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) …
But striking a balance between these two extremes remains a significant challenge for voice interaction designers, and raises important questions about what people really want from a virtual assistant. The ability to intonate will make digital assistants capable of similarly nuanced expression. You've probably heard the design maxim form should follow function. Amazon's efforts to make Alexa sound as human as possible suggest that users expect their artificially intelligent sidekicks to do more than turn on their lights or provide a weather forecast.
A global study finds several new categories of human jobs emerging, requiring skills and training that will take many companies by surprise. Consider, then, the job of "empathy trainer" -- individuals who will teach AI systems to show compassion. The final category of new jobs our research identified -- sustainers -- will help ensure that AI systems are operating as designed and that unintended consequences are addressed with the appropriate urgency. But even given such innovations, human ethics compliance managers will play a critical role in monitoring and helping to ensure the proper operation of advanced systems.
Hardly a day goes by that we don't cover virtual assistants. If it's not news about Siri, there's some new development with Alexa, or Cortana or Google Assistant. For one week, we asked five Engadget reporters to live with one of the major assistants: Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, the Google Assistant, Microsoft's Cortana and Samsung's Bixby. This week Engadget is examining each of the five major virtual assistants, taking stock of how far they've come and how far they still have to go.
Amazon's Alexa voice platform has now passed 15,000 skills -- the voice-powered apps that run on devices like the Echo speaker, Echo Dot, newer Echo Show and others. In the meantime, Amazon's Alexa is surging ahead, building out an entire voice app ecosystem so quickly that it hasn't even been able to implement the usual safeguards -- like a team that closely inspects apps for terms of service violations, for example, or even tools that allow developers to make money from their creations. In the long run, Amazon's focus on growth over app ecosystem infrastructure could catch up with it. In addition, Google Home has just 378 voice apps available as of June 30, Voicebot notes.
But while his peer scientists Yann LeCun and Geoffrey Hinton have signed on to Facebook and Google, respectively, Bengio, 53, has chosen to continue working from his small third-floor office on the hilltop campus of the University of Montreal. Shum, who is in charge of all of AI and research at Microsoft, has just finished a dress rehearsal for next week's Build developers conference, and he wants to show me demos. Shum has spent the past several years helping his boss, CEO Satya Nadella, make good on his promise to remake Microsoft around artificial intelligence. Bill Gates showed off a mapping technology in 1998, for example, but it never came to market; Google launched Maps in 2005.
This might have been true of pure automation, but combined with artificial intelligence, our fears are Hubbard's line will be rendered redundant. Based on the data and information it has, it will make intelligent decisions and act independently. At a base level, human behavior is also divided into instinctive, "automated", behaviors - breathing, flinching, blinking - and intelligent, or otherwise rational, conscious decisions. Kasperov reflected, "Weak human machine better process was superior to a strong computer alone and, more remarkably, superior to a strong human machine inferior process."
Recent advances in voice recognition technology, in the form of virtual assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Cortana, are revolutionizing the way that humans interact with machines. But while Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have produced some of the most popular general speech recognition software available, it doesn't mean that smaller companies can't compete. A new voice AI platform called Voysis, headed by Ian Hodson, Google's former head of global text to speech efforts--responsible for powering things like Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Android apps--is giving enterprises an option for customizable voice recognition software to fit specific needs. With the huge advances in voice recognition technology, Hodson said he sees fewer challenges to customer acceptance than there were 15 years ago.
It turns out the smart mirror in the smart home is actually a smart camera, what a surprise! With talks of Snap Inc. becoming a "camera company" and Facebook resounding in its ability to replicate the trends as usual, it's a bit ironic that Alexa now is not just a "smart speaker", but can literally live inside your camera. That's the beauty of the evolution of computer vision and machine learning. Since Amazon's native image recognition technology, "Reokognition", can do facial analysis, it's a shoe-in that sentiment analytics can be easily integrated into how Amazon can potentially live in your closet.
Lenovo is getting into the smart home market with its new Lenovo Smart Assistant. Available in May for $129, the Smart Assistant is powered by Amazon's Alexa voice system, meaning it works exactly like Amazon's own Echo and with all compatible devices. Naturally, the Smart Assistant looks a lot like Amazon's Echo thanks to its slim, cylindrical design. Lenovo's offering, however, is $50 less than Amazon's full-size Echo and has more far-field microphones, meaning it should be able to recognize your commands more accurately from a greater distance than the Echo. The Smart Assistant also features a 5-watt tweeter and 10-watt subwoofer, so music should loud and clear.
Across customer experiences, marketing and business it was a year with many inflection points. Understanding them will help us better gauge how it will gain even more traction in 2017. Five years after the debut of Siri on the iPhone 4S, Apple's new AirPods gave new life to its virtual assistant. Amazon and Google have brought AI into our living rooms in a massive way – this past holiday season, Amazon sold millions of Alexa devices worldwide. Smart brands were at the ready to take advantage of that winter bounty: Jamie Oliver, National Rail, Spotify, and Just Eat all offered useful skills for Alexa.