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) …
The Chinese search engine giant Baidu is planning to commence small-scale production and trial operations of its fully autonomous minibuses in July, 2018, according to a NetEase report. Speaking at the 2017 Baidu World Conference in Beijing last week, its chairman and CEO Robin Li said the Chinese company is planning to launch its driverless cars before 2020 -- which is when markets generally believe mass production of unmanned cars will eventually be realised -- because Baidu is an innovator and wishes to move ahead of schedule. After the small-scale production and trial operations of its unmanned minibuses next year, Baidu will also launch fully automative cars with Chinese automobile brands JAC Motors and BAIC Motor in 2019, and Chery Automobile in 2020, said the report. In September, Baidu stepped up investment in its self-driving project that launched in 2013 with a fresh $1.5 billion "Apollo Fund", named after its open-source autonomous driving platform. Li said last week that Baidu's Apollo platform has already attracted more than 6,000 developers, adding that over 1,700 partners have joined the Apollo project and more than 100 partners have applied for open data on Apollo.
AI World 2017 is coming up quick! Whether you're a dev looking to hone your knowledge on the latest in machine learning or a tech exec trying to stay up to date on industry trends, this conference has something for anyone tuned into the AI space. Going on from December 11-13th at the Boston Marriot Copley in Boston, Ma, AI World describes its mission as "to enable enterprise business and technology executives to learn how to successfully harness intelligent technologies to build competitive advantage, drive new business opportunities and accelerate innovation efforts." Below, I'll briefly dive into some of the highlights of the upcoming show, giving you a glimpse into the speaker line-up as well as the different learning tracks that AI World is offering. You can find the agenda which outlines the events & corresponding times here, or if you'd like more details, then download the brochure here.
The transformation is occurring in every element of our society. Businesses have succumbed to change in rapid force within recent years, with no choice other than to cooperate. The idea, is that we are to leverage technologies to re-define business. The main three areas of change by digital are within operational process, adaption of business models and ideally most importantly, customer experience. So, how will digital transform customer experience?
Reporting record quarterly revenues and a 60% rise in earnings since last year, NVIDIA's astronomical rise to the top of the tech market is largely thanks to its range of hardware offerings for AI. "Our Volta GPU has been embraced by every major internet and cloud service provider and computer maker," explained founder and CEO Jensen Huang in a public statement. "Industries across the world are accelerating their adoption of AI." Global e-commerce giants Alibaba and Baidu all announced this quarter that they will adopt NVIDIA Volta GPUs in order to accelerate AI across enterprise and consumer applications, joining Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. In other words, it's been a great year for AI innovators – and an even better year for NVIDIA. "We estimate that at least 80% of all applications will have an AI component by 2020," says Dave Schubmehl, Research Director for Cognitive / AI Systems with IDC.
Be one of the first to hear about announcements and ticket discounts. ODSC West 2017 is one of the largest applied data science conferences in the world. Our speakers include some of the core contributors to many open source tools, libraries, and languages. Attend ODSC West 2017 and learn the latest AI & data science topics, tools, and languages from some of the best and brightest minds in the field. See schedule for many more..
DevOps at Cloud Expo - being held June 5-7, 2018 at the Javits Center in New York, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises - and delivering real results. Among the proven benefits, DevOps is correlated with 20% faster time-to-market, 22% improvement in quality, and 18% reduction in dev and ops costs, according to research firm Vanson-Bourne. It is changing the way IT works, how businesses interact with customers, and how organizations are buying, building, and delivering software.
The 22nd International Cloud Expo 1st DXWorld Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo DXWorld Expo, to be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY, brings together Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location. CloudExpo DXWorldEXPO have announced the conference tracks for Cloud Expo 2018, introducing DXWorldEXPO. DXWordEXPO, colocated with Cloud Expo will be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 6-8, 2018, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorld Expo within the program.
Chinese internet search giant Baidu on Thursday introduced a speaker and two robots as part of its Raven series in a serious push into the highly competitive smart home market. The products, introduced at the Baidu World conference in Beijing, are powered by the company's DuerOS conversational artificial intelligence technology. That system is similar to virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa, the Google Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana. The smart speaker is called Raven H and will be available for purchase in December for about 1,699 yuan ($256). Design-wise, the speaker looks like a stack of thin, colored square blocks and it comes with a touch-sensitive light-emitting diode (LED) display controller.
Everyone's excited about AI and machine learning these days, so new conferences are popping up everywhere. We've identified more than 150 events on our ultimate AI conference list, but which ones are actually worth your time? As a business leader, you want to learn about new technologies from experienced technical experts (not just talking heads) but also pick up practical machine learning strategies for applying them to your enterprise. After attending many AI summits as speakers, attendees, and press, we've compiled our favorite five events that strike the perfect balance between bringing you content from respected industry leaders while keeping information about applied artificial intelligence accessible and practical for non-technical executives. These are the best non-technical AI conferences to add to your 2018 business calendar.
Researchers from our group at QUT and the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision have had six papers accepted to the upcoming Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation to be held at The University of Technology Sydney. This year the conference trialed a dual submission process with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, meaning work can be presented at both conferences but only published in the proceedings of one. The papers cover ongoing research in our lab spanning topics including robotics, positioning and AI for applications in mining, construction safety and autonomous vehicles. I'll give an overview here of the research we're doing, and a wrap up at the end. Despite very high safety standards, work sites of all varieties around Australia still cause large numbers of injuries and occasional fatalities.