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) …
With the current year coming to an end, the definition of how businesses leverage technology has changed much due to the pandemic. With disruptive technologies driving global discussion, sustainability is emerging as a new investment. Business leaders are now looking to run their companies in an environmentally sustainable manner, so less harm is done on the planet. Therefore there is a growing emphasis on how technology can be employed for improving a company's environmental performance and the bottom line. From incorporating sustainable practices into business operations to encouraging consumers, employees to embrace sustainability to using AI and quantum computing to find alternate energy-efficient fuels, most of the top enterprises are already doing their part to ensure a greener future.
After years of trying to make Bixby happen, Samsung is coming around and enabling support for better AI helpers like Alexa and Google Assistant. The company announced at CES this year that you can choose to use these assistants on its QLED 8K TV, but Google Assistant only just became available. With Google Assistant on these devices, you can not only control other smart devices, but also use it to pull up your favorite show or get onscreen answers to your questions. You'll need to connect your TV to the Google Assistant app on your phone by heading over to Settings on your big screen and selecting it under Voice. You'll need to give Samsung and Google permission to share information with each other as well as access to your voice.
Save up to $800: "The Frame," Samsung's 4K TV famous for doubling as wall art, is seeing really good sale prices this Prime Day. Save up to $500 and score the 32-inch model for $479.99 or the largest 75-inch model for just over $2,000. Treating yourself is acceptable at any point in time, but it's especially justifiable during a time when social interaction -- the company of other humans -- is a rarity, and loneliness is the norm. If you've been chewing on potentially spending the money that you've saved from not buying multiple vodka seltzers and appetizers every weekend, a ridiculously nice TV could be deserving. Conveniently, Samsung's The Frame -- the 4K TV that doubles as a painting or a mesmerizing piece of the wall behind it -- is on sale for Prime Day at its most affordable prices in recent history (according to price tracker Camelcamelcamel.)
If you're not keen on participating in Prime Day, you can still save a ton on gadgets, home tech and more at other retailers like Best Buy and Walmart. The best part about shopping at other retailers today is that most of them have made their sales available to all -- no subscription or membership required. Here are the best "anti-Prime Day" tech deals we found across the web. Samsung's iPad Pro competitors that just came out last month are $100 off at Best Buy. The Galaxy Tab S7 is down to $549 while the Tab S7 is down to $749.
Well, technically it should be Prime Days, because the colossal shopping event will be taking place on both Oct. 13 and 14. We're in for a lot of great deals coming our way, so make sure that both your wallet and shopping cart are primed (get it?) Amazon isn't the only retail giant that'll be kicking off big sales this week. While Amazon did create Prime Day, retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, and more are having their own Prime Days of sorts to add even more choice (and savings opportunities) into the mix. For Prime Day 2020, it's best to cast a wide net and keep an eye out for more than just Amazon's listings.
The Apple Watch Series 6 is as beautiful as it is useful. With a wide range of features, an understated design, and no major weaknesses the Apple Watch Series 6 is the best smartwatch you can buy. It can track your fitness, provide insights into your health, handle phone calls and messaging, help you navigate or listen to music, and ensure you stay on top of your schedule, all controlled by elegant and intuitive software. The Apple Watch comes in two case sizes (40mm and 44mm) and in a wide array of finishes and bands. Whether you want an aluminum case with a sports band primarily to help you stay healthy, or a stainless steel case with a Milanese loop band to keep you connected during a busy workday, there's an Apple Watch for you. Setup is a breeze, and the Apple Watch Series 6 is the perfect partner for your iPhone. It can help you find your iPhone by triggering an alert sound, and even be used as a remote control for the iPhone camera. If you opt for an LTE model, you can leave the iPhone at home, though the watch will require its own data plan. The OLED touchscreen is bright, sharp, and surprisingly easy to swipe and tap your way around. The Digital Crown on the side can be rotated for fine control in menus and pressed to call Siri into service.
The Google Pixel 5 Hold for Me feature in action. As the competition perfects its next generation technology and makes breakthroughs in material science, it's not hard to feel like Google's hardware is a bit behind the rest. Apple's LiDAR technology gives us a glimpse into the future of home automation and Samsung has turned stiff smartphones into malleable objects, but Google is now just jumping on the wide-angle camera bandwagon. There's a good argument for keeping things simple and cheap considering most consumers remain resolutely focused on two smartphone features: price and battery life. Also, the flashy extras can come across as frivolous adventures for cash-rich tech companies seeking out some R&D tax breaks. But Google's slightly dated approach to hardware doesn't tell the full story.
Once in a while, a young company will claim it has more experience than would be logical -- a just-opened law firm might tout 60 years of legal experience, but actually consist of three people who have each practiced law for 20 years. The number "60" catches your eye and summarizes something, yet might leave you wondering whether to prefer one lawyer with 60 years of experience. There's actually no universally correct answer; your choice should be based on the type of services you're looking for. A single lawyer might be superb at certain tasks and not great at others, while three lawyers with solid experience could canvas a wider collection of subjects. If you understand that example, you also understand the challenge of evaluating AI chip performance using "TOPS," a metric that means trillions of operations per second, or "tera operations per second."
The LG Stylo 6 phone comes with a 6.8 inch screen that's bigger than the iPhone 11 Pro Max, has a stylus and a hefty 64 GB of internal storage – on par with the iPhone and Galaxy. What's also different is the retail price: $299 vs. the other phones, which both start in the $1,000 range? The phone could appeal to those looking for basic calls, texts and email reading, but when it comes to moving files, watching video and the like, you'll probably want to shop elsewhere. The Stylo 6 has picked up good reviews for most of its features except for one very important one – sluggish performance. That's the tradeoff you're going to have to make.
This week was jam-packed with new product announcements but we also got a couple of good deals, too. Apple's AirPods Pro remain at their lowest price ever -- only $199 -- and the latest MacBook Air is $100 off. Those in need of a new smartphone can grab the latest from Samsung for $200 less and the solid Beats Solo Pro headphones are down to $199. Here are the best deals from this week that you can still buy today. You can get AirPods Pro for their lowest price ever, only $199, on Amazon, Walmart or Staples.