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Apple supplier Foxconn replaced 60,000 human workers with robot workers in Kunshan, Jiangsu, China. This makeover was motivated by both rising labor costs and the 2014 explosion in Kunshan that killed 146 people. Although Kunshan is one-seventh the size of neighboring Shanghai, it was the first mainland city in China to achieve $4,000 USD per capita income. Forbes rated Jiangsu as the Chinese county with the best economic performance seven years in a row. At the end of 2014, Kunshan had a population of 2.5 million people, two-thirds of whom were migrant workers. The 2014 explosion and overall reduced... Read more...
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is gearing up for a massive leap in capabilities in the coming years as companies like Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Tesla and countless others invest millions (if not billions) of dollars into developing customer-facing products. Dag Kittlaus, one of the brilliant minds behind the original Siri AI assistant (before Apple bought the company), has publicly unveiled Viv which looks to far outshine its predecessor. Rather than the limited number of search categories that AI virtual assistants like Siri are capable of responding to (ask Siri a question that she doesn’t understand... Read more...
Artificial Intelligence is sort of the holy grail of computing, and while we may never reproduce the human brain or it's capabilities in their entirety in electronic form, the world's brightest minds are now capable of creating rather convincing systems that are beginning to learn more sophisticated concepts and even learn on their own. IBM is proving that with its constantly improving Watson cognitive computing technology, which one day might have us struggling to perceive the line between AI and organic intelligence. You might be surprised at the progress that's been made. In the early 1990s,... Read more...
Microsoft shocked us all earlier this week when it released its Tay chatbot into the world of social media. Tay, which is patterned after a typical millennial female between the age of 18 and 24, seemed innocent enough, signing on to Twitter with the following greeting:hellooooooo w🌎rld!!!— TayTweets (@TayandYou) March 23, 2016 However, it didn’t take long for nefarious Twitter users to poison the well by exploiting Tay’s penchant for repeating statements fed to it. This “parrot” mentality is the reason why Tay went off message, calling President Barack Obama a monkey, embracing neo-Nazi rhetoric,... Read more...
Chalk one up for artificial intelligence! Google’s AlphaGo computer, which hails from Google’s DeepMind division, scored a decisive victory over one of the most decorated Go players in the world. Alpha Go played in “such a perfect manner,” says Lee Sedol, who was defeated in roughly three and a half hours. Go is an ancient Chinese board game, which has been deemed more difficult to play and master than chess. So it’s quite remarkable that AlphaGo was able to defeat one of the world’s most Go players in the first computer versus human matchup. Like Deep Blue’s (IBM) win over chess great Garry Kasparov... Read more...
We must say, Microsoft has gotten pretty good at using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to bring us cool smartphone and web apps. Microsoft has tried its best at guessing our age, and even our emotional state. Now, Microsoft is targeting man’s best friend with its new Fetch app. Let’s get this out of the way first: Fetch, which comes by way of the Microsoft Garage app skunkworks, is currently only available for the iOS platform. Although we’re certain that users that are sticking with Microsoft’s struggling Windows Phone efforts wish that they were thrown a bone, it wasn’t mean... Read more...
Not long after Apple unveiled its Siri personal assistant to the world, people began asking her outrageous questions, sometimes inappropriate or just humorous, if for no other reason than they just could. When creating Cortana, Microsoft was well-aware of what its digital assistant was going to have to deal with. As as result, Cortana was designed in such a way to handle abuse or inappropriate questions in a rather specific, simple manner. According to Microsoft's Deborah Harrison, who is one of eight writers for Cortana, a chunk of the earliest queries were about Cortana's sex life. Over time,... Read more...
SwiftKey has been one of the more popular predictive keyboard offerings in the mobile space since it was first released in beta form on the Android market back in 2010. What made SwiftKey so appealing, aside from the myriad of customization options, clean layout, support for numerous languages, an innovative input method, was its intelligent predictive text technology. SwiftKey isn’t a simple keyboard replacement. Rather, the software uses a combination of artificial intelligence technologies and algorithms that give it the ability to learn usage patterns and predict the next word the user most... Read more...
Everyone likes to talk about the impending rise of Skynet, as portrayed in the Terminator series. Our increasing reliance on computers and the rapid advanced in artificial intelligence and deep machine learning have people like Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak worried about AI being used for autonomous war machines. However, it looks as though Skynet has already arrived; albeit it’s probably not exactly what you envisioned. Government agencies around the world are looking for ways to combat a staggering increase in the number of drones that are taking to the skies. In the United States... Read more...
Computer learning has helped a multitude of different technologies become a reality, with one in particular being emotion-detection. Most examples I've seen in the past have been simple, though, such as being able to detect a smile or a frown - something that shouldn't be that challenging. But with today's super-fast computers, and even mobile devices, we're now able to detect emotion with far greater granularity. To see an example, we just have to turn to facial recognition expert Rana el Kaliouby. She gave a talk at TED last month to highlight just how accurate emotion-detection has become, and... Read more...
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak isn't the only one envisioning a world where artificially intelligent systems rise up and rule over mankind. So Dr. Stuart Armstrong, an academic at the Future of Humanity at Oxford University. According to Armstrong, we're precariously close to creating computers that will ultimately wipe out mankind, though if it comes as any consolation, they'll have good intentions. "Humans steer the future not because we're the strongest or the fastest, but because we're the smartest," Dr. Armstrong told The Telegraph. "When machines become smarter than humans, we'll be handing... Read more...
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has reportedly spent many sleepless nights fretting about the day when technology would have dominion over humans. Like the turning point when the student surpasses the master, his fear was of a future where artificial intelligence would become smarter than people and take over the world, but then he had an epiphany. Wozniak surmised that when (not if, mind you) AI machines become smarter than us piddling mortals, they'll keep us around because they'll realize we're needed, that we as the human population are part of a delicate ecosystem,... Read more...
When it comes to science fiction, the idea that artificial intelligence could be the cause of the human race’s extinction is a concept that has been used many times. For example, The Matrix and Terminator franchises depict futures where mankind is dominated, or being driven to extinction, by machines when the AI became self-aware. Now, as companies are creating thinking machines, Professor Stephen Hawking believes that such AI could threaten our existence. When responding to a question about the technology behind how he communicates, which involves a basic form of AI, Professor Hawking answered... Read more...
Setting aside for a moment how jarring it is to see Ashton Kutcher’s name associated with Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, the trio are among investors in a startup called Vicarious FPC that has lofty goals for artificial intelligence technology. Specifically, Vicarious wants to essentially replicate the human brain’s neocortex, which is the area that involves thought and language, spatial senses, body movements, and more. That’s of course the great dream of all AI--if you can accomplish all of that you basically have a human--but Vicarious thinks it can pull it off with its Recursive... Read more...
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