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) …
News media is increasingly getting reliant on technology. It is getting transformed not only in terms of the modes of disseminating content, but also the ways in which they function internally. They use different kinds of technology, like web-based applications for online editing, advanced video processing technologies, data processing through various statistical packages and advanced programming languages, which are all part of this new model of journalism. The new journalists can be anything from experts on various topics to hackers and data scientists (remember Wikileaks?). The field has also substantially changed with the coming of what we know as the "New Media", which also has an infamous first cousin, "Citizen Journalism".
Artificial Intelligence is penetrating all corners of life. We've heard the Echo dots; we've met Sophia and we've asked Siri. But away from the every day AI that's rife in society, industries are starting to use the technology to their advantage, and the newsroom is no different. Organisations like Washington Post, Reuters and Press Association are all using their own forms of AI to improve the processes and systems that journalists are used to. At Forbes, their AI system'Bertie' has been programmed to give journalists first drafts and templates for stories.
Eta Compute announced it has made the first shipment of production silicon for its ECM3532, an AI multicore processor for embedded sensor applications. Device features the company's patented Continuous Voltage Frequency Scaling (CVFS) and delivers power consumption of microwatts sensing applications. The ECM3532 is a Neural Sensor Processor (NSP) for always-on image and sensor applications. Eta's AI platform includes a multicore processor with flash memory, SRAM, I/O, peripherals, and a machine learning software development platform. The ECM3532 multicore NSP combines an MCU and a DSP, both with CVFS, to optimize execution for the best efficiency making it an ideal solution for IoT sensor nodes.
The result: eBay's copywriters are now able to devote more time to more creative work, such as crafting prose, according to Molly Prosser, associate creative director at eBay and a big believer in AI writing tools. "All the time I've spent lingering over the length of a subject line, wondering'Is this word more engaging, or is this word more engaging', or'How do I convey urgency without seeming too cliché'," says Prosser. "The hours I've spent editing and having team members pour over these things -- it's just meaningless work when we have a piece of AI that can do that for us. The new capability enables Naylor to offer a personalized newsletter for each association member it services -- based on his or her interests and reading habits. The AI tool incorporates personalized content that Naylor generates in-house, as well as content it finds on the Web –including job ads that match the specific job skills of the reader. Essentially, AI enables newsletters to become ever-more personalized over time by monitoring how each reader interacts with his or her personalized newsletter, and making adjustments accordingly, says Amith Nagaranjan, executive chairman, Rasa.io.
How have publishers evolved and what do they see ahead? Amid rising fears that artificial intelligence (AI) will threaten journalists' jobs and take over the newsroom, the Journalism AI report – a project by Polis in collaboration with Google News Initiative – sought to find out how exactly AI technologies are being applied to journalism. However, AI is a'significant part of journalism already but it is unevenly distributed' and news organizations are already applying aspects of intelligent technology in their operations, to help them work more efficiently and improve monetization. "One of the key aspects of AI and journalism is that it allows the whole journalism model to become more holistic, with a feedback loop between the different parts of the production and dissemination process" Artificial intelligence systems can be useful in helping newsrooms to categorize content or information at scale for different news gathering purposes. For example, since 2015 The Associated Press have been using a management tool, SAM, which algorithmically sifts through social media platforms to alert the newsroom on likely breaking news events.
While AI and robots are changing jobs in many industries, there are some positions that will always require human creativity and judgment. Automation and artificial intelligence are prominent buzzwords that are getting integrated in everyday life more and more with each passing year. The rise of automation and AI has allowed machines to supplant humans in certain tasks and make processes more efficient. However, there are still many jobs deemed incompatible with automation. Featured below are some of the occupations unlikely to be occupied by robots or machines, at least in the foreseeable future.
Today we launched Neural, our new home for human-centric AI news and analysis. While we're celebrating the culmination of years of hard work from our behind-the-scenes staff, I'm taking the day to quietly contemplate the future of AI journalism. The Guardian's Oscar Schwartz wrote an article in 2018 titled "The discourse is unhinged: how the media gets AI alarmingly wrong." In it, he discusses the 2017 hype-explosion surrounding Facebook's AI research lab developing a pair of chat bots that created a short-hand language for negotiating. In reality, the chat bots' behavior was remarkable but not entirely unexpected.
These days almost every journalism conference has at least one session on the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in modern journalism and, interesting, it is always been asked: "will AI replace journalists and writers?". Last week I had an opportunity to visit the technology center of America's top news agency in Washington. There were using many tools and techniques to generate quick, accurate and foolproof contents using Artificial Intelligence (AI). These tools had multiple layers of data-centric AI wrappers to ensure the filtration of Fake News. During my visit, I was able to produce 550 words article, based on a press release, with a single click and amazingly this article had many relevant references from the past.
AI is coming for journalism. But rather than simply being used to take jobs from writers, Reuters has now shown that it can enhance the scale and personalization of news in ways previously unimaginable. Today, it has announced a prototype for a world first: a fully automated, yet presenter-led sports news summary system. Developed in collaboration with London-based AI startup Synthesia, the new system harnesses AI in order to synthesize pre-recorded footage of a news presenter into entirely new reports. It works in a similar way to deepfake videos, although its current prototype combines with incoming data on English Premier League football matches to report on things that have actually happened.
The past two years have seen a record number of women elected to board positions. According to a report on U.S. Board Diversity Trends posted by Harvard Law School, 46% of newly elected directors in 2019 were female and women now hold 27% of directorships across the S&P 500 companies. One of those newly elected members is Wendy Pfeiffer (pictured), chief information officer of Nutanix Inc. and board director with Qualys Inc. and Girls in Tech Inc. "When I was recruited for the board [of Qualys] … we didn't talk about the fact that I am female at all. We talked about the fact that I'm an operator, that I'm a technologist," Pfeiffer told Jeff Frick (@JeffFrick), host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media's mobile livestreaming studio during the Qualys Security Conference in Las Vegas. During the interview, Pfeiffer and Frick discussed how the growth of artificial intelligence is helping data security, making having a diverse workforce more critical than ever.