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) …
A former streaming industry exec and an AI specialist walk into a bar… they leave starting an AI company for the music industry. That's not exactly how Singapore-based startup Musiio was formed, but it's close enough -- and the outcome is the same. Co-founders Hazel Savage, formerly of Pandora and Shazam, and Swedish data scientist Aron Pettersson connected at Entrepreneur First in Singapore. The program began in London as a way to help like-minded tech connect with the potential to start projects, so it does mirror the serendipity of meeting new friends in a bar. "We'd probably never have met each other if we hadn't gone to EF," Savage told TechCrunch in an interview.
I have seen a glimpse of the future impact of artificial intelligence on corporate communications – and it is good. AI will bring a new level of trust to information, improve the way information is delivered (i.e., via augmented reality and virtual reality apps) and provide better insights and predictive analytics for decision making by corporate communications professionals. My exposure to artificial intelligence has primarily been in the trusted identity technology industry, where AI is starting to revolutionize the digitization of identity and access management, physical access control and cybersecurity, especially as a proactive approach to threat and fraud detection. The management of identities, either physical or digital, is changing rapidly, requiring new ways of thinking to add trust. Trust is an important topic for corporate communications, too.
Existing microscope technology means that we can only observe cells in an isolated environment, often restricted to a simple glass slide. But now, thanks to a breakthrough discovery, scientists have found a way to study cellular processes in their natural habitat: deep inside living organisms. In a study published Friday in Science, researchers describe how they developed a new kind of microscope that uses sophisticated'guide star' technology. The result is a series of mesmerizing high-resolution 3D videos that document biological processes in never-before-seen detail. Researchers from Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute collaborated for the study.
December is the perfect month to predict the key insurtech trends for the year to come and to think of New Year's resolutions: what specific trends to tap into to enhance the digital strategies. We believe these trends should relate to what an insurance carrier would like to accomplish, to what a'winning insurance firm of the future' would look like. We believe that that such winning insurance firms will have four essential elements. Fast changing customer behaviour and new market dynamics make it essential for insurance carriers to increase the contact frequency and provide more added value in these contacts. Fortunately, connectivity, all sorts of connected devices offer an unprecedented entry in customers' daily life. Adding value is about solving the real problem. People don't want a mortgage; they want a nice house to live in. Insurance is usually just part of a solution, but rarely the entire solution to the real problem a customer is facing.
Artificial intelligence has mastered something that humankind has failed at, repeatedly. An autonomous robot, designed by mechanical engineers in Singapore, can now assemble an IKEA chair from scratch without a manual in less than 21 minutes. Such a feat has been described as the "equivalent of the moon landings for robotics" because the skills required are straightforward but immensely complex. And it illustrates the tremendous distance that automated systems robots have traveled in a short period time. The study was published Wednesday in Science Robotics.
Although artificial intelligence systems may be able to beat humans at board games, we still have the upper hand when it comes to complicated manual tasks. But now, scientists have created robots that can do something even most humans struggle with: Assemble an IKEA chair. Putting together a chair requires a combination of complex movements that, in turn, depends on such skills as vision, limb coordination, and the ability to control force. Until now, that was too much to ask of even a sophisticated robot. But researchers have finally broken the dexterity barrier by combining commercially available hardware, including 3D cameras and force sensors, to build two chair-building bots.
A panel of industry experts gathered at RSA 2018 in San Francisco to explore the role that machine learning and artificial intelligence is playing in the current cyber landscape. After opening the discussion by asking the panel to each give their own definition of what machine learning is, Ira asked the speakers to define what types of applications are most appropriate for the use of machine learning and AI. Hillard: The places where it is most mature is around speech and image processing, and also around fraud detection. "The technology should be an enabler to solving a problem but sometimes it gets lost in what's being accomplished." Friedrichs: Most people have woken up to the fact that machine learning and AI are not the panacea that marketing tells us they are, but they can add to the feature set of a product.
Ontario is making a massive investment in the future of the province's AI industry. The new 2018 Ontario budget outlines a $15 million investment in the NextAI program over three years. NextAI is a program under the NEXT Canada organization that brings in innovative AI entrepreneurs from both Canada and abroad and helps them build their companies. NextAI also helps other organizations implement AI operations. "If you look at how well Canada is positioned, we're certainly fighting above our weight on the research side of AI," says Sheldon Levy, CEO of NEXT Canada.