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) …
Retail to cloud-computing giant Amazon plans to hire over 1,000 new staff across three sites in the UK, and will open a new office in Manchester next year. "These are Silicon Valley jobs in Britain, and further cement our long-term commitment to the UK," said Doug Gurr, Amazon's UK country manager. A new corporate office in Manchester, due to open next year, will be located in the Hanover Building in the Northern Quarter. The company said the six-storey, 90,000 square-foot site will house at least 600 new staff working on software development, machine learning and R&D. Amazon said it will also expand its development centre in Edinburgh, adding 250 new staff where it already has hundreds of software engineers, machine learning scientists and user experience designers.
Another year has flown by and stores everywhere are yet again full of school supplies, one more useful (or eccentric) than others. The back-to-school season is a stressful season, for students, parents and teachers alike. But stress is a part of life and back-to-school stress is supposed to be worth it: educated kids will turn into smart adults who'll ensure everyone's future. We've only taken just a few steps into the 21st Century, after all. With smartphones in our hands, virtual assistants in our homes and various ed-tech tools in our classrooms, we all rely on technology to make our lives easier during this stressful period.
Retail to cloud-computing giant Amazon plans to hire over 1,000 new staff across three sites in the UK, and will open a new office in Manchester next year. "These are Silicon Valley jobs in Britain, and further cement our long-term commitment to the UK." said Doug Gurr, Amazon's UK country manager. A new corporate office in Manchester, due to open next year, will be located in the Hanover Building in the Northern Quarter. The company said the six-storey, 90,000 square-foot site will house at least 600 new staff working on software development, machine learning and R&D. Amazon said it will also expand its development centre in Edinburgh, adding 250 new staff where it already has hundreds of software engineers, machine learning scientists and user experience designers.
Rather than allowing employee concerns to continue to mount, CTOs should work alongside their counterparts across the wider c-suite to start laying the groundwork for every single human employee to play a more strategic/decision-making role as part of an AI-augmented workforce. When CTOs hear fears of AI replacing jobs over the next few years, their message should be that people are stepping away from the factory floor and into the foreman's office. How can organisations ensure that the adoption of artificial intelligence will drive the desired business outcomes? Kalyan Kumar, Corporate Vice President and CTO at HCL Technologies, provides his insight. When people discuss AI, opinions are usually polarised into one of the two extreme schools of thought – those who believe that AI will make our lives better, and those who are convinced it will accelerate human irrelevance, leading to the loss of jobs.
NXP Semiconductors has launched a new machine learning toolkit. Called "eIQ", it's a software development platform that supports popular neural network frameworks including Caffe2 and TensorFlow Lite. The platform is aimed particularly at the development of machine learning software for edge devices with limited energy consumption and other resource constraints, with NXP Semiconductors highlighting automotive, industrial, and Internet of Things applications. In announcing the new platform, the company noted that eIQ and its other processor solutions can be used to support a range of machine learning applications including facial recognition, wake word and voice control systems, and computer vision technologies including traffic sign recognition and even food recognition. NXP Semiconductors announced the eIQ platform at this week's IoT World Congress in Barcelona, where the company is demoing examples of real-world applications of its machine learning technology.
I honestly can't understand the multiple 5 star reviews presented on this site about the course. I'm giving it a 1 star which is a bit harsh I know but I'm doing it to offset the number of 5 star reviews here. Honestly I think the course deserves something between 2 and 3 stars depending on your approach to it. Yes Prof. Hinton is a leading expert in the field but the course materials and the way they are presented are pretty bad! I honestly can't understand the multiple 5 star reviews presented on this site about the course.
Machine learning (ML) is touted as the most critical skill of current times. Artificial intelligence (AI), an application of ML, is becoming pervasive. From autonomous vehicles to self-tuned databases, AI and ML are found everywhere. Industry analysts often refer to AI-driven automation as the job killer. Almost every domain and industry vertical are getting impacted by AI and ML.
Artificial intelligence researcher Fei-Fei Li has spent her career trying to make software smart--with some success. Lately she's begun to ask herself a new question: How can we make smart software aligned with human values? "As much as AI is showing its power, it's a nascent technology," Li said at the WIRED25 Summit in San Francisco Monday. "What's really important is putting humanity at the center." As a researcher at Stanford and Google, Li has helped perfect and spread machine learning technology that allows computers to understand the world through images and video.
Ever since the packet switching network known as ARPANET was demilitarized and turned over to academic researchers in the late 1970s, the fields of Information Technology and education have crossed paths and formed partnerships for the benefit and improvement of society. The activities we know as eLearning and online education today will become the standards of academic instruction tomorrow, and the manner courses are delivered will be determined by Artificial Intelligence. The technological advances listed above have unfolded over four decades; academic researchers believe that the next wave of tech progress in education will involve machine learning and other fields of AI development. The first ripples of this wave are already here, and they involve algorithms and natural language processing. Botsify, for example, is a smart chatbot platform designed specifically for the education sector, but this is only the beginning.
If you're at all interested in Artificial Intelligence (AI), it's unlikely to be news to you that there is an AI skills shortage. Businesses are increasingly looking to invest in AI and are on the hunt for suitably skilled workers since traditional software teams without the experience of AI often encounter a number of challenges, as I described in a recent article over on DZone. Anyone thinking about joining the AI workforce will want to learn the subject, initially by doing some reading and research, but without committing to paying too much. As the need to recruit skilled AI staff has grown, so a number of businesses and individuals have set out to provide training courses, books, and e-learning, and the price and quality of these vary, as you would expect. As with all education, if you commit a chunk of your time, you don't want to find it wasted on out-of-date or incorrect information or to find that you are missing out on key skills after spending time and money on a course that promises to equip you appropriately.