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) …
Do you believe that artificial intelligence (AI) is powerful and smart enough to take over the majority of jobs in the future? Should people start rethinking their career choices and choose jobs that are the least likely to become obsolete thanks to automation? According to Sinovations Ventures' Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, predicting the future of tech in China, robots are likely to replace 50 percent of all jobs in the next 10 years. The influential technologist has 50 million followers on Chinese social networks. He recently told CNBC that AI is the wave of the future, calling it the "singular thing that will be larger than all of human tech revolutions added together, including electricity, [the] industrial revolution, internet, mobile internet -- because AI is pervasive."
Artificial intelligence (AI) can detect loneliness with 94 per cent accuracy from a person's speech, a new scientific paper reports. Researchers in the US used several AI tools, including IBM Watson, to analyse transcripts of older adults interviewed about feelings of loneliness. By analysing words, phrases, and gaps of silence during the interviews, the AI assessed loneliness symptoms nearly as accurately as self-reports of loneliness and questionnaires completed by the participants themselves, which can be biased. The AI also revealed that lonely individuals tend to have longer responses to direct questions about loneliness, and express more sadness in their answers. 'Most studies use either a direct question of "how often do you feel lonely", which can lead to biased responses due to stigma associated with loneliness,' said senior author Ellen Lee at UC San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine.
The Covid-19 tragedy and crisis has placed the spotlight on the healthcare systems around the world and placed an additional strain on systems that in many cases were already under stress to meet demand and led to a growth in digital medicine. A video from the BBC observers that Covid-19 brings remote medicine revolution to the UK "Apps which allow doctors to connect with patients remotely have been available for a while, but the coronavirus pandemic has seen doctors finding new ways to consult with critical patient care, including reviewing scans and X-rays from home." McKinsey in an article relating to the US healthcare situation and entitled "Preparing for the next normal now: How health systems can adopt a growth transformation in the COVID-19 world" state that "Covid-19 unprecedented impact on health, economies, and daily life has created a humanitarian crisis. Health systems have been at the epicenter of the fight against COVID-19, and have had to balance the need to alleviate suffering and save lives with substantial financial pressures." "Health systems' income statements are likely to see negative pressure as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. While health systems have ramped up capacity to handle COVID-19 cases and incurred additional costs to procure personal protective equipment and operationalize surge capacity plans, they also have had declines of up to 70 percent in surgical volume and 60 percent in emergency department traffic. In a recent McKinsey survey of health system CFOs, more than 90 percent of respondents reported that COVID-19 will have a negative financial impact, even after accounting for federal and state funding."
Some tech companies make a splash when they launch, others seem to bellyflop. Genderify, a new service that promised to identify someone's gender by analyzing their name, email address, or username with the help AI, looks firmly to be in the latter camp. The company launched on Product Hunt last week, but picked up a lot of attention on social media as users discovered biases and inaccuracies in its algorithms. Type the name "Meghan Smith" into Genderify, for example, and the service offers the assessment: "Male: 39.60%, Female: 60.40%." Other names prefixed with "Dr" produce similar results while inputs seem to generally skew male. "Test@test.com" is said to be 96.90 percent male, for example, while "Mrs Joan smith" is 94.10 percent male.
When I started down the path of learning Data Science, I was nervous. I have to work hard at math – it's a skill I love but one that does not come naturally to me. I was nervous because I thought the most daunting task I would face in Data Science was learning all the algebra, statistics, and other maths I would need to do the job. Actually, since it's so mature, and documented, and well-known, it's quite possibly the easiest thing to conquer in the skillset. No, the hardest thing about Data Science is asking the right question.
Shakespeare's sonnets are considered some of the literary genius' most popular works, with some - such as Sonnet 18's "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day" - becoming the best-known works in English literature. And with such a wealth of source material at their disposal, scientists at Zyro set themselves a pioneering challenge to mark National Poetry Day - to teach artificial intelligence the art form using Shakespeare's sonnets.
Space is already a pretty messy place, with tens of thousands of manmade objects, the majority of them unpowered, hurdling around the planet. As space exploration ramps up on the heels of privatization and aided by miniaturization, the debris field is only going to grow. So-called man-made anthropogenic space objects (ASOs) travel at speeds up to 8,000 meters per second, meaning a collision involving even a tiny fragment and a satellite or crewed vehicle could be devastating. All of this makes it extremely important for space agencies and private space companies to be able to anticipate the trajectories of manmade objects long before launch and to plan accordingly. Unfortunately, that's not very easy to do, and as the quantity of space junk increases, it's only going to get more difficult.
As the pandemic summer creeps into pandemic autumn, I...am still on dating apps. When I lie in bed at night, the only light in the room is the screen glow as I swipe through various apps -- left, left, right, left, right, right -- and so it goes. The phenomenon known as doomscrolling, popularized on Twitter by writer Karen K. Ho, entered the cultural lexicon earlier this year. The concept is simple: One scrolls endlessly on their various social media feeds, absorbing the news of the day which, this year especially, has been disheartening at best and apocalyptic at worst. I'd say this behavior crosses over into dating apps, too, but in a slightly different way: Doomswiping.
Google just launched a bunch of hardware, including two new Pixel phones, but the company has also been working on some new features which can benefit users of other Android devices as well. On Wednesday, Google rolled out a new version of the photo editor in the Google Photos app on Android. It uses machine learning to give you suggestions on how to fix a photo, which you can apply with one tap. Google says more suggestions are coming to Pixel devices in the coming months, allowing you to easily improve certain common scenes such as portraits, landscapes, sunsets and more. Other than these one-tap solutions, the new editor also offers more granular controls for settings such as brightness, contrast, saturation, and warmth.
Valve is launching a new Steam event tabletop gaming fans might love, especially now it's not wise to play in person with a bunch of people. The first ever Steam Digital Tabletop Fest, a joint project between Valve and Auroch Digital, centers around games that "run across the lines between digital and physical." By that, they mean its featured titles will include digital ports of physical games and digital games that have produced physical versions. They also include digital games that simulate the physical play experience and those that feature aesthetics inspired by tabletop games. Valve and Auroch are still in the midst of finalizing the panels and talks for the event, but they listed a few of their planned activities to give fans an idea of what they can expect.