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) …
Technology is bringing about seismic changes to just about every aspect of our modern lives. In 2018 we will see self-driving cars, artificially intelligent doctors and deliveries carried out by drones. Contrary to what many seem to think, you don't need to be a software engineer or computer scientist to be a leader in the digital revolution. More vital is the ability to match technological solutions with existing business problems in innovative ways. However, this does mean that an understanding of the underlying forces and mechanics driving these trends is critical.
The Waymo v. Uber trial is set to finally get started next month, but Anthony Levandowski, the man who has been accused of taking 14,000 files from Google's self-driving outfit when he left the company for his own startup Otto, has been hit with a lawsuit that may affect Waymo's. Wired reports that Levandowski's former nanny, Erika Wong, has filed a suit against him claiming Levandowski failed to pay her wages, violated labor and health codes and inflicted emotional distress. But the complaint also includes details of Levandowski's business practices, which suggest that he might have been paying off employees of other autonomous vehicle companies and that he considered fleeing to Canada when Waymo first filed its lawsuit. In the filing, Wong says that the day Waymo filed its suit against Uber, Levandowski was noticeably agitated while he spoke to his lawyer over the phone -- sweating and pacing as he cursed into the phone. When Waymo filed for an injunction against Uber, former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick visited Levandowski's house, according to Wong, with legal documents for Levandowski to sign as well as a bucket full of circuit boards and lenses.
SOME of the biggest players in the banking world are catching up with the artificial intelligence rush by launching chatbots to serve their tech-savvy customers. HSBC Holdings is among the most recent of these players, implementing a virtual assistant named'Amy', which uses AI technologies such as natural language processing to answer customer queries. The launch of the chatbots come after the city's banking regulator, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), released measures over the past two years to encourage local lenders to develop fintech. The aim is for banks to develop innovative products or technology to both cut down costs and offer better, speedier service to its customers. According to a report by Juniper Research, chatbots are expected to help save global banks over US$8 billion per year by 2022.
CES is the best place to get a sense of what's hot and not in technology. As gadget-packed as this year's show was -- we crowned our favorite tech from CES here -- it also provided good insight on the tech trends that'll influence our lives. Which companies and product categories rose to the top and which ones flamed out? Here are the winners and losers of CES 2018. After getting crushed by Amazon Alexa at CES 2017, Google fired back from all directions with what seemed like Google Assistant integration in every gadget imaginable at this year's show.
Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Smart, connected tech is integrated into every part of our homes, from the kitchen to the bedroom. And if CES 2018 is any indication, then the smart tech trend is not slowing down -- ever. You can use your iPhone to set mood lighting, check on your kids, and start your favorite Spotify playlist.
We've now come to expect that every year when all of the major phone companies announce their latest models, that the camera will receive an upgrade. Each year, we can be sure that the mobile industry's hardware engineers have gone that little bit further in order to one-up the competition. But it is only within the last couple of years or so that this hardware arms race has been upset. The battle to create the best camera is no longer a question of hardware (though it doesn't hurt). The real battle, thanks to the rise of artificial intelligence, is in software.
Every Android phone is different, and so is taking screenshots with them. Even though Android 4 introduced simple screenshots for all with the handy power-and-volume-down-key combo, nailing it can still be tricky. That's why some phone makers have introduced new methods. We're here to help: Just find your Android phone on the list below to learn the various ways to snap, share, and save a screenshot. On supported phones, you can also ask Google Assistant to take a screenshot for you.
CES 2018 is winding down, and we finally have a chance to pause and reflect on what we saw that was actually great. Products that advanced their category, or broke new ground. Things that leaped ahead of the competition, Or maybe they just looked cool. It's easy to hit saturation at CES, but these are the products we're still talking about when everything else has blurred together. We start with the product that was so innovative, two of us raved about it.
In Copenhagen, dispatchers now have help from AI. If you call for an ambulance, an artificially intelligent assistant called Corti will be on the line, using speech recognition software to transcribe the conversation, and using machine learning to analyze the words and other clues in the background that point to a heart attack diagnosis. The dispatcher gets alerts from the bot in real time. It's a situation where dispatchers typically have to rely only on their own knowledge. "If you and I have a problem, we end up Googling or asking people," says Andreas Cleve, CEO of the startup that created the technology.
A sad cycle has overtaken the gadget business. It starts this week at CES, tech's biggest annual convention, where inventors compete to connect the most random things to the Internet. This year's "smart" stuff includes pillows, air fresheners and even toilets. A few months from now we'll see different headlines: That smart thing you bought is actually spying on you. Sooner or later, the story gets worse: Your smart thing has been hacked.