A Computer Scientist Makes the Case for Speculative Fiction - Los Angeles Review of Books


"PREDICTION IS VERY difficult, especially if it's about the future," said Physics Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr. Bohr was presumably talking about the vagaries of quantum mechanical subatomic life, but the statement holds true at other scales too. Predicting the future is tough, and any good scientist knows enough to hedge his or her bets. That's what error bars are all about. It's why science usually proceeds methodically: hypotheses are formulated, experiments conducted, observations collated, and data evaluated.

AI revolution 'more compassionate and moral' than NZers


Hold onto your job - artificial intelligence (AI) is driving us through a fourth industrial revolution. Up to half our existing jobs will be replaced by robots, nanotechnology and AI within 10 to 15 years and many are warning New Zealand business is woefully unprepared. Sophie is Air New Zealand's face of digital disruption. Soon she may be booking your flight. Sophie was made by New Zealand-based company Soul Machines, which is about to roll out digital employees to some major companies.

#Open #IoT with #Blockchain #AI and #BigData – Paradigm Interactions


There will be many people who will say it does exist and has working technologies, hardware and software. It is an interesting error in thinking to focus on closed system devices/products as to what Ubiquity (IoT3) is. Devices are used to get across the point of various types of connections and networks being accessed. But more importantly in a full implementation of the concept of Ubiquity (often described as the IoT) devices may not even be owned anymore. The ownership of devices ceases to be important if you can own your digital identity, can verify it and establish your own ecosystem of assets in Blockchain.

Python Machine Learning: Machine Learning and Deep Learning with Python, scikit-learn, and TensorFlow, 2nd Edition: Sebastian Raschka, Vahid Mirjalili: 9781787125933: Books


Sebastian Raschka, author of the bestselling book, Python Machine Learning, has many years of experience with coding in Python, and he has given several seminars on the practical applications of data science, machine learning, and deep learning, including a machine learning tutorial at SciPy - the leading conference for scientific computing in Python. While Sebastian's academic research projects are mainly centered around problem-solving in computational biology, he loves to write and talk about data science, machine learning, and Python in general, and he is motivated to help people develop data-driven solutions without necessarily requiring a machine learning background. His work and contributions have recently been recognized by the departmental outstanding graduate student award 2016-2017, as well as the ACM Computing Reviews' Best of 2016 award. In his free time, Sebastian loves to contribute to open source projects, and the methods that he has implemented are now successfully used in machine learning competitions, such as Kaggle. Vahid Mirjalili obtained his PhD in mechanical engineering working on novel methods for large-scale, computational simulations of molecular structures.

Why A.I. researchers can't produce true human-machine dialogue


"Evie," is a youngish bot with blinking green eyes, smiling pink lips, and flowing brown hair (it seems that bots are almost always made to look and sound like women). According to its makers, Evie comes out with statements that have all been acquired at some point in the past ten years from the things people type to "her." For this reason, its database of possible answers is vastly bigger than anything more primitive bots had to draw on. Even so, there are some strange moments when I attempt a chat with the pixelated face on my computer screen. A remark I type to Evie about Buster Keaton leads it to reply -- actually to spit out, Spock-like -- that I am "making sense."

The Quartz guide to artificial intelligence: What is it, why is it important, and should we be afraid?


Why is everyone talking about it all of a sudden? If you skim online headlines, you'll likely read about how AI is powering Amazon and Google's virtual assistants, or how it's taking all the jobs (debatable), but not a good explanation of what it is (or whether the robots are going to take over). We're here to help with this living document, a plain-English guide to AI that will be updated and refined as the field evolves and important concepts emerge. Artificial intelligence is software, or a computer program, with a mechanism to learn. It then uses that knowledge to make a decision in a new situation, as humans do.

The Troubled Marriage of Brains and Computers

Wall Street Journal

That moment was the culmination of two decades of work in brain-machine interface technology, a research field I pioneered with my colleagues at Duke University. Early experiments involved rats and monkeys moving levers, robots and avatar bodies using their thoughts. My colleagues and I believe that we can apply what we've learned about neuroplasticity--the ability of the brain to change over time--to a range of neurological diseases, including Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, stroke, cerebral palsy and even autism. Scientists from university labs to Silicon Valley are working on two additional ideas conceived in my lab: connecting brains to form a network, or brainet, and developing a communication method that lets people message one another directly brain-to-brain. Once brains are connected they could become a hackable system in which the thoughts and actions of connected individuals can be accessed and manipulated.

Dibakar Saha Talks About His Image Processing and Machine Learning Projects. - Cool Python Codes


Do you know OpenCV, Machine Learning and Image Processing and you find it difficult to come up with cool amazing projects? Basically, he is a beginner in Python with experience in Image Processing and a little bit in machine learning. He has designed a very simple classification programs like spam detection and sentiment analysis using machine learning in Python. Using image processing he has also designed a very simple gesture recognition system. He has also designed a gesture-driven keyboard.

What Does It Mean to Be Intelligent?


The Singularity is a term you'll find in science and in science fiction. It was coined by mathematician John von Neumann to define a theoretical moment when the artificial intelligence of computers surpasses the capacity of the human brain. The term is borrowed from physics and quantum mechanics, where the term gravitational singularity is used in the study of black holes. These events are all considered singular because we are unable to predict what happens next; the disruptive degree of change associated with the event is simply too great for our current body of knowledge. While we are far from attaining the goal of artificial intelligence, there was a brief flurry of excitement recently when a computer passed the Turing Test, to mixed reviews.

Google's Mad Scientist on Why You Shouldn't Fear AI


I've been interested in A.I. since I was a kid. I focused my Ph.D. on it. My first novel was a parable about the dangers of being fearful of it. For over 20 years, I've worked to help people understand it. The field of A.I., of using computers to perform complex tasks as well as a human, is not new.