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) …
For years, NBC's tagline has been "Comedy starts here." After a deep dive through Peacock's streaming catalog, it's clear that their investment has paid off. We've put together the best TV shows to stream on Peacock, and a large majority of the top options are comedies. NBC has been putting out some of the best comedies of the last 40 years, and they all deserve a shout-out. Here are the best heartfelt dramas, spine-tingling horrors, sprawling science fictions, campy teen soaps, period romances, and of course, top-tier comedies to stream right now on Peacock.
Digital health experts from the UK will join the debate on how healthcare can evolve beyond Covid-19. As the world struggles to recover from the outfall of Covid-19, the role of digital health has come under the spotlight. Healthcare experts from the UK will be among the European leaders to discuss this new paradigm at the virtual HIMSS21 & Health 2.0 European Health Conference, on June 7-9 2021. The UK is known for its world-leading expertise in genomics. Professor Sharon Peacock, executive director and chair of the Covid-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium will contribute her vast knowledge and experience to the opening keynote session on creating a roadmap out of the coronavirus crisis.
The future will involve artificial intelligence, but (in case you weren't already cautious) we need to be very careful what data we feed into these systems. A team led by computer scientists from MIT examined ten of the most-cited datasets used to test machine learning systems and found that around 3.4 percent of the data was inaccurate or mislabeled. Some have been cited over 100,000 times in machine learning research. Some of the errors are bigger than others, but include mistaking Bruce Springsteen for an orchestra and mislabelling a baby as a nipple. These errors could have huge ramifications for machine learning systems unless addressed. It may still be the early days of artificial intelligence, so we might want to check its homework.
While the circumstances were hardly ideal, 2020 was a big year for cord cutting. Streaming services like Netflix and Disney saw their subscriber numbers soar as people looked for ways to pass the time at home, and the temporary suspension of live sports accelerated the decline of traditional pay TV bundles. While not coronavirus-related, this year introduced two major new streaming services in HBO Max and NBC's Peacock, and we saw some bold attempts to rethink the streaming device with Google's new Chromecast and the TiVo Stream 4K. I've been writing this weekly column (and newsletter) on cord-cutting through it all, so in accordance with annual tradition, I'd like to cap off 2020 by recounting my favorite developments of the year. Here are TechHive's fifth-annual cord-cutter awards: At the start of the year, I wrote that unified streaming TV guides would be one of cord-cutting's biggest trends, and no streaming device delivers on that idea quite like the Chromecast with Google TV.
That Cyber Monday special from Best Buy sounds really enticing. Which may not be a catch at all, but it is something worth considering. Because if you have Amazon Echo speakers throughout your home, you won't be able to use them to talk to your new TCL TV. As all TV sales now tend to be "smart," they operate on different software platforms, ones you need to consider before making your purchase. Before you buy a Roku-branded TV, I have three words for you: "Wonder Woman 1984."
This week we'll celebrate Thanksgiving in the US, and nostalgia will be all over TV screens and Peacock resurrects Saved by the Bell with a cast that includes new younger actors and several of the stars from the original show. Other throwbacks include Mad Max on Ultra HD Blu-ray and a Buck Rogers box set, but for something newer you can check out Peninsula, a sequel to the excellent Korean zombie movie Train to Busan as it arrives on Ultra HD Blu-ray. Netflix's latest feature film is Mosul, along with its Hillbilly Elegy movie. Criterion is also releasing a special edition of Netflix's Martin Scorsese feature The Irishman, however it's sadly only available in 1080p Blu-ray without the benefit of 4K and Dolby Vision HDR. For an all-new option, try Superintelligence on HBO Max, where Melissa McCarthy stars as a woman chosen by an all-powerful AI for surveillance via her various connected devices.
The newest Roku products include a streaming device promising improved video delivery throughout the home, a smaller soundbar that also streams, and an updated mobile app for viewing on the go. The nation's leading streaming platform, Roku said it had about 43 million monthly active accounts at the end of June 2020. Research firm eMarketer estimates Roku captures about 33% of U.S. internet users and 47% of connected TV users. Roku's lineup of devices includes the Roku Express ($29.99) and Roku Streaming Stick ($49.99). But its marquee standalone player – it also markets Roku TVs with built-in streaming capability – is the Roku Ultra ($99.99).
Alden Ehrenreich explores a Brave New World. When I first read Aldous Huxley's famous 1932 novel Brave New World, I expected something fusty and old-fashioned. I wasn't prepared for how scathingly direct or unsettlingly dark it was, and still is today. It certainly adds a dash of cursing, a touch of violence, some Radiohead and a load of people getting their kit off. But it lacks a certain directness. The Handmaid's Tale is about sexism.
Today, NBC launched its new streaming service, called Peacock. Viewers can now browse Peacock's free library of films and TV shows, as well as consider the premium tier of membership for $29.99/year or included with Xfinity. We'll be honest: We didn't need another streaming service, but now that it's live, we have to check it out. If you want to explore the free tier before making a bigger commitment, check out these seven shows we're watching right now. Back in 2006, a fresh Saturday Night Live alum named Tina Fey teamed up with Robert Carlock to create a comedy show about a comedy show. The show made headlines recently when its creators asked Peacock not stream four whole episodes that feature blackface, a move that has been criticized for sanitizing 30 Rock's history and avoiding tougher conversations about why this happened and how it can be harmful.
Since it looks like the fall school semester is happening whether we're ready for it or not, you'll finally have dibs on "next game" on that console your kids have been bogarting for the past quarantined four months. Lucky for you, there are plenty of upcoming titles -- and some solid streaming selections -- to help you fill the day while your kids hit the books. Used to be that if you wanted to reassign the gender of your World of Warcraft's character, you'd need to shell out $15 -- that's in real cash money, not in-game currency. But with the forthcoming release of WoW's'Shadowlands' expansion, players will be able to change is as the see fit. In case Epic Games' year wasn't already going swimmingly, the team behind battle royale juggernaut Fortnite just received a quarter-billion dollar financial infusion from Sony.