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 scroll through dating apps you start to spot trends, like fishing photos or mentions of The Office. Often a potential match has a photo with a child, and their bio says something akin to, "That's just my nephew." Or niece, or cousin, or whatever small relative one feels compelled to show suitors. If you're only looking for hookups, it's somewhat justifiable to make it clear that you're not a parent. While users may want future partners to see how good they are with children -- hence the nephew photos -- it's likely just to relate back to their sex appeal.
Streets have been eerily quiet in recent months as coronavirus lockdowns imposed by governments around the world hit the pause button on normal life. And while many people have missed the shops and cafes, many have also appreciated the temporary respite from noise, pollution and congestion. As cities start to wake up from the so-called anthropause, questions are being being asked about how we can improve them more permanently. And the assumptions we had about making our cities smart may also need a rethink. Robots and drones have certainly come into their own during the global lockdown.
Colleges across the country are scrambling to pandemic-proof their campuses. And everything from contact-tracing apps to facial recognition is on the table. The University of Alabama, for instance, is rolling out a suite of apps aimed at monitoring the coronavirus on campus. The school plans to release an app by the end of July that would notify students if they crossed paths with someone who tested positive for coronavirus, using Bluetooth technology. Other schools, such as the University of Arizona, say they are testing similar apps.
The Delhi-based company launched the app two weeks before India's ban on Chinese apps and has acquired 400K users till date India's ban on 59 Chinese apps has opened up the Indian market for many native startups, who have the potential to replace these banned apps. With CamScanner, one of the most prominent productivity apps in the market, also banned, Indians are looking for replacements. While Microsoft Office Lens, Adobe Scan and other apps are available, the current wave of adoption for Indian products has brought the spotlight on Kaagaz Scanner. Launched about two weeks before the ban, Kaagaz Scanner is an app built by Sorted AI, which is an year-old file management platform. Kaagaz's launch was driven by the company's realisation that scanning is where the document storage process starts for millions of Indian users. Founder Snehanshu Gandhi said that Indian users scan documents in an app, and they also want to use the app to peruse the document storage solution.
In the era of digital transformation, more organizations across industries are looking to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance day-to-day operations. In recent weeks, a number of organizations have tapped AI to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. These applications range from using AI systems to monitor social distancing and contact tracing to identifying potential treatments for COVID-19. Earlier today, Microsoft announced a series of updates to the Azure AI system to help with everything from enhanced healthcare data management to leveraging the latest voice-enabled technologies for enhanced customer engagement experiences. In partnership with the Allen Institute of AI and other research groups, Microsoft developed the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset.
In recent years, the world has seen many major breakthroughs in the field of Machine Learning and so did the libraries used to write these programs. From NumPy to Tensorflow.js, each one faster and equipped with the best available technology of time than the previous one. One such library that we are going to talk about today is ml5.js. I recently started writing Deep Learning apps for browsers and can tell you this is pretty much fun and easy when you want to showcase your work to the general public or create an MVP in a hackathon with a cool dashboard and good-looking UI elements. I started programming on the web mainly because of the fact one can easily create an extensive user experience using just CSS and HTML5.
The highlight of almost any sushi platter is the fatty tuna. Finding that perfect cut of tuna that melts in your mouth is something that fish buyers spend years of their life learning how to do. But now a Japanese advertising agency named Dentsu Inc has developed an app called Tuna Scope that allows someone to do the same with little to no training (via The Verge). The firm trained the machine learning algorithm that powers the software using thousands of images of tuna tail cross-sections. The cut can tell human buyers a lot about the quality of fish they're about to purchase.
It is being rolled out now, and will be available to all users by August. In addition to this new function, Microsoft is introducing a smattering of other features. This includes Dynamic view – which will let users frame work content and call participants side-by-side – as well as video filters to adjust lighting levels or soften the focus on your camera. It has also extended the number of people you can have in a meeting up to 1000, while presentations can now have 20,000 participants watching. Suggested replies, similar to the automated replies in email apps including Gmail, is coming to Microsoft Teams too. Finally, Cortana integration is being brought in to the mobile version of the app, giving the software usability via voice commands. Users can ask Cortana to make a call, join meetings, share files, or send messages.
Microsoft has acquired Snoqualmie, Wash.-based Orions Systems for an undisclosed amount. Orions Systems makes AI-powered vision systems, and its founder, Nils Lahr, has worked on imaging, content distribution network (CDN), and streaming media services. "Orions Systems has developed a strong reputation and leading technology for organizations seeking to gather and analyze high-value data specifically in the areas of video and image content. The acquisition will bring additional technologies that will allow solutions like Dynamics 365 Connected Store and the Microsoft Power Platform to offer retailers and other organizations a way to build and train their own AI models to customize and optimize how they can learn from their physical space. This extra set of tools will deliver on scenarios beyond what is offered out-of-the-box today and can adapt to the truly unique dimensions and needs of their physical spaces," said Microsoft Dynamics 365 Corporate Vice President Muhammad Alam in a July 7 blog post announcing the deal.
With numerous organisations rapidly adapting to the use of new technologies within and outside of the workplace, wearable devices could soon become a common sight in offices as a means of enforcing workplace social distancing. Many are still working from home, but for those unable to carry out their jobs remotely, or those who have chosen to return to the workplace, ensuring they can do so safely is of paramount importance. The UK government has advised businesses to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment, develop hygiene procedures, maintain workplace social distancing and manage transmission risk. But applying this to a busy workplace where employees attend meetings, collaborate on projects or simply socialise within the workplace makes keeping two metres apart a challenge. With this in mind, robotics company Tharsus has come up with a technology-based solution to "get businesses working again". The company, which has already developed technology solutions for companies such as DHL, Ocado, Rolls Royce, Automata and Small Robot Co, has developed "Bump", a Fitbit-style personal motion system designed to be a "simple, intuitive and friendly" way of improving workplace safety during the pandemic.