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) …
Did a student write that essay or a robot? Did a teacher provide that six trait feedback or was it an automated feedback system? Did that student understand that Mandarin dialog or did they translate it on the fly? Is that student talking to a mental health professional or a therapy-bot? If you are worried about plagiarism, things just got a lot more complicated with developments in Natural Language Processing (NLP), a branch of artificial intelligence that enables computers to understand, process, and generate language.
Many of Amazon's gadgets went on sale at the start of this week and continue to be discounted today. Key among them are both new Kindle Paperwhites -- the standard version and the Signature Edition -- along with the second-generation Echo Show 8 and the Fire TV Cube. On top of that, Apple's AirPods Pro are on sale for $175 and the 2021 Apple TV 4K remains discounted to $160. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today. The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is on sale for $145, which is an all-time low.
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It's hard enough for people to categorize or discuss art, but it's even more difficult for artificial intelligence. Several research groups have recently tried to apply machine learning to large databases of artworks to sort and describe them in a meaningful way. First, researchers from Zhejiang University of Technology in Hangzhou, China, compared different neural networks to find out how well they perform at art classification. They used images from WikiArt and other digital collections to train the neural networks to learn what images of a certain art style look like. Then they asked the different neural network models to identify the art style of other images.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a rapid increase in the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) systems due to an increased need for automation, advanced analytics, and remote work. In fact, machine learning and other forms of AI are being applied to address the increasing scale of the pandemic itself. Now, say experts, is a good time to step back and consider the ethics of these (and all) AI applications. "These past few months have been especially challenging, and the deployment of technology in ways hitherto untested at an unrivaled pace has left the internet and technology watchers aghast," Abhishek Gupta, founder of the Montreal AI Ethics Institute, said in the introduction to that organization's inaugural State of AI Ethics report this June. "It has never been more important that we keep a sharp eye out on the development of this field and how it is shaping our society and interactions with each other."
Times have changed and caught most of us unprepared. It is always a part of Bolt's culture to move quickly and adapt -- and the crisis situation that is unfolding due to a pandemic definitely requires significant adaptation. This is a look from inside Bolt's data team -- data analysts, data engineers, data scientists -- as we share our experience and advice for times of crisis with all the similar teams out there. Most of the resources are thrown into surviving and, for some, even on seizing new opportunities. Data teams definitely have a role to play in this.
For Gunnar, that means getting more women and girls excited about AI from a young age. "We should expose girls to AI, math and science at a much earlier age so they have a support system in place," said Gunnar. Indeed, IBM's report noted that although more women have been drawn to the industry over recent years, they did not consider AI a viable career path until later in life due to a lack of support during early education. A plurality of men (46%) said they became interested in a tech career in high school or earlier, while a majority of women (53%) only considered it a possible path during their undergraduate degree or grad school. But Bouari said she's hopeful that the surge in demand for AI currently can help drive the industry forward.
It's an exciting time to be in robotics. Driven by increasing diversification in the industry, the $100 billion global sector has been growing by leaps and bounds. Industrial robots are no longer the exclusive domain of heavy industry or huge factories. Collaborative robots in particular have helped expand the enterprise customer base to include mid-sized and even small businesses in light manufacturing, materials handling, fulfillment, and beyond. But are the good times coming to an end?
IIoT refers to an industrial connectivity system connecting all elements of the sector (machines, people, buildings, etc.) to create a totally new paradigm. Now is a better time than ever to leverage IIoT solutions. When the bells are ringing in the consumer sector, the numerous applications in the industrial sector become widespread, so it's time to work on the development of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). IIoT is foundational to the concept of "Industry 4.0," opening a new field of possibilities. We're no longer talking about common connected devices that serve individual users; we're talking about an industrial connectivity system that connects all the elements of the sector, such as machines, people, buildings, etc., to create a totally new paradigm.
We all remember that one Christmas present we got as a kid. The one we'd begged our parents for all year, the one we'd looked up 100 times in the Argos catalogue or on Amazon, depending on our age … For many of us, that present was a games machine. Whether it was a ZX Spectrum or a PlayStation 2, the process of unpacking these technological marvels, getting our mums and dads to set them up, then finally playing with the whole family, was magical. We asked game developers, gaming journalists and Guardian readers to share their favourite memories of receiving a games console at Christmas. "I think it was 1997. We had a normal Christmas, woke up, opened presents, had dinner as always – super nice. Anyway, it got to around bedtime and me and my little brother went to brush our teeth and get ready. All of a sudden, my dad calls to us: 'Boys!? What's this?' He's shouting from our bedroom. Confused, me and my brother head in and Dad's like, 'How did you miss this? Under the bed!' We look and there's a big present all wrapped up. We were so confused, but ecstatic. We opened it and … it was a Nintendo N64. We stayed up an extra hour setting it up and playing Super Mario 64 for the first time with Dad on the bedroom floor. "My mam told me two weeks before Christmas that the shops had sold out of Sega Saturns.