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) …
In 2017, when John Callery joined the Trevor Project, an LGBTQ suicide prevention organization, as its director of technology, he had a galvanizing, if not daunting, mandate from the newly appointed CEO, Amit Paley: "Rethink everything." "I think my computer had tape on it when I started on the first day," says Callery, who's now the Trevor Project's VP of technology. "In a lot of nonprofits, the investments are not made in technology. The focus is on the programmatic areas, not on the tech as a way of driving programmatic innovation." The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 as a 24-hour hotline for at-risk LGBTQ youth.
The United Nations today established International Youth Day over twenty years ago, recognizing that young people can be a positive force for our collective development when provided with the knowledge and opportunities they need to thrive. Today, there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years, accounting for 16 percent of the global population. And by 2030--the target date for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that make up the U.N. 2030 Agenda--the number of youth is projected to have grown by 7 percent, to nearly 1.3 billion. Findings from a new study by IBM and Morning Consult reveal this demographic knows technology will alter their future. Young people recognize skills like AI and data science will change their careers, and yet they feel unprepared to work with them.
A survey of youth 14-18 finds that they are interested in working with emerging technology, but feel unprepared to do so. As a response, IBM has launched three new AI-focused online tools to teach young people about the future of artificial intelligence. IBM's study of the cohort in 13 countries found that 68% of them think that AI will have a major impact on their lives, but half of that number (34%) said they don't feel properly equipped to use the technology that will make a large difference in their futures. "As a company bringing advanced technologies into the marketplace, we have a deep responsibility to ensure that learners have the skills required to participate in the digital economy," IBM said in its announcement of the new educational tools. More than half, 56%, of young people surveyed said they were interested in tech careers, and 60% of those were interested in emerging tech areas like cybersecurity and the cloud. When it comes to any one area of interest, AI dominates with 59% wanting to learn more about it.
Software developers make up the largest STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) occupation. Will automation impact it like everything else? New research puts a microscope on STEM jobs and their impact on automation. As I have stated many times before, STEM education directly impacts the technology sector because this is where we are training our next generation (or not), giving them the required education to drive innovation. Whether you believe it or not, young people exposed to STEM education often determines whether young people will be exposed to jobs in STEM-related fields.
For many people, dating can feel like one of the most challenging things in the entire world, to put it bluntly. Modern-day technology has changed the game. But with this new convenience comes the stress of creating the perfect online dating profile, the tricky game of messaging a person you've never met, and a whole host of other complex issues. And, as if dating wasn't hard enough already, the single people of the world now have to do it with the added stress of safely navigating a global pandemic. But you are not alone!
As companies close offices in central Tokyo or encourage employees to work from home due to coronavirus pandemic worries, young people are relocating to the suburbs where rents are cheaper, space less at a premium and nature nearer the doorstep. With Japanese work practices changing, fewer young people are inclined to live in high-rent shoebox-sized apartments near central Tokyo's business districts, rather they are prioritizing lifestyle when choosing where to reside. Yutaka Kanai, chief product officer of xenodata lab, a Tokyo startup specializing in AI-based data analysis, recently moved from central Tokyo to Fujisawa in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, a city with stunning coastlines in which he has longed to live. "The biggest reason I moved away from Tokyo is that I didn't have to go to the office," said Kanai, who is a keen surfer. He now lives in a house right on the beach. The IT worker is now pursuing a better work-life balance, saying he can go surfing every morning just as easily as going for a run.
The UK's new Space Agency funding will be used to support drones that deliver coronavirus testing kits to a Scottish island. Skyports, the company behind the drones, started a two-week trial in May with NHS Highland, which serves a group of islands off the west coast of Scotland. The technology was able to cut delivery times between Oban and the Isle of Mull to around 15 minutes, instead of going via road and taking a 45-minute ferry crossing. An initial £2.6 million was made available by the UK Space Agency and European Space Agency (ESA) to find and support space-enabled technologies and services that can support the NHS response to coronavirus. Skyports along with two other initiatives have been awarded a share of £1.1 million in funding, while the rest is open to bids until the end of September.
Schools around the world teach calculation. But computers do that far better and faster than humans. There's no need to add fractions, teach long division or factor polynomials--let computers do that. Instead, "humans should learn to use computing tools to address increasingly complex problems." That's the conclusion of Conrad Wolfram, Strategy Director at Wolfram Research, the world's leading computational resource, as outlined in his new book, The Math(s) Fix: An Education Blueprint for the AI Age.
Jose-Marie Griffiths is a commissioner on the National Security Commission on Artificial ... [ ] Intelligence. Jose-Marie Griffiths was born and raised in London where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Physics, a PhD in Information Science and a Post Doctorate in Computer Science and Statistics. She has taught at University of California, Berkeley, done research for various US government agencies and is now president of South Dakota's Dakota State University. She was named a commissioner on the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence in 2019. At the commission, Dr. Griffiths heads a line of effort focused on raising understanding of AI in the federal government and streamlining the government's hiring practices to make it easier to bring young AI practitioners into national security roles.
South Korea will make artificial intelligence and wireless communications centerpieces of what it is touting as a "New Deal" to create jobs and boost growth after the coronavirus pandemic subsides. The government, in a statement Thursday, said it will promote AI and fifth-generation wireless technology to support the economy once the virus is brought under control. The statement said funding would come from a third emergency budget being drafted now and from annual budgets through 2022, but didn't specify the amount. Korea's first two extra budgets already amount to biggest sum in decades President Moon Jae-in, after last month's big election victory, said his government would pursue large-scale state projects to boost jobs and innovation in the post-virus era. He compared his vision to the New Deal launched by President Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s to help the U.S. recover from the Great Depression.