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) …
Tech companies are eyeing the next frontier: the human face. Should you desire, you can now superimpose any variety of animal snouts onto a video of yourself in real time. If you choose to hemorrhage money on the new iPhone X, you can unlock your smartphone with a glance. At a KFC location in Hangzhou, China, you can even pay for a chicken sandwich by smiling at a camera. And at least one in four police departments in the US have access to facial recognition software to help them identify suspects.
At this year's Notting Hill Carnival, the Metropolitan Police used facial recognition technology for the first time. Paul Wiles, the biometrics commissioner, reported that it was a test to see how the technology performed in such a bustling scenario. In theory, police records of 20 million faces can be cross-referenced with other crime data to identify likely offenders. It's just the latest use of artificial intelligence (AI) in government. In fact, we are seeing an explosion in new tech across the public sphere.
Police in the US state of Delaware are poised to deploy "smart" cameras in cruisers to help authorities detect a vehicle carrying a fugitive, missing child or straying senior. The video feeds will be analyzed using artificial intelligence to identify vehicles by license plate or other features and "give an extra set of eyes" to officers on patrol, says David Hinojosa of Coban Technologies, the company providing the equipment. "We are helping officers keep their focus on their jobs," said Hinojosa, who touts the new technology as a "dashcam on steroids." The program is part of a growing trend to use vision-based AI to thwart crime and improve public safety, a trend which has stirred concerns among privacy and civil liberties activists who fear the technology could lead to secret "profiling" and misuse of data. US-based startup Deep Science is using the same technology to help retail stores detect in real time if an armed robbery is in progress, by identifying guns or masked assailants.
Artificial intelligence, the technology buzzword du jour, is widely understood to have major implications for a broad range of business processes--most notably the people-centered activity of human capital management. Managers have too many direct reports, in addition to having to do their "day jobs," while HR pros must deal with regulatory and other compliance issues that pull them away from being more personal in their work. AI promises to help those pros automate their myriad mundane management tasks, freeing them to do a better job of relating to employees as people. "The more AI augments our processes and extends our reach, the more we can apply the uniquely human capabilities that we bring to a situation--our judgment, our creativity, our empathy," said Gretchen Alarcon, group vice president for Oracle's HCM strategy, during a session at Oracle OpenWorld 2017. "In fact, I think the more we embrace AI and HCM, the more human we're going to become."
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Baidu Inc.'s autonomous car stands at the company's headquarters in Beijing, China, in January, 2016. For years China has watched with envy as the West developed one frontier technology after another, while it could only count on low-cost labor to fuel growth. Now a fundamental shift is underway in one of the hottest fields of technological innovation: Artificial Intelligence (AI). China is no longer simply catching up with the U.S., it is now taking the lead in some fields of AI, experts say. The country's AI advances stem from significant state support coupled with an increasingly vibrant private sector.
Voters have a right to keep their political beliefs private. But according to some researchers, it won't be long before a computer program can accurately guess whether people are liberal or conservative in an instant. All that will be needed are photos of their faces. Michal Kosinski – the Stanford University professor who went viral last week for research suggesting that artificial intelligence (AI) can detect whether people are gay or straight based on photos – said sexual orientation was just one of many characteristics that algorithms would be able to predict through facial recognition. Using photos, AI will be able to identify people's political views, whether they have high IQs, whether they are predisposed to criminal behavior, whether they have specific personality traits and many other private, personal details that could carry huge social consequences, he said.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is beginning to entrench itself into nearly every aspect of our lives. We are already using artificial intelligence and machine learning even without realizing it. From personalized product recommendations to a seamless user experience, AI is almost everywhere. A study conducted by Business Insider suggests that around 85% of customer interactions will be managed by chatbots by 2020. When emails, conversations, messages and comments can all be responded immediately and more efficiently by an automated system without any human involvement.
It's time we start talking about AI regulation. As the technology progresses at a rapid pace, it is a critical time for governments and policymakers to think about how we can safeguard the effects of Artificial Intelligence on a social, economic and political scale. Artificial Intelligence is not inherently good or bad, but the way we use it could well be one or the other. Unfortunately, there has been little attention paid by such governing bodies as yet in regard to the impact of this technology. We're going to see huge changes to employment, privacy, and arms to name a few, that if managed incorrectly or not at all, could spell disaster.
Apple will let you unlock the iPhone X with your face - a move likely to bring facial recognition to the masses. But along with the roll out of the technology, are concerns over how it could be used. Despite Apple's safeguards, privacy activists fear the widespread use of facial recognition would'normalise' the technology. This could open the door to broader use by law enforcement, marketers or others of a largely unregulated tool, creating a'surveillance technology that is abused'. Facial recognition could open the door to broader use by law enforcement, marketers or others of a largely unregulated tool, creating a'surveillance technology that is abused', experts have warned.