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) …
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Lumiata, a healthcare analytics company, said it will launch a tool called Risk Matrix that takes a patient's electronics record, combines it with artificial intelligence and risk algorithms to predict health over time for people with chronic conditions. The software, designed for insurers and healthcare providers, is designed to analyze models based on 175 million patient record years and provide clinical rationale for each prediction. Risk Matrix provides real-time predictions for more than 20 major diseases including congestive heart failure and diabetes. Insurers and companies are offering programs for chronic conditions, but often identify too many people as risks.
Symmetry Master evaluated they symmetry of each person's face and AntiAgeist estimated the difference between the chronological and perceived age. Once these parameters were determined, the fifth robot, called MADIS, compared each selfie to models and actors within their age and ethnic groups were are stored in a database. 'We are very pleased with the Ai's performance in achieving 100 percent accuracy in predicting the I'm a Singer competition's results,' Dr. Min Wanli, Alibaba Cloud's chief scientist for artificial intelligence, said in a statement following the show, according to the Wall Street Journal. '[The result] is very random and almost impossible to predict using human intelligence,' said Min Wanli, chief scientist for artificial intelligence at Alibaba Cloud.
A pair of artificial intelligence experts from Cornell University have joined a nationwide effort to ensure the nightmare science fiction scenarios -- the ones involving corrupted human-killing computers -- don't become a reality. "We are in a period in history when we start using these machines to make judgments," researcher Bart Selman, a professor of computer science at Cornell, explained in a news release. Joseph Halpern, a professor of computer science at Cornell and also a "decision theory" expert, says providing an artificial intelligent agent with as much information as possible will make these difficult decisions more manageable. Scientists at Georgia Tech have been working to instill human values by teaching robots fairy tales.
Salesforce has spent over 4 billion on acquisitions in the past year alone, and it's making some investors grow concerned about the company's spending strategy. According to a note by Macquarie Research on Tuesday, Salesforce may have some explaining to do during its earnings call on Wednesday to ease the investors worried about the company's record-high buying spree over the past year. That includes the 2.8 billion Demandware acquisition, which was the largest deal Salesforce has made to date, and the 750 million deal for the 40-person startup Quip. Still, Piper Jaffray noted that most of the acquisitions make sense because they've been in the artificial intelligence and machine learning space, in which Salesforce is launching its new product Einstein.
The deal, announced Tuesday, will bring the Genee team into the Microsoft fold and put them to work on bringing intelligence into Office 365. Acquiring Genee is part of Microsoft's ongoing crusade to build intelligent productivity software and services using AI. It's unclear whether the functionality from the assistant will be making its way directly into Office 365, or if the team behind Genee will just be put to work improving a variety of Microsoft's products. This all plays into Satya Nadella's ongoing strategy of aggressively acquiring companies to shore up Microsoft's capabilities and growth areas.
The government has decided to collaborate with more than 20 firms and research institutions to promote development of artificial intelligence technology to be applied in the medical, manufacturing and other sectors. The public-private initiative involving entities such as the government-backed Riken research institute, Toyota Motor Corp and NEC Corp is aimed at finding technological solutions to labor shortage and aging society issues that Japan is facing. In the medical field, AI technology is expected to be used in diagnosing a patient's symptoms and giving doctors advice on optimal treatment by analyzing the patient's electronic medical record and a huge amount of past similar cases. The government sees the AI sector as one of the pillars of its growth strategy and set up a research and development center for innovative intelligence technologies at Riken in April.
The Web app, which is powered partly by artificial intelligence, analyzes posts on social media as well as police radio chatter and feeds of the local airspace in virtually any region. The software, which is linked to IBM's Watson artificial intelligence, combs through tweets and images, specific hashtags and phrases, or posts from or about a particular geographic area and then uses computer algorithms to gauge the mood of that swirling digital conversation. The AI aspects of the iAWACS app only monitor the social media posts -- they don't analyze the audio from police scanners nor from the airspace maps. The result, which the Jester said was still a work in progress, was built from the ground up for law enforcement and intelligence officials with real-time information needs.
Ten to twenty years from now if you're going to be an effective lawyer, doctor, or financial analyst, it will be in part your ability to use the technological implements, loosely going under the name of artificial intelligence," Hoffman explained. However, the jobs that do exist will be technology enabled and part of the skill set is having the necessary technology skills," Hoffman said. It is a common and an intelligent worry that our education is insufficiently S.T.E.M., insufficiently technical, and insufficiently aggressive at younger ages. It's not just learning new programs its learning to use them to work effectively," Hoffman noted.