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) …
Tumblr's app has disappeared on the iPhone App Store after child sex abuse images were found on its platform. The company says it is acting urgently to remove the content and to have the app restored onto iOS. The app mysterious disappeared last week, being removed from the App Store with no announcement. While that didn't take it from existing phones, it meant that the app would not update and that nobody could download it newly. Uber has halted testing of driverless vehicles after a woman was killed by one of their cars in Tempe, Arizona.
You might not even be used to 4K, which – along with other new technologies like HDR – feels like it only just arrived and it is still expensive to buy the sets and difficult to find content to watch on them. But 4K is already old news, after Samsung revealed its first 8K TV meant for consumers – doubling the name, quadrupling the number of pixels on offer and heralding the future of screens. Samsung's newest television crams a full 33 million pixels into a vast display that it hopes becomes the ultimate way of watching the TV. Despite how it might sound, 8K is actually four times as many pixels as existing TVs, and offers what the company says is a significant improvement and innovation on that technology. But the 8K TV isn't only the consequence of wanting to cram in more pixels or to add bigger numbers to specifications.
If you haven't dabbled in the smart home sector yet, but would like to enjoy some of the perks without investing big bucks, the new made-for-Google Smart Light Starter Kit from GE is tailor-made. This package includes a Google Home Mini and a GE-C Life smart bulb, both of which can talk to each other by Bluetooth, obviating the need for any hubs. It's that easy to set up voice-controlled ambiance with any of the Google Home smart speakers. Plus, since the Home devices are WiFi connected as well, you can remotely control your lights. Additional bulbs can be added without too much cost and if you purchase one of the Google/GE kits between November 22nd and 26th, there are some major discounts to be had at the Google Store.
More than 50 million smart speakers have been installed in American households. For police, that means 50 million potential virtual witnesses to crimes that occur in the privacy of one's home. But the legal protections for this type of privacy-invading, Internet of Things–enabled evidence are still very unclear. The question matters because one of those smart speakers was just called to be a witness in a brutal double homicide in New Hampshire. Timothy Verrill stands accused of stabbing Christine Sullivan and Jenna Pellegrini to death over suspicion that one of them was a police informant.
One Thursday last month, 19-year-old Robbie Barrat woke to a fusillade of messages on his phone. "I was half asleep but saw they all contained the same number," he says. "Then I fell back asleep for a few hours. I didn't really want to believe." The number in those messages was $432,500--the winning bid at Christie's New York on a ghostly portrait created using artificial intelligence, following a recipe Barrat posted online not long after graduating high school.
Amid the country's growing substance abuse crisis, last year the FDA cleared reSET, a mobile app that tracks substance use, cravings, and social triggers to treat dependency on alcohol, cocaine, and cannabis. The FDA's clearance makes reSET one of the first prescription "digital therapeutics"--an emerging class of evidence-based interventions that are predominantly driven by software rather than drugs. Andy Coravos is is the CEO of Elektra Labs and a member of the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science. Earlier this year, digital medicine company Akili Interactive announced that its video game for children with ADHD demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in a randomized, controlled clinical trial. That milestone paves the way for what could be the first prescription video game.
To protect against cyber attacks, defenders need to take a page out of the book of the criminals and become as agile and innovative as the groups they're trying to protect against, according to a former head of GCHQ. While serving as director general of GCHQ from 2014 to 2017, Robert Hannigan was at the heart of protecting the UK from a variety of threats -- including those posed by malicious hackers. And when it comes to cyber defence, he told a London audience of security professionals they can actually look at how hackers operate and apply some of the tactics they use to help improve security. "I've spent a lot of time looking at these groups, looking at the new and ever more sophisticated attacks that they're developing -- we have quite a lot to learn from these groups," said Hannigan, speaking at a security event hosted by Immersive Labs. For cyber criminal groups and underground communities on the dark web, speed is key to running a successful operation -- especially when it comes to the use of zero-days and other advanced attacks where there can sometimes be just a short delay between their discovery, and software vendors being able to release security patches.
Amazon's Alexa and other voice-activated assistants are popping up everywhere these days. Alexa's user base, however, is decidedly young: A plurality of Amazon Echo users (24 percent) are between 18 and 29 years old, Forbes recently reported, while 30- to 44-year-olds make up 20 percent of its user base. Scott Moody's five-year old company K4Connect focuses on bringing the latest technologies -- including Alexa -- to senior citizens. It's a largely overlooked market with significant potential, he recently told ZDNet. On top of that, deploying technology for older Americans and observing the way they use it can shed light on what it takes to build a successful product.
The Internet of Things is the new frontier. However, generations of ERP systems were not designed to handle global networks of sensors and devices. GP surgeries in the UK still use a paper filing system based around manilla packets known as Lloyd George envelopes, which contain patient notes written prior to computerisation. The quirky name for the files reflects their antique status: these records were first introduced over 100 years ago and named after David Lloyd George, the liberal politician who introduced a national insurance system that was an early element of the welfare state, back in 1911. But now these envelopes -- or more accurately the files within them -- now represent a significant burden for UK GP practices: a typical GP practice might have over 750,000 pages in Lloyd George envelopes full of detailed health histories.