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) …
Attendees gather on the exhibition floor during a technology conference in May, 2018 in Seattle, WA on cloud technologies and the artificial intelligence features within those services. Many business leaders stress over how to keep up in a competitive business world where things now change even before you finish reading this post. The pace of emerging technology only increases the pressure to stay well-informed. Budgets are not what they used to be when it comes to flying all over the world to attend the latest conference to absorb information, particularly those on Artificial Intelligence. But here's a secret weapon that just might help you stay ahead of the curve.
Machine learning has swept enterprise technology, using mass amounts of data and algorithms to make predictions. Between improving the retail shopping experience, security functionality, cloud operations, and more, machine learning has infiltrated almost every industry. "Machine learning expands boundaries of the possible, such as detecting fraud, predicting claims, and diagnosing cancer into the cutting-edge of automation and enterprise computing," stated Analytics Insight magazine. In their July 2018 issue, Analytics Insight outlined the 10 most innovative companies in machine learning. Here are the firms that made the list.
Automakers are moving at a frenzied pace to add more and more intelligence to their vehicles. However, as cars get smarter and smarter consumers struggle to understand the latest innovations. To help eliminate some of the confusion, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International has developed a scale to describe the six different levels of automation for self-driving cars. These are the cars we all know and love. The driver actually steps on the gas to go faster, steps on the brake to slow down and uses the steering wheel to turn.
As the automation of physical and knowledge work advances, many jobs will be redefined rather than eliminated--at least in the short term. The potential of artificial intelligence and advanced robotics to perform tasks once reserved for humans is no longer reserved for spectacular demonstrations by the likes of IBM's Watson, Rethink Robotics' Baxter, DeepMind, or Google's driverless car. Just head to an airport: automated check-in kiosks now dominate many airlines' ticketing areas. Pilots actively steer aircraft for just three to seven minutes of many flights, with autopilot guiding the rest of the journey. Passport-control processes at some airports can place more emphasis on scanning document bar codes than on observing incoming passengers.
Automation and the advancement of technology is reshaping the modern economy, how we consume and how we produce. Can the digitisation of daily interactions, whether transactional or relational, engender improved human relations? Digital technological development can be considered a liberating and connecting force in some contexts, while its threat to human livelihoods and liberties raises ethical issues as its integration with social and economic exchange grows. Developed societies are supported predominantly by a service economy, which is increasingly shaped by the nature and capabilities of the digital technologies that facilitate it. The nature and use of these technologies is disrupting traditional social behaviours and expectations.
In the early hours of January 11, 2000, US Coast Guard helicopter pilot Mark Ward responded to a distress call from a ship taking on water, caught in a Nor'easter off the North Carolina coast. Battling 70-mph winds and 30-foot seas, Ward struggled to keep the chopper steady as he and his crew pulled all five fishermen to safety. Ward recalls the mission as one of the most harrowing is the 22 years he spent as a search-and-rescue pilot. And now, he's got a gig ensuring his successors won't face the same dangers: He's the chief test pilot in Sikorsky's autonomous helicopter program. "Even a modest degree of autonomy, your workload goes way down and your stress and apprehension disappears," he says.
Our home lives are increasingly filled with a proliferation of smart devices and apps designed to meet our needs and answer our whims almost instantaneously. Services such as Alexa and Siri mean that simply speaking aloud will instantly fetch information or fulfil a task. This trend at home is reflected in the professional world, with workers beginning to expect the same instant gratification for their workplace needs, and accordingly self-service and automation have become essential for all IT service desks. The next phase of this evolution is the advent of artificial intelligence-powered services that not only meet our requests but learn to anticipate our needs by analysing our individual preferences. While the technology is still nascent, AI has become a major focus in most fields.
ROBOTS will make more jobs than they take in the UK, according to a new report. The combination of artificial intelligence and robotics will displace up to 7 million jobs between 2017 and 2037. However, this will lead to a reduction in costs and increases in spending, which in turn could generate 7.2 million jobs – a net gain of 200,000 jobs, according to accountancy firm PwC. Jobs in health, scientific and technical services, and hospitality are predicted to increase, while those in manufacturing, transport and storage, and public administration will decrease. Automation seems to be less disruptive than we had feared.
If it seems like AI dominates today's conversation, you would be right. It's been featured prominently in the news, dominates the business pages, entire books are devoted to it, and even entire conferences. What does AI have to do with HR? Whether you consider yourself an AI aficionado or novice, rapid advances in technological development and ease of implementation allow the benefits to be experienced by all, not just those with deep, specialized expertise. So where do you get started? The first step is to understand exactly what AI is, and what it is not.