Future Society: 'Gradual Adaption to the Changes Brought by AI Into Our Lives'


UK authorities want to expand the use of AI, to introduce robots into health care and allow self-driving cars, among other things. The draft plan includes educating workers to operate AI and promoting the use of AI to businesses and supporting research in this sphere. "It is important to involve people in this process by increasing the education of postgraduate students thus preparing the younger generation to handle these techniques," Angelo Cangelosi said. "The UK is at the forefront of AI and robotics research. We have a large network of artificial intelligence robotics and an autonomous systems network.

Nasscom to set up centres of excellence to better learn artificial intelligence


The software industry lobby Nasscom is setting up centres of excellence on artificial intelligence (AI) and data sciences for a better understanding on the emerging technologies, a top official has said. With the tech world getting divided between whether or not to regulate AI, the body feels that technologies should be freely allowed to mature first before any regulation comes in, its president R Chandrasekhar has said. "We are setting up a centre of excellence on AI and data sciences in Bengaluru and Hyderabad. They will look at mapping the resources available in the country, promoting startups in that area and also best practices globally, including regulatory aspects," he told PTI recently. He, however, did not offer the investment that will go into these proposed centres nor a timeline as to when the first centre of excellence will be functional.

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AI revolution 'more compassionate and moral' than NZers


Hold onto your job - artificial intelligence (AI) is driving us through a fourth industrial revolution. Up to half our existing jobs will be replaced by robots, nanotechnology and AI within 10 to 15 years and many are warning New Zealand business is woefully unprepared. Sophie is Air New Zealand's face of digital disruption. Soon she may be booking your flight. Sophie was made by New Zealand-based company Soul Machines, which is about to roll out digital employees to some major companies.

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10 Really Hard Decisions Coming Our Way


Things are about to get interesting. You've likely heard that Google's DeepMind recently beat the world's best Go player. But in far more practical and pervasive ways, artificial intelligence (AI) is creeping into every aspect of life--every screen you view, every search, every purchase, and every customer service contact. It's the confluence of several technologies--Moore's law made storage, computing, and access devices almost free. This Venn diagram illustrates how deep learning is a subset of AI and how, when combined with big data, can inform enabling technologies in many sectors.

Why A.I. researchers can't produce true human-machine dialogue


"Evie," is a youngish bot with blinking green eyes, smiling pink lips, and flowing brown hair (it seems that bots are almost always made to look and sound like women). According to its makers, Evie comes out with statements that have all been acquired at some point in the past ten years from the things people type to "her." For this reason, its database of possible answers is vastly bigger than anything more primitive bots had to draw on. Even so, there are some strange moments when I attempt a chat with the pixelated face on my computer screen. A remark I type to Evie about Buster Keaton leads it to reply -- actually to spit out, Spock-like -- that I am "making sense."

The ways that AI can change your business


Artificial intelligence now fits in our daily lives and is deployed in more and more business sectors, hustling human expertise. Artificial intelligence should transform one job over two, but does not necessarily represent a threat. In fact, these jobs should be redirected to less repetitive tasks, with more added value, discusses According to a PwC study from March 2017, 70% of the jobs in the energy sector and 65% of the jobs in the consumer sector could be automated through artificial intelligence. This new technology involves a necessary change in the value chain and, if it opens the way to new skills like cybersecurity, it also represents a major challenge and opportunity for these businesses. Managers and Top-Levels are directly involved in the facing of this challenge, by accompanying the teams through this mutation: vanquish fears, embracing innovation, transforming businesses, training teams.

Video Friday: Sony's Home Robot, MegaBots Duel, and Six-Legged Zebros

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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. I like the design, but it costs over $1,100. Apollo is a fixed-base manipulation platform at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems who seems to enjoy playing with puny humans.

Robots on the Rise


NEDO, Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, is a regular funder of robotic technology, has an office in Silicon Valley, and participates in various regional events to promote its work and future programs. One such event was Robots on the Rise: The Future of Robotics in Japan and the US held October 16th in Mountain View, CA and jointly sponsored by Silicon Valley Forum. Over 400 people attended the all-day series of panels with well-known speakers and relevant subject matter. Panels covered mobility, agricultural robotics, search and rescue, and the retail and manufacturing revolutions. Henrick Christensen from UC San Diego gave an overview of robotics in Japan and the US as a keynote.