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) …
Google on Thursday announced new flight, hotel, and trip planning features that could save travelers money, from offering tips on whether an airfare will go up or down to showing dates when hotels will be cheaper. On Google Flights, users can now get advice -- provided through machine learning and historical airfare data -- on when to buy, like "prices are less than normal" (so maybe you should buy) and "prices won't drop further" (again, so maybe you should buy). Similar advice will be available in hotel searches: Google will now show if room rates on certain dates are unusually high -- and even help travelers understand why, whether it's a holiday, festival, or conference. While that advice won't help much if you absolutely must visit at a certain time (or if you're going for that holiday, festival, or conference), it could save flexible travelers lots of money. Both flight price tips and hotel tips are available globally on desktop and on mobile.
WASHINGTON – Federal investigators say a recreational drone operator was at fault in the first confirmed midair collision in the U.S. between a drone and a manned aircraft. That's according to a National Transportation Safety Board report. The report says the operator was unaware the Federal Aviation Administration had temporarily banned drone flights in New York when his drone collided with an Army Blackhawk helicopter on Sept. 21. The U.N. General Assembly was meeting at the time. The helicopter suffered minor damage while the drone was destroyed.
People used to dream about robot secretaries. Futurists imagined a world where computers obeyed our every command. When the Amazon Echo hit the market, that dream became a reality: Alexa was obedient, personable and all-knowing. She could carry out a myriad of basic tasks, with a personality as professional and unflappable as a human assistant. This year, Echo is more popular than ever, and despite competition from Google, Amazon still dominates 75 percent of the virtual assistant market.
She met him on a dating site, where Seth Mull's profile said he was "serious about finding the perfect match." She found him attractive: Mull was fit, with huge biceps and ripped abs. He was kind, too, quickly gaining her trust. The couple met at a Pennsylvania hotel, where they drank and listened to music. She said she'd made it clear to him ahead of time: No sex.
File photo: People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a screen projected with a Youtube logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014. Google is pulling YouTube from Amazon's Echo Show and Fire TV devices over the online retailer's refusal to carry certain products from the search company. In pulling the YouTube support, Google said its own products, Google Home and Chromecast, are not available for sale on Amazon. Last month, the e-commerce giant also stopped selling certain products from Nest, a company under Google's parent Alphabet. "Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV," Google said in an email on Tuesday.
A computer keyboard lit by a displayed cyber code is seen in this illustration picture taken on March 1, 2017. The concept of an AI'god' may seem outlandish, but a former Google and Uber engineer is touting the idea of a high-tech'deity' as a way to improve society. Think about how much we depend on Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa today. We ask the AI bot for directions, to check on the weather, and to dim the lights in our house. Few of us know the complex engineering required to make this happen, we just trust it will work.
When your best friend catches you in a bad mood, does she try to console you, give you space to cool off or lick her own face in an uncontrollable slobber? If your best friend is a dog, this third reaction may be familiar to you. Certain cuteness-obsessed Internet communities call it a "mlem"; some animal behavior researchers prefer to call it mouth-licking, and offer many possible explanations for the quirky canine behavior. Mouth-licking has been described as a stress-coping mechanism, a spontaneous display of arousal or a way to communicate desire to play with a certain toy or munch a certain treat. But according to a new study by animal behavior researchers from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, mouth-licking may actually be one of a dog's best tools for reading and responding to human faces -- in particular, angry faces.
Misty Loggins says respect and patience played a huge part in bagging a mature buck. These hunters risked eating their tags, sat in the same stands for hundreds of hours, and put their jobs and families on hold -- all for that one deer. Buck: "Jackson," a 9½-year-old, 150-class typical Hunter: Misty Loggins, country artist and Bowtech ambassador** Location: Southwestern West Virginia Date of Kill: Dec. 29, 2015 Before the season started, my hunting partner and cameraman Jeremy Starks showed me a trail-cam picture of this beautiful 9½year-old buck -- and I knew. We had 10 other shooters on that property, all over 150. But this one was mine.
The Supermoon seen from Naypyitaw, Burma, on Sunday. A "supermoon" was visible across much of the planet on Sunday evening for the one and only time in 2017. The supermoon, given its name by Astrologer Richard Nolle, is a new or full moon that appears bigger to the human eye because it's the closest distance it could get to Earth during a given orbit. "The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon, not just that once but every chance they have!" said Dr. Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The supermoon rises in front of a replica of the Statue of Liberty sitting atop the Liberty Building in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., on Sunday.
Q: I have an Amazon Echo and I am really concerned that Amazon is listening all the time. Does the Echo have any privacy settings? A: Ever since Echo hit the market, people have wondered how much the little glowing tower hears -- and remembers. Is Echo silently eavesdropping on our conversations, even between "wake phrases"? So far, Echo hasn't caused any mass hysteria, and most people are pretty content with the performance of their virtual assistant.