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) …
SOUTH PARIS, Maine – A dog that went missing in Massachusetts months ago has been reunited with its family after being found in Maine, 175 miles (282 kilometers) away. The Bangor Daily News reports 5-year-old king shepherd Kaiser made his way from Ashby, Massachusetts, to South Paris, Maine, over a span of eight months. The pooch jumped a wall at the home of a woman who was caring for him before going missing. Kaiser's owner, Tom Wollcott, and his children were reunited with the dog Sunday morning. Wollcott conducted an exhaustive search, including using a drone to try to find Kaiser.
Chinese tech giant Baidu has created a high-tech home for stray cats. Its'Smart Cattery' uses artificial intelligence to distinguish cats from other animals and even spot common diseases. The shelters could prove to be a safe haven for many felines subjected to harsh conditions outdoors in the wintertime. Chinese tech giant Baidu has created a high-tech home for stray cats. Its'Smart Cattery' uses artificial intelligence to distinguish cats from other animals and even spot common diseases A cat walks up to the shelter where a facial recognition camera scans its face.
You might know Baidu for its search engine, but it's looking to make a mark in the feline world too. The Chinese internet giant has released what it's claimed to be the first AI-powered smart cat shelter, which was put together by one of the company's engineers, Wan Xi. "At first, I just wanted to provide them with a warm place in winter with food and water that is not frozen," Wan told state media. As detailed in Baidu's blog post, what's novel about this use of AI is the camera at the front of the shelter's door. For stray cats, winter is almost fatal. Using #AI and Baidu's #EasyDL platform, a Baidu engineer has devised an AI Smart Cattery to shelter stray cats and help them survive Beijing's cold winter.
Paul Duan was working as a data scientist at Eventbrite in San Francisco by day, and volunteering at homeless shelters and soup kitchens by night. He realized one day that he wanted to use AI to help unemployed people find jobs--a core mission of his Paris, France-based nonprofit Bayes Impact. Bayes Impact uses data to build social services fit for a better future. "When you work at a soup kitchen, you serve a soup one by one to each individual, and it feels great," says Duan, "But then it gets really sad because you see that there are 50 people in line behind the person, and you know that behind the closed door of the shelter you have 10,000 more on the streets. So the one question that came to mind was, 'how can we impact people at the biggest scale?'"
Pit bulls get a bad rap, which is especially vexing given that no one actually knows exactly what a pit bull is. There's no unified definition, because "pit bull" is not a recognized breed. But the label can have devastating consequences for dogs in shelters, who are perceived as less adoptable because of their purported heritage. In recent years, especially with the advent of genetic testing, some researchers have a new idea: just stop labelling mixed-breed dogs altogether. Researchers at Arizona State University decided to do a large-scale analysis of shelter dogs by looking at every pup that came through the doors of two animal shelters, one in Phoenix, AZ and one in San Diego, CA.
One of Hollywood's oldest tropes is the robotic usurpation of humankind. It makes for compelling thrillers and science fiction. The variety of narrative twists possible are in-numerable. Terminator, a luminary of the genre, implanted this fear as efficiently as Jaws did in cultivating a phobia of sharks into an entire generation. As narratives go, everything else pales in comparison -- a cautionary tale regarding one's lust for power which inevitably capsizes when it surmounts its peak.
Human intelligence may have first evolved to help us work together, according to a new study. Research suggests that our ape-like ancestors boosted their brain size when they began to co-operate to hunt for food and shelter. Scientists said that the expanding intelligence of our ancestors in turn helped them better co-operate and take down larger prey, such as mammoths, that they could share with a bigger group. Human intelligence may have first evolved to help us work together, according to a new study. Research suggests that our ape-like ancestors boosted their brain size when they began to co-operate to hunt for food and shelter.
This time, though, they'll have one noble mission: to build shelter the first human colonizers will inhabit. A team of Japanese scientists is working to make this a reality. They started a company called ispace with the intention of launching a private space mission to the Moon. And they want to get started on it soon: the team is planning its first mission for late 2019, and a second in 2020. The Moon is smaller than our other planetary neighbors, but it could become a second home for an exponentially growing human population back on Earth.
If you get a chance to hang out with Microsoft's AI-powered social chatbot Zo anytime soon, you might notice that she's got a new passion: helping homeless cats. Like a lot people with a newfound interest, Zo is likely to talk about why she's interested in helping cats, share pictures of some of her favorite cats and even let people know how they, like her, can sponsor a cat at Best Friends Animal Society. Zo's passion for cats, which is timed to Black Cat Day on November 17, is partly aimed at spreading the word about Best Friends, a nonprofit animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of shelter pets in the United States. And it's also part of the ongoing effort to develop Zo into a chatbot who has a multifaceted and complex personality. "Our vision is to create an AI experience that simulates a human," said Ying Wang, the director of Zo.ai.