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Dogs can tell if you're cruel or just clumsy - and judge you for it

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Getting the'side-eye' look from your dog can certainly make it seem like they are judging you, and a new study suggests they really could be. Researchers at the University of Vienna found that pooches can tell when we dangle a treat out of their reach to be cruel, or when it is just an accident. What's more, they also act differently towards us depending on our perceived intention, as they appear more patient with the clumsy than the mean. Only a few animals have previously been shown to be able to make social evaluations of humans in this manner, including chimpanzees, capuchin monkeys and African grey parrots. The team recruited 96 pet dogs for the experiment, and each was presented with one of two scenarios.


Dogs can tell when you want to give them a treat – even if you don't

New Scientist

Pet dogs know when you intend to give them a treat, even if you drop it where they can't get to it Dogs can understand when humans mean well, even if they don't get what they want from us. Prior to this work, the ability to distinguish between a human being unwilling or unable to perform a task had only been found in non-human primates. The close social bond between humans and canines is well established, but researchers have a limited understanding of if and how dogs comprehend human intent. To see if pet dogs can distinguish between intentional and accidental actions by strangers, Christoph Völter at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna in Austria and his colleagues ran tests with humans offering dogs food while the animals' body movements were tracked using eight cameras. Each dog and human were separated by a transparent plastic panel with holes that a slice of sausage could be passed through.


Rats do 'joy jumps' when watching others get tickled, study shows

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Rats not only enjoy being tickled by humans, but they do happy little jumps when watching other rats get tickled, a new study shows. In experiments in Germany, rats were filmed while watching an experimenter tickle another rat on the other side of a transparent barrier. When rats saw others get tickled, they experienced something known as'Freudensprünge' – a German term meaning'to jump for joy'. What's more, the mere observation of others being tickled induced'laughter' in the rats, inaudible to the human ear. Researchers in Germany made rats watch others being tickled and studied their responses.


How organisations can advance their AI maturity: Prithivijit Roy, Accenture Applied Intelligence

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Organisations that have reached a higher level of AI maturity than others have mastered a set of capabilities across technology, organizational strategy, talent and culture. In an interaction with Dataquest, Prithivijit Roy, Managing Director, Accenture Applied Intelligence (AAI) explains why AI is everyone's business and how organisations can advance their AI maturity. DQ: Where are enterprises in their AI adoption journey currently? What are the challenges they face? Prithivijit Roy: Each industry is in different stages of their AI adoption journey, according to Accenture's latest research on AI maturity.


Why Businesses Are Still in The 'AI Adolescence' Phase

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AI maturity comes down to mastering critical capabilities in the right combinations--not only in data and AI but also in organizational strategy, talent, and culture. The AI transformation is occurring much faster than the digital transformation, because early successes have increased faith in AI as a value driver. There is a significant incentive to move rapidly. According to new research from Accenture, 'The art of AI Maturity', 63% of 1,200 companies were identified as "Experimenters," or companies stuck in the experimentation phase of their AI lives. They risk losing money since they haven't fully tapped into the technology's potential to innovate and revolutionize their industry. The companies with the highest advanced AI are already using this money.


Grow up: 5 reasons why many businesses are still in 'AI adolescence'

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Were you unable to attend Transform 2022? Check out all of the summit sessions in our on-demand library now! Here's what businesses can learn from the small group of organizations that already use artificial (AI) to their competitive advantage. If the world's largest companies were people, most would be in their teenage years when it comes to using Artificial Intelligence (AI). According to new research from Accenture on AI maturity, 63% of 1,200 companies were identified as "Experimenters," or companies that are stuck in the experimentation phase of their AI lives.


Quantum Physics Could Finally Explain Consciousness, Scientists Say

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During the 20th century, researchers pushed the frontiers of science further than ever before with great strides made in two very distinct fields. While physicists discovered the strange counter-intuitive rules that govern the subatomic world, our understanding of how the mind works burgeoned. Yet, in the newly-created fields of quantum physics and cognitive science, difficult and troubling mysteries still linger, and occasionally entwine. Why do quantum states suddenly resolve when they're measured, making it at least superficially appear that observation by a conscious mind has the capacity to change the physical world? What does that tell us about consciousness?


Minerva - Google's Language Model for Quantitative Reasoning

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This article was published as a part of the Data Science Blogathon. Google presented Minerva; a neural network created in-house that can break calculation questions and take on other delicate areas like quantitative reasoning. The model for natural language processing is called Minerva. Recently, experimenters have developed a very sophisticated natural language processing model. You can use it to restructure textbooks or write essays.


AI Maturity in Banking Lags All Other Industries

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The need for financial institutions to quickly operationalize their artificial intelligence capabilities has moved beyond important to imperative. More than supporting risk and fraud analysis, and increased productivity, a higher level of AI maturity at banks and credit unions will be a competitive differentiator, increasing business value across the organization. The banking industry must move out of the formative stages of AI deployment to help enhance human intelligence. This includes uncovering the drivers of key performance measures such as revenue and profit, and propelling innovation in products, services, processes and customer service. All financial institutions have the ability within reach to harness insights at scale – leveraging the right information, from the right people, at the right time.


AI Maturity in Banking Lags All Other Industries

#artificialintelligence

The need for financial institutions to quickly operationalize their artificial intelligence capabilities has moved beyond important to imperative. More than supporting risk and fraud analysis, and increased productivity, a higher level of AI maturity at banks and credit unions will be a competitive differentiator, increasing business value across the organization. The banking industry must move out of the formative stages of AI deployment to help enhance human intelligence. This includes uncovering the drivers of key performance measures such as revenue and profit, and propelling innovation in products, services, processes and customer service. All financial institutions have the ability within reach to harness insights at scale – leveraging the right information, from the right people, at the right time.