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) …
A real estate investment firm owned by Bill Gates recently bought land in Arizona for $80 million to be developed into a "smart city." A real estate investment firm owned by Bill Gates recently bought a giant plot of land in Arizona for $80 million to be developed into a "smart city." Arizona-based Belmont Partners, one of Gates' investment firms, purchased close to 25,000 acres of land in Tonopah, around 50 miles west of Phoenix, to create a "smart city" called Belmont, KPNX reported. "Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs," Belmont Partners said in a press release, according to KPNX. The community "will transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model," according to Belmont Properties.
The board game Go is older and more complex than chess. While it's been 20 years since IBM's Deep Blue beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov, computers only started beating Go experts a few years ago. An Oct. 18 report in the science journal Nature tells us that this particular man/machine contest is done. A system built by the DeepMind...
Artificial intelligence is growing in usage and capability, but it is still mostly a black box without guiding principles; Kinetic's Benjamin Lord argues that AI needs to develop ethical standards as it progresses. AI is dramatically changing the way we find and buy products. Brands have traditionally relied on targeted communications to stand out for customers, but they need to adapt to a world where people will fulfil their needs by simply chatting with Alexa or scanning an object with their smartphone's camera – no content involved. People seem to be fine for now with this kind of transaction-directed AI. After all, whether it's a voice assistant like Siri or a pattern recognition technology like Shazam, it's doing the job for you and saving you time.
In the past few years AI has changed in parallel with universal industry use of the web. In theory, today's AI can process the full spectrum of intelligence demands in certain industries, and has already surpassed the processing capabilities of humans. Google's deep learning project, AlphaGo, is a great example as it surpassed the best human player and changed the international competitive landscape of the game Go forever. Lei Ming explains, "AI has three main factors: cloud computing capability, algorithms, and data. Today's cloud computing capability and data is in a place where it is rapidly expanding by 50% every year.
Regarding Vivek Wadhwa's Nov. 6 On I.T. column, "Artificial intelligence makes leap forward, cracks CAPTCHA" [Capital Business]: The world has been anticipating the positive and negative effects of AI for decades. Now, every heralded improvement to a computer program is some kind of overall improvement of AI, rather than just marketing hype. Programmers have been trying to break CAPTCHA for a long time. I suspect that a CAPTCHA 2.0 will be based on a three-dimensional model rather than the current two-dimensional model. In any case, I believe we would be better served if we redefined artificial intelligence into two categories, Programmed AI and Autonomous AI.
Two months ago, I pointed out that iconic software giant Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was more of an artificial intelligence company than most everyone recognized. Thanks to a handful of acquisitions and a couple of home-grown efforts, much of the long-term future value of MSFT stock was riding on how potent the company's AI technologies were. It turns out that Microsoft may be closer to a meaningful AI endzone than previously thought. It recently teamed up with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) to promote a new deep-learning programming interface called Gluon.
The MPs behind this independent review certainly seem to think so. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley suggested AI has "the potential to improve our everyday lives", while Business Secretary Greg Clark praised the "huge social and economic benefits its use can bring". More than that: they want to make Britain the world leader in AI and add £630bn to the UK economy. It's an ambitious vision, and one I absolutely welcome. With UK productivity having remained largely stagnant since the 2008 financial crisis, we need to start innovating in areas like AI to create bold new ways of working.
MOGADISHU – U.S. forces say they have carried out three drone strikes within 24 hours in Somalia, stepping up their campaign against the Islamic extremist rebels of al-Shabab and the Islamic State group. The strikes by unmanned drones killed several extremist fighters, a spokeswoman for the U.S. military command in Africa told The Associated Press Sunday. With these three attacks, the U.S. has now carried out 26 attacks in Somalia against extremist targets in 2017, she said. The latest U.S. strikes were carried out in coordination with Somalia's government, she said. The first strike happened Saturday at approximately 4:30 p.m. local Somalia time and it killed one fighter for the extremists group, al-Shabab, said a U.S. Africa command statement.
WASHINGTON – An unmanned cargo ship packed with 7,400 pounds (3,350 kg) of food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station blasted off Sunday from Wallops Island, Virginia. Orbital ATK's barrel-shaped Cygnus cargo ship launched atop an Antares rocket at 7:19 a.m. "Five, four, three, two, one and we have ignition," said Orbital ATK's mission control operator, as the rocket's engines lit up the chilly, gray morning and cheers erupted from spectators near the launch site. The spacecraft reached orbit about nine minutes later. NASA commentator Rob Navias described the launch as "flawless."
Quantitative research has been defined in various ways. Quantitative methods emphasize objective measurements and the statistical, mathematical, or numerical analysis of data collected through polls, questionnaires, and surveys, or by manipulating pre-existing statistical data using computational techniques. Quantitative research focuses on gathering numerical data and generalizing it across groups of people or to predict or explain a particular phenomenon. In marketing research, "quant" historically has meant consumer surveys. Analysis of consumer survey data has typically been limited to reporting numbers, perhaps broken down by age group, gender and a few other respondent groups of interest.