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) …
Spurred by the rise of chatbots in consumer apps, companies are giving voice (literally) to virtual assistants in the workplace. Gartner research predicts that by 2020, we'll conduct 30 percent of our web browsing sessions without a screen. While these analysts envision the impact on consumers as they drive, cook or exercise, this newest generation of voice-first applications promises even more for employees in the workplace. Gartner predicts we'll conduct 30 percent of our web browsing sessions without a screen by 2020 . Technology that speeds up daily tasks with simple voice commands will have a tremendous effect.
Constellation Research hopes you all have a great holiday season this year with friends and family. In the spirit of recognizing memorable achievements in the tech industry, we also want to use this occasion to announce the winners of Constellation's first annual Enterprise Awards. The winners were selected through a combination of internal voting and heated debate among Constellation's analyst team. Each category also includes a number of runner-up winners, as there were so many deserving of recognition. We hope you enjoy reading the results and welcome your comments--approving, dissenting and otherwise.
Using text mining and machine learning based on the SAP HANA platform, the initiative aims to help companies review job descriptions, performance reviews and similar people processes for potential bias and suggest changes to encourage equity. Organizations must fully utilize the talents of the entire workforce, and SAP SuccessFactors solutions are focused on helping companies make equitable decisions for all employees throughout the entire employee lifecycle. With the launch of a new SAP Diversity and Inclusion Customer Advisory Group earlier this month, SAP will work with customers and diversity and inclusion experts to identify how technology can be utilized to support inclusiveness, with an initial focus on gender equity. "I am excited about the learning and sharing that will happen with the SAP Diversity and Inclusion Customer Advisory Group," said FutureWork Institute's Odom.
SAP has announced it will use text mining and machine learning, based on the SAP HANA platform, to build new capabilities within its SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite to help companies identify and track where biases exist in talent acquisition and management processes to address workplace biases. The initiative will be run by the group's recently established Diversity and Inclusion Customer Advisory Group, which will work with customers and diversity inclusion specialists to identify how technology can be used to support workplace inclusiveness. The diversity inclusion specialists will include Elisabeth Kelan, professor of leadership at Cranfield School of Management; Tinna Nielsen, founder of Move the Elephant for Inclusiveness and young global leader at the World Economic Forum; and Tanya Odom, director of innovation and executive coach at The FutureWork Institute; while some of the partnering customers include Erste Group Bank, McCormick & Company, New York Life, Royal Bank of Canada, and Varian Medical Systems. Specifically the deal means SAP's HANA in-memory database has been certified to run development, test, and production workloads, including SAP S/4 HANA on Microsoft's Azure public cloud.