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3 machine learning success stories: An inside look

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Fewer technologies are hotter than artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), which mimic the behavior of the human mind to help companies improve business operations. Even Uber, weathering several legal challenges, has made time to reveal Michelangelo, an internal ML-as-a-service platform, that "democratizes machine learning and makes scaling AI to meet the needs of business as easy as requesting a ride." For the past several months, he has been using Salesforce.com's Einstein AI/ML technology to increase personalization across the bank's small business, wholesale, commercial wealth and commercial banking units. Key advice: Using ML to identify patterns is the key to creating self-healing capabilities.


AI is the only option in the future of cyber security – Ericsson

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The cyber security wars of the future will be fought by good AI bots and bad ones, with the rest of us just watching to see who wins. That's the future according to Jason Hoffman, Ericsson's VP of Cloud Infrastructure. It isn't quite as dark as the world being taking over by robots or sentient beings, but it's a very realistic possibility due to the vast complications and workloads which will soon be placed on security teams. "Ironically and unfortunately, some of the people who are becoming most advanced when it comes to artificial intelligence in the security world are the ones on the offensive," said Hoffman. "These are the cyber criminals, and one of the only ways to combat these guys will be to escalate defences to be built around artificial intelligence."


AI is the only option in the future of cyber security – Ericsson » Banking Technology

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The cybersecurity wars of the future will be fought by good artificial intelligence (AI) bots and bad ones, with the rest of us just watching to see who wins, writes Telecoms.com That's the future according to Jason Hoffman, Ericsson's VP of cloud infrastructure. It isn't quite as dark as the world being taking over by robots or sentient beings, but it's a very realistic possibility due to the vast complications and workloads which will soon be placed on security teams. "Ironically and unfortunately, some of the people who are becoming most advanced when it comes to AI in the security world are the ones on the offensive," says Hoffman. "These are the cyber criminals, and one of the only ways to combat these guys will be to escalate defences to be built around AI." It's a world which pits computer against computer, where Darwinism has taken a twist. But this is the end of the story, not the beginning.


The Cute Robot That Follows You Around and Schleps All Your Stuff

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In the summer months of 2015, Jeffrey Schnapp and a few of his colleagues started collecting rideables. The hoverboard craze was in full swing, and OneWheels and Boosteds were showing up on roads and sidewalks. Schnapp and his co-founders rode, drove, and crashed everything they could find. For Schnapp, a Harvard professor and longtime technologist with a shaved head, pointy goatee, and a distinct Ben Kingsley vibe, this was market research. It goes with you, turns with you, stops with you.


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Worried about a dystopian future in which AI rule the world and humans are enslaved to autonomous technology? So are billionaires (kind of). First it was the Partnership on AI formed by Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and IBM. Then came Elon Musk and Peter Thiel's recent investment in $1 billion research body, OpenAI. Now, a new batch of tech founders are throwing money at ethical artificial intelligence and autonomous systems.


Here's why those tech billionaires are throwing millions at ethical AI

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Worried about a dystopian future in which AI rule the world and humans are enslaved to autonomous technology? So are billionaires (kind of). First it was the Partnership on AI formed by Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and IBM. Then came Elon Musk and Peter Thiel's recent investment in $1 billion research body, OpenAI. Now, a new batch of tech founders are throwing money at ethical artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems (AS).


Microsoft sees Minecraft as AI proving ground

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The blocky look of Minecraft creations doesn't seem to bother these fellows. The popular construction game Minecraft is due to become a testbed for artificial intelligence software designed by startups and scientists alike. Minecraft, a game based on the notion of building blocks, is played by millions of people on consoles, PCs and phones. Developed by Stockholm-based Mojang, the game was snapped up by Microsoft in September 2014 for $2.5 billion, followed by the Redmond, Washington, software giant's acquisition of Teacher Gaming's MinecraftEdu line of teaching tools in January of this year. The game has now gone far beyond its roots as a simple building game, and through mods and additional development can also be used as a tool to instruct students on topics including conservation and resource management.


Vyo Is a Fascinating and Unique Take on Social Domestic Robots

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The way to make a social home robot seems to be pretty standardized: basically, you cram a tablet computer into a cute robot body with some degrees of freedom and do your best to make sure that your voice recognition and conversation algorithms are as good of an experience as you possibly can, using a screen to help you out when necessary. This is fine, if you can get it to work well, but there's a concern that it's just going to turn into an experience that's essentially talking to a gussied-up version of your phone. A group of researchers including Michal Luria, Guy Hoffman, Benny Megidish, Oren Zuckerman, Roberto Aimi, and Sung Park from IDC Herzliya, Cornell, and SK Telecom have developed a prototype social robot called Vyo. Vyo is "a personal assistant serving as a centralized interface for smart home devices." Nothing new there, but what sets Vyo apart is how you interact with it: it combines non-anthropomorphic design with anthropomorphic expressiveness and a tactile object-based control system into a social robot that's totally, adorably different.


Tech Giants Have Raised $27M To Build More Ethical AI

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Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. According to the Wall Street Journal, artificial intelligence spending is geared up for a major boom, and some of Silicon Valley's wealthiest are investing big to ensure AI's road ahead is not just safe but ethically sound. The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund aims to support global efforts to "[advance] the development of ethical AI in the public interest," and specifically in areas of education and applied research.


Silicon Valley reckons it can give AI a conscience » Banking Technology

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LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman is one of a host of investors bank-rolling a new initiative to develop ethics and governance standards for artificial intelligence (AI), reports Telecoms.com. The $27 million Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, which also features Omidyar Network as a founder, will be built around not only engineers and corporations, but also social scientists, ethicists, philosophers, faith leaders, economists, lawyers and policymakers, with the intention of defining standards for AI both in the US and internationally. The team will aim to address such areas as ethical frameworks, moral values, accountability and social impact. "Artificial intelligence agents will impact our lives in every society on Earth. Technology and commerce will see to that," said Alberto Ibargüen, President of Knight Foundation, which has committed $5 million to the initiative.