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) …
In media news today, 'The View' co-host Ana Navarro reveals her COVID tests were false positives, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo stays silent on his own sexual harassment scandal, and The New Yorker hosts a climate change extremist who promotes property damage Meghan McCain spent years irking liberals as the token conservative on "The View," but managed to continue bothering the left on Sunday simply by showing up on NBC's "Meet the Press." McCain walked away from "The View" last month because she enjoyed settling down in Washington, D.C. with her family since the coronavirus pandemic and didn't want to upend her life again for the New York-based program. Meghan McCain irked liberals by appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press." Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien responded to video of Todd welcoming McCain to the program with a tweet that scolded "Meet the Press" for offering her a platform. "This young lady is not her father (though she likes to name him frequently). She lies on camera, she has zero value as a guest, certainly she's go no credibility as a political talking head. And yet, Meet the Press fails by allowing her to lie on their air," O'Brien tweeted.
A soldier wears virtual reality glasses. Illustration created by NIWC Pacific. AFA: Beyond throwing around "artificial intelligence" as a buzzword during briefings, the Air Force needs to communicate more clearly within own its ranks and to industry about what it wants in AI capabilities, a top Air Force intelligence officer said. "I'm in the Pentagon, so I see a lot of PowerPoint presentations, and I see a lot of slides saying'we're going to use some AI'" to solve a problem, Lt. Gen. Mary O'Brien said. "But we need to be more precise. Sometimes we say we want AI, but what we describe to industry is an automation tool, or a visualization tool, or [some technology] without training data."
The Air Force needs to better prepare to defend AI programs and algorithms from adversaries that may seek to corrupt training data, the service's deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and cyber effects said Wednesday. "There's an assumption that once we develop the AI, we have the algorithm, we have the training data, it's giving us whatever it is we want it to do, that there's no risk. There's no threat," said Lt. Gen. Mary F. O'Brien, the Air Force's deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and cyber effects operations. That assumption could be costly to future operations. Speaking at the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber conference, O'Brien said that while deployed AI is still in its infancy, the Air Force should prepare for the possibility of adversaries using the service's own tools against the United States.
Artificial intelligence has long been heralded as the technology of the future – although it is still the future if an international survey of 700 business leaders by Juniper Networks in April is anything to go by. Only 6% of respondents reported having adopted AI, but 95% said that their firms would benefit from doing so. A similarly sized survey of IT decision-makers by Insider in the same month found that a third of respondents were planning investments in AI. While many businesses are clearly keen to start using the technology, experts warn that they need to introduce it judiciously. Firms may well have more pitfalls to avoid than benefits to reap, so it's vital to learn from previous AI integrations elsewhere.
An AI chatbot described in a December patent, first spotted by Input, filed by Microsoft is capable of imitating your dead relatives so you can have an instant messenger-style conversation with them from beyond the grave. The digital doppelganger would learn to imitate someone based on their social media posts and other publicly-available online content, which raises the disturbing, "Black Mirror"-esque specter of dead relatives forced to recite whatever horrible memes they had shared on Facebook and Twitter until the end of time. Social norms change, but this seems like a tough sell. It's hard to imagine which would be creepier: Chatting with an algorithm that's imitating your dead grandpa or one that's acting like a living celebrity who's off living their life somewhere else in the world. But why would you have to choose?
Project Cortex uses AI to organise content, delivering topic cards, topic pages and knowledge centres in Office, Outlook and Teams. Microsoft's history with knowledge management goes back a long way, from pre-SharePoint tooling with Site Server, through its abortive Knowledge Network platform, to today's mix of Bing and the Microsoft Graph for Microsoft 365 subscribers. Now the company is trying again, adding machine learning to the mix to help organisations understand what they know, and more importantly, who knows it. This time there's a lot more training data, a deeper understanding of the knowledge graph that underpins most businesses, and above all, the hyperscale compute of the modern cloud. Microsoft's Project Cortex is an ambitious set of tools built around Microsoft 365, intended to automate the complex process of building and deploying knowledge management systems.
Peggy Smedley: …I really think people need to understand when we talk about AI (artificial intelligence), it's evolving into a lot of different things. I've talked about big brother and we think about how we've evolved from that. AI is becoming that in a lot of different ways… Do you believe that we've ended up in this surveillance economy that we're describing? Steve O'Brien: So, generally I agree that we're in a surveillance economy. What we tend to mean by surveillance economy is that our data that we produce online has been commodified and produces value. And oftentimes we exchange the value of that data for free services or things that we like, like Gmail. I personally love the photos that Facebook resurfaces for me every year of my family as they grow up. Smedley: So, then how did we get there? I mean, the way that we got there is because we're getting these new services and we love that. But at the same time when we advance and we get these things, we also get the downsides. We get that baby monitor that gets hacked and that just gets so darn creepy.
Andy O'Brien, CEO of M&M Food Market, is photographed in the company's Toronto offices. At M&M Food Market, the most valuable product isn't necessarily the food, but the mix of different ingredients the company uses to grow in Canada's highly competitive grocery and prepared meals sector. The recipe isn't complicated: Take a well-known brand – M&M Meats until the company rebranded in 2016 – add a helping of customer data and sprinkle it with predictive analytics and artificial intelligence tools. A company that has gone from a niche purveyor of bacon-wrapped filet to a data-driven prepared-food business tuned into customer habits and desires. M&M's mission today is to be agile and attentive to the appetites of millions of regular customers across Canada, says its chief executive officer, Andy O'Brien.
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Mark Esper and other administration officials joined President Donald Trump in trying to draw attention to dissent in Iran instead of lingering questions about the scale of the threat used to justify a drone strike on Iran's top military leader. Esper added to the uncertainty over the intelligence behind the recent killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani when he said Sunday that he had seen no hard evidence that four American embassies had been under possible threat. Trump said last Friday that Soleimani had been planning such an attack. In appearances Sunday on news shows, both Esper and national security adviser Robert O'Brien said they agreed that Iran might have hit more than just the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital. "It is certainly consistent with the intelligence to assume that they would have hit embassies in at least four countries," O'Brien said.
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Mark Esper explicitly said Sunday that he had seen no hard evidence that four American embassies had been under possible threat when President Donald Trump authorized the targeting of Iran's top commander, raising questions about the scale of the threat described by Trump last week. As the administration struggled with its justification for the drone strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Esper and other officials tried to refocus attention on voices of dissent in Iran. Esper said street protests in Tehran show the Iranian people are hungry for a more accountable government after leaders denied, then admitted shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane. The plane was downed shortly after Iran launched strikes against U.S. bases in Iraq in retaliation for Soleimani's killing. "You can see the Iranian people are standing up and asserting their rights, their aspirations for a better government -- a different regime," Esper said.