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) …
Artificial intelligence was on the tip of the tongue this week at CES, the annual technology extravaganza formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show. From Samsung's Neon avatars and LG's smart washing machine, to Intel's Tiger Lake processors and the gun-detecting PATSCAN, AI seemed to be everywhere. Samsung's research subsidiary, STAR Labs, unveiled its latest AI project, called Neon. Similar to a chatbot, Neon generates a photo-realistic digital avatar that interacts with people in real time. The South Korean technology giant plans to weave the Neons into people's day-to-day lives, where the avatars will play the role of doctors, personal trainers, and TV anchors giving you the evening news.
The past several years at the Consumer Electronics Show, six-year-old AI startup Eyeris has had a hotel suite to explain how the car of the future will work. This year, the Palo Alto-based company rolled out a Tesla Model S in front of the Las Vegas Westgate, emblazoned with the company logo, to take visitors inside the future of car awareness, if you will. "Today, it's just following your eyes," says Modar Alaoui, founder and CEO of the startup, explaining from the back seat how today's "driver monitoring system," or "DMS," functions. Cameras in the dash are observing eye patterns to detect if you're drowsy, so they can prompt you to pay attention. He tilts his head back in his seat to reveal the weak spot.
Cars are getting smarter - and while many focus on seeing the road ahead, they are also set to begin analyzing drivers and passengers. This week at CES, the international consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, a host of startup companies are showing off inward facing cameras that watch and analyze drivers, passengers and objects in cars. Carmakers say they will boost safety - but privacy campaigners warn they could be used to make money by analyzing every movement - even being able to track a passenger's gaze to see what ads they are looking at, and monitor the emotions of people through their facial expressions. Occupants, inside a car, are seen on a monitor using technology by Silicon Valley company Eyeris, which uses cameras and AI to track drivers and passengers for safety benefits, shown during an interview in San Jose, California, U.S., December 28, 2018. Carmakers could gather anonymized data and sell it.
Did you know that passengers invariably show a fear reaction when the brakes are applied in a car? That is just one of the things facial monitoring company Eyeris learned when developing its Emovu Driver Monitoring System (DMS). Using a combination of cameras, graphic processing and deep learning, Emovu analyzes the passengers in a car, determining from facial movement which of seven emotions these passengers are feeling. Modar JR Alaoui, CEO of Eyeris, demonstrated the company's in-car technology during Nvidia's GTC developer conference, putting forth a few ideas of how monitoring the emotions of drivers can lead to safer driving. The company used deep learning to train its Emovu software to recognize facial expressions.