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) …
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, along with 115 other artificial intelligence and robotics specialists, has signed an open letter to urge the United Nations to recognize the dangers of lethal autonomous weapons and to ban their use internationally. There are already numerous weapons, like automatic anti-aircraft guns and drones, that can operate with minimal human oversight; advanced tech will eventually help them to carry out military functions entirely autonomously. To illustrate why this is a problem, consider the UK government's argument in which it opposed a ban on lethal autonomous weapons in 2015: it said that "international humanitarian law already provides sufficient regulation for this area," and that all weapons employed by UK armed forces would be "under human oversight and control." I signed the open letter because the use of AI in autonomous weapons hurts my sense of ethics, would be likely to lead to a very dangerous escalation, because it would hurt the further development of AI's good applications, and because it is a matter that needs to be handled by the international community, similarly to what has been done in the past for some other morally wrong weapons (biological, chemical, nuclear).
The scope of Artificial Intelligence is much broader, including technologies like Virtual Agents, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning Platforms and many other. The main focus in GE is on making machines smarter, leveraging machine learning to create "digital twins" – a digital replica, or data-based representation of an industrial machine. Unfortunately, SalesForce's Connected Small Business Report notes that only 21% of small businesses are currently using business intelligence and analytics. World's top technology leaders Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are on the sceptical side of this debate, while Microsoft, Apple, Google and many others are already eagerly taking advantage of the AI technology.
Elon Musk says global race for artificial intelligence will cause World War III. A race toward "superiority" between countries over artificial intelligence will be the most likely cause of World War III, warns entrepreneur Elon Musk. May be initiated not by the country leaders, but one of the AI's, if it decides that a prepemptive strike is most probable path to victory Musk has emerged as a critic of AI safety, seeking ways for governments to regulate the technology before it gets out of control. Last month, Musk warned fears over the security of AI are more risky than the threat of nuclear war from North Korea.
Recently, a conference on artificial intelligence, tantalizingly titled "Superintelligence: Science or Fiction?", was hosted by the Future of Life Institute, which works to promote "optimistic visions of the future". The conference offered a range of opinions on the subject from a variety of experts, including Elon Musk of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, futurist Ray Kurzweil, Demis Hassabis of Google's DeepMind, neuroscientist and author Sam Harris, philosopher Nick Bostrom, philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, as well as computer scientists Stuart Russell and Bart Selman. The discussion was led by MIT cosmologist Max Tegmark. The conversation's topics centered on the future benefits and risks of artificial superintelligence, with everyone generally agreeing that it's only a matter of time before AI becomes paramount in our lives. Eventually, AI will surpass human intelligence, with the ensuing risks and transformations.
In 2013 a British artificial-intelligence startup called DeepMind surprised computer scientists by showing off software that could learn to play classic Atari games better than an expert human player. DeepMind was soon acquired by Google, and the technique that beat the Atari games, reinforcement learning, has become a hot topic in the field of AI and robotics. Google used reinforcement learning to create software that beat a champion Go player last year. Now OpenAI, a nonprofit research institute cofounded and funded by Elon Musk, says it has discovered that an easier-to-use alternative to reinforcement learning can get rival results when it plays games and performs other tasks. At MIT Technology Review's EmTech Digital conference in San Francisco on Monday, OpenAI's research director, Ilya Sutskever, said that could allow researchers to make progress in machine learning faster.
Blazing the web for black-boxes to reverse-engineer, I came upon the following informative and down-to-earth article. I'm sharing it, as it hasn't found its way to the general public. The open-source AI trend represents the convergence of two trends: The open-source movement and the artificial intelligence revolution. The open-source movement is the trend toward making the source code for software available to developers and users so that anyone can modify it and, theoretically, improve it. Examples of open-source software include the Linux operating system, the Mozilla Firefox browser, and the Android mobile platform.
Elon Musk has dipped into the age-old adage, 'if you can't beat'em, join'em', advising that this is just what humans should do in order to prevent an eventual robot uprising. In a recent interview with Y Combinator, Musk explained that the'best outcome' between humankind and machines would be a collective lifestyle where'we are the AI.' Such a scenario would stamp out the possibility of an'evil dictator AI,' Musk said, allowing anyone who wants to take part to become an'AI-human symbiote.' In a recent interview with Y Combinator, Musk explained that the'best outcome' between humankind and machines would be a collective lifestyle where'we are the AI.' Last summer, when asked at the Code Conference in southern California if the answer to the question of whether we are in a simulated computer game was'yes', Elon Musk said the answer is'probably'.
President-elect Trump has met with leaders in technology in an effort to open lines of communication and discuss business after months of two-way criticism. It's no secret that Silicon Valley was largely in support of Hillary Clinton, who had aligned herself with the technology community, while over the last few years Mr. Trump has criticized Apple's iPhones, accused Facebook, Google, and Twitter of burying negative news about Democrats, and picked a fight with Jeff Bezos on Twitter insinuating his purchase of the Washington Post was for political influence to help Amazon's business. While this meeting simply serves to smooth over relations with the technology community, there is a longer conversation needed with President-elect Trump, who's presidency sits at a tipping point in technology. In the next four years we will see an explosion of AI technology that further delivers on the promise of driverless cars, intelligent robots, and other societal and job-impacting advancements. The conversation needed is how to, or more precisely, how not to regulate AI.
Elon Musk told a Model S owner in late November that the Enhanced Autopilot update should roll out sometime in mid-December. Now, the Tesla chief has confirmed the company's timeline on Twitter. He announced that the automaker "might be ready to to roll out most of Autopilot functionality" for its latest self-driving hardware (HW2) by the end of next week. See, the Autopilot that came with HW2 doesn't have access to a bunch of features that the older version of the technology already has. Those features include upgraded autosteer, smart summon, auto lane change, autopark, lane departure warning, collision warning and avoidance, emergency braking and cruise control, among others.
He wants to put a human colony on Mars, fill the world with electric-powered driverless cars, charge your house with a battery and conceptualise super speed trains. Now it seems he wants to solve the scourge of traffic congestion that plagues major cities around the world. The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla has got many world-changing projects currently in the works but judging by an impromptu Twitter rant over the weekend, the innovative 45-year-old now wants to eradicate traffic congestion. On Sunday, Mr Musk was clearly frustrated by the slow moving traffic and decided to make a very public pledge to do something about it. Traffic is driving me nuts.