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) …
Kimera Systems Inc. announced its Nigel artificial general intelligence (AGI) technology became a commercially deployable artificial intelligence technology to observe user behavior, comprehend context, and derive a common sense set of actions to apply under specific circumstances. Nigel was able to observe that a movie theater is a type of location, and that people share common behaviors with respect to their phones when they visit this type of location. Through these observations, Nigel learned to proactively dim screens and silence smartphones when people enter a cinema. As an artificial general intelligence technology, Nigel represents a new approach that fuses together a broad range of hard and soft sensor data, resulting in continuous observation, moment-to-moment contextual awareness and soon, complete comprehension.
Genpact (NYSE: G), a global leader in digitally-powered business process management and services, today launched its Neural Intelligence Platform that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence technologies, and brings middle and back office processing to the same level of digital automation as the front office to drive seamless customer journeys. Using a cognitive system powered by natural language processing, machine and deep learning techniques, the platform provides a versatile artificial intelligence-based capability that digitizes many business process solutions, including omni-channel management, contact center, account payable query management, and financial and accounting automation. The platform is the result of more than a decade of research and development in high performance business processing practices, recently crystallized into digital solutions through an aggressive build out of advanced technologies including robotic process automation, natural language processing, and machine learning. The platform also leverages Genpact's unique Lean DigitalSM approach that harnesses the combined power of process-centric technologies, design thinking, and deep domain expertise.
Twitter is investing in machine learning with the 150 million acquisition of Magic Pony Technology, a London-based firm that developed machine learning techniques for visual processing. Pyze's Growth Intelligence platform aims to use machine learning to solve the problem of growing and retaining users. "The acquisition of GOFACTORY continues our commitment to helping organizations capture, analyze and use data to understand the what, where, when, why and how of every situation," he said. By signing the pledge, SAP commits to build upon existing company goals to create and sustain an inclusive culture, publish related data and progress metrics on the diversity of its workforce and invest in partnerships to build a diverse pipeline of technology talent.
A more plausible explanation: it is proving difficult to convert recently developed digital technologies into meaningful changes in the economy's largest sectors, such as health care, manufacturing, and transportation. Meanwhile, productivity is growing by 2.8 percent a year in what Mandel calls digital industries, which include finance and business services. We need to solve key "bottlenecks" in such sectors as energy, education, and health care to radically improve productivity, says Autor. Our list of 50 Smartest Companies includes Aquion Energy, a Pittsburgh-based company developing batteries for storing electricity on the grid, and 24M, an early-stage startup developing a new type of battery.
And at least one software service is regularly creating short email and marketing text, while another is attempting to deliver full essays on any subject. The Wordsmith natural language generation software from Durham, North Carolina-based Automated Insights, launched last year, currently creates about 3,700 quarterly earnings stories for the Associated Press. It offers what co-founder and VP of product Assaf Baciu described to me as a "cognitive content generation platform," employing natural language processing, machine learning, statistical analysis and computational linguistics. Persado's output includes subject lines, email bodies, short landing pages, Facebook posts, display ads and direct (that is, post office) mail -- each of which can be up to 600 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
Twitter has acquired a London-based startup, Magic Pony, in a bid to ramp up its artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities, in a deal reportedly worth 150m ( 102m). The race towards artificial intelligence is largely occurring through machine learning, where computers are able to teach themselves how to perform functions without input from a human programmer. Read more: The Microsoft LinkedIn deal is the wind beneath Twitter's wings today Magic Pony was founded in 2014 by entrepreneurs Rob Bishop and Zehan Wang, both engineers who attended Imperial College in London, and is developing machine learning software for visual processing. With video parts of the Twitter business such as Periscope and Vine, the integration of Gifs earlier this year and the visual nature of the platform in general, the technology could greatly increase the quality of images and video without being slowed down or costing more of users data.
Twitter has acquired Magic Pony Technology, a London-based startup focused on machine learning and visual technology, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced Monday. The team has created a system to improve low-resolution video and has demonstrated it for live video game streaming, MIT Technology Review reported this year. "Magic Pony's technology -- based on research by the team to create algorithms that can understand the features of imagery -- will be used to enhance our strength in live and video, and opens up a whole lot of exciting creative possibilities for Twitter," Dorsey wrote in a blog post about the acquisition. Magic Pony Technology will become a part of Twitter's Cortex team, comprising engineers, data scientists and deep learning researchers.
Both Amazon and Google are advancing their efforts in machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence that lets computers learn without being explicitly programmed. "We will strive to turn the state of the art in machine-learning research into the state of the art in industry." For its part, Google announced today that it will create a European machine-learning research group, to be headquartered in its Zurich engineering offices, already the largest outside the U.S. Efforts there will center on machine intelligence, natural-language processing and machine perception, Google said. Google's Zurich offices developed the technology behind Knowledge Graph -- a behind-the-scenes enhancement to Google's search function introduced in 2012 -- and created the speech-recognition portion of Google's Allo messaging app, announced in May.
"Knowledge workers spend a significant amount of time searching for information, either through standard search engines or through specialized tools", said Pablo Brenner, co-founder of Collokia. In contrast with most collaboration platforms where sharing information requires extra effort by the employee, Collokia s knowledge mapping, collection and distribution is completely transparent and effortless for all involved parties. We believe that Collokia is an innovative tool to accelerate learning, propel productivity, decrease redundant work and, overall, improve the experiences within these organizations." Collokia is a machine learning company aiming to build seamless collaboration solutions for knowledge workers.