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 intelligent machines take, make, or reboot your job – how might AI transform occupations and professions across society? The robots are coming – "Lock up your knowledge and protect your job at all costs!" The apocalyptic warnings are starting to flow of how artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics combined with other disruptive technologies could eliminate the need for humans in the workplace. Equally skeptical voices are rubbishing the idea that anything drastic will happen, citing previous industrial revolutions as proof that new jobs will emerge to fill any gaps created by the automation of existing ones. In practice, no one really knows how quickly AI might eliminate jobs, or what the employment needs will be of the future businesses and industries that have not yet been born.
Ieso's senior VP for artificial intelligence, Valentin Tablan, talks about the challenges of adopting technology in mental health and how things are changing through Ieso's Eight Billion Minds program. Compared to physical medicine, mental health has traditionally been slow in its adoption of technology. There are multiple reasons for this, some psychological, some organisational, and some technological. Physical medicine has seen a lot of progress in the last century as science and technology advances have led to better understanding of diseases and patients. CAT and MRI scanners, and advanced lab tests make it easier to diagnose, treat and design personalised interventions for medical conditions.
Robert Epstein was looking for love. The year being 2006, he was looking online. As he recounted in the journal Scientific American Mind, he began a promising email exchange with a pretty brunette in Russia. Epstein was disappointed - he wanted more than a penfriend, let's be frank - but she was warm and friendly. Soon she confessed she was developing a crush on him.
Companies have learned the hard way that their artificial intelligence tools have unforeseen outputs, like Amazon's (AMZN) favoring men's resumes over women's or Uber's disabling the user accounts of transgender drivers. When not astutely overseen by human intelligence, deploying AI can often bend into an unseemly rainbow of discriminatory qualities like ageism, sexism, and racism. That's because biases unnoticed in the input data can become amplified in the outputs. Another underappreciated hazard is the potential for AI to cater to our established preferences. You can see that in apps that manage everything from sources of journalism to new music and prospective romance.
Its questions are blunt: "In the past week, how often have you thought of killing yourself?" "Did you make a plan to kill yourself?" "Did you make an attempt to kill yourself?" The 13- to 18-year-olds tap their responses, which are fed to a secure server. They have agreed, with their parents' support, to something that would make many adolescents cringe: an around-the-clock recording of their digital lives.
Manatee, a Denver startup specializing in AI apps for people with autism, is working with a company called Robauto to developing a robot called BiBli that can talk children through challenging interactions without judgment--at the child's own pace. Manatee co-founder and CEO Damayanti Dipayana recognizes both the benefits and limitations of a technology like BiBli: "I don't think AI can provide all kinds of therapy, but it's a scalable way to provide care for kids who wouldn't get care," she tells Verywell. Many kids with autism or anxiety disorder find it easier to talk with the screen or the robot. In the long run, the information collected by a robot or app can be analyzed and shared with a therapist to provide a therapist with insight into what issues are challenging."
Over 450 million people are currently affected by mental or neurological disorders and it is estimated that one in four people will be affected by such condition in the coming years. With the rapid advancement in technology and its application in the medical field, researchers and medical practitioners are now looking at ways in which artificial intelligence and machine learning can be leveraged to detect early symptoms and potential cure for various mental illness. Over the years, considerable advancements have been made in this regard and AI-powered solutions such as NLP and even chatbots have been designed to understand the human mind. We look at ways in which these solutions are helping psychiatrists and other mental health professionals deliver their job better and the potential harm associated with these technologies. Several startups have combined AI and virtual reality to create a virtual therapist that can interact with is patients in real-time.
In a new study from ETH Zurich in Switzerland, robots successfully taught humans how to row, demonstrating how robotic personal trainers could be used in the future. Georg Rauter, lead author of study that published in Science Robotics, tells ZDNet, "Especially for the large number of hobby athletes that cannot afford professional 1-to-1 training sessions, future possibilities to rent time in robotic gyms could be of great interest to train more effectively." In the study, participants with no prior rowing experience practiced using rowing simulator. While the participants were rowing, the robotic trainer performed data analysis online in real time. When a participant messed up, such as moving the oar the wrong way, the robot immediately called attention to the error, either visually, with sounds, or through haptic (touch) feedback.
It's 2019: How are you tracking your happiness? If you're not already logging and quantifying your moods, don't worry. Apple declared self-care apps the top app trend of 2018, and they've been growing in number by the month. There are thousands available to guide you along your happiness journey. And while it's hard to come out against a pro-snacking, nap-positive app genre, the boom in self-care and digital wellness shouldn't automatically be a cause for celebration.
As the Brett Kavanaugh hearings dominated the news cycle in September, Silicon Valley–based mental health startup Ginger found its app buzzing with sexual assault survivors who were reporting feelings of heightened anxiety, anger and powerlessness. It scanned the words users typed to their therapists in a bid to better understand the patient's situation and then recommended how the health professionals might intervene. The therapists were then able to provide coping strategies based on an individual's needs. For Ginger co-founder Karan Singh, the reason for developing the app was personal. After learning of a friend's suicide attempt, Singh decided to help develop better resources for people suffering from depression.