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) …
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.
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).
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?"
Amazon's Echo and Dot connected speakers are sold out, and 35 new products will have Alexa built-in this year. Did Alexa win over Siri, Cortana and Hey Google? LOS ANGELES -- Apple's Siri has been around five years, but Amazon's Alexa is the coolest kid on the voice- computing block now. At least, so it seemed at this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where many manufacturers touted their Alexa functionality as a major selling for 35 new product introductions, including a car, refrigerator, smartphone, robot, Internet router and vacuum cleaner. "There's a real hunger for the next big thing," says Benedict Evans, a partner with investment firm Andreessen Horowitz.
Today, Intercom is launching Educate, a new chat-assisted customer service app that happens to reveal subtle lessons for how myriad others should approach AI in interface design. And when a human service agent does come online, he or she is aided by AI: When the conversation progresses, the backend service scans for queries it recognizes. Rather, the AI is used to identify when a person is needed--and when people are needed, the AI augments the person's capabilities, saving time and effort that might otherwise be spent on repetitive tasks. So, for example, a human service agent who has discovered that a customer's problem isn't actually a new one won't have to spent minutes explaining the solution anyway.
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.
Over four years ago, Google launched a bold evolution of search called Google Now. At its big product launch event, Google Now officially became super-charged with Google Assistant, the next evolution of its AI. We got an early look at Assistant in Allo, Google's new messaging app that launched a few weeks ago, but Tuesday's event showed us Google's true vision for its new AI helper. Then there's the new Google Home speaker, a competitor to Amazon's surprise hit Echo speaker.
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. 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. Unifying those services under a personal assistant, and then putting that virtual assistant everywhere in your life through your pervasive Google account means more information than ever before. As Slate's Will Oremus writes: It's a big selling point for Google, because the company views Google Assistant as its core product of the future: an A.I.-powered agent that can do anything from open apps to control home appliances to manage your calendar to answer questions about the world.
Specifically, how artificial intelligence is the future of Google and the future of computing in general. "Our goal is build a personal Google for each and every user. Google plans to do that with its Assistant, an AI-powered personal assistant that can do everything from answer everyday questions like "What's the weather?" Pichai said the Google Assistant would one day be capable of speaking to users with different voices, multiple personalities "and one day even capture emotions when speaking to you."