Artificial intelligence is as important as fire--and as dangerous, says Google boss


Google CEO Sundar Pichai believes artificial intelligence could have "more profound" implications for humanity than electricity or fire, according to recent comments. Pichai also warned that the development of artificial intelligence could pose as much risk as that of fire if its potential is not harnessed correctly. "AI is one of the most important things humanity is working on," Pichai said in an interview with MSNBC and Recode, set to air on Friday, January 26. "It's more profound than, I don't know, electricity or fire." Pichai went on to warn of the potential dangers associated with developing advanced AI, saying that developers need to learn to harness its benefits in the same way humanity did with fire.

AI-powered robot finds common soap ingredient may combat malaria


Around half of the world's population is at risk of contracting malaria and it causes around half a million deaths each year. However, the parasites that cause malaria are becoming more resistant to the drugs we currently use to combat them, meaning the global malaria risk stands to increase if we don't develop new drugs quickly enough. Well new research published recently in Scientific Reports finds that a common chemical used in everything from soap and toothpaste to clothing and furniture might be an effective treatment, and it was done with the help of AI. Many popular antimalarial drugs target a specific enzyme found in malaria-causing parasites, an enzyme important for the parasites' growth.

How AI and robotics can transform CSR


In his 2011 book charting the history of corporate social responsibility, the academic and futurist Wayne Visser divided CSR into five ages: greed, philanthropy, marketing, management, and responsibility. Each age related to a particular stage for companies: defensive, charitable, promotional, strategic, and systemic. As we enter 2018 I am convinced that a new age of CSR has begun. It is known as the intelligence age and the corresponding stage is the cognitive era, when machines are deployed to radically transform and improve CSR processes. While ethics, sustainability, the multi-stakeholder model, and CSR have gained in popularity, problems with the management, effectiveness, need, and efficacy impede progress.

Q&A: Max Bittker's Twitter Bot Tracks New Words in The New York Times

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

On 11 January, U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly used a choice word during an Oval Office meeting about immigration. Just like that, a term that's usually not part of respectable public vernacular had been splashed on the front pages of newspapers and media websites. That evening, a twitter bot called New New York Times, running under the handle @NYT_first_said, tweeted the word: "shithole." The bot scans The New York Times for words that the esteemed newspaper uses for the first time. That tweet went viral and the Twitter account gained a bunch of new followers.

Artificial Intelligence Is Important, But 'We Have To Be Concerned,' Google CEO Says

International Business Times

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is the latest high profile figure to warn about the dangers of artificial intelligence. In an interview with Recode and MSNBC set to air Jan. 26, Pichai likened AI to fire: dangerous, but useful. Pichai said the technology was important but that caution was necessary. Pichai made the comments during a taped segment of "Revolution: Google and YouTube Changing the World," a joint endeavor between Recode and MSNBC. "AI is one of the most important things that humanity is working on," Pichai said.

Japan: A frontrunner to solve social challenges

The Japan Times

Achieving sustainable growth while coping with a population decline calls for "Society 5.0," a super smart society where we can resolve various social challenges by incorporating the innovations of the fourth industrial revolution such as the "internet of things," big data, artificial intelligence, robots and the sharing economy into every industry and society. Japan, in a sense, is far ahead of the rest of the world in realizing this new society, as it is compelled to do so. About 27.3 percent of Japan's 127 million people were aged 65 or higher in 2016, with the ratio expected to reach 38.4 percent by 2065, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. The country's medical expenses are also expected to increase. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare reported ¥41.3 trillion in medical costs in fiscal 2016, and they are expected to increase to ¥57.8 trillion by fiscal 2025, according to the National Federation of Health Insurance Societies.

Analytics Interviewing Skills - Behaviour To Avoid During An Interview


Analysts are people with high attention to details! This trait is visible across any endeavor they are involved in. I once went to a Go-Karting event with a bunch of highly competitive analysts. A week after that evening, we had (apart from multiple discussions) an Excel (VBA based) simulation showing details on what happened on each and every turn, when someone overtook the other person, when did people take a pit stop, who couldn't accelerate as much as they could and what not! We almost ended up creating personalized recommendations for each driver.

Nuance CEO Paul Ricci to retire in March


Nuance Communications confirmed on Monday that CEO Paul Ricci will retire by March 31. SaaS has set off a revolution in the way companies consume services on-demand. We look at how it's spreading to other IT services and transforming IT jobs. Nuance said it will name a new chief executive on or before that date and has nixed plans to nominate Ricci for director of its board at its upcoming shareholders meeting. Ricci joined Nuance as the company's CEO in September 2000 and has served as board chairman since 1999.

Engineers design artificial synapse for "brain-on-a-chip" hardware

MIT News

When it comes to processing power, the human brain just can't be beat. Packed within the squishy, football-sized organ are somewhere around 100 billion neurons. At any given moment, a single neuron can relay instructions to thousands of other neurons via synapses -- the spaces between neurons, across which neurotransmitters are exchanged. There are more than 100 trillion synapses that mediate neuron signaling in the brain, strengthening some connections while pruning others, in a process that enables the brain to recognize patterns, remember facts, and carry out other learning tasks, at lightning speeds. Researchers in the emerging field of "neuromorphic computing" have attempted to design computer chips that work like the human brain.

10 charts that will change your perspective on artificial intelligence's growth


These and many other fascinating insights are from Stanford University's inaugural AI Index (PDF, no opt-in, 101 pp.). Stanford has undertaken a One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100) looking at the effects of AI on people's lives, basing the inaugural report and index on the initial findings. The study finds "that we're essentially "flying blind" in our conversations and decision-making related to Artificial Intelligence." The AI Index is focused on tracking activity and progress on AI initiatives, and to facilitate informed conversations grounded with reliable, verifiable data. All data used to produce the AI Index and report is available at