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) …
Call them what you will, but in my experience, the millennials I work with are some of the most brave, creative and intelligent people I know. Recently, while in a text conversation with one of my assistants, (a millennial), regarding this article I was writing, he responded with this sentiment, "I wonder if one of the mechanics building the first fleet of Model-Ts felt like this. It's a strange, out of body feeling of'after we do this, a lot of life as we know it is going to change.'" We started riffing on how many people might have been freaking out about the replacement of horses, and all that comes with horseback being the primary vehicle for transportation, (such a loss of jobs for the blacksmith, the farriers, the growers of alfalfa, etc., etc.) I've talked a lot about how artificial intelligence, (AI), and machine learning is revolutionary for our world as a whole, however in this article, I wanted to open the discussion around one very specific application of the machines, (algorithms), that learn with very wide-ranging applications: AI powered marketing and sales. What my millennial assistant and I began to discuss, (all via back-and-forth text messaging), is that, in order to create value-adding autonomous systems, we have to feed those systems with massive amounts of data about ourselves.
A California lawmaker introduced a resolution Tuesday to ban the use of autonomous weapons. According to KPIX 5, San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa is looking to press Congress and the United Nations to restrict the development of "killer robots." On Tuesday, Canepa introduced a resolution to ban, in his own words, "autonomous weapons, AKA, killer robots." If the resolution is adopted, San Mateo County would be the first in the United States to urge Congress and the United Nations to restrict weaponized robotic technology. "As policy makers, for us to catch up with technology we ourselves have to be out in front of it," Canepa said.
Artificial intelligence will change workplaces, transforming how people work, a panel of experts said. The fast-evolving technology could mean pink slips for workers with routine responsibilities -- but not for all workers, the experts said. AI, in the form of robots, virtual assistants and intuitive office machines, will take over repetitive tasks now performed by office staff. This will give them additional time for more important duties. AI "is already transforming a lot of business processes," said Greg Ryan, head of Canon U.S.A.'s information and imaging solutions division.
Here's what's happening in the world of television for Wednesday, December 13. Mr. Robot (USA, 10 p.m.): Rather than trying to make the rabbit hole even deeper, in its third year Mr. Robot settled on a solid plan of crafting itself into a fleet and satisfying thriller. There's still plenty of misdirection and mystery, but after an uneven beginning, the show has successfully followed the execution of stage two with verve and daring. Tonight the season comes to an end, and Alex McLevy will be there to see what's left standing. Comedy Central Special: The Fake News With Ted Nelms (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.): Ed Helms dons his news anchor alter-ego, Ted Nelms, for this nonstop barrage of jokes in the form of a one-hour special.
The fleet of laser-equipped robots patrolling parking lots and company campuses in San Francisco has met resistance from the city's homeless population, after one machine was deployed to prevent tent encampments from forming. According to the San Francisco Business Times, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals began using one of the robots in its parking lots and along the sidewalks around its premises in early November to prevent homeless people from settling there. But within a week, people attempting to set up a camp took offense at the robot and attacked it. SPCA President Jennifer Scarlett told the publication that the people "put a tarp over [the robot], knocked it over and put barbecue sauce on all the sensors." Scarlett added, "I can understand being scared about a new technology on the street, and we should be asking questions about it, but we should probably be a little bit angry that a nonprofit has to spend so much on security at the same time."
Gargantuan Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn employs more than 1 million people and tens of thousands of robots making iPhones and other electronics. It has a reputation for cost cutting, including at the expense of its workers. Now, it's teaming up with an artificial-intelligence researcher who helped trigger Google's reorientation around machine learning in order to make its own factories more efficient. Andrew Ng was a Stanford professor when he joined Google in 2011 to work on a project that created software able to recognize cats--and a new corporate emphasis on AI at Google. He later led AI research at Chinese search engine Baidu.
Professor of Artificial Intelligence Wolfgang Faber comments on Google announcing that its AlphaGo Zero artificial intelligence program has triumphed at chess against world-leading specialist software within hours of teaching itself the game from scratch and considers where humans will start losing their jobs to intelligent computers and machines. "'Google's'superhuman' DeepMind AI claims chess crown' has been a headline on the BBC recently. What does it mean, and are our jobs, or even our lives in danger? First, let us have a look at what caused this headline: A few days ago, a manuscript by a group around David Silver, Thomas Hubert, and Julian Schrittwieser of London-based, Google (or rather Alphabet)-owned DeepMind was uploaded to arXiv, in which the system AlphaZero is described and very impressive results in learning how to play three traditional board games (chess, shogi, Go) well are reported. The setup allowed for learning very successful (superhuman) strategies in a few hours only.