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) …
WIRE)--CloudMinds Technology Inc. – a global pioneer in cloud artificial intelligence architecture that makes robots and businesses smarter for the benefit of all humanity – will have its revolutionary XR-1 robot interact with guests at the Sprint exhibit (South Hall #1702) at Mobile World Congress Los Angeles, Oct. 22 to 24. XR-1 is one of the first-ever humanoid robots powered by cloud artificial intelligence, commercial Sprint True Mobile 5G and proprietary vision-controlled grasping technology for service robots that also leverages human operator input for constant learning. "Overall, intelligent cloud robots paint the most vibrant picture of how 5G's ultra-low latency, exponentially faster speeds and wider reach can dramatically improve response time and enable a new world of applications," said Bill Huang, founder and CEO of CloudMinds. "With vision-controlled grasping and the ability to perform intricate tasks, the XR-1 simply raises the bar and lays the foundation for an even wider range of intelligent compliant cloud service robots from CloudMinds – from wheeled to two-legged form factors. We are proud to be ushering in a new era of helpful robots for homes and businesses, with an emphasis on the importance of human input."
Police will use artificial intelligence to predict real-life hate crimes based on Twitter comments in the first trial of its kind in the UK. The AI system, which was developed by Cardiff University researchers, will be used to match hateful comments on the social media site to locations in the UK in an effort to prevent violence offline. Researchers proved that as the number of "hate tweets" – those deemed to be antagonistic in terms of race, ethnicity or religion – made from one location increased, so did the number of racially and religiously aggravated crimes, including violence, harassment and criminal damage. Police plan to use this technology from October 31 to track racist and hateful...
University of Michigan engineers attached a nail gun to an autonomous octocopter and demonstrated that it can successfully tack a shingle onto a roof. The Michigan Robotics project is led by Ella Atkins, professor of aerospace engineering and director of the Autonomous Aerospace Systems (A2Sys) Lab: https://a2sys.engin.umich.edu/people/... The project was demonstrated at M-Air, a 10,000 square foot, four-story, netted scientific facility that enables the safe study of autonomy and collaborative robotics in open air. The University of Michigan College of Engineering is one of the world's top engineering schools. Michigan Engineering is home to 12 highly-ranked departments, and its research budget is among the largest of any public university.
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In this week's Friday Faves, we have Tensorflow 2 dropping and a beautiful bonus, next level physics-based ML, and a problem with a Harvard deep learning paper. Tensorflow 2.0 dropped this week and it has Eager Execution (read "normal behaviour") per default and the Keras API per default. If you're familiar with PyTorch, you'll wonder "that's news?" but you can now use one of three, which for PyTorch users will be another "that's news?" Depending on how reproducible and complicated your model gets, you'll need to make that choice. I have personally yet to use Subclassing, but I hear good things.
About a year ago, top deepfake artist Hao Li came to a disturbing realization: Deepfakes, i.e. the technique of human-image synthesis based on artificial intelligence (AI) to create fake content, is rapidly evolving. In fact, Li believes that in as soon as six months, deepfake videos will be completely undetectable. And that's spurring security and privacy concerns as the AI behind the technology becomes commercialized – and gets in the hands of malicious actors. Li, for his part, has seen the positives of the technology as a pioneering computer graphics and vision researcher, particularly for entertainment. He has worked his magic on various high-profile deepfake applications – from leading the charge in putting Paul Walker into Furious 7 after the actor died before the film finished production, to creating the facial-animation technology that Apple now uses in its Animoji feature in the iPhone X.
J. Dianne Dotson is a science writer and science fiction author. She published HELIOPAUSE: THE QUESTRISON SAGA: BOOK ONE in 2018, and its sequel EPHEMERIS: THE QUESTRISON SAGA: BOOK TWO in 2019. Dianne gained a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and used her skills in laboratory and clinical research. She began content and science writing in 2010. Currently, Dianne works as a freelance science writer, novelist, short story writer, watercolorist, and volunteer.