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) …
One of the most surprising biographical tidbits in McQueen, the new documentary about the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, is that he didn't know a collection could tell a "story" until he was several apprenticeships into the fashion industry. He was obviously a fast learner. Even among top-tier designers, McQueen became well-known for his theatrical runway shows. The half-dozen or so presentations we see in the film evoke Jack the Ripper, a mental asylum, sexual assault, robots, demons, goddesses, and animal chimeras. Not all the shows were well received.
Where will I wear this? Stitch Fix, a popular online subscription and personal shopping service, promises to spare its customers from the drama of shopping by matching each person with a personal stylist who selects clothing and accessories based on the individual's size, style and budget. How can a stylist, who does not personally know you, manage to successfully curate your wardrobe? The secret sauce is the algorithms, which are at the core of the company's business model and do everything from drive the clothing selections to assign human stylists to optimize production and logistics. As a personal style service "that evolves with your tastes, needs and lifestyle," Stitch Fix benefits from algorithms on a daily, customer-by-customer basis.
Researchers have created a new tool that could aid designers for video games, virtual reality and animation in making more realistic virtual textures. An international team of computer scientists is using an artificial intelligence-based technique called generative adversarial networks (GAN) to train a network to learn to expand small textures into larger ones that still resemble the original sample. "Our approach successfully deals with non-stationary textures without any high level or semantic description of the large-scale structure," Yang Zhou, lead author of the work and an assistant professor at Shenzhen University and Huazhong University of Science & Technology, said in a statement. "It can cope with very challenging textures, which, to our knowledge, no other existing method can handle. The results are realistic designs produced in high-resolution, efficiently, and at a much larger scale."
Artificial Intelligence, which often is associated with complicated computing for high-end machines, is now coming of age to empower creative industries, such as fashion and design. Zarine Bajaj, a 36-year-old entrepreneur from Delhi, is using cutting-edge technology such as Artificial Intelligence to build solutions for fashion designers. The objective is to assist indie fashion designers to manage the complicated business side of their work. Zarine's startup Findow provides interactive and intelligent boutique solutions purposefully built to address the requirements of fashion designers, luxury and retail brands. The technology side of the platform aims to simplify critical elements such as purchasing, monetisation, customer management, store analytics, contextual selling capability of brands and to help them leverage technology in their daily work and not get put off with the intricacies and bulkiness of existing systems and thus resort to inefficient manual techniques.
Technology is automating out human error, democratizing the search for engineering talent, and speeding R&D times with implications across drug discovery, car manufacturing, and much more. Across industries, designers, chemists, and engineers are constantly hypothesis testing. Will this design look right? Does this compound fit our needs? Testing and iterating is the essence of research and development.
Artificial intelligence has fascinated the human imagination since the times this term started appearing in sci-fi books. Computer science is developing rapidly, and nowadays intelligent computers are no longer fiction -- they are the reality. Blockchain technology was first described in 2008 by an anonymous inventor of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. Nobody knows anything about this person or group of people, and Mr. Nakamoto left the project in 2010. Yet, his (or their) brainchild is still alive and kicking, and is implemented in innovative projects all over the world.
Despite the fact that many jobs will be eventually taken over by smart machines in the (near) future, some industries and positions will reman (forever) bound to the human touch. One of these industries, according to a new report by HSBC, is banking. The Human Advantage: The Power of People report claims that not only will humans remain crucial, but there will also be six surprising new types of jobs. The report describes roles such as Mixed Reality Experience Designer, Algorithm Mechanic, Conversional Interface Designer, Universal Service Advisor, Digital Process Engineer and Partnership Gateway Enabler. The report also claims that there will be three core skills, which it dubs "Three Cs": Curiosity, Creativity and Communication.
In little more than a decade, the way we shop is expected to shift dramatically. The "Future of Retail 2030," a 2017 report CBRE report cited at a recent National Association of Real Estate Editors conference, describes the forces changing the industry and how they're expected to play out: See main story: Here's a look at how we'll shop in the year 2030 – or sooner Clothing will be scanned to fit perfectly, and transactions will be automatic, no human interaction required. Displays could change to reflect a shopper's preferences or the time of day (like in the futuristic movie, "Minority Report.") Storefronts will become virtual stores after hours. Think "Rent the Runway," an online service – and some brick and mortar venues – providing designer dresses and accessories for rent.
It's not like it matters. The MIT Cheetah 3 robot doesn't need sun to hunt you down and dance on your soon-to-be lifeless corpse. You recall when you first read about the "full-grown Labrador" sized robot. It was a Thursday in July, and you somehow happened across press release from EurekAlert. Instead, according to the MIT researchers who developed it, it used "tactile information" to move around.
For Hollywood, AI is a somewhat nuanced boogie-man. Movies like Terminator and She propose a generally intelligent agent capable of being more human than human, at least in certain circumstances. The reality of AI thankfully falls far short. The mundanity of current human/AI interactions doesn't diminish the need for the engineers and designers of these systems to give some thought to human interactions. I recognize this obscures a lot of complexity but it's not really relevant here).