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) …
Chatbots are finally having their day. This technology has been around for decades, but thanks to recent advances in artificial intelligence and natural language processing, these once annoying bots -- that could do little more than repeat back credit card numbers -- have transformed into incredibly useful and prolific communication tools. People from all 195 countries now use online chats to start conversations on business websites, and by 2020, more than 50% of medium to large enterprises will use chatbots to support products. Usage rates will continue to climb as chatbot technology steadily improves, allowing these digital assistants to answer more questions and to use more colloquial language to engage with humans. Despite these technological advances, companies are failing to leverage the full potential of these virtual digital assistants.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been the talk of the start-up town for a while now. E-commerce major Flipkart plans to create an AI unit called AIForIndia. Online transportation network company Ola recently rolled out an AI-based real-time tracking mechanism for passenger safety. But Unicorns and established players aren't the only ones bullish on this technology. There is a clutch of newbie ventures that have focused their business models primarily around AI. From leveraging artificial intelligence for those in search of a life partner to deploying it for curating gourmet and healthy food menus, start-ups are utilising the much-in-demand technology in the most unique ways.
When our machines first began speaking to us, it was in the simple language of children. Some of those voices were even designed for kids -- my Speak & Spell was a box with a handle and a tiny green screen that tested my skills in a grating tone, but I still heard that voice sometimes in my dreams. Teddy Ruxpin's words played from cassette tapes popped into his back, but his mouth moved at just the right cadence, which made him feel almost alive. For adults, however, the clunky computerized voices of the 1980s, '90s, and early aughts were far from real. When the train's voice announced that the next stop was Port Chester using two words instead of "porchester" -- we knew: That was a machine.
WHEN SOPHIA THE ROBOT first switched on, the world couldn't get enough. It had a cheery personality, it joked with late-night hosts, it had facial expressions that echoed our own. Here it was, finally -- a robot plucked straight out of science fiction, the closest thing to true artificial intelligence that we had ever seen. There's no doubt that Sophia is an impressive piece of engineering. It didn't take much to convince people of Sophia's apparent humanity -- many of Futurism's own articles refer to the robot as "her."
In a great plot twist, instead of robots taking our jobs, they're actually helping us get hired. Artificial intelligence is becoming more prevalent in hiring and recruiting. Talent scouts who may have started using AI to test the technical ability of programmers and coders are beginning to expand their use to non-technical roles. Soft skills are more in-demand than ever, but screening a candidate for things like leadership, communication, and empathy can be time-consuming and difficult. Luckily, using psychometrics and attitude testing, AI is now equipped to assess traits like extroversion, conscientiousness, and teamwork.
There are a *lot* of online dating options these days, particularly dating apps. They all try to stand out in their own way, whether it be catering to a certain niche or type of person, or offering a special feature or service. But the one thing they all have in common: the promise to up your chances of finding that special someone. EliteSingles is one of those options that claims to have found the online formula for love, particularly for working professionals looking for real relationships. EliteSingles is pretty easy to operate.
This article originally appeared on Mashable.com There are a lot of online dating options these days, particularly dating apps. They all try to stand out in their own way, whether it be catering to a certain niche or type of person, or offering a special feature or service. But the one thing they all have in common: the promise to up your chances of finding that special someone. EliteSingles is one of those options that claims to have found the online formula for love, particularly for working professionals looking for real relationships.
It's a sad and lonely world out there -- but Japanese startup Groove X has a perfect solution for anyone with a huge stockpile of cash. The company's new companion robot Lovot ($6,000 for a pair) is built with one purpose in mind: making you feel less dead inside. The most surprising part: These cute little robots actually work! Watching them roll around the showroom floor at CES 2019 warmed my heart in the same way seeing an adorable puppy would have. They're undeniably lovable, and practically beg to be interacted with.
The beat generation poet Philip Lamantia believed that in order to create authentic writing one had to first reach a trance-like state in between sleep and wakefulness - a place of the primal sources of creativity that, according to him, could be attained with the help of a little peyote. A thousand years before that the poet Homer was invoking the muses of Grecian myths in reach a similar state of inspiration, suggesting that as far back as the writing of The Odyssey, storytelling was viewed as a partnership with something other than human. What about stories developed in partnership with artificial intelligence? This can feel at odds with the romantic view of storytelling, where the author inhales creative inspiration and exhales exacting prose. But perhaps it presents another way of understanding the muse - an electric muse working in partnership with the artist.
A new generation of robot toys with personalities powered by artificial intelligence could give kids more than just a holiday plaything, according to a University of Alberta researcher. Unlike previous electronic pets like the Furby and Tamagotchi that sparked holiday crazes in the late '90s, some of the robotic drones and droids on store shelves this season are packing genuine AI technology, said Anna Koop, director of applied machine learning at the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute. "They're doing face recognition, they respond to voice commands with reasonable consistency, and they have sophisticated processors," she said. An object of particular curiosity for Koop is Cozmo and its more advanced cousin, Vector. Developed by Anki, a company founded by three graduates of Carnegie Mellon's robotics PhD program, the little tank-like robots are so full of personality that even Koop has to take an educated guess at just how intelligent their artificial intelligence is.