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) …
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is growing in spite of COVID-19. Though AI is not new, it has made major advancements recently in many fields. I will highlight five artificial intelligence trends for 2020. AI in digital marketing has ushered in unprecedented change on social media. It forecasts 24/7 chatbots, analyzes data and trends, manages custom feeds to generate content, search for content topics, create custom based personalized content, and make recommendations when required.
Researchers at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Virginia Tech were awarded a $5 million National Science Foundation grant to synergize two complementary technologies -- large-scale data visualization and artificial intelligence -- to create the Smart Amplified Group Environment (SAGE3) open-source software. SAGE, soon to be on its third iteration as SAGE3, is the most widely used big-data visualization and collaboration software in the world. SAGE and SAGE2 are software to enable data-rich collaboration on high-resolution display walls. SAGE2 moved SAGE into cloud computing and SAGE3 ushers in the inclusion of artificial intelligence. Principal investigator Jason Leigh is a computer and information science professor at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and the inventor of SAGE.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already ubiquitous in our day-to-day lives. From maps that find the optimal route, to Amazon, Netflix and Facebook who curate content and make recommendations tailored specifically to us. Your smartphone even understands voice commands and can perform tasks prompted by you. The technology is pervasive and is increasingly being applied in the education sector. Globally in the education sector, AI is being applied in tools that help develop learner skills, allow self-paced tailored learning, streamline assessment systems, and automate administrative activities.
In an increasingly competitive world, we should have a deep understanding of the business in which we operate, how it is evolving, and the new innovations that we could embrace or build to remain competitive and conquer new market segments. To do this, we must be able to develop a clear vision of transformation that takes us to another level of performance. By embracing Digital Transformation, we will deal with artificial intelligence, machine and deep learning, virtual reality, and a lot of other innovative technologies. At first sight, it might even sound fearful to lead the business in such a complex and intricate direction. With this in mind, we will consider some strategies to better understand and take competitive advantage of the huge streaming of data in the current era of the digital revolution.
Melvin Greer is Chief Data Scientist, Americas, Intel Corporation. He is responsible for building Intel's data science platform through graph analytics, machine learning and cognitive computing to accelerate transformation of data into a strategic asset for Public Sector and commercial enterprises. His systems and software engineering experience has resulted in patented inventions in Cloud Computing, Synthetic Biology and IoT Bio-sensors for edge analytics. He significantly advances the body of knowledge in basic research and critical, highly advanced engineering and scientific disciplines. Mr. Greer is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and U.S. National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine, GUIRR.
Race After Technology opens with a brief personal history set in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles, where sociologist Ruha Benjamin spent a portion of her childhood. Recalling the time she set up shop on her grandmother's porch with a chalkboard and invited other kids to do math problems, she writes, "For the few who would come, I would hand out little slips of paper…until someone would insist that we go play tag or hide-and-seek instead. Needless to say, I didn't have that many friends!" As she gazed out the back window during car rides, she saw "boys lined up for police pat-downs," and inside the house she heard "the nonstop rumble of police helicopters overhead, so close that the roof would shake." The omnipresent surveillance continued when she visited her grandmother years later as a mother, her homecomings blighted by "the frustration of trying to keep the kids asleep with the sound and light from the helicopter piercing the window's thin pane." Benjamin's personal beginning sets the tone for her book's approach, one that focuses on how modern invasive technologies--from facial recognition software to electronic ankle monitors to the metadata of photos taken at protests--further racial inequality.
Tight deadlines, fierce competition, and demanding customers are putting an increasing amount of pressure on organizations to improve the quality of their output and optimize the speed at which they deliver it. Emerging technologies such as the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR) & virtual reality (VR), big data, and blockchain have helped organizations get better by presenting them with the opportunity to disrupt virtually every business process. IoT solutions and AI solutions are both are unique and carry the potential to digitally transform an enterprise. In fact, it is projected that companies could invest up to $15 trillion in IoT by 2025. Some believe that the Internet of Things offers a potential economic impact of $4 trillion to $11 trillion per year by 2025.
Since the first Industrial Revolution, mankind has been scared of future technologies. People were afraid of electricity. People were afraid of trains and cars. But it always took just one or two generations to get completely used to these innovations. It's true that most technologies caused harm in some ways, but the net outcome was usually good. This may be true for future technologies too, although there are serious ethical and philosophical reasons to be scared of some of them. Some of them shouldn't really scare us. And some of them are already shaping our world. Before we begin, I have to warn you: some of the things you will read in this story can be VERY controversial. I need you to approach this story with a very open mind, and acknowledge that the ideas I present here are just that, ideas. I hold no extreme or fixed views, nor do I claim to have the exact answers to ethical and philosophical questions. You may have completely different ideas, and that's totally fine. Cryonics may seem very sci-fi (to be fair, everything in this story does), but it already exists. There are companies that freeze you as soon as you die, so you can be brought back to life when technology and medicine will be advanced enough. Seriously, companies like this (I'm NOT affiliated to them).
The idea of a spatial computing revolution rests on a bedrock capability: Seamlessly integrating virtual objects with the real world via an augmented reality interface. Google has now officially rolled out its ARCore Depth API for Android, which could be a starting gun for spatial computing development. As Rajat Paharia, Product Lead, AR Platform, wrote in a post on Google's developer page, occlusion is the key capability of Depth API. That is, the ability for digital objects to accurately appear behind real world objects. It sounds simple, but it's been a real stumbling block for AR, leading to a glitchy experience in which virtual objects seem to mask or teleport through physical objects in the real world.
Realic plan to release the Hybri digital AI partner app next year. A new app is offering the "world's first" AI-based human partner, after having been unveiled by Florida-based augmented reality company Realic. Using a combination of artificial intelligence, VR and AR, Hybri offers customizable smartphone-based virtual partners that respond to the user's personality and learn from interactions. It's due to be launched next year, and promises to provide individuals with companionship during the loneliness of coronavirus self-isolation. Planned before the coronavirus pandemic erupted, the Hybri app lets users create a partner, friend or family member. Once created, the digital partner or friend comes to life using either VR or AR, with users able to interact with them through either a smartphone alone, or through a compatible VR/AR headset.