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) …
If nothing else, AI continues to climb the technology hype curve. It was impossible to read the news, browse the web, attend a conference, or even watch television without seeing a reference to how AI is making our lives better. Since Alan Turing declared "what we want is a machine that can learn from experience" in a 1947 lecture to the London Mathematical Society, the imaginations of computer scientists and engineers have run wild with visions of a computer that can answer questions on par with a human. Today, almost everyone in business is looking at how to leverage AI, and there is no shortage of vendors looking to capitalize on the trend. Venture Scanner currently tracks more than 2,000 AI startups that have received more than $26 billion in funding.
The Kepler Space Telescope is pretty good at finding exoplanets. Researchers have already used the NASA spacecraft to discover more than 3,000 different exoplanets--including several this year that could be home to life (or even us). Leave it to Google to make Kepler even better. Chris Shallue, a senior software engineer at Google, teamed up with Andrew Vanderburg, a NASA astrophysicist currently at the University of Texas at Austin, to teach a computer how to find signs of exoplanet existence that researchers using Kepler previously missed. When scientists hunt for an exoplanet, they look for dips in the brightness of far-away points in space that otherwise look like stars.
"The Computer Society's predictions, based on a deep-dive analysis by a team of leading technology experts, identify top-trending technologies that hold extensive disruptive potential for 2018," said Jean-Luc Gaudiot, IEEE Computer Society President. "The vast computing community depends on the Computer Society as the provider for relevant technology news and information, and our predictions directly align with our commitment to keeping our community well-informed and prepared for the changing technological landscape of the future." Dejan Milojicic, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Distinguished Technologist and IEEE Computer Society past president, said, "The following year we will witness some of the most intriguing dilemmas in the future of technology. Will deep learning and AI indeed expand deployment domains or remain within the realms of neural networks? Will cryptocurrency technologies keep their extraordinary evolution or experience a bubble burst?
With eight planets whirling around its sun, our solar system has held the galactic title for having the most known planets of any star system in the Milky Way. But on Thursday NASA announced the discovery of a new exoplanet orbiting a distant star some 2,500 light years away from here called Kepler 90, bringing that system's total to eight planets as well. The new planet, known as Kepler-90i, is rocky and hot. The finding was made using data collected by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, a planet hunter that has spotted more than 2,500 confirmed exoplanets since its launch in 2009. Unlike those previousdiscoveries, the new exoplanet was detected with the help of artificial intelligence researchers at Google using a machine learning technique called neural networking.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is starting to change how many businesses operate. The ability to accurately process and deliver data faster than any human could is already transforming how we do everything from studying diseases and understanding road traffic behaviour to managing finances and predicting weather patterns. For business leaders, AI's potential could be fundamental for future growth. With so much on offer and at stake, the question is no longer simply what AI is capable of, but where AI can best be used to deliver immediate business benefits. According to Forrester, 70% of enterprises will be implementing AI in some way over the next year.
So you want to learn how to program a quantum computer. Now, there's a toolkit for that. Microsoft is releasing a free preview version of its Quantum Development Kit, which includes the Q# programming language, a quantum computing simulator and other resources for people who want to start writing applications for a quantum computer. The Q# programming language was built from the ground up specifically for quantum computing. The Quantum Development Kit, which Microsoft first announced at its Ignite conference in September, is designed for developers who are eager to learn how to program on quantum computers whether or not they are experts in the field of quantum physics.
As entrepreneurs, it's our job to evolve and adapt to a changing market. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning initiatives are creating new opportunities for innovators to offload labor-intensive research and analysis to the cloud. And, to be clear, "the cloud" is just a fancy term for someone else's computer. But, it's exciting to see these networks of computers crunch data and automate the things that used to eat up our time and server space. In today's market, the cloud represents a $130 billion industry.
Do humans have the capacity for safe AI? Our history shows innovation and technology advancements are replete with unintended consequences. Who knew that widespread social-media adoption would lead to disinformation campaigns aimed at undermining liberal democracy, when it was originally thought it would increase civic engagement? After all, AI not only enables the development of autonomous vehicles, but also autonomous weapons. Who wants to contemplate a possible future where self-aware AI becomes catatonically depressed while in possession of nuclear launch codes?
Andrew Ng, co-founder of some of Alphabet Inc-owned Google's most prominent artificial intelligence projects, launches a new venture with iPhone assembler Foxconn to bring AI and so-called machine learning onto the factory floor. Consumers now experience AI mostly through image recognition to help categorize digital photographs and speech recognition that helps power digital voice assistants such as Apple Inc's Siri or Amazon.com Google Brain founder Andrew Ng said Foxconn has already signed up for his new firm, using AI for visual inspection in a factory's quality control efforts. Pictured, Chinese workers assemble electronic components at the Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, in the southern Guangzhou province. In many factories, workers look over parts coming off an assembly line for defects.
Trust me – it's not you. Our world really is more unpredictable than ever. Even the best-laid strategies are being disrupted, whether they are focused on the workplace's culture, technical environment, market dynamics, customer behavior, or business processes. But central to these uncertainties is one constant: an algorithm guiding every step along the evolutionary trail to digital transformation. "Each company has a predictable algorithm that's driving its business model," said Sathya Narasimhan, senior director for Partner Business Development at SAP, on a live episode of Coffee Break with Game Changers Radio, presented by SAP and produced and moderated by SAP's Bonnie D. Graham.