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) …
By the sixteenth hour locked in a small room, the humans had devolved into mumbling coffee pots while the AI trundled on, unrelenting. Both came up with some pretty good lines, some of the more appropriate (if that's possible) including: "Losing a loved one to Fox News" and "Sitting on my son's bed thinking, 'I could kill him'" and "The whole Jeffrey Epstein thing" and "Some sort of giant son of a b*tch whole lives in the internet" and "Proving I am not a robot." The AI and the humans both sounded authentically Cards Against Humanity, and if their cards were intermixed it would be hard to tell them apart, but there were a few patterns. One, bizarrely, the AI's jokes were much dirtier – make of that what you will. The humans' jokes involved recent-ish memes like "Sure, sex is great, but have you tried __?" and political themes.
Healthcare is one of the most complex products our economy produces. Over the next 50 years, global health megatrends will change dramatically & we are headed to face increased risks of exposure to new, emerging and re-emerging diseases, new pandemics with surging globalisation, all putting a huge pressure on the healthcare system. Massive variations in health status, lack of access to quality health care, poor health outcomes and increasing cost of care are huge concerns globally. The Freaking future of healthcare pushes us to achieve a more intuitive, responsive, empathetic, cost effective and safer health systems. Only possible when the entire ecosystem & the stakeholders raise the collective expectations of how the system performs today.
I did not intend to be single in the rural village where I live. I'd moved there with my fiance after taking a good job at the local university. We'd bought a house with room enough for children. Then the wedding was off and I found myself single in a town where the non-student population is 1,236 people. I briefly considered flirting with the cute local bartender, the cute local mailman – then realised the foolishness of limiting my ability to do things such as get mail or get drunk in a town with only 1,235 other adults. For the first time in my life, I decided to date online. The thing about talking to people on Tinder is that it is boring. I am an obnoxious kind of conversation snob and have a pathologically low threshold for small talk.
Fictional robots have always been supremely intelligent and physically much stronger than feeble humans. The reality is that yes, they can be made more robust than us, but as intelligent? And yet as soon as the word'robot' is mentioned, most people think of the Terminator movies with the evil controlling intelligence of Skynet and humanoid robots looking like chrome-plated human skeletons. Is humanity destined to be enslaved by sentient machines because of our obsession with creating'Artificial Intelligence' (AI)? We humans have always been fascinated by'Automata' – machines that perform complex tasks without any apparent human intervention.
It's the vast complexities of our evolving world that both humanity and technology just can't seem to find a middle ground. I've found that many of life's discussions--from the dining room to the emergency room--often move to a polarized perspective where human-centricity and technological advances clash in a tumultuous battle where only one perspective can survive. It seems that technology and humanity are in battle with each other. And this can certainly be revealed in the emotionally-driven decisions in clinical care that attempt to balance quality of life versus issues like survival. We can even see this in the emergence of the robotic burger flipper that contrasts automation with human employment.
Most of us believe we're living in an era of technology. Artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchains, and IoT are all here. They're a given in our lives. But machines and technology are just tools whizzing through automated, repetitive, and standardized tasks. Though these amazing technological capabilities have become the norm, they are ushering in a new era where it is humans that make the key difference in enterprises, society, and the economy.
In recent years, natural language processing (NLP) has become a part of our everyday lives. Smartphones now come equipped with NLP-powered voice assistants that interpret and understand human speech in order to provide relevant responses to user queries. NLP also helps translation apps break down communication barriers by analyzing input in one language and transforming it into another language. Even word processors rely on NLP to check the grammar, logic, and syntax of written input. And NLP is now an integral part of customer service; it's used to guide people to the right representative through verbal commands.
Dystopias, alternate histories, and epic fantasies turn the spotlight on politics, gender, race, and revolution. Hugo and Nebula Award winner Jemisin launches a new series about the personified boroughs of New York fighting to protect their city from an ancient evil. Glover's debut presents an alternate history of post–Civil War America. Hetty Rhodes, a magic user and former conductor on the Underground Railroad, uses her powers to solve murders that the white authorities won't touch. In a near-future devastated by climate change, the Virgin Zones, 13 areas of land off-limits to humanity, were established to be the lungs of the world, but reckless adventurers lead clandestine missions into their wilds.
Data comes in all sizes and forms – and it is the biggest enabler in the hands of businesses today. And data centres, where tremendous amounts of data are stored, are the heart and soul of all the technology that is powering our world. It is'ground zero' where all the action takes place. It is where everything begins and where all the pieces of the jigsaw finally fall into place. Time and again, Hollywood has demonstrated how the lethal combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and data can drive previously unimaginable things to reality.
Computer architecture is currently undergoing a radical and exciting transition as the end of Moore's Law nears, and the burden of increasing humanity's ability to compute falls to the creativity of computer architects and their ability to fuse together the application and the silicon. A case in point is the recent explosion of deep neural networks, which occurred as a result of a drop in the cost of compute because of successful parallelization with GPGPUs (general-purpose graphics processing units) and the ability of cloud companies to gather massive amounts of data to feed the algorithms. As improvements in general-purpose architecture slow to a standstill, we must specialize the architecture for the application in order to overcome fundamental energy efficiency limits that prevent humanity's progress. This drive to specialize will bring another wave of chips with neural-network specific accelerators currently in development worldwide, but also a host of other kinds of accelerators, each specialized for a particular planet-scale purpose. Organizations like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are increasingly finding reasons to bypass the confines imposed by traditional silicon companies by rolling their own silicon that is tailored to their own datacenter needs.