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) …
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. "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. He says he favors a "conditional basic income" -- one where the state offers support to the unemployed, but only if they'll retrain where needed. Everything from healthcare workers to teachers to wind turbine technicians and deep learning researchers."
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. While Ng's new course makes it easier to learn deep learning than striking out on your own watching YouTube videos, Ng acknowledges that not everyone is equipped to take it.
That means using it for two distinct purposes: first, helping customers find what they are looking for; second, helping them find things they don't yet know they're looking for. With an eye on these trends, leading retailers are exploring how AI can help their customers find what they need by improving reviews and providing more sophisticated recommendations on the website. As AI makes online shopping easier, customers are less likely to visit stores because they need a "commodity" product that can easily be ordered from home, such as laundry detergent, and more likely to go for the pleasure of the experience. In the coming years, as AI becomes increasingly entrenched in the everyday lives of consumers, the leading chains will use AI to win retail's ultimate prize: turning their customers into fans.
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.