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) …
Will self-driving cars be able to cope with highly dangerous roads? Let's talk about dangerous roads. In a moment, I'll provide you with a recently published list of the presumed Top Ten most dangerous roads in the world. For some of you, the odds are that you'll be happy that you've never had a cause to try and traverse these bad-to-the-bone roads, while others of you are probably going to put these alarming roads on your bucket list of places you have to go and give a whirl someday. Do you prefer roads that are calm, easy to navigate, and present little or no qualms?
The challenges in deployment are different from the challenges in technology. Deployment challenges include getting companies to understand how AI benefits them. We tell people it will save them millions. One client is saving hundreds of millions of dollars a year using our AI. But the problem is, it does disrupt their internal business and workflows until it's implemented.
If I asked you to name the objects in the picture below, you would probably come up with a list of words such as "tablecloth, basket, grass, boy, girl, man, woman, orange juice bottle, tomatoes, lettuce, disposable plates…" without thinking twice. Now, if I told you to describe the picture below, you would probably say, "It's the picture of a family picnic" again without giving it a second thought. Those are two very easy tasks that any person with below-average intelligence and above the age of six or seven could accomplish. However, in the background, a very complicated process takes place. The human vision is a very intricate piece of organic technology that involves our eyes and visual cortex, but also takes into account our mental models of objects, our abstract understanding of concepts and our personal experiences through billions and trillions of interactions we've made with the world in our lives.
World record breaking broadband speeds have been recorded in Australia by scientists, who say they could download 1,000 HD movies in under a second. The team from Monash, Swinburne and RMIT universities recorded a speed of 44.2 terabits per second - the first time speeds like that have been recorded'in the wild'. This is a stark contrast to the average broadband speed in Australia - which is about 11 megabits per second, according to content delivery provider Akamai. For comparison there are a million megabits in a terabit - so the new 44.2 Tbps connection is 4 million times faster than the average 11Mbps speed.
It probably won't come as a surprise, but a new survey has found that most Americans aren't too enthusiastic about the idea of self-driving cars -- but maybe not for the reasons you might think. The study was conducted between late February and early March 2020 on behalf of Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), an organization made up of industry players that aims to educate the public on the technology. At first glance, the results aren't great. To start, 48 percent of people said they would never get into a self-driving taxi. Worse yet, 20 percent think the technology will never be safe.
NASCAR race when fans were in the seats, which will happen again soon, and meanwhile let's consider ... [ ] adding self-driving cars to the mix too. "Drivers, start your engines" was the battle cry this weekend. NASCAR racing is back underway after a ten-week halt due to the pandemic, and Sunday's winner was long-time race car driver Kevin Harvick, also known as The Closer or Happy Harvick. He certainly did the closing on Sunday and indubitably seemed quite happy with the outcome. There were forty race cars and each of the 40 drivers expressed elation to be racing once again after the lengthy furlough.
Turns out that AI is not able to be a patent holder, plus other thorny topics. Can AI be an inventor? According to a recent decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the answer seems to be no. There is more to this story, though, and we'll need to push past the surface to understand the full nuances involved. Perhaps a more apt way to depict the situation is whether AI can be formally granted a U.S. patent, and for that the answer appears to unequivocally and emphatically be a razor-sharp no.
You might assume that there are remote forests that are still pristine and untouched by humanity. If you aren't trained as a botanist or biologist or ecologist, you might not be aware that many of these seemingly unspoiled forested lands are actually quite marred by the hands of mankind. In some areas, there is a concerted effort to reinstate the earlier status quo of those lands. This involves not only protecting what is there, but also includes doing a systematic restoration to the wilderness too. There are specialists that refer to this as wildlife reengineering.
Make a million dollars via AI that benefits humanity. You might not realize that you are already sitting on a million dollars and merely need to embark on a relatively modest effort to turn the hidden treasure trove into an in-your-hands pile of cash. And at the same time be benefiting humanity. Well, in the second part, benefiting humanity, it's a core requirement to get the money and likely will be immediately followed by fame and acclaim if you like that kind of thing. There is a contest underway that promises a prize of $1,000,000 to someone or some entity that has managed to innovatively perform an outstandingly good deed with AI that demonstrably benefits humanity.
If any automaker has made its name synonymous with safety, it's Volvo. The Swedish outfit's marketing department deserves some credit there, for sure, but they've got good stuff to work with. Over the decades, Volvo has led the industry with three-point seatbelts, rear-facing child seats, blind-spot monitoring systems, and more. Now it's once again in the vanguard, announcing Wednesday that it will be the first automaker to use a lidar laser vision system to enable what it calls "fully autonomous highway driving" in its cars, starting in 2022. That news is the result of a deal with Luminar, the eight-year-old lidar company helmed by 25-year-old Austin Russell.