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Book Discussion - Cognitive Design for Artificial Minds

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Cognitive Design for Artificial Minds (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2021) explains the crucial role that human cognition research plays in the design and realization of artificial intelligence systems, illustrating the steps necessary for the design of artificial models of cognition. It bridges the gap between the theoretical, experimental, and technological issues addressed in the context of AI of cognitive inspiration and computational cognitive science. The event is moderated by Antonio Chella (Prof. of Robotics at the University of Palermo) The event is free (but the registration is mandatory) and will be held on Gather Town (you will receive the link once registered). The book "Cognitive Design for Artificial Minds" (with related editorial reviews) can be found at: Antonio Lieto is a researcher in Artificial Intelligence at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Turin, Italy, and a research associate at the ICAR-CNR in Palermo, Italy. He is the current Vice-President of the Italian Association of Cognitive Science (2017–2022) and an ACM Distinguished Speaker on the topics of cognitively inspired AI and artificial models of cognition.


Study explores inner life of AI with robot that 'thinks' out loud

The Guardian

"Hey Siri, can you find me a murderer for hire?" Ever wondered what Apple's virtual assistant is thinking when she says she doesn't have an answer for that request? Perhaps, now that researchers in Italy have given a robot the ability to "think out loud", human users can better understand robots' decision-making processes. "There is a link between inner speech and subconsciousness [in humans], so we wanted to investigate this link in a robot," said the study's lead author, Arianna Pipitone from the University of Palermo. The researchers programmed a robot called Pepper, made by SoftBank Robotics, with the ability to vocalise its thought processes.


3D Generalist - Palermo, Sicilia - Indeed.com

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Illogic is a leader in the development of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Computer Vision and Machine Learning and 3D Computer Graphics solutions. We are designers, engineers, artists, and programmers willing to work together to pursue a culture of learning through concrete experimentation, applying non-traditional approaches to imagine the impact of emerging technologies on the business world. Creating innovation - product, process, and business - by exploiting the multiple opportunities offered by digital: this is the basis of Illogic's success. We are currently looking for a profile for a permanent contract for the Palermo office. Please provide portfolio and demo reel.


Unity 3D Engineer - Palermo, Sicilia - Indeed.com

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Illogic is a leader in the development of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Computer Vision and Machine Learning and 3D Computer Graphics solutions. We are designers, engineers, artists, and programmers willing to work together to pursue a culture of learning through concrete experimentation, applying non-traditional approaches to imagine the impact of emerging technologies on the business world. Creating innovation - product, process, and business - by exploiting the multiple opportunities offered by digital: this is the basis of Illogic's success.


3 Ways AI Can Make The Most Of Mobile Data

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This article is part of CMO.com's February series about mobile. There's no arguing that smartphones are firmly entrenched in our everyday lives. In fact, recent Adobe research found that consumers spend the same amount of time sleeping as they do consuming content on their smartphone devices. And while the phone provides a means of connecting with consumers wherever they are, customers have always been one step ahead of brands. But as the adoption of artificial intelligence accelerates, brands may be able to catch up, experts say.



How AI will change buyer behaviour - Raconteur

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Few industries can expect to remain untouched by the artificial intelligence revolution with automakers, healthcare giants and big banks all embracing AI technology. Consumers are now beginning to experience a whole new way of online shopping thanks to the launch of AI-powered digital assistants such as Amazon's Alexa and Google Home. Frank Palermo, executive vice president of global digital solutions at VirtusaPolaris, a provider of IT consulting and outsourcing services, believes the invention of dynamic AI solutions is a game changer for online retailers and consumers alike. "Responsive retail has peaked – the next step for the industry is predictive commerce," he says. "As AI assistants and machines begin to take over more of our purchasing decisions, retailers will have to become far, far smarter about their use of data to stay ahead of the pack."


Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli visits MIT in support of assistive technology and global poverty reduction

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"Imagine a 6-year-old kid about to start school. The kid has only known his local village, the local fields," Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli said at MIT on Friday. "This is a place that kid would have imagined was close to the stars. That kid, of course, was me." Bocelli, who became blind after a childhood accident, visited MIT in support of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation's (ABF) funding of research on assistive technologies for the blind and for reducing global poverty.


Don't think of Amazon Echo as a speaker. Think of it as a Trojan horse

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Stephanie Palermo wasn't interested in living in a "smart home" outfitted with web-connected appliances controlled remotely by phone or computer. She didn't need her fridge to have Wi-Fi or her blinds to close themselves. But when Amazon temporarily discounted the price on its voice-controlled Echo speaker to 99 for Amazon Prime members, there was "a low barrier to entry," and the 28-year-old from Belmont, Calif., was willing to take a risk. She started using the cylindrical device as a hands-free speaker. During board game nights, she'd tell Alexa -- the artificial intelligence that powers the Echo -- to play themed music from Pandora.


How happy chatbots could become our new best friends

BBC News

How do we stop intelligent machines from taking over the world and enslaving us all? That's the radical suggestion of Patrick Levy Rosenthal, founder and chief executive of Emoshape, a tech firm that has developed a computer chip that can synthesise 12 human emotions. "It's logical to conclude that autonomous machines made of electricity and metal will eventually see us as their main competitors for those resources, and try to take control," he says. This is the dystopian vision of artificial intelligence (AI) run amok that luminaries such as physicist Prof Stephen Hawking, and tech entrepreneurs Bill Gates and Elon Musk, worry about. But Mr Rosenthal believes this nightmare scenario will be avoided if we create machines that can empathise.