"Alexa, fart," plus fifteen other useful Echo tricks and tips


I'm supposed to be this serious journalist or columnist or whatever. Fart tricks would seem to be below my level of professional standards. To be honest, while I do my best to turn in professional-quality work, that doesn't mean I shy away from flatulence... or flattery for that matter. Yes, I am my inner 12-year old. In this article, we'll look at how we can convince Alexa to fart and flatter.

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Nectome promises to preserve the brains of terminally ill people in order to turn them into computer simulations -- at some point in the future when such a thing is possible. It's a startup that's easy to mock. 1 Just beyond the mockery, however, lies an important reminder to remain skeptical of modern artificial intelligence technology. The idea behind Nectome is known to mind uploading enthusiasts (yes, there's an entire culture around the idea, with a number of wealthy foundations backing the research) as "destructive uploading": A brain must be killed to map it. That macabre proposition has resulted in lots of publicity for Nectome, which predictably got lumped together with earlier efforts to deep-freeze millionaires' bodies so they could be revived when technology allows it. The company has developed a way to embalm the brain in a way that keeps all its synapses visible with an electronic microscope.

Bus Lane Blocked, He Trained His Computer to Catch Scofflaws


Alex Bell hates it when the designated bike lane he is pedaling down is blocked. So, too, do many cycling New Yorkers. But Mr. Bell hates it so much that he has tried to do something about it: Three years ago he sued U.P.S., targeting the delivery company's trucks for blocking his bike path, a case he lost that is in its second round of appeals. Now Mr. Bell is trying another tack -- the 30-year-old computer scientist who lives in Harlem has created a prototype of a machine-learning algorithm that studies footage from a traffic camera and tracks precisely how often bike lanes are obstructed by delivery trucks, parked cars and waiting cabs, among other scofflaws. It is a piece of data that transportation advocates said is missing in the largely anecdotal discussion of how well the city's bus and bike lanes do or do not work.

Computers that calculate with light could make superfast AI

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The future of artificial intelligence might be bright. Computers that use lasers to carry out computation are showing that they can do complex algorithms faster and more efficiently than standard chips. If the rate of progress continues they may be able to head off the impending crisis that threatens Moore's Law, the idea that computing processing power doubles every two years, and herald a new type of computers that are cheaper, faster, and much less energy intensive.

Why Artificial Intelligence needs women


Artificial Intelligence seems to be reinforcing gender stereotypes. In 2016, a university professor from Virginia noticed that the image recognition system he was working on often associated picture of kitchens with women. Intrigued, he and his colleagues tested large collections of photos used to train this kind of software. What they discovered was shocking. The software's depiction of common activities showed a definite gender bias.

Artificial intelligence for smart cities: insights from Ho Chi Minh City's spatial development


It's amazing to see what technology can do these days! Satellites provide daily images of almost every location on earth, and computers can be trained to process massive amounts of data generated from them to produce insightful analysis/information. This is just one of the demonstrations of artificial intelligence (AI). AI can go beyond just reading images captured from space, it can help improve lives overall. For urban governance, machine learning and AI are increasingly used to provide near real-time analysis of how cities change in practice – for example, through the conversion of green areas into built-up structures.

L'Oréal explores the potential of AI WARC


AUSTIN, TX: Artificial intelligence (AI) has the promise to help marketers work faster, smarter and at scale, according to Rachel Weiss, VP of innovation and entrepreneurship at L'Oréal, the beauty company. Speaking at a session during SXSW 2018, Weiss suggested that AI systems can perform many tasks with higher rapidity than a human could, and do so free of limitations like store opening hours. "What can a computer do a little bit faster or at scale than I cannot do, or we cannot do, internally?" she asked. "That could be anything from thinking about 24-hour service bots to finding out what your favourite skincare cream could be from Kiehl's." In time, activities such as trend forecasting, media-buying and ad-targeting could also be powered by'backend' that rely on machine learning – the structure that underpin AI. "The first thing that I think about machine-learning is: How does a machine learn?

Welcome to Machine Learning using the .NET Framework - Datahub


"Machine learning explores the study and construction of algorithms that can learn from and make predictions on data. Such algorithms operate by building a model from example inputs in order to make data-driven predictions or decisions, rather than following strictly static program instructions." I like to think of machine learning as computer programs that produce different results as they are exposed to more information without changing their source code (and consequently needed to be redeployed). For example, consider a game that I play with the computer. I show the computer this picture and tell it "Blue Circle".

Don't believe the hype about AI in business


To borrow a punch line from Duke professor Dan Ariely, artificial intelligence is like teenage sex: "Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it." Even though AI systems can now learn a game and beat champions within hours, they are hard to apply to business applications. M.I.T. Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group surveyed 3,000 business executives and found that while 85 percent of them believed AI would provide their companies with a competitive advantage, only one in 20 had "extensively" incorporated it into their offerings or processes. The challenge is that implementing AI isn't as easy as installing software. It requires expertise, vision, and information that isn't easily accessible.

10 WordPress Plugins Using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning


Do you want to use artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies on your WordPress site? There is a chance that you might already be using one. In this article, we will share some WordPress plugins that are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to offer smarter features for your website. If you follow the news, then you must have heard the words artificial intelligence or machine learning being mentioned. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are computer technologies that are used to offer smarter solutions in computer devices, apps, GPS devices, smart TVs, home assistance devices, and more.