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) …
Rejection hurts, even if it's rejection from a robot. Researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand recently published a study that shows being rejected by a robot can make people feel down, or, in the case of one study participant, angry enough to tell the robot to "get f*cked." The researchers had 147 volunteers come in and play Connect 4 with "Baxter," a "6-foot humanoid robot with a collection of integrated sensors and displays for safe interaction with humans." When the Baxters of the world aren't playing Connect 4, they can be found helping humans in factories handle repetitive tasks, and they come equipped with cameras so they don't stumble into their flesh-and-blood partners. This particular Baxter was able to speak and had a screen for a face, programmed with facial expressions and even the ability to blink.
"South Park" debuted its 21st season Wednesday and the long-running animated show mostly focused on Confederate flag protests in "White People Renovating Houses." But the show also took the opportunity to needle another group: viewers with smart home speakers. In the episode, Cartman issued various typical -- and slightly less typical -- commands to his on-screen Amazon Echo and Google Homer speakers and, in what was more than likely an intentional move, viewers' speakers followed suit. In other news I have an erroneous alarm set for 7am and a set of hairy balls on my shopping list. Voice home assistants like the Google Home and Amazon Echo have occasionally had problems with accidentally taking commands from TV broadcasts.
Most people who have heard of blockchain technology unsurprisingly associate it with cryotocurrency--typically bitcoin or perhaps ether. While those and other cryptocurrencies utilize the blockchain, they are but one new product made possible by the blockchain. The components of the blockchain--distributed consensus protocols, cryptography, and economic incentives based on game theory--are not new; rather, the blockchain combines them in novel fashion in the form of a shared ledger that allows consensus to be built and maintained on a distributed, decentralized basis by parties with no inherent reason to trust one another. The potential for this new technology is immense. Many believe that the blockchain will drive profound change in such diverse fields as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, identity, governance, and land transfer, to name just a few.
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Impeccable hygiene also extends to the home, where people are expected to take off their shoes upon entering. Naturally, the tech-savvy nation has come up with a number of modern applications for funky-smelling folk. There's an app that tells you if your armpits kick. And soon, you'll even be able to buy a robotic puppy that smells your feet. The sniffer dog with an odor sensor for a nose is hardly subtle.
Oracle released first quarter financial results Thursday after the bell. The Redwood Shores, Calif.-based company reported a net income of $2.2 billion, or 52 cents per share. Android or iOS is one of the biggest decisions you'll make for your company, especially regarding security. Non-GAAP earnings were 62 cents per share on a revenue of $9.2 billion, up 7 percent from the year prior. Wall Street was expecting Oracle to report first quarter earnings of 60 cents a share on revenue of $9.03 billion.
As we begin to learn more about the benefits that machine learning can do for us, we're seeing it in applications everywhere. One new development to come to light this month has done so through the help of a group of UCLA researchers as they've developed a mobile device to measure the air quality that's cost-effective and could potentially save the lives of millions across the world. The way in which this new device works by detecting pollutants and figuring out their exact size and concentration using a smartphone with a mobile microscope attached to it. If we can help even a proportion of those people that these kinds of ideas need to be pursued. Experts on the case have found that to monitor air pollution effectively, rapid, accurate and high-throughput sizing and quantification of a particular matter is needed.
IMAGE: An international team of scientists presents a thorough review on quantum machine learning, its current status and future prospects. The reports contrasts machine learning using classical and quantum resources, identifying... view more Language acquisition in young children is apparently connected with their ability to detect patterns. In their learning process, they search for patterns in the data set that help them identify and optimize grammar structures in order to properly acquire the language. Likewise, online translators use algorithms through machine learning techniques to optimize their translation engines to produce well-rounded and understandable outcomes. Even though many translations did not make much sense at all at the beginning, in these past years we have been able to see major improvements thanks to machine learning.