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) …
As you read this, Udacity's Intersect 2017 conference is officially happening! The event has been sold out for weeks. Hundreds of people are filling every available space in Mountain View's Computer History Museum, a fitting location for this historic occasion. More than 30,000 people are joining via the event livestream. A remarkable day is planned, with keynote speeches, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and an employer showcase.
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Popular online learning service Udacity already trains engineers for work in the fast-growing autonomous vehicles field, but now the company is ready to harness all that talent and launch its own self-driving taxi company. Led by CEO (and former Udacity Vice President) Oliver Cameron, the new spin-off company will be called Voyage and has given itself the goal of getting autonomous taxis to "real users" in less than five years. As Cameron noted on Twitter, he thinks Voyage can hit that goal thanks to a "maturing" ecosystem that will allow the company to add autonomous functions to existing vehicles without needing to build a new self-driving car from the ground up. According to Business Insider, Voyage plans to differentiate itself from the competition at Uber and Lyft by allowing riders to control the experience with voice commands that set destination, add additional stops or simply control music playback. Although the company didn't specify which markets it would enter first, Voyage is aiming to start test rides with real passengers "very soon" -- possibly in the next few months.
WASHINGTON – House Republican Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy says veterans need more educational opportunities that meet the demands of the fast-paced technology industry. The California lawmaker is introducing legislation Thursday giving the Department of Veterans Affairs $75 million to start a pilot program to provide accelerated computer courses in everything from robotics and basic programming to artificial intelligence and virtual reality. McCarthy, who is second-in-command to the House speaker, said the GI bill doesn't cover many such courses and the VA approval process for changing curriculums or course offerings creates bureaucratic delays that are not conducive to the quickly changing technology fields. Under his proposal, veterans, instead of going to a traditional college -- or in addition to a traditional degree -- could get a shorter-term nano degree or micro credential. "And they could be in the work force right away and be a major asset," McCarthy told USA TODAY.
The rush to develop self-driving cars is fueling lucrative deals for autonomous tech firms, from GM's $581 million purchase of Cruise, Uber's $680 million Otto acquisition and Ford's $1 billion Argo Ai project, made the founders of those startups wealthy. But in the epicenter of this particular race there's a tight supply of seasoned computer scientists and engineers needed to perfect the technology, giving rise to considerable salaries for top talent. Salaries in the Bay Area, including annual bonuses and equity, currently average $295,000 a year for top self-driving car engineers, and range from $232,000 to as much as $405,000, based on data from Paysa, a Palo Alto firm that analyzes pay and job trends using an artificial intelligence-enabled data platform. The average is more than four times the California median household income of $64,500 in 2015 and over five times the U.S. average, based on Census figures. Salaries are so high because the pool of talented engineers is somewhat limited right now, Paysa CEO Chris Bolte told Forbes.
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Last August, Sebastian Thrun, the brains behind Google's self-driving cars and one of the world's top AI experts, offered an online version of Stanford's Introduction to Artificial Intelligence course to absolutely anyone who wanted to take it, for free. It turned out to be just a little bit popular (over 150,000 students enrolled), and now Thrun is offering a new, totally free, seven-week online course called Programming a Robotic Car. Can I really learn how to build a self-driving car in 7 weeks? In seven weeks, you will learn the basics of all the primary systems involved in programming a robotic car. Mad props to Professor Thrun for staying focused on the camera and barely glancing once at where the car was taking him.
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Greater compute power and power efficiency has made deep learning algorithms ubiquitous in our world. Deep learning has found its way into self driving cars, convenience stores and hospitals. Yet the fight for top talent in the space remains fierce and is a bottleneck for reaching new industries and solving tough challenges. To complement Udacity's previous AI courses, the online education startup is partnering with YouTube star Siraj Raval for a new deep learning nanodegree foundation program that will be co-taught with Udacity's Mat Leonard. Foundation Programs are going to be a major focus for Udacity in the coming year.