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 there is one true indicator to measure the disruptiveness of a new technology, it's certainly the public outpouring of fear and suspicion. If we use societal angst as a measure, the current renaissance of artificial intelligence (AI) is a good candidate for groundbreaking technological disruption. AI will change life as we know it, as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and other great minds have told us. The widespread anxiety about the harmful consequences of AI applications is not an unparalleled reaction to technological change but rather an expression of the societal unease that commonly precedes the changes associated with new technologies and the vast potential that comes with them. We're looking beyond today's IoT, toward a future where smart connected devices not only talk with each other but where they use AI to interact with each other on our behalf.
Artificial Intelligence tools are rapidly changing how financial institutions operate, manage data, and interact with customers. The revolution brought by the AI – a blend of three advanced technologies: machine learning, natural language processing and cognitive computing – has huge implications for the financial services industry in Nigeria. According to Microsoft Nigeria Country Manager, Mr Akin Banuso, with the use of modern tools like Microsoft's Azure Machine Learning platform, Financial Service Providers can crunch large volumes of data faster and more accurately, which considerably lessens time-to-market to deliver products and services. "The AI has the potential to advance nearly every field of human endeavour and address countless societal challenges. This is why we are investing in not only making the technology more accessible, but also building capacity in the use of machine learning concepts to address analytical gaps in financial inclusion and other areas," Banuso says.
In many respects, we are reinventing modern programming tools for the A.I. age. Models and expensive resources like talent, data and computing power are currently centralized within large tech corporations. TensorFlow, Tensorflow Hub, AutoML, Algorithmia, and cloud computing are all examples of increasing decentralization of artificial intelligence. Accelerate development (1000 brains are better than 100). Make A.I. safer (more people involved to check and balance development).
PlantVillage, a research and development project, based at Penn State University, is beginning to bring artificial intelligence to these smaller farms. Scientists at PlantVillage, in collaboration with international organizations, local farm extension programs and engineers at Google, is working to tailor A.I. technology for farmers in Tanzania who have inexpensive smartphones. The initial focus is on cassava, a hearty crop that can survive droughts and barren soil. But plant disease and pests can reduce crop yields by 40 percent or more. PlantVillage and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture have developed a simple A.I. assistant, called Nuru ("light" in Swahili).
As you plan your agenda, artificial intelligence (AI) is undoubtedly a hot topic on your list. This year we have a lot of great technical content on AI, machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL)--with over 200 breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, deep-dive chalk talks, and more. You'll hear success stories about machine learning on AWS firsthand from customers and partners such as Sony, Moody's, NFL, Intuit, 21st Century Fox, Toyota, and more. This year's re:Invent also includes the AI Summit, where thought leaders in the academic community will share their perspectives on the future of AI. Here are a few highlights of this year's lineup from the re:Invent session catalog to help you plan your event agenda.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced a $1 billion initiative to reshape how the college operates and make artificial intelligence a part of its curriculum for all students. The shakeup is being made, MIT president L. Rafael Reif said, to "prepare students of today for the world of the future" and represents the biggest change to curriculum at the school since the 1950s. The effort will be spearheaded by a $350 million donation from from Blackstone investment firm CEO Stephen Schwarzman. An additional $300 million has been raised for the $1 billion project. The Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing will work on incorporating computing and AI into all fields of study at MIT, encouraging cross-disciplinary endeavors, and exploring ways to create a shared structure between the university's five existing schools.
Movidius, an Intel company, is transforming the future of computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) to accelerate innovation for the next generation of smart and connected devices. By delivering low-power, high-performance SoC platforms for accelerating perceptual computing, Movidius is at the forefront of a new era of computing that enables new levels of intelligence for drones, robots, cameras, virtual and augmented reality, and other devices at the edge.
It might not be the Jetsons future you (or your parents) imagined it would be with robots and hover cars everywhere, but the robots and artificial intelligence are here. Now, MIT plans to add a $1 billion college centered around the study of it. The school has already raised some $650 million to that end. The MIT Corporation and its executive committee approved the establishment of a new college, the president of the college, L. Rafael Reif, said in an email to the community this week. The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing will be the biggest change to MIT since the early 1950s, according to the president.
CHICAGO – Boeing Co. is creating a new unit to focus on technology that's seemingly straight out of science fiction, including super-fast computing that mimics the synapses of the human brain and hack-proof communications links based on applied quantum physics. So-called neuromorphic processing and quantum communications, two of the futuristic technologies Boeing wants to explore, may seem an odd fit for the world's largest plane-maker. But such concepts increasingly form the core of aerospace innovation, like the networks that may one day manage millions of airborne drones, said Greg Hyslop, Boeing's chief technology officer. The technology being developed around advanced computing and sensors is going to have a "profound impact" on Boeing, Hyslop said in an interview Wednesday. "We thought it's time to do this."
Businesses have entered the most rapid period of technological change in history, and artificial intelligence (AI) is on the cusp of revolutionizing the entire workforce, Ginni Rometty, chairman, president, and CEO of IBM, said in a keynote address at the 2018 Gartner Symposium/IT Expo in Orlando on Tuesday. "The pace is unabated," Rometty said. "You have to change the way you work, because this isn't going to stop." AI has become one of the great, meaningless buzzwords of our time. In this video, the Chief Data Scientist of Dun and Bradstreet explains AI in clear business terms.