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) …
Getting young children to tidy up their rooms is often challenging. What I insist is messy, they will insist is clean enough. After all, all adjectives are subjective and I want my children to grow up respecting others' opinion in our inclusive society. How do you put some definition around differences in opinion? An objective way to achieve this distinction is using image classification to differentiate between a clean versus a messy room.
In 2018, practically every mundane, household item can possess smart qualities. Your vacuum can move on its own. You can control your coffee maker through an app. There's even a virtual, personal assistant that can order you pizza, play music, and recite the weather forecast. But there are some tasks that are done just as well -- if not, better -- than their fancy, hi-tech alternatives.
Imagine becoming gravely ill and yet being able to receive an accurate diagnosis with a recommended treatment plan in just 10 minutes. This is actually happening now with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The University of Tokyo recently reported that Watson, IBM's cognitive supercomputer, correctly diagnosed a rare form of leukemia in a 60-year-old woman. Doctors originally thought the woman had acute myeloid leukemia, but after examining 20 million cancer research papers in 10 minutes, Watson was able to correctly determine the actual disease and recommend a personalized treatment plan. AI – and its related applications, Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) – are changing healthcare as we know it. The advancements made in AI will revolutionize research and, ultimately, personalized medicine.
Late last year, I lamented that Google didn't make Chromebooks a priority over the holiday season. With Android apps and the Google Play Store coming to the platform, it seemed like a perfect time to push Chrome OS. As this morning's leak showed, I just needed to wait another month: Samsung and Google have just announced the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro, a pair of laptops that strive to present the best Chrome OS experience a user can have. Let's get the difference between the two models out of the way early: The cheaper Chromebook Plus uses an ARM processor while the Chromebook Pro features an Intel Core M3 processor. Neither is the most powerful out there, but in my quick tests, the Chromebook Pro seemed plenty snappy.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man suspected of planting a series of bombs in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, praised Anwar Awlaki in handwritten notes found on his person after he was wounded in a shootout Monday. FBI agents recovered a notebook from Rahami after he was wounded by police in Linden, N.J., a U.S. official told the Los Angeles Times. In the notebook, Rahami describes his affinity for Awlaki, the American-born Islamic cleric who became a leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen. Awlaki was killed in a CIA drone strike in 2011, but his legacy has spread among jihadists thanks to online audio and video sermons. The notebook also contained ramblings about the Boston Marathon bombers, the official said.