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) …
Although it's still early days to truly gauge the immediate impact of 5G technology on businesses, you should all embrace for a shinier future. The role of 5G on the world's economy would be profound, especially in pushing the adoption rates of emerging technologies -- Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and Augmented Reality (AR). These emerging techs are conspicuous with their far-reaching benefits and long-term economic potential. According to a study by Global Data, the intrinsic capacity of the fifth-generation cellular technology (5G) to connect the Internet's end systems with enhanced data flows and faster response times will unlock the full potential of emerging technologies. The buzz about 5G adoption has created a whirlwind interest among emerging tech innovators and vendors.
London-based Somewhere Else is taking on this challenge with it's VR and AI powered BODYSWAPS, with their stated aim of supporting L&D and HR leaders to empower their employees to become the best versions of themselves, faster and safely, improving organisational performance, fostering a better company culture, and delivering tangible operational value. BODYSWAPS is simple to use: just put on the headset, pick up the controllers, and run through a brief calibration. Then it's time to meet the new you, read up on the scenario you are in, and bring in your virtual, AI-powered colleague to talk to. Answer them as you would a real person, with the same attitude and hand gestures that you would in real life, and after switching positions to see your answer from their perspective, you will be presented with behavioral and semantics analytics and get personalised tips on how to improve in future - more energy in your attitude, less pointing and throwing your mug at people. Although the platform uses AI, the'people' you talk to are voiced by professional actors using SME-written scripts to better immerse you in the realism.
Machine learning-guided virtual reality simulators can help neurosurgeons develop the skills they need before they step in the operating room, according to a new study. Research from the Neurosurgical Simulation and Artificial Intelligence Learning Centre at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital) and McGill University shows that machine learning algorithms can accurately assess the capabilities of neurosurgeons during virtual surgery, demonstrating that virtual reality simulators using artificial intelligence can be powerful tools in surgeon training. Fifty participants were recruited from four stages of neurosurgical training; neurosurgeons, fellows and senior residents, junior residents, and medical students. They performed 250 complex tumor resections using NeuroVR, a virtual reality surgical simulator developed by the National Research Council of Canada and distributed by CAE, which recorded all instrument movements in 20 millisecond intervals. Using this raw data, a machine learning algorithm developed performance measures such as instrument position and force applied, as well as outcomes such as amount of tumor removed and blood loss, which could predict the level of expertise of each participant with 90 per-cent accuracy.
Somewhat unceremoniously, Facebook this week provided an update on its brain-computer interface project, preliminary plans for which it unveiled at its F8 developer conference in 2017. In a paper published in the journal Nature Communications, a team of scientists at the University of California, San Francisco backed by Facebook Reality Labs -- Facebook's Pittsburgh-based division devoted to augmented reality and virtual reality R&D -- described a prototypical system capable of reading and decoding study subjects' brain activity while they speak. It's impressive no matter how you slice it: The researchers managed to make out full, spoken words and phrases in real time. Study participants (who were prepping for epilepsy surgery) had a patch of electrodes placed on the surface of their brains, which employed a technique called electrocorticography (ECoG) -- the direct recording of electrical potentials associated with activity from the cerebral cortex -- to derive rich insights. A set of machine learning algorithms equipped with phonological speech models learned to decode specific speech sounds from the data and to distinguish between questions and responses.
WHILE most employees don't engage with human resources (HR) staffers beyond their appointment, onboarding, leave requests and payroll, there's a whole bunch of functions that HR professionals perform. Technically speaking, HR people have their tasks split into three buckets -- administrative, operational, and strategic. Although trained similarly, HR professionals have traditionally branched into one of these areas as part of their career progression, headed the function, and reported to the Chief HR Officer (CHRO). With technology -- that's about to change -- allowing all HR personnel to make a larger contribution to the organization's people strategy. Those currently engaging in administrative tasks, for example, can immediately see technology making an impact on their everyday lives.
Frontier Technology Conference (FTC) is San Francisco's first and seminal frontier technology conference. It is a two-day conference of learning, inspiration, and networking. The conference will feature Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain (DLT's). Specific included technologies are XR (Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality), AI (Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning), and Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies. It caters to top executives, technologists, developers, entrepreneurs, and other frontier technology professionals, as well as enthusiasts and the curious-minded.
While HR is not known for pioneering nascent technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI) represents a terrific opportunity. The consumerization of HR technologies has brought AI to the forefront of innovation in HR. From recruitment to employee experience, and talent management, AI has the potential to transform HR. The future of HR is both digital and human as HR leaders focus on optimizing the combination of human and automated work. This is driving a new priority for HR: one which requires leaders and teams to develop fluency in artificial intelligence while they reimagine HR to be more personal and engaging especially for the candidates; strategic and forward-looking to the business.
If you haven't wasted the last few years searching for evidence on extraterritorial life in the distant corners of the world you'd have surely heard about Artificial Intelligence or AI! Together with Big Data, this is transforming the world. In a world where access to data has become easier, computing power is at historical lows on the cost side and algorithms have been programmed to think and react like a human mind, the power of AI is truly being unleashed. The impact of AI is being majorly felt in the retail industry where it is creating a store like an experience on online platforms and at the same time arming brick and mortar stores with technology that narrows the game between them and online retailers. AI in shopping was first tried in the world of e-commerce and this wasn't surprising as online retailers had been at the forefront of adopting new technology. But the brick and mortar stores have been slowly catching up.
Over the past 15 years, the traditional retail model has been dramatically disrupted by online retail. With the introduction of online retail, shopping is gradually being transformed from an offline activity to an online one. That was the first retail disruption, but it's not the last. Increasingly online retailers and offline retailers are evolving to provide an immersive, seamless, and personalised shopping experience. Customers don't want a fully digital experience while shopping; rather they want a digital shopping experience that is so seamless as to not seem like a shopping experience at all.
With Prime Day just around the corner, here are 5 products on Amazon that truly deserve their 5-star ratings AND a spot in your shopping cart. Has Amazon Prime Day become the new Black Friday? For the fifth July in a row, the country's biggest e-commerce marketplace – it now accounts for about 50% of all U.S. retail sales, according to eMarketer – offers aggressive discounts on several products, in a variety of categories. This year's Prime Day – it actually runs 48 hours starting Monday at 12 a.m. PT and through Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. PT – looks to be no different, especially if you're into video games.