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The Long Path of AI: Destructive or Transformative? Data Driven Investor

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The field of AI (artificial intelligence), to those on the outside, must appear to be an orderly gathering of intellectuals collaborating at the cutting edge of technology. The reality is a bit different. Last year, Elon Musk made headlines by describing AI as a "fundamental risk to the existence of civilization." More recently, Google CEO Eric Schmidt suggested that the answer to fears about AI was to police it and offered the example of finding a way to police the misuse of the telephone because of its possible misuse by some individuals with bad intentions rather than not inventing the phone at all. One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding AI is that most individuals think that humanity is close to it, although in fact the reality is quite different.


RLI Insurance Company to migrate to SS&C Singularity

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RLI, a US-based specialty insurance company, is migrating its outsourced investment operations and accounting processes from SS&C's CAMRA platform to Singularity. Powered by innovative technologies, including machine learning, predictive analytics and robotics, Singularity will increase automation, productivity and data accessibility for RLI as it continues to scale its investment business. "Technology is rapidly disrupting the insurance industry and SS&C is helping drive this transformation," says Aaron Deifenthaler, RLI's Chief Investment Officer. "Singularity gives us powerful machine learning capabilities and actionable online monitors to enable ad hoc queries, flexible reporting and in-depth analytics, as well as the ability to streamline labor-intensive tasks such as reconciliations and break resolution." "As a functionally rich middle and back-office system with embedded innovative technologies, Singularity delivers compelling value for both existing and prospective SS&C clients," says Marc Zimmerman, Senior Vice President, SS&C.


U3A talk covers artificial intelligence - Talk of the Town

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Don Powis Hall at Settlers Park was full of people who were listening with much interest when Dr David Morrell delivered a talk about the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for medicine last Thursday. In his talk he first told people about the history of different revolutions and when it all started, where we are currently, and were we headed as humans and technologically. "Today I will be covering a topic that is in everyone's lips. Back in the days humans were hunters, we hunted for food, then agricultural revolution came, after that we the scientific revolution, and that was followed by the industrial revolution." "The Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a fundamental change in the way we live, work and relate to one another. It is a new chapter in human development, enabled by extraordinary technological advances commensurate with those of the first, second and third industrial revolutions," Morrell said.


Will AI Restore Our Sense of Wonder? JSTOR Daily

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Machine learning is changing aspects of our lives from surgery to driving. But the most interesting question to many people is whether artificial intelligence will eventually surpass human understanding and ability to act in the world. Anthropologist Abou Farman argues that this question offers a potential solution to a crucial issue facing modern humanity: the Weberian "disenchantment" of the cosmos. Philosopher and early sociologist Max Weber argued that premodern people understood the world as a place ruled by magical or religious mystery. The triumph of modern science meant that "there are no mysterious incalculable forces that come in to play, but rather one can, in principle, master all things by calculation."


Should Artificial Intelligence Be Regulated? Issues in Science and Technology

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Rapid advances in computing and robotics have led to calls for government controls. Before acting, we need to distinguish among the many meanings and applications of the technology. New technologies often spur public anxiety, but the intensity of concern about the implications of advances in artificial intelligence (AI) is particularly noteworthy. Several respected scholars and technology leaders warn that AI is on the path to turning robots into a master class that will subjugate humanity, if not destroy it. Others fear that AI is enabling governments to mass produce autonomous weapons--"killing machines"--that will choose their own targets, including innocent civilians. Renowned economists point out that AI, unlike previous technologies, is destroying many more jobs than it creates, leading to major economic disruptions. There seems to be widespread agreement that AI growth is accelerating.


When Will We Reach the Singularity? – A Timeline Consensus from AI Researchers Emerj

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AI is applicable in a wide variety of areas--everything from agriculture to cybersecurity. However, most of our work has been on the short-term impact of AI in business. We're not talking about next quarter, or even next year, but in the decades to come. As AI becomes more powerful, we expect it to have a larger impact on our world, including your organization. So, we decided to do what we do best: a deep analysis of AI applications and implications.


Japan's Fastest Supercomputer Adopts NGC, Enabling Easy Access to Deep Learning Frameworks

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From discovering drugs, to locating black holes, to finding safer nuclear energy sources, high performance computing systems around the world have enabled breakthroughs across all scientific domains. Japan's fastest supercomputer, ABCI, powered by NVIDIA Tensor Core GPUs, enables similar breakthroughs by taking advantage of AI. The system is the world's first large-scale, open AI infrastructure serving researchers, engineers and industrial users to advance their science. The software used to drive these advances is as critical as the servers the software runs on. However, installing an application on an HPC cluster is complex and time consuming.


Evolution of AI: Past, Present, Future

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Although the concept of artificial intelligence has been around for centuries it wasn't until the 1950's where the true possibility of it was explored. A generation of scientists, mathematicians and philosophers all had the concept of AI but it wasn't until one British Polymath, Alan Turing, suggested that if humans use available information, as well as reason, to solve problems and make decisions -- then why can't machines do the same thing? Although Turing outlined machines and how to test their intelligence in his paper Computing Machinery and Intelligence in 1950 -- his findings did not advance. The main halt in growth was the problem of computers. Before any more growth could happen they needed to change fundamentally -- computers could execute commands, but they could not store them.


ABCI Adopts NGC for Easy Access to Deep Learning Frameworks NVIDIA Blog

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From discovering drugs, to locating black holes, to finding safer nuclear energy sources, high performance computing systems around the world have enabled breakthroughs across all scientific domains. Japan's fastest supercomputer, ABCI, powered by NVIDIA Tensor Core GPUs, enables similar breakthroughs by taking advantage of AI. The system is the world's first large-scale, open AI infrastructure serving researchers, engineers and industrial users to advance their science. The software used to drive these advances is as critical as the servers the software runs on. However, installing an application on an HPC cluster is complex and time consuming.


Ray Kurzweil's Craziest Predictions About The Future Answers With Joe

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Ray Kurzweil's predictions have an 86% success rate. But what he sees in the next 50 years are mind-blowing. Check out Ray's books for more about his predictions for the future: The Age of Intelligent Machines http://amzn.to/1UMU4YM The Singularity is Near http://amzn.to/1UMUfn1 Follow me at answerswithjoe on: Facebook Twitter Instagram Snapchat Ray Kurzweil is an inventor and futurist who has championed the Law of Accelerating Returns, claiming that computer technology is following an exponential path that will lead to the Singularity - a point in time when computer power reaches super intelligence and all things are possible.