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) …
Researchers have identified an incredibly smart method used by fruit flies to categorise odours – and it's so clever it could be applied to powering recommendation algorithms for the likes of Netflix or Spotify. In the same way that YouTube might want to flag up videos similar to the one you've just watched, fruit flies – like many other animals – need to know which smells are similar, for finding food and avoiding poisonous substances. The team from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California has found that fruit flies have an especially clever way of categorising odours which lets them recognise differences with a very fine level of accuracy. "In the natural world, you're not going to encounter exactly the same odour every time; there's going to be some noise and fluctuation," says one of the researchers, Saket Navlakha from Salk. "But if you smell something that you've previously associated with a behaviour, you need to be able to identify that similarity and recall that behaviour."
I would have written you a shorter letter but I didn't have the time. This quote attributed to many different sources sums up what we are now facing in this very complex world. Creating messaging and content that makes sense in one sentence, 140 characters or even a six second video. That is an art form to be admired. But as marketers that is what you are confronted with.
As noted in the first chapter of our previous Trends report, artificial intelligence (AI) is now concentrated in the hands of a small group of technology players who control the user discovery path from beginning to end. This level of control by a handful of major corporations is a cause for concern. Fortunately, filter bubbles and advances in recommendation and predictive technologies can be used to your advantage if you know how. " Technology giants, not the government, are building the artificially intelligent future. And unless the government vastly increases how much it spends on research into such technologies, it is the corporations that will decide how to deploy them " As things currently stand, artificial intelligence is more a promise for the future than a fine-tuned cluster of technologies.
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A new AI chatbot to engage with customers and provide faster customer service is being added by Mall of America. The chatbot will reside on the mall website, mobile app and Facebook page and be added as an Amazon Alexa skill, according to Satisfi Labs, maker of the chatbot. The chatbot will be location based and use multiple data feeds over different customer touchpoints, to answer questions in natural language in real time. The bot will be able to answer complex questions around gifting, food recommendations, attractions and holiday events happening in America's largest mall, based on a shopper's location, according to the company. "This dynamic chatbot will answer visitors' questions in real time through whichever channel they feel most comfortable using, whether it be Facebook or Mall of America's app or website," stated Don White, CEO and co-founder of Satisfi Labs.
We keep hammering away at this point here in eWEEK, and we'll do it again today: We are at an important convergence of technology here in this, the first quadrant of the 21st century. It's all here now: High connectivity bandwidths, super high-quality code and code libraries, unprecedentedly powerful processors that use less power than previous models, unlimited storage capacities, ingeniously designed mobile and stationary connected devices, a zillion types of cloud services--we could go on. We're already seeing it: the introduction of more functionality through artificial intelligence. We're seeing more AI in more apps in more places than we've ever seen before: wearables, cars, productivity apps, military, health care, home entertainment--the list is lengthy. At 2018 knocks on our doors, we present some ideas from various industry executives about what impact they believe AI and machine learning will be making on the IT business and our lives in general.
For most people, the term Artificial Intelligence (AI) conjures up science fiction scenarios as current as HBO's popular Westworld series. In the real world, to say the least, it's not quite like that. In fact, a simpler way to look at modern AI is this: AI applications use learning algorithms to understand a user's likes or dislikes through volume of usage. AI is already present in our lives, even if it doesn't look like a Westworld-style robot. For example, Siri is designed to get used to your preferences, your day-to-day schedule and other everyday tasks based on identifying patterns and processing feedback.
New York City may soon gain a task force dedicated to monitoring the fairness of algorithms used by municipal agencies. Formed from experts in automated systems and representatives of groups affected by those systems, it would be responsible for closely examining algorithms in use by the city and making recommendations on how to improve accountability and avoid bias. The bill, which doesn't have a fancy name, has been approved by the city council and is on the Mayor's desk for signing. The New York division of the ACLU has argued in favor of it. Say, for instance, an "automated decision system" (as the law calls them) determines to a certain extent who's eligible for bail.
For many years, the main goal of the Netflix personalized recommendation system has been to get the right titles in front each of our members at the right time. With a catalog spanning thousands of titles and a diverse member base spanning over a hundred million accounts, recommending the titles that are just right for each member is crucial. But the job of recommendation does not end there. Why should you care about any particular title we recommend? What can we say about a new and unfamiliar title that will pique your interest?
Artificial Intelligence From The Terminator to Blade Runner, pop culture has always leaned towards a chilling depiction of artificial intelligence (AI) and our future with AI at the helm. Recent headlines about Facebook panicking because their AI bots developed a language of their own have us hitting the alarm button once again. Should we really feel unsettled with an AI future? News flash: that future is here. If you ask Siri, the helpful assistant who magically lives inside your phone, to read text messages and emails to you, find the nearest pizza place or call your mother for you, then you've made AI a part of your everyday life.