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 woman in the photo seems familiar. She looks like Jennifer Aniston, the "Friends" actress, or Selena Gomez, the child star turned pop singer. She appears to be a celebrity, one of the beautiful people photographed outside a movie premiere or an awards show. That's because she's not real. She was created by a machine.
USA TODAY's Ed Baig looks at the top Tech trends to watch for in 2018. Visitors walk past a 5G logo during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on March 1, 2017. Blistering fast wireless networks, digital assistants that are, well, everywhere, and a coming out bash for augmented reality. These and other technologies mentioned here, some of which are already familiar but really just getting started, are worth keeping an eye on in 2018. You can bet we'll also learn about innovations in the months to come that are for now, completely under the radar.
Artificial intelligence, or AI, allows computer systems to automatically recognize and perform certain jobs that formerly would have required human intervention. If you've ever loaded a new image into the photos application on your computer and had it instantly recognize the faces of every person there, you've seen the power of AI on display. Machine learning, on the other hand, takes things one step farther and allows computer systems to essentially learn and improve from experience -- without necessarily being programmed to do so. Using the same example as above, say you load an image into the photos app and tag a photo of yourself and your significant other. When you load another photo featuring the two of you into the app a few weeks later, it will nstantly recognize you and display your names -- without you doing anything manually.
Google is training AI to identify human behavior, using clips from movies. Call it what you want, but AI by any name had the tech world uniquely divided in 2017, and the new year isn't likely to bring any quick resolutions. In case you missed it, the fiery debate over AI's potential impact on society was encapsulated by the opinions of two bold-face Silicon Valley names. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told the National Governors Association this fall that his exposure to AI technology suggests it poses "a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization." Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg parried such doomsday talk -- which would include cosmologist Stephen Hawking's view that AI could prove "the worst event in the history of civilization" -- with a video post calling such negative talk "pretty irresponsible."
The approach can use reference photos if they're available, but it can turn to statistical models if there's no ideal target photo. The result is a neural network system that "closely" replicates the mean scores of humans when judging photos. That, in turn, has all kinds of implications for photography apps. To begin with, it could help you quickly find your best photos while avoiding blurry or poorly composed shots. Google adds that it'd be helpful for editing, too, as you could use it to tune automatic editing tools.
Christmas Eve is a busy time for some, but for others, it's a day to relax and watch TV. Luckily, there are plenty of Christmas movies and TV specials to watch on Dec. 24. Marathons are always big on the holidays. The first three "Home Alone" movies will air back-to-back on Encore all day long on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, CMT will kick off their "Love Actually" movie loop at noon.
Tech giants love to tout how good their computers are at identifying what's depicted in a photograph. In 2015, deep learning algorithms designed by Google, Microsoft, and China's Baidu superseded humans at the task, at least initially. This week, Facebook announced that its facial-recognition technology is now smart enough to identify a photo of you, even if you're not tagged in it. But algorithms, unlike humans, are susceptible to a specific type of problem called an "adversarial example." These are specially designed optical illusions that fool computers into doing things like mistake a picture of a panda for one of a gibbon.
Would you pay extra for Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube? That's how they do it in England, reports Jefferson Graham. Could that happen here too, in the wake of the relaxed FCC Net Neutrality rules? LOS ANGELES -- Like turning on lights and making phone calls, we consider it a right that we can watch free entertainment on YouTube, post travel photos on Facebook and listen to online music. After all, we treat Internet providers another utility, just like the electric or phone company, with our monthly service fees.
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Open any business publication or digital journal today, and you will read about the promise of AI, known as artificial or augmented intelligence, and how it will transform your business. The fact is, AI will not only transform your entire business, whether you are in health care, finance, retail or manufacturing, but it will also transform technology itself. The essential task of information technology (IT), and how we measure its value, has reached an inflection point. It's no longer just about process automation and codifying business logic. Instead, insight is the new currency, and the speed with which we can scale that insight and the knowledge it brings is the basis for value creation and the key to competitive advantage.