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The Trump Administration Can't Stop China From Becoming an AI Superpower

WIRED

Last Thursday, Texas senior senator John Cornyn stood before an audience of wonks at the Council for Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, and warned that America's openness to investors looking for new ideas in technologies like artificial intelligence was putting it in danger. It recently worked with Baidu to set up a new national lab dedicated to keeping China competitive in deep learning, the technique behind recent progress in areas such as image and speech recognition, and a program called Artificial Intelligence 2.0 will funnel billions to develop AI for commercial and military use. China has made artificial intelligence a clear priority area to both its economy and military," says Peter Singer, a senior fellow who studies technology and national security at non-partisan think tank New America. Canada, which has universities that are crucial to the rise of deep learning, is using various federal and regional programs to build up artificial intelligence industry and research through immigration and foreign investment.


Notorious crow single-handedly shuts down mail delivery in neighborhood

Mashable

And now for some very Canadian news: Mail delivery has been halted in certain areas of Vancouver because a "well-known crow" attacked a mailman. SEE ALSO: Buy this house and you'll live in 2 countries at once Canuck the crow, who is identifiable to locals because of a red tag on its ankle, has been causing trouble in the area for a long time apparently. Canada Post spokeswoman Darcia Kmet told the BBC: "Regular mail delivery was suspended to three homes due to it being unsafe for our employees. Canuck the badass crow has two times more Facebook fans than the state of Arkansas, and his fanbase seems to absolutely love him.


Facebook starts forcing people to listen to videos as they scroll down their feed – but it can be turned off

The Independent

The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


'Closer Together' -- The world of Social Technology – Phronesis Partners Gist – Medium

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While Facebook's technology has the ability to connect people from remotely different corners of the world, it has the power to do even more. The new mission statement which states "bring the world closer together" is based on the concept of giving a common ground to people all around in order to create more productive discussions on the most pressing issues of this world we live in. Zuckerberg's idea to create virtual communities based on common interests, and connecting people through these communities seems like the way to go. Artificially Intelligent programs can help people bring together based on shared interests.


Take That Facebook: IRIS.TV's AI Helps Publishers Personalize Their Site Experience - TV[R]EV

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The AI engine also helps publishers make better editorial decisions, as they can tell what type of video content users are drawn to, what shows up more often in playlists, which videos get viewed to completion, and which lead viewers to stick around to see what's served up next. It offers publishers a way to take back control from Facebook and other social media sites while also creating better content. That's the sort of content that brands want to run ads against because it's memorable and meaningful and creates an emotional bond with the viewer--the type of emotional bond that also leads to better ad retention. Too many recommendation engines rely on very basic tagging and thus miss important connections, serving up a generic playlist based on very broad factors: You like sports.


The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Social Media

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A UK-based tech startup called 110% use machine learning (AI) technologies combined with human intelligence to provide a type of workplace support that can't be offered in any other way. What machines are good at, humans are not and vice versa, which is why using AI in Social Media will give businesses a better understanding around a prospects thought pattern. In 2014, LinkedIn acquired a job search startup called Bright.com. Understanding your target customers buying personas is a great way to truly develop the thought process of your potential prospects.


155 chatbots in this brand new landscape. Where does your bot fit?

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On the horizontal axis, the "marketing" function refers to a bot's ability to drive exposure, reach, and interaction with the brand or product for potential and current customers. The "support" function refers to a bot's ability to assist current customers with problems and to resolve those problems for them. Marketing bots tend to be largely campaign-driven, where they can be used effectively for driving engagement in short bursts. These are supporting tools used by the providers and brands or by bot developers.


Is Artificial Intelligence Making Us Really Dumb?

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As computers replace calculators, our tools become more capable, yet from society to software, can our very physical forms possibly keep up? With the rapid pace of progress, obsolescence is taking its toll. Our online actions and information are streamlined by software at a rapid pace. The threat of so-called de-skilling is constant: From a study (paywall) of 78 primary care physicians, University at Albany professor Timothy Hoff found that software diminished doctors' "ability to make informed decisions around diagnosis and treatment."


Human Compatible A.I.: A Myth

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Now, you could say that stems from a lack of belief in my abilities to achieve my goal, which is to make a more generalistic artificial intelligence, but personally I don't believe that to be true. The intelligent machine that is tasked with collecting as many stamps as possible will soon figure out that automated eBay trading only gets it this far, and that there is a finite set of unique stamps to collect, so soon it will figure out that stamps are made of paper, paper is made of carbon, and after consuming the resources of the world its eye will focus on the carbon that humans are made up of. The problem with thinking that we can both create artificial general intelligence, and later artificial super intelligence (if that is even a choice we will make versus the machine itself), is that we are inherently not compatible.


Facebook reaches 2 billion monthly users

The Independent

The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...