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CIOs Reprioritize Tech Spending in Era of Lockdowns and Reopenings WSJD - Technology

The move allows personal and commercial borrowers to complete the entire loan-application process without entering a bank, something they could not do before the pandemic, he said. Last year, the bank launched an ambitious project to install an SAP-developed banking platform as the core of its expanding digital services, including the use of advanced artificial-intelligence tools. "We were in the middle of that when the pandemic struck," Mr. Taylor said, "and we had to reprioritize." New coronavirus cases in Oklahoma have risen 26% over the past week. The state has so far recorded 4,675 cases, including its governor, and 428 deaths.

Companies Hit Pause on Digital Transformation Despite Spending More on Cloud WSJD - Technology

It estimates that companies world-wide spent $31 billion on cloud services between January and March, up 34% from the same period last year. The cloud market has seen back-to-back quarterly growth in recent years as companies seek lasting changes to their information technology systems by renting infrastructure and applications from cloud providers. The Morning Download delivers daily insights and news on business technology from the CIO Journal team. Many companies have also sought more advanced cloud-enabled capabilities, such as data analytics, artificial intelligence and robotic software, aiming to cut costs or generate revenue from new services. But gains this year are being fueled by shorter-term needs, said Canalys chief analyst Matthew Ball.

Would You Want Immortal Life as a Cyborg?


But some transhumanists hope to slowly morph into "immortal cyborgd" with endlessly replaceable parts. Did you recently welcome a child into the world? An upstanding responsible parent such as yourself is surely doing all you can to prepare your little one for all the pitfalls life has in store. However, thanks to technology, children born in 2014 may face a far different set of issues than you ever had to. And we're not talking about simply learning to master a new generation of digital doohickeys, we're talking about living in a world in which the very definition of "human" becomes blurred.

AlphaZero --"The 'Lucy' of the Emerging AI Epoch" The Daily Galaxy


Humankind's first glimpse of an awesome new kind of intelligence occurred on December 2018, when researchers at DeepMind, the artificial-intelligence company owned by Google's parent corporation, Alphabet Inc., filed a dispatch from what one day may be recognized as a herald of next great epoch of human evolution –the "Lucy", Australopithecus afarensis, the famous early ancestor of modern humans, of the emerging "Cyborg Epoch" of hyperintelligence. A year earlier, on Dec. 5, 2017, the New York Times reported, the team had stunned the chess world with its announcement of AlphaZero, a machine-learning algorithm that had "mastered not only chess but shogi, or Japanese chess, and Go. The algorithm started with no knowledge of the games beyond their basic rules. It then played against itself millions of times and learned from its mistakes. In a matter of hours, the algorithm became the best player, human or computer, the world has ever seen."

Humans will soon be REPLACED by cyborgs AI, futurist predicts

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A prominent futurist warns that humans may soon cede their top spot on Earth's hierarchy to their own artificially intelligent creations. In a new book, scientist, environmentalist, and futurist, James Lovelock, describes what he calls the'Novacene,' -- a new age in which humans could be eclipsed by intelligent machines. 'Our supremacy as the prime understanders of the cosmos is rapidly coming to end,' writes Lovelock in a new book titled'Novacene' according to NBC. 'The understanders of the future will not be humans but what I choose to call'cyborgs' that will have designed and built themselves.' Humans may be forced to pass the torch due to impending disasters like climate change. In the Novacene -- which means literally'new age' -- Lovelock says that the replacement of humans won't necessarily be a violent or'Terminator'-like shift, but will instead be more of an evolutionary one. Unlike biologically driven changes of the past, organic creatures will take a backseat to technology.

Cyborgs will replace humans and reshape the world, famed scientist says


For tens of thousands of years, humans have reigned as our planet's only intelligent, self-aware species. But the rise of intelligent machines means that could change soon, perhaps in our own lifetimes. Not long after that, Homo sapiens could vanish from Earth entirely. "Our supremacy as the prime understanders of the cosmos is rapidly coming to end," he says in the book, "Novacene." "The understanders of the future will not be humans but what I choose to call'cyborgs' that will have designed and built themselves."

Why Britain's most eminent scientist is convinced cyborgs will rule the planet within 80 years

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It is 8.30am and Britain's most eminent scientist is taking a windswept stroll through Dorset's rolling hills. It seems hard to believe that James Lovelock – sprightly despite a walking stick and bristling with a fierce, bright-eyed intelligence – will turn 100 this week. But the man known for proposing one of the most visionary scientific theories of the last century starts the day just as he always does, with a brisk walk from his coastguard's cottage by the shores of Chesil Beach with his beloved wife, Sandy. That Lovelock is conscious of his own mortality is to be expected. But that he is also musing on the future of the Earth he will never live to see – one which involves cyborgs, no less – is, perhaps, rather more surprising.

Novacene by James Lovelock review – a big welcome for the AI takeover

The Guardian

In an acerbic 1976 article on AI research, the computer scientist Drew McDermott was the first to contrast the phrases "artificial intelligence" and "natural stupidity". Four decades later, researchers warn of the threat posed by computer "superintelligence", but stupidity is still a far greater peril: both the age-old natural stupidity of humans and the newfangled artificial stupidity displayed by algorithms – such as chatbots supposed to be able to diagnose illness, or facial-recognition software that throws up false matches for ethnic minorities – in which we place far too much trust. An alternative reason to be cheerful about the coming machine takeover is offered here by the eminent scientist and inventor James Lovelock. A chemist by training, who invented instruments for Mars rovers and helped to discover the depletion of the ozone layer, Lovelock is most celebrated in pop culture for his "Gaia hypothesis". First formulated in the 1960s, it proposes that Earth and its biosphere comprise a single, self-regulating system.

Global IT spend to reach $3.8 trillion this year


Global IT spending is anticipated to increase by 3.2 percent and reach $3.8 trillion in 2019 due to growth in the cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), and data center markets. According to Gartner, spending worldwide is making a gradual shift away from saturated markets such as the mobile smartphone and tablet industry and entering areas of particular value to enterprise players seeking to improve their operations. Data center infrastructure, cloud services, and IoT all have the potential to improve the efficiency of enterprise businesses through outsourcing tasks once kept on-premise, increasing visibility into operations and supply chains by way of sensors and IoT, and boosted capabilities in data storage and analysis. See also: Gartner's global head of research abruptly steps down Despite uncertainty caused by the tariff war between the United States and China, rumors of a potential recession, and the current turmoil in Europe due to the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union and impending deadline, the research agency believes there are reasons to be optimistic when it comes to growth in the IT sector this year. "IT is no longer just a platform that enables organizations to run their business on, it is becoming the engine that moves the business," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner.

AI to contribute US$1.2 trillion in business value in 2018: Gartner - Which-50


Global business value derived from artificial intelligence (AI) is projected to total $1.2 trillion in 2018, an increase of 70 per cent from 2017, according to Gartner. AI-derived business value is forecast to reach $3.9 trillion in 2022. The Gartner AI-derived business value forecast assesses the total business value of AI across all the enterprise vertical sectors covered by Gartner. There are three different sources of AI business value: customer experience, new revenue, and cost reduction. "AI promises to be the most disruptive class of technologies during the next 10 years due to advances in computational power, volume, velocity and variety of data, as well as advances in deep neural networks (DNNs)," said John-David Lovelock, research VP at Gartner.