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) …
When it comes to video games, violence sells. This year's E3, the biggest news event in the video game calendar, featured a lot of violent content, like every year before. It's saddening how much of gaming is defined solely in those terms – especially when more relaxing alternatives have being going through a mini-renaissance recently. Chill out games that focus on growing and relaxing rather than shooting or racing are not a rarity. They are not given the same exposure as their blockbuster counterparts, but they are plentiful and popular.
According to the UN, the world's population is estimated to increase by 29% to 9.8 billion in 2050. There is therefore an immense pressure on the world's agriculture sector to develop sustainable measures of increasing their output so as to meet the demands of the ever increasing population around the world. Agriculture has always been one of the core economic activities in Thailand, with over 40% of Thai workers employed in the industry. However, this sector contributes to only 10% of the economy and is on a decline. Fortunately, Thailand, having been backed by its government, is developing new technology to help transform its agriculture industry.
"One day the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa. An upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction." And so begins our fear of AI. Not to mention that HBO's Westworld and Channel 4's Humans fill our minds with futures that include self-aware beautiful android beings. There's also Sophia the Robot, who possesses an Instagram bio complete with, "Robots should have equal rights as humans."
If the predictions of the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) are to be believed, the population of our blue planet is set to reach 9.2 billion by the year 2050. Currently, we are already touching the limits of available acreage for planting crops and breeding cattle. Estimates indicate that we only have as little as 4% available land for agriculture to potentially expand into. So, obviously, we will not be able to feed more mouths by adding more farmland. Instead, we need to process the land we have more efficiently in order to achieve higher yields.
Artificial intelligence is already firmly rooted in our lives, and rarely does a month pass by without significant breakthroughs making the news. But amidst all the hype, it can be difficult to get a bird's-eye view of just how far AI has come, the hurdles it faces and the direction in which it's headed. In a bid to paint as precise a portrait of the AI sector as possible, The Minutes team scribbled down every noteworthy bit of information mentioned during the AI Forum 2018, a C2 Montréal track dedicated to artificial intelligence and created in partnership with Element AI. Here are the key insights they gathered. "Montreal and the Canadian AI ecosystems are winning the early innings of the AI game," says Jean-Nicolas Delage, a partner at Fasken's Intellectual Property Group.
Searching chests in Loot Lake is one of Fortnite's Season 4, Week 6 challenges. Searching for 7 treasure chests in Loot Lake is one of the Season 4, Week 6 challenges in Fortnite: Battle Royale. Given that this is Loot Lake, a body of water practically overflowing with loot, searching for chests shouldn't prove too problematic. One issue with this area of the map, however, is exposure. Getting to some of these chests means leaving yourself exposed to enemy fire from all directions.
With strawberry picking season well under way - but migrant labour in short supply in several countries - we look at the various robots being developed around the world to help producers harvest this most popular fruit. Next time you buy strawberries take a look a good look in the punnet. Do the berries still have the stem attached or has it been plucked off leaving only the green hat of leaves called the calyx? You may not think that matters, but it's a key consideration for growers as they contemplate the merits of a range of robotic prototypes that promise to pick strawberries as fast and as carefully as humans. Whether the berry is plucked or whether the stalk is snipped through and kept attached is one critical difference between the concepts that Spanish, Belgian, British and US engineers are testing, ready to roll out in fields as soon as next year.
When we think about agriculture, we tend to think about subsistence farming. Although many people may think that the agricultural community is behind the curve when it comes to implementing new technologies, there is lots of evidence that farmers are actually moving quite quickly to modernise almost everything about the farming process. According to Techopedia, these farmers are using artificial intelligence in new and amazing ways to bring the process of food cultivation into the future. High-tech agriculture starts at the very second that the seed is first placed in the ground. Experts in the field are familiar with variable rate planting equipment that does more than just planting a seed down into the dirt somewhere.
Artificial intelligence is about more than asking Alexa or Siri to turn on the lights at home and add a reminder to the calendar about getting some milk at the store later in the afternoon. The true power of AI and machine learning is how it can democratize expertise, lowering the barriers to entry for tasks that once could only be performed by a small group of specialists. The result, one day, will be that your self-driving car drops you off at the supermarket, where you will find higher-quality foods available at prices lower than they've ever been. It will happen through the use of machine learning algorithms that absorb a large volume of data, recognize patterns and apply statistical probabilities to choose the course of action most likely to result in a successful outcome. For example, Google's famous self-driving car used machine learning to catalog a number of interesting behaviors on the road.
When we think about agriculture, we tend to think about old-school farming. But although many of us might think that the agricultural community is behind the curve when it comes to implementing new technologies, there is lots of evidence that farmers are actually moving quite quickly to modernize almost everything about the farming process – they're using artificial intelligence in new and amazing ways to bring the process of food cultivation into the future. High-tech agriculture starts at the very second that the seed is first placed in the ground. Experts in the field are familiar with "variable rate planting equipment" that does more than just planting a seed down into the dirt somewhere. As you'll see later in this article, all sorts of artificial intelligence work is being done behind the scenes on predictions – where a seed will grow best, what soil conditions are likely to be, etc.