverages machine learning and big data techniques to provide next-gen monitoring, management and analytics cloud services.


Automate This! Could autonomous robots put surgeons and pharmacists out of a job?

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The treatment plan that helped Krista Jones beat a rare form of cancer was developed using machine learning algorithms and big data. Today's most commonly-used surgical robot, the da Vinci system, is operated by a human surgeon through a console. By eliminating the risk of human error, Kim argues that autonomous surgical robots could dramatically decrease the risk of medical complications. But not everyone is convinced that existing surgical robots, including the popular da Vinci system, have proven their worth -- including Marty Makary, a surgical oncologist at Johns Hopkins.


Everybody clam down about artificial intelligence

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In the short-term, it's important that AI creators, businesses and consumers already employing AI educate people about the real world applications of AI and how to best secure the data AI pulls from to learn new tasks and respond to human inquiries. Take Amazon's planned fulfillment center on Staten Island that promises to create 2,250 human jobs while using robots to do administrative and physical fulfillment work. Of course, it remains to be seen if Amazon's move is one toward human and robot collaboration or total automation, but I'm confident the center will provide the global industry with an important case study on scaling AI for business. They're looking to the tech community and government leaders to define AI's role in business, in the home and, more broadly, in the future of humanity.


Artificial Intelligence: The Age of Automation Has Arrived Capital Ideas

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Industrial robots have been around for decades and they've pretty much had the robot space to themselves. Recently, however, that has changed: Agribots, service robots, robo-advisors, drones and co-bots are now part of automation's landscape. Soon, more descendants of industrial robots will be rolling, or walking, out of laboratories and into the real world. Between 2010 and 2015, sales of industrial robots increased 16% a year.


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Research by the University of Oxford and Deloitte last year predicted more than 850,000 public sector jobs could be lost by 2030 through automation. Asda operates a fully automated distribution warehouse in west London; white-collar tasks are being automated by PwC, the accountancy firm, and Linklaters, the law firm, which have been developing software robots that use artificial intelligence to learn to do research tasks usually undertaken by junior accountants and lawyers. The RSA warns that artificial intelligence and robotics will "undoubtedly cause the loss of some jobs, whether it is autonomous vehicles pushing taxi drivers out of business or picking and packing robots usurping warehouse workers". A care company in London, Three Sisters Home Care, will soon trial the use of robots for lifting people so only one care worker will be needed rather than two.