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) …
In 2015, a poll of 200 senior corporate executives conducted by the National Robotics Education Foundation identified robotics as a major source of jobs for the United States. Indeed, some 81% of respondents agreed that robotics was the top area of job growth for the nation. Not that this should come as a surprise: as the demand for smart factories and automation increases, so does the need for robots. According to Nearshore Americas, smart factories are expected to add $500 billion to the global economy in 2017. In a survey conducted by technology consulting firm Capgemini, more than half of the respondents claimed to have invested $100 million or more into smart factory initiatives over the last five years.
Lots of people will tell you they're nervous about the changes artificial intelligence will bring to the world, but Andrew Ng is confident it's all for the best. And to bring about that future, Ng, now an adjunct professor at Stanford, will share what he knows best by teaching. Today, Ng is launching a new course on deep learning on Coursera, the online education site he co-founded. The syllabus will follow his popular machine learning course, which has attracted some 2 million enrollments since its launch in 2011. "There's a lot of PR and buzz focused on AI transforming large tech companies, but there's a lot of work that still needs to be done for AI to transform the non-tech companies," Ng tells The Verge.
If the next era of human progress is built using AI, who gets to engineer it? Who will have the coding skills to use the software for creating AI products, or even more importantly, the skills to write that software? In an attempt to make the answer to those questions "anyone who wants to," Andrew Ng is releasing a new set of courses teaching deep learning on Coursera, the online learning platform he co-founded in 2012. Coursera was originally set up to offer an online class in machine learning; deep learning is a variety of that, involving exceptionally large datasets. The original machine learning course attracted more than 2 million students, Ng tells MIT Tech Review.
The steady decline in business profitability across the retail industry threatens to erode future investment, innovation and shareholder value. Fortunately, the age of AI-powered retail is upon us, promising an unprecedented amount of data and information that, if used in the right way, can help retailers grow their businesses and at the same time revolutionize the customer experience. Thanks to Amazon's Alexa and Google Home, the technology is becoming more pervasive. It's changing how we shop, how we experience brands and how we live our everyday lives. As AI becomes normal for today's consumers, it's hard to believe that, as recently as the turn of the Millennium, the technology was mostly restricted to science fiction and the horizon-scans of the most forward-thinking companies.
In an effort to curb unwanted sexual images from being sent to others, the platform announced this week its special pledge for members. People sending harassing or unwanted sexually explicit messages will be banned." A survey last year said 61 percent of women received unwanted sexually explicit images, while 40 percent said they received it more than once. Now, the question remains as to whether the pledge will actually stop users from sending unwanted sexually explicit photos.