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What Billy Joel Can Teach Us About AI

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According to a U.S. government report issued last year, some 3.1 million driving positions -- about 3 percent of our current workforce -- could be vulnerable. Some robotics companies say their machines can move gadgets, toys and consumer products 50% faster than human workers." According to a U.S. government report, some 3.1 million driving positions -- about 3 percent of our workforce -- could be vulnerable. Rather than sitting back and being either sad or euphoric that machines are doing all our work, people will find an experience somewhere in between: Humans working with machines, humans overseeing machines, humans taking directions from machines.


Why scientists want AI regulated now before it's too late

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Carnegie Mellon's Manuela Veloso, an expert on AI, doesn't believe we're even close to the point where an army of T-1000s will march down Broadway and demand our fealty. But we should have regulations of any AI-created products that reach the mass market to ensure the safety of consumers, according to Veloso, department head of the machine learning department at Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science. Bain & Company's Chris Brahm, meanwhile, believes AI should be regulated not just when it serves the mass market, but also when it's tasked with performing the same jobs we regulate humans -- jobs like banking. Why then would we not, if machines start making those decisions … regulate the decision making in some form or fashion?"


Amazon set to enter US drug store market

Daily Mail

There is speculation that such a move could see the online retailer selling prescription medicines direct to consumers. 'I wouldn't be surprised to see them partner with a pharmacy home delivery company first. The company has tried to enter the health care market previously in the late 1990s when it partnered up with Drugstore.com, Rumours about Amazon having its sights set on health care began earlier this year when its voice-enabled personal assistant, Alexa, was heavily showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show. Amazon made a deal made earlier this year with WebMD which saw Alexa gain the ability to provide peer-reviewed medical information when asked by an Echo, Echo Dot and Fire TV user.


What Is The Future Of Technology In America?

International Business Times

While consumer protection laws clearly outlaw unfair pricing and require equal employment opportunities, the regulations enforcing these laws are increasingly obsolete and impotent. Politicians of all stripes support creating or increasing competition, preventing price-gouging in communities served by monopoly broadband providers and encouraging companies to provide internet service in remote areas. However, scaling up this approach, called distributed microgeneration, requires an electrical system that enables two-way metering – a smart utility system that credits customers for power generated and charges them for power consumed. The United States spends billions of dollars every year on information technology, and tens of billions more on government-funded research and other grants.


Machine learning and the retail market

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The go-to example of machine learning in this space is how major online players like Amazon and Netflix regularly offer recommendations to customers of potential products they might also like. For example, he points out that one area where this technology can benefit the retail sector is in the application of machine learning to improve both customer service and the retailers' own efficiencies. "Using big data and analytics, coupled with machine learning, the store will be able to determine which colours and sizes are most appropriate for its customer base. He explains that this sort of demand planning enables individual stores to ensure they have the right mix of products, for the right customer base, at the right time and in the right store.


Do Roku and Apple TV really speak film geek? We put voice search to the test for answers

Mashable

After testing the powers of some of the latest in voice search on streaming media devices, I think I have a few answers. What all that adds up to is a somewhat disjointed experience for the heaviest users of these devices: film and television fans. What all that adds up to is a somewhat disjointed experience for the heaviest users of these devices: millions and millions of happily obsessed film and television fans. But until voice search can handle the widest range of tastes that cover any number of weird names and titles (that, I repeat, are actually available in these databases via text search), voice search will be more clever add-on than heavily used anchor that drives up streaming media device usage.


Congress is about to hand over the keys to the big self-driving car companies -- and that's a problem

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After all, it was carefully cultivated by the big automakers and tech companies that are working furiously on autonomous driving technology. The legislation would also preempt states from passing their own laws regulating driverless cars, which the industry argues is necessary to avoid a patchwork of state rules. The big companies are pushing back against efforts to make data disclosures mandatory, arguing it could stifle competition. "It isn't just lobbyists that legislators have met with, but countless other organizations, from industry representatives to safety advocates to people with disabilities to state departments of transportation," he said.


5 Technological Trends shaping up Connected Beauty in 2017

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The European hair care market clocked revenues worth USD 18 billion in 2013; it is anticipated to generate revenues worth $24 billion in 2018. Recently L'Oréal presented its flagship connected beauty innovations at Viva Technology Paris show held at Porte de Versailles in Paris from 15–17th June 2017.Five of it's Group's brands -- Lancome, Kérastase, L'Oréal Paris, La Roche-Posay and L'Oréal Professionnel -- showcased how they leverage advanced digital technologies to create personalized services for consumers. L'Oréal also discovered the new version of sun care innovation My UV Patch by La Roche-Posay, L'Oréal Group's dermatological skincare brand, designed as a wearable,the first stretchable skin sensor designed to monitor exposure to UV radiation(sun rays) minimizing the frequency of sun burns and to select the right sun protection based on user's skin type. The wearer simply scans the patch with his or her smartphone to determine the wearer's daily sun exposure.Thanks to the specific algorithm, the application uses graphs and statistics to provide advice on or optimal sun protection.It also takes account of hair and skin color into consideration and offers personalized UV protection recommendations.The app alerts the user when UV protection becomes insufficient.This ultra-thin self-adhesive patch comes fitted with an electronic sensor and analyses how much UV radiation the body receives.


How Big Data Drives AI - DZone AI

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Essentially, big data empowers machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), and the greater amount of data available, the easier it will be for these systems to learn and function. Artificial intelligence (AI) is referred to as intelligence exhibited by machines that mimic cognitive functions normally exhibited by humans, including learning and problem-solving. For several years, machine learning has been used to devise a series of complex algorithms that learn and make predictions from data, also known as predictive analytics. These learning algorithms are commonly associated with a neural network (NN) because they operate similarly to the human biological neural network, having several connections and layers between nodes.


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.