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) …
The future is always coming and yet it never quite seems to get here. Once upon a time, we were promised jetpacks. Likewise with those robot assistants that were meant to relieve 1950s housewives from the drudgery of cleaning. Well, it's 2017 now and we're still waiting for them too. And then we have AI, which only started generating a buzz recently, but since then that swell of anticipation has dissipated somewhat.
Like with jetpacks and flying cars, the Power Loader from Aliens is a robot we've been promised for a long time. That'd be the exoskeleton that Sigourney Weaver donned to beat the tar out of the movie's eponymous alien Queen, of course. Jetpacks are kinda here, flying cars … almost, and now a real-life Power Loader has finally arrived, and it's orders of magnitude more impressive than the suit of fiction. Behold the Guardian GT from Sarcos Robotics, which in all honesty is full-tilt bonkers. Bonkers in the sense that unlike the clunky Power Loader, these 7-foot-long arms replicate human motions with incredible smoothness and accuracy, each limb lifting 500 pounds, then turning around and manipulating the most delicate of objects.
The police department also unveiled a smart electric motorbike and robotic vehicles fitted with multiple cameras to identify reckless drivers and rule breakers. It has cameras and will be linked to the command room," Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, director of the Smart Services Department at Dubai Police said, according to ABC News. Earlier this year, the Dubai police launched water jetpack systems for firefighting from the air. According to an ABC News report, "The firefighter uses a jetpack to rise above a bridge, by using water pressure from the attached Jet Ski, before using a fire hose to douse a car which is made to look like it is alight."
While the laws of aerodynamics and engineering drove planes into long aluminum tubes with wings, fiction maintained the dream of a personal flying tool that people could strap to their back, ride through the air, and then arrive intact and on-time at work. For the first phase, teams will submit a written report by April 18, 2018 and a preliminary design, with 10 winners selected for a $20,000 prize each. The four best entries from phase two will earn each winning teams $50,000. Importantly, teams don't have to win in Phase I to be eligible for Phase II, and don't have to win in Phase II to be eligible to compete in Phase III.
So what's the deal with artificial intelligence? Is it destined to go the way of the jetpack and the robot home help or is it an actual thing that's going to make a profound difference to the way you approach marketing and to every other domain that AI threatens to disrupt? These things happen gradually, over the course of years or even decades, until eventually, you can't remember the time before smartphones reigned supreme. Read 10 Practical Examples of Artificial Intelligence in Marketing and then see how many of these applications you can spot for yourself in the wild.
Expanding on their Jetson TX1 and TK1 products for embedded computing, NVIDIA announced last week their Jetson TX2 platform--a hardware and software platform the size of a credit card designed to deliver AI computing at the edge. NVIDIA touts Jetson TX2 as delivering "unprecedented deep learning capabilities," and based on the form factor, it may be right as it paves the way for a number of cutting-edge uses--from highly intelligent factory robots and commercial drones, to cameras with AI for smart cities. Operating at its maximum performance mode, NVIDIA says it will deliver twice the performance of Jetson TX1, using less than 15 watts of power. Running at maximum energy efficiency mode, NVIDIA says it can achieve twice the energy efficiency of TX1, while using less than 7.5 watts of power.
Expanding on their Jetson TX1 and TK1 products for embedded computing, NVIDIA announced last week their Jetson TX2 platform--a hardware and software platform the size of a credit card designed to deliver AI computing at the edge. NVIDIA touts Jetson TX2 as delivering "unprecedented deep learning capabilities," and based on the form factor, they may be right as it paves the way for a number of cutting-edge uses--from highly intelligent factory robots and commercial drones, to cameras with AI for smart cities. Operating at its maximum performance mode, NVIDIA says it will deliver twice the performance of Jetson TX1, using less than 15 watts of power. Running at maximum energy efficiency mode, NVIDIA says it can achieve twice the energy efficiency of TX1, while using less than 7.5 watts of power.
It's designed to help make robots, drones and other devices that rely on computer vision applications. The Pascal GPU brings computer vision to robots and drones, allowing them to recognize objects and navigate around obstacles. Much like Raspberry Pi, Jetson was originally launched as a hobbyist product. The TX2 is not meant for basic robots or drones, but for those that need heavy computing vision applications, which in turn require good GPU performance.
Over the next four weeks, BBC News will be offering a snapshot of the day in the life of a city - looking at how technology is transforming our urban landscapes, now and in the future. We will look at how technology is improving the morning commute, what it is doing to make our working day better, how it will transform our evening's entertainment and what goes on at night in the smart cities that increasingly never sleep. We start as urban dwellers around the world begin the day - with the morning commute. In the future, that may mean hailing a jetpack. "Jetpacks will be part of future cities," Peter Coker, vice-president of innovation at KuangChi Science, Martin Aircraft Company's major Chinese shareholder.
ROBOTICS: Vyo Is a Fascinating and Unique Take on Social Domestic Robots Evan Ackerman IEEE Spectrum "Vyo is'a personal assistant serving as a centralized interface for smart home devices.' Nothing new there, but what sets Vyo apart is how you interact with it: it combines non-anthropomorphic design with anthropomorphic expressiveness and a tactile object-based control system into a social robot that's totally, adorably different." ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: The AI Machines Undergoing Behavioral Psychology Tests Technology Review "The team says the best performing AI system uses deep reinforcement learning enhanced with additional memory. These machines retrieve relevant memories based on the context in which they were stored and in which the device finds itself. That's different from many existing memory systems that do not rely on context for memory retrieval."