We're All cyborgs, and AI Assistants Will Make Us More Human

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The debate between artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligence augmentation (IA) has been raging for decades. Will computer systems replace humans with a faster, smarter form of intelligence (AI) or will they augment our existing human intelligence and work alongside us (IA)? The current trajectory of AI suggests that while some jobs will undoubtedly be taken by machines, the advances we're making in AI will, by and large, augment us, not replace us. By handing things like scheduling meetings, booking travel, finding trends in large data sets, and reviewing legal documents over to autonomous agents, we're freeing up massive amounts of time for humans to focus on the things we're best at.


Drones are delivering packages in Iceland's capital city

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At last, a fully operational urban delivery drone system is here... only you probably won't get to use it. Specifically, it's serving one part of Reykjavik -- robotic fliers carry food across a river in the city, cutting the delivery time from 25 minutes to 4. That doesn't sound like a whole lot, but it could make a big difference both in terms of getting your food quickly and cutting back on delivery costs. Rather than try to serve everyone, merchants can use drones in those situations where terrain or buildings make ground-based deliveries particularly difficult.


Germany draws up rules of the road for driverless cars

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German regulators have been working on rules for how such vehicles should be programmed to deal with a dilemma, such as choosing between hitting a cyclist or accelerating beyond legal speeds to avoid an accident. Mercedes EQ electric car concept: German regulators have been working on rules for how such vehicles should be programmed to deal with a dilemma, such as choosing between hitting a cyclist or accelerating beyond legal speeds to avoid an accident. When an accident is unavoidable, the software must choose whichever action will hurt people the least, even if that means destroying property or hitting animals in the road, a transport ministry statement showed. That means that when an accident is unavoidable, the software must choose whichever action will hurt people the least, even if that means destroying property or hitting animals in the road, a transport ministry statement showed.


Google reveals the software behind its self-driving cars

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While Google's physical self-driving cars logged 3 million miles last year, the virtual ones that drive in the Carcraft simulations logged an astounding 2.5 billion miles The exclusive software works in tandem with a secret test base called'Castle,' which is essentially a hidden mock city that can quickly be configured to test different scenarios. There, Waymo is testing several types of self-driving cars, including popular Lexus models, retired Priuses, Chysler Pacificas minivans and even autonomous vehicles labeled'level four,' meaning they physically cannot be driven by humans. There, Waymo is testing several types of self-driving cars, including popular Lexus models, retired Priuses, Chysler Pacificas minivans and even autonomous vehicles labeled'level four,' meaning they physically cannot be driven by humans. A Carcraft'fuzzing' chart that allows engineers to see different combinations of variables that would influence a self-driving cars decisions At Castle, Waymo is testing several types of self-driving cars, including popular Lexus models, retired Priuses, Chysler Pacificas minivans and even autonomous vehicles labeled'level four,' meaning they physically cannot be driven by humans'It's not enough to just track a thing through a space - You have to understand what it is doing.'


Facebook to launch 'Aloha' big screen video chat device

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The patent (pictured) is for a'modular electromechanical device' that includes a speaker, microphone, GPS and might also function as a phone The patent is for a'modular electromechanical device' that includes a speaker, microphone, GPS and might also function as a phone. It is not clear what this new device could be used for, although inside reports suggest the secretive Building 8 team are focusing on high tech cameras and machine learning. It is not clear what the device described in the patent could be used for, although inside reports suggest the secretive Building 8 team are focusing on high tech cameras and machine learning. In September Google'suspended' work on Project Ara, its ambitious effort to build modular smartphone with interchangeable components'Each module is associated with a different functionality', the patent read.


[P] Keras-surgeon: pruning Keras models in python made easy (pip-installable) • r/MachineLearning

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I've just released keras-surgeon, a network pruning library for Keras implemented in python. A few months ago I wanted to experiment with pruning neural network channels and discovered that there wasn't really a straightforward way to do that. Source code documentation (see readme): https://github.com/BenWhetton/keras-surgeon Features of this implementation: * It's very easy to use * It should work for any network architecture * The majority of Keras layers are fully supported * It supports other network surgery: deleting, inserting and replacing layers. I hope this will help more people experiment with network pruning!


Machine Learning using Advanced Algorithms and Visualization

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Machine learning is the subfield of computer science that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. Then, we'll walk you through the next example on letter recognition, where you will train a program to recognize letters using a support Vector machine, examine the results, and plot a confusion matrix. Tim Hoolihan currently works at DialogTech, a marketing analytics company focused on conversations. He is the Senior Director of Data Science there.


Redefining banking through AI and big data - Banking.com

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The most useful in the financial sector will be natural language processing for answering customers' questions, machine learning for processing back-office operations, replacing humans especially in tedious, repetitive tasks and expert systems with predictive power, able to trade stocks automatically. The natural language processing system is handling over 30,000 conversations per month, satisfying over 75% of the bank's clients, who prefer to deal with transactions in the app or online. The innovation consists of replacing statistical models with cognitive, predictive models, to fight crime in the early stages or even before it happens, by tracking account activity. There is still room for improvement regarding predictive modeling, fraud detection and prevention, as well as automated financial advice.


Artificial Intelligence penned an entire pop music album--and it's not actually that bad

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For those who criticize pop music for being manufactured and predictable--you're in for a treat. "Break Free" is the first song from Taryn Southern's new album. Southern's album, I AM AI, was created by Amper: an artificially intelligent music composer, producer, and performer. Unlike other music-making AIs--Orb Composer or JukeDeck, for instance--Amper can create sounds, chords progressions, and beats, and only needs human input to tweak the style or rhythm if necessary.


Artificial Intelligence, FinTech, Millennials PYMNTS.com

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"AI can enable banks to deliver a more personal, engaging and richer customer experience that replaces the physical world of branches into a digital world that becomes proactive and personalized in the way it forges relationships with customers, custom-building solutions for them." Given these figures, and varying degrees of purchasing power, and interest in trying out new technologies in everyday settings, millennials seem to have the upper hand. As such, the move to integrate more technology into everyday banking efforts will help manage the financial health for today's millennial and hopefully enable future generations to enjoy the same level of comfort as the baby boomer age group. In AI news this week, AI tech startup ThoughtSpot shared news that it had completed its $120-million round of funding with the final $60 million piece.