5G to AR: Here are 7 technologies to watch in 2018


USA TODAY's Ed Baig looks at the top Tech trends to watch for in 2018. Visitors walk past a 5G logo during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on March 1, 2017. Blistering fast wireless networks, digital assistants that are, well, everywhere, and a coming out bash for augmented reality. These and other technologies mentioned here, some of which are already familiar but really just getting started, are worth keeping an eye on in 2018. You can bet we'll also learn about innovations in the months to come that are for now, completely under the radar.

Designing for Usability of an Adaptive Time Management Assistant

AI Magazine

This case study article describes the iterative design process of an AIbased mixed-initiative calendaring tool with embedded artificial intelligence. We establish the specific types of assistance in which the target user population expressed interest, and we highlight our findings regarding the scheduling practices and the reminding preferences of these users. These findings motivated the redesign and enhancement of our intelligent system. Lessons learned from the study--namely, that AI systems must be usable to gain widespread adoption and retention and that simple problems that perhaps do not necessitate complex AIbased solutions should not go unattended merely because of their inherent simplicity--conclude the article, along with a discussion of the importance of the iterative design process for any user adaptive system. We are working within the infrastructure of a general-purpose, computerized office assistant named CALO (Myers et al. 2007).

Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer


The biggest hardware and software arrival since the iPad in 2010 has been Amazon's Echo voice-controlled intelligent speaker, powered by its Alexa software assistant. But just because you're not seeing amazing new consumer tech products on Amazon, in the app stores, or at the Apple Store or Best Buy, that doesn't mean the tech revolution is stuck or stopped. They are: Artificial intelligence / machine learning, augmented reality, virtual reality, robotics and drones, smart homes, self-driving cars, and digital health / wearables. Google has changed its entire corporate mission to be "AI first" and, with Google Home and Google Assistant, to perform tasks via voice commands and eventually hold real, unstructured conversations.



The key marketing question to ask of AI is: Does this application of artificial intelligence increase relevance and usefulness for the customer? Forty-six per cent of millennials with smart phones use voice recognition software today, and over 70% of voice recognition users are happy with the experience. Gartner estimates that by 2020, 40% of mobile interactions between people and their virtual personal assistants will be powered by the data gathered from users in cloud-based neural networks. How can we best initiate a broader, in-depth discussion about how society will co-evolve with this technology, and connect computer science and social sciences to develop intelligent machines that are not only'smart,' but also socially responsible?"

The only difference between the next generation of smartphones will be their AI assistants


By acquiring the Viv virtual assistant from the makers of Apple's Siri, Samsung has joined the AI smartphone wars. Now, Google, Apple, and Samsung all have their own AI-driven personal assistant to put at the center of our mobile devices. Apple has been developing Siri as the core of its mobile and desktop operating systems since buying the technology in 2010, and Google's first true smartphone will exclusively have Google Assistant. The message from these companies is clear: just as apps defined smartphones in the 2000s, the next frontier of mobile computing is a virtual entity that helps its owner manage the barrage of information coming their devices. Phones by Apple, Google, and Samsung are similar in design, computing capability, and each have access to roughly the same pool of apps--but each will pursue a slightly different path through their artificially-intelligent assistants.

Google's CEO wants to build a personal Google for every user


Google's CEO wants Google to become more than a search engine for everyone -- he wants it to be personalized. Sundar Pichai opened up Google's event Tuesday talking about the history of computing and how it's gotten to where it is today. Specifically, how artificial intelligence is the future of Google and the future of computing in general. "When I look ahead at where computing is headed, it's clear to me that we're moving from a mobile-first to an AI-first world," Pichai said. "Our goal is build a personal Google for each and every user.

How Google is going from mobile-first to AI-first while competition heats up


Google on Tuesday officially announced a major change in its strategy to go after the smartphone market, as the search giant unveiled a'family of products' -- Pixel, Daydream, Home, and WiFi -- to venture into a new category of products which have both'hardware and software made by Google'. Taking the stage at the event, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, noted that when Google was founded in 1998, there were about 300 million people using the internet, the vast majority of whom were sitting at desktop computers and looking for answers that came in the form of blue links. But today, the internet community is closer to three billion people, and users are searching for all kinds of help across different contexts and devices, from cars and your classrooms to homes and the phones in people's pockets. When I look at where computing is heading, I see how machine learning and artificial intelligence are unlocking capabilities that were unthinkable only a few years ago. This means that the power of the software -- the'smarts' -- really matter for hardware more than ever before.

Google unveils Pixel mobile with artificial intelligence and 'best ...


Google has revealed its new own-built smartphone, Pixel, which the tech giant says has been built with artificial intelligence at its centre. The Pixel has Google Assistant built into its software, the firm's artificial intelligence program that is designed to understand context and help with tasks. The new phone was unveiled at an event in San Francisco, and comes in both a 5in and 5.5in size. Google's range of new products including its new own-built smartphone, Pixel (centre), which the tech giant says has been built with artificial intelligence at its centre It has been billed by Google as housing the "best smartphone camera ever made" and the first device to be built to work with Google's new Daydream virtual reality platform. Users will be able to access the Assistant AI program from any screen on the device, and it will be able to understand context.

Microsoft's FPGA-powered supercomputers can translate Wikipedia faster than you can blink


Microsoft's servers are now powered by optimized custom chips that joined together to translate the entirety of Wikipedia in literally less than a blink of an eye. In a demonstration at Microsoft's Ignite conference on Orlando, Microsoft tapped what it called its "global hyperscale" cloud to translate 3 billion words across 5 million articles in less than a tenth of a second. Microsoft helped custom-design the programmable logic components, or Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), that it has added to each of its computing nodes. The company recognizes that smarter, more computationally intensive technologies will require more computing power on the back end, whether those technologies revolve around Microsoft's own Cortana digital assistant--which can now intelligently reschedule your workout to meet your fitness goals--or something that can recognize a distracted drivers, as the automobile manufacturer Volvo is researching. Microsoft's Cortana now includes health-specific information.

Why AI's massive disruptions may be just what you're looking for


It's your nighttime routine: You drop your phone onto the nightstand charging pad, and it asks about your day. You tell it, talking to the virtual personal assistant just like you'd talk to a friend. Your phone's artificial intelligence knows you almost as well as you know yourself (maybe even better). So when it suggests ways to get through tomorrow's calendar, you trust its advice. AI is practically everywhere, and getting smarter all the time.