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 rise of cloud computing brings with it the promise of infinite computing power. The rise of Big Data brings with it the possibility of ingesting all the world's log files. The combination of the two has sparked widespread interest in data science as truly the "one ring to rule them all." When we speculate about such a future, we tend to use two phrases to describe this new kind of analytics--artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Most people use them interchangeably.
There remain significant questions about the future of drone use in our country. Anytime you fly a device in the skies over people and buildings and near other flying crafts, there are risks. Legislation, however, has quickly been enacted to protect our privacy and to ensure our safety. Drones aren't just for taking aerial videography of sporting events and outdoor weddings -- there are many ways that drones can be useful to society. An organization called Drones for Good explores future life saving possibilities with drones.
Apple's new operating system for iPhones and iPads is about to land on your phone. And it will bring with it a host of new features that might make even old phones feel new – important, when the iPhone 7 is coming out the same week. Apple first unveiled iOS 10 at an event in June. There, it showed off how it had changed the lock screen and home screen to provide more information; allowed Siri to integrate with other apps; added artificial intelligence to Photos, the keyboard and many different apps; and more. It looks similar to the 6 and 6s.
Despite experiencing years of online harassment, Anita Sarkeesian isn't about to quit now. Sarkeesian, a YouTube personality famous for her deconstruction of gender stereotypes in video games, just launched a new video series that challenges how women are portrayed in history. "Ordinary Women: Daring to Defy History" is a collection of five mini-biographies of women who Sarkeesian says rejected convention in their time. They are: Murasaki Shikibu, the first modern novelist; Ada Lovelace, creator of the first computer program; Emma Goldman, a political revolutionary; Ching Shih, a pirate captain; and Ida B. Wells, a journalist and civil rights activist. A new episode will air on Sarkeesian's YouTube channel each month through January 2016.
Monday marks National Video Game Day! This is the day to celebrate and reminiscence about video games that made your childhood complete and continue to bring you happiness to this day. Dating back to 1971, "Computer Space," created by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney was the first commercially sold, coin-operated video game, National Day Calendar reported. The following year, Magnavox Odyssey became the first home console. In the next few years that followed, Atari's Pong became a major hit in both arcades and homes, inspiring companies to create their own systems and versions of the game eventually spawning the video game industry.
From surveillance cameras to police drones, cities around the world are already using AI for public safety and security. And a new report suggests that artificial intelligence could go one step further, helping police prevent crimes before they even happen. While this technique will have a positive impact on crime prevention, it could also put millions of jobs at risk, the report claims. Police could be using Minority Report-style AI to predict and prevent crimes by 2030. The software would mimic the powers of the'precogs' from the 2002 film Minority Report (scene pictured) They say that'predictive policing' will be heavily relied upon by 2030.
The days of dozing off at the back of a classroom may soon be coming to an end. A Chinese university lecturer is using facial-recognition technology on his students to check if they're bored – and he says it could be used in wider education. Professor Wei Xiaoyong, who lectures in computer science at Sichuan University in China, developed the'face reader' to identify the emotions of his students. A Chinese university lecturer is using facial-recognition technology on his students to check if they're bored. The reader produces a'curve' for each student, showing whether they are happy or not, and giving indications of whether they are bored.
Workplaces where humans labor side by side with robots and other automation systems will become more common in the years ahead, and one of the trends fueling these types of environments is the advancement of collaborative robotics. There are some things that machines are simply better at doing than humans, but humans still have plenty going for them. Here's a look at how the two are going to work in concert to deliver a more powerful future for IT, and the human race. With collaborative robot applications, humans and robots can occupy the same workspace at the same time while the system is in automatic mode, said Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the umbrella association for Robotic Industries Association, Advancing Vision Imaging and Motion Control & Motor Association. Among the biggest considerations in the industry is ensuring the safety of the people working alongside robots.
As a technology researcher, I'm often asked if tech growth has peaked, or if there is more to come. After spending lots of time thinking about this question, I've decided that the tech industry is in for a sea change, leading to a potential tripling of demand for tech-related goods and services over the next decade. Here are my seven reasons to be bullish about technology's future, broken down by category. A major move to build out broadband wireless networks will provide the underlying infrastructure critical for innovation in communications, the Internet of Things (which will connect lots of formerly "dumb" electronics, like air conditioners and coffee makers) and self-driving automobiles. Meanwhile, "mesh networks" that connect nearby devices to one another in local grids will allow for a new wave of wireless innovation in densely packed cities and other communities.