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) …
The internet of things (IoT) promises many advantages - smart cities with integrated transport systems, for instance - but it comes with a significantly increased cybersecurity risk. So how should we be tackling this new threat? Christoph Brandstatter is managing director of the four-star Seehotel, Jagerwirt, in Austria's Alps. His hotel's electronic door locks and other systems were hacked for ransom four times, between December 2016 and January 2017. "We got a ransomware mail which was hidden in a bill from Telekom Austria," says Mr Brandstatter.
I work for SAP as an IoT Evangelist. It's my job to go around and speak about how the Internet of Things is changing the way we live, work, and run our businesses. IoT Evangelist is a job title that didn't exist 5 or 10 years ago – mainly because the Internet of Things wasn't a "thing" 5 or 10 years ago. Today it is, so here I am. The fact is, technological change has a tremendous impact on the way we spend our working lives.
Big data, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence hold such disruptive power that they have inverted the dynamics of technology leadership. When science and technology meet social and economic systems, you tend to see something akin to what the late Stephen Jay Gould called "punctuated equilibrium" in his description of evolutionary biology. Something that has been stable for a long period is suddenly disrupted radically--and then settles into a new equilibrium.1 1.See Stephen Jay Gould, Punctuated Equilibrium, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007. Gould pointed out that fossil records show that species change does not advance gradually but often massively and disruptively. After the mass extinctions that have occurred several times across evolutionary eras, a minority of species survived and the voids in the ecosystem rapidly filled with massive speciation.
"The science of AI has no borders, neither do its benefits," Fei-Fei Li, chief scientist at Google's AI business, said in a blog post Wednesday announcing the new center. But China's internet borders are fortified by the so-called Great Firewall, and most of Google's biggest products -- its search engine, YouTube and Gmail -- have been blocked by the country's vast censorship apparatus for years. Google (GOOGL) effectively left China in 2010, but the country's 730 million internet users make it too large a market to ignore. The company has made no secret of its desire to find ways to rebuild its presence there. Related: Google's man-versus-machine showdown blocked in China Its artificial intelligence unit DeepMind teamed up with Chinese authorities to hold a five-day festival in the country earlier this year.
The next big trend was a key topic in the fourth World Internet Conference held in Wuzhen recently. During the event, Alibaba founder Jack Ma said humans "have explored less than 10 percent of our brains, and the machine created by that 10 percent knowledge won't beat humans". Tencent founder Ma Huateng noted that internet plus advanced manufacturing will create smart manufacturing that combines software, hardware and services. Meanwhile, Baidu founder Li Yanhong said that the population dividend for the internet industry is ending, and artificial intelligence will be the new growth engine. We are in an era of information explosion thanks to mobile internet and different applications.
The 12th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum will open in Geneva next week. The United Nations entity, which presents itself as a free electron of internet governance, will host a large number of sessions addressing pressing issues of the digital world, including big data, cyber security, and artificial intelligence. Discussions held at the forum will enhance understanding of the broad issue of internet governance, and help hold actors accountable. The 12th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will take place from 18-21 December on the theme "Shape Your Digital Future." This is the first time the IGF is being held in Geneva, which is the home of the IGF secretariat.
In a brave motion, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal a nasty net neutrality protection on Thursday that was put in place by the evil Obama administration in 2015. Finally, the internet will be able to serve its true and real purpose: make untold billions of dollars for faceless corporations, which nearly everyone in the United States hates. Finally, the people who make the internet a weird place for new opportunities, creation, innovation, and social interaction will be forced to pay for that privilege. Finally, the poor corporate CEOs of major telecom companies will be able to afford a new jet to replace their old and outdated planes. But before the new regime takes hold of the invisible force that bonds the modern world together as we know it, bringing new life to underprivileged areas and creating a global conversation and marketplace, we can wallow in the mediocre humor of those sarcastic shits who define the culture of the internet.
Trust me – it's not you. Our world really is more unpredictable than ever. Even the best-laid strategies are being disrupted, whether they are focused on the workplace's culture, technical environment, market dynamics, customer behavior, or business processes. But central to these uncertainties is one constant: an algorithm guiding every step along the evolutionary trail to digital transformation. "Each company has a predictable algorithm that's driving its business model," said Sathya Narasimhan, senior director for Partner Business Development at SAP, on a live episode of Coffee Break with Game Changers Radio, presented by SAP and produced and moderated by SAP's Bonnie D. Graham.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, or AI and ML for short respectively, are two terms which get thrown around quite often these days. Most people think that they share the same meaning, and while they are quite closely associated, one cannot be used instead of the other. Both of them crop up frequently when discussing analytics, data or any sort of technological change, so I think it's important we settle what they actually mean once and for all. In short, artificial intelligence is the general concept where machines are able to carry out tasks in a "smart" way. Or, at least, in a way which we would consider smart.
Automotive, financial services, utilities--in these and many other industries, businesses are already applying artificial intelligence to core business processes and to innovating products. Business adoption of artificial intelligence is picking up steam, but still today only 20 percent of organizations that are aware of AI actually use this rapidly advancing technology. One reason: many executives are still wondering, "What can AI do for my business?" Earlier this year at the AI Frontiers conference in Santa Clara, California, we sat down with AI experts from some of the world's leading technology-first organizations to find out about current and future applications of AI. An edited version of the experts' remarks follows the video.