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) …
The economic recession that follows as a consequence of the Covid-19 crisis and in particular the demise of certain sectors of the economy (physical retail, hospitality sector, etc) means that there will be greater pressure on politicians around the world to consider how to stimulate GPD growth in the post-pandemic world. However, there are also increasing pressures on politicians to combat the threat posed by Climate Change. Are the desired objectives of GDP and employment growth as well as reducing pollution at odds with each other? What if there is a pathway to GDP growth with the creation of new jobs and yet at the same time we are able to reduce emissions of Green House Gasses (GHGs)? A report entitled "How AI can enable a sustainable future" by PWC and commissioned by Microsoft (lead authors Celine Herweijer of PWC and Lucas Joppa of Microsoft) estimates that using AI for environmental applications across four sectors – agriculture, water, energy and transport. The report estimated that such applications could contribute up to $5.2 trillion USD to the global economy in 2030, a 4.4% increase relative to business as usual.
AI and digital platforms challenge how we understand reality and our role in it. Because it mirrors our identity, technology provokes us to revisit outdated creeds while at the same time giving us the reins to personalize our human experience. Is AI going to take over the world? Will AI take my job? Internet users are particularly interested in how the AI-human symbiosis will shape over time.
What does GPT-3's AI-generated op-ed teach us about ourselves? The answers are in the subtext. Well, readers, it finally happened. I've been replaced by a robot. Last week, The Guardian published an essay "written" by GPT-3, OpenAI's new language generator. According to the news outlet, "GPT-3 is a cutting edge language model that uses machine learning to produce human like text. It takes in a prompt, and attempts to complete it."
We're hearing more and more about Industry 4.0, but do we know what it is, how does it help our company, what are its advantages and drawbacks? The concept of Industry 4.0 was first mentioned at the Hannover fair (fair dedicated to industrial technology) of 2011 with the intention of starting a project that would carry out the design and development of the intelligent factory associated with the fourth industrial revolution. A vision of computerized manufacturing with all its processes interconnected with each other making use of the Internet of Things (IoT), today called the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This revolution is marked by the emergence of new technologies such as robotics, analytics, artificial intelligence, cognitive technologies, and nanotechnology, among others. Organizations must identify the technologies that best meet their needs to invest in them.
With cloud computing IT services and resources can be uploaded to and retrieved from the Internet as opposed to direct connection to a server. Files can be kept on cloud-based storage systems rather than on local storage devices. According to IndustryWeek, a distributed computing paradigm edge computing brings computer data storage closer to the location where it is needed. In contrast to cloud computing, edge computing refers to decentralized data processing at the edge of the network, according to Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. The IIoT requires more of an edge-plus-cloud architecture rather than one based on purely centralized cloud; in order to transform productivity, products and services in the industrial world.
AI has arrived, with the potential for enormous change in the delivery of health care, but are we ready? Artificial intelligence (AI) is the trigger for the next great transformation of society: the fifth Industrial Revolution. AI has already arrived in health care, but are we ready for the kind of changes that it will introduce? In this article, we map out the current areas where AI has begun to permeate and make predictions about the kind of changes it will make to health care. AI comprises any digital system "that mimics human reasoning capabilities, including pattern recognition, abstract reasoning and planning".1 It includes the concept of machine learning, where machines are able to learn from experience in ways that mimic human behaviour, but with the ability to assimilate much more data and with potential for greater accuracy and speed.
Africa is on the rise. Mobile and Internet penetration continue to rise, according to the latest ITU data. The continent's entrepreneurs are taking advantage of this growth in connectivity, leading to a rapid growth of tech hubs across the continent in recent years, fueling fresh innovation. But as the world moves deeper into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, what is next for Africa, especially regarding Artificial Intelligence (AI)? "AI happens in Africa!" said Alex Tsado, Co-Founder and Board Chair at Alliance4ai, during the recent AI-driving digital divide and the future of African economies AI for Good webinar.
The artificial intelligence revolution has arrived. McKinsey estimates the global impact of AI will deliver the equivalent of an additional $13 trillion into world economies by 2030. Others believe those estimates are too conservative. The tech investor Tej Kohli sees AI adding $150 trillion – more than the net worth of the United States – in just five years. Latin Americans are as enthusiastic about exploring AI as any other region.
Mashable's series Algorithms explores the mysterious lines of code that increasingly control our lives -- and our futures. An algorithm is a simple concept that, today, has many complex manifestations. Algorithms' central and opaque position at the heart of social networks like Facebook cause some to view algorithms in general with a sort of mystical reverence. Algorithms have become synonymous with something highly technical and difficult to understand, that is either an arbiter of objective truth, or, on the other end of the spectrum, something wholly untrustworthy. But when people refer to "the algorithm" -- whether Facebook's or another tech company's recommendation algorithm, or just "algorithms" in general -- do they really know what it means?