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) …
Amazon is reportedly planning to release a new version of its smart speaker Echo on Tuesday that includes a screen for making video calls. In April, Amazon launched a separate version of the smart home speaker called Echo Look, which included a camera that could give style advice on outfits, and which was also priced at $200. A new forecast from eMarketer says Amazon's Echo device would capture 70.6% of the market for voice-enabled speakers in the United States in 2017, well ahead of Google Home's 23.8%. The Nvidia Metropolis platform will use artificial intelligence to monitor video streams for incidents of crimes or worsening traffic, the company said in a press release on Tuesday.
Silicon Valley, with its products, software, smarts, and change-the-world scale, has produced some of the most meaningful transformations of business and personal lives of the last two decades. The iPhone's success has allowed ideas to spread faster than ever before, and the unrelenting power of social media, from which literal revolutions have been successfully launched, is clearer today than ever before. A scroll through a list of today's most highly valued startups showcases businesses that have created and captured value at never-before-seen speeds. Many companies were built on the success and power of a mobile device, and its equivalents, that has just celebrated its 10th birthday. Speed, scale and a winner-take-most ideology are part of the beauty of Silicon Valley.
In a move that hopes can propel it to the forefront of The Next Big Thing, Intel announced it would purchase Mobileye, an Israeli company that makes sensors and cameras for driverless vehicles. But there are a few potholes along the road to autonomous vehicles Intel will need to steer around to make this expensive acquisition pay off. It also needs to deliver tightly integrated systems (CPU and accelerators) that can be difficult to design, negotiate and implement across company lines. By acquiring Mobileye, Intel hopes that the combination of vision and brains will make it a leader in this fast growing market.
Automotive supplier Delphi has been promoting its Multi-Domain Controller (MDC) concept for several years. In November 2016, Delphi announced a partnership with Intel and Mobileye to commercialize the MDC using chips and software from the two companies. Mobileye's next-generation EyeQ4 and EyeQ5 chips would be combined with one of Intel's new automotive processors in the Delphi automated driving MDC. Nvidia uses one of its high-end graphics processing units for the machine learning and sensor fusion with a more general purpose chip for path planning and control.
NVIDIA, Microsoft, and Ingrasys, a subsidiary of Foxconn) announced today their plans for HGX-1, a hyperscale GPU accelerator for AI and cloud computing. This open-source design is being released in conjunction with Microsoft's Project Olympus initiative at the OCP (Open Compute Project) conference and is designed to give hyperscale datacenters a high performance and flexible path for the machine learning industry. The compute model is changing, and machine learning training currently favors GPU computing--NVIDIA's bread and butter. NVIDIA is drawing comparisons between the HGX-1 (and what it hopes to do for cloud-based AI workloads), with what ATX (Advanced Technology eXtended) accomplished for PC motherboards back in 1995.
Google announced today that Google Assistant will start rolling out to devices running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and 7.0 (Nougat) later this week. Previously, the Assistant was only available on Google's Pixel phones, Home personal assistant, Allo messaging app and Android wear devices. Google is at the forefront of machine and deep-learning based natural language processing which they have used to power their vaunted speech recognition system. Google Assistant leverages this research to enable two-way, context-sensitive, conversational interactions between the user and the device. The Assistant syncs across devices and apps like Allo and Google Calendar and it allows voice-control of enabled smart-home devices.
Sarasota, Florida-based Revcontent, the fastest growing native ad network, has announced that it has acquired a machine learning company called Rover. Rover is known for developing advanced personalization and recommendation technology that will complement Revcontent's massive ad network. After the acquisition closes, Rover's offices in Sunnyvale, California will be turned into Revcontent's Silicon Valley headquarters. The terms of the acquisition were undisclosed, but the deal was reportedly valued at more than $30 million. Rover was founded by Jonathan Siddharth and Vijay Krishnan while the two of them were attending graduate school at Stanford University.
What are the key takeaways from Apple's 2017 Q1 earnings report? At first glance, it looks like Apple blew out its earnings… right? If you watched TV, that's what the talking heads said. But let's take a closer look at the earnings and make a decision for ourselves. The talking heads on TV all had their opinion and they said that Apple had a "blow out quarter" with "amazing, unbelievable numbers."
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 01: The Super Bowl 51 logo is seen following a press conference held by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (not pictured) at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 1, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Last year, advertisers spent nearly $380 million plus production costs to run ads during the Super Bowl, and this year's total may be even higher. Over the weekend, several Forbes Media & Entertainment contributors will be using next-generation media metrics platforms to give you a more precise picture than ever before of who's watching, loving, hating and talking about the commercials that – let's face it – might be the biggest highlights of this year's context. In the case of iSpot.tv, a fast-growing Bellevue, WA-based company that's been watching the TV ad space since 2012 which I wrote about last year, this allows the company to build a comprehensive real-time inventory of every TV spot running on every channel in every media market in the United States, every second of every day.
Ahead of an earnings call on Thursday, when GoPro CEO Nicholas Woodman is expected to discuss his company's fourth quarter financial results and the issues behind Karma, FORBES talked to multiple industry insiders, including people familiar with GoPro's drone project. Meanwhile Chinese drone maker DJI, GoPro's main competitor and former potential partner, holds its position as the industry's far-and-away leader. In meetings brokered by Guinn, DJI CEO Frank Wang and Woodman discussed how the companies could work together to build a drone, though GoPro wanted their brand on the device. In November, The Wall Street Journal reported that GoPro, which had gone public in June and whose shares hit an all-time high in October, was developing its own line of consumer drones that would debut the following year.