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) …
Ford drove the first automobile down the streets of Detroit in 1890. It would take another 30 years before the company streamlined production and made cars available to the mass market. The obvious lesson: Sometimes technology has a long gestation period before we can scale it for everyday use. But, digging a bit deeper, there is a more profound lesson.
LAS VEGAS: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are going to be major areas of growth in the tech world to leverage these for improving productivity and efficiencies, according to one of the top executives of Lenovo. Ken Wong, President of Asia Pacific with the Fortune 500 company, said that their own experience from AI and ML internally in several countries is being packaged and sold to large companies -- starting with China -- to improve productivity and business. "We are one of the biggest companies on planet to effectively leverage AI and ML for efficient global supply operations and for planning and management of manufacturing," Wong told IANS in an interview on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 here. To further leverage technology for manufacturing processes, Wong said the company was setting up three specialised research labs in the United States, Germany and China on AI and ML. The company, he said, would invest around $1.2 billion in the next two to four years to be on the cutting edge of these growth areas.
LAS VEGAS – While finished products get most of the attention at the annual CES consumer electronics show, "ingredient technologies" are the unsung heroes, setting the stage for exciting new devices and services in the years ahead. Two of those "ingredient technologies" being touted at CES 2018 are 5G wireless and artificial intelligence, officials say. "5G and AI are heralds for the coming data age," said Steve Koenig, senior director of research for the Consumer Technology Association, owner and sponsor of CES, which opened Tuesday and runs through Friday. "CES is going to set the pace for that." It will fuel new services and technologies such as the Internet of Things, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles and smart cities.
I'm optimistic that future education will become more flexible to suit the needs of a 21st century workforce. Project-based schools, many offered by technology experts, are cropping up. Examples include Holberton in San Francisco, founded by Sylvain Kalache and Julien Barbier; Wildflower School in Boston, founded by former Google exec Sep Kamvar; and Portfolio in New York, founded by Babur Habib and Doug Schachtel. These schools set the stage for what future education will look like. We will rethink the way talent is developed and deployed, and prepare students for a lifetime of learning better paced to the rapid evolution of skills.
A group of engineers from PRISMA Lab at the University of Naples Federico II, led by Prof. Bruno Siciliano, is developing a service robot that is mastering the craft of pizza-making. In order for RoDyMan to learn from the best, the project has engaged a famous Neapolitan pizzaiolo, Enzo Coccia, who had to wear a biokinetic sensorized suit so that the robot could record and replicate his movements. The goal of the project is to create a robot that can dynamically manipulate deformable objects, such as the pizza dough, making it able to undertake tasks that are typically considered as human-executed. According to Prof. Siciliano, the project is still under development and its expected year of completion is in 2019 when he wishes to showcase the robot at Naples' pizza festival. For more videos, subscribe to Mashable News: http://on.mash.to/SubscribeNews