The tech worker is on the front lines of a major breakthrough in work productivity and business performance: artificial intelligence (AI). The role of AI in the future of almost every industry is practically a given. Business and technology analysts the world over have agreed that AI will have an impact across all industries. For the IT profession, the future could involve being called upon to work with AI, develop AI solutions, and potentially help their customers strike the perfect balance between technology and humanity. Almost every new technology arrives with a fan base claiming it will revolutionise life on Earth. For some, AI is just one more in a long list of over-hyped technologies that won’t live up to its promise. At the other end of the spectrum are those who believe this could literally be the game changing innovation that reshapes our world. They argue that humanity has a directional choice: Do we want the transformation to enable an unleashing of human potential, … [Read more...] about Just another disruptive technology? The future of artificial intelligence
The future of artificial intelligence
Lionhead Studios, the creators of the seminal game Black & White, is working on a new game that extends the idea of the 'group mind' to give its characters the appearance of more realistic artificial intelligence. Black & White, in which the gamer played as a god presiding over a world of characters that displayed artificial intelligent behaviour, used the notion of a group mind to enable the characters to dance together, for instance. Lionhead's new game, code-named Dmitry, will take the concept to a whole new level in which characters understand the consequences of various actions and can make decisions based on those consequences, while still being part of a group mind reminiscent of the Borg of Star Trek fame. But unlike the Borg, characters in Dmitry can descend into chaotic behaviour. Already, early experiments with the game have resulted in bar brawls between characters. The work is headed by Richard Evans, was responsible for much of the artificial intelligence in … [Read more...] about The future of artificial intelligence: The Borg?
The Obama administration released a report on the future of artificial intelligence and addressed everything including job loss, ethics, bias, and positive outcomes for multiple industries. special feature AI, Automation, and Tech Jobs There are some things that machines are simply better at doing than humans, but humans still have plenty going for them. Here's a look at how the two are going to work in concert to deliver a more powerful future for IT, and the human race. Read More There's a lot to digest in the full report, which has been noted in multiple places. I pulled out a few key talking points to ponder as AI advances. AI can be a solution to the workforce displacement it'll create. The report noted that AI can help workers progress and ultimately transition to a big data era. DARPA, intending to reduce from years to months the time required for new Navy recruits to become experts in technical skills, now sponsors the development of a digital tutor that uses AI … [Read more...] about Obama’s report on the future of artificial intelligence: The main takeaways
General Electric (GE), the largest industrial company in the US, says it has developed processes that more than double the speed of innovation and which have the potential to completely restructure its own business. GE will next week launch its first business venture, called Fuse, that will test a hugely ambitious and radical approach to creating new companies through processes and technologies designed to harness the work of global crowds of experts. The GE startup "will usher in what we believe is the future of work," said Dyan Finkhousen, Director of GE's Open Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing group. See also: Emerging technologies to power your systems of insight | Obama's report on the future of artificial intelligence: The main takeaways | Robot security: Making sure machines don't become the latest big threat She was speaking at Brightidea's Synthesize user conference in San Francisco. Brightidea is an enterprise software platform that helps organizations generate … [Read more...] about GE startup will usher in the ‘future of work’ and potentially change GE’s future
The most successful artificial intelligence (AI) systems will be those comprising an emotional intelligence almost indistinguishable from human-to-human interaction, according to Bronwyn van der Merwe, group director at Fjord Australia and New Zealand -- Accenture Interactive's design and innovation arm. While the concept of AI is not new, in 2017 van der Merwe expects emotional intelligence to emerge as the driving force behind what she called the next generation in AI, as humans will be drawn to human-like interaction. Speaking with ZDNet, van der Merwe explained that building on the first phase of AI technology, emotional intelligence enhances AI's ability to understand emotional input, and continually adapt to and learn from information to provide human-like responses in real time. Currently, 52 percent of consumers globally interact via AI-powered live chats or mobile apps on a monthly basis, Fjord reported, with 62 percent claiming that they are comfortable with an AI-powered … [Read more...] about Emotional intelligence is the future of artificial intelligence: Fjord
While artificial intelligence was once sci-fi subject matter, the field is advancing at such a rate that we’ll likely see it become a part of everyday life before too long. As a result, Google wants to make sure that an AI can be trusted to carry out a task as instructed, and do so without putting humans at risk.That was the focus of a study carried out by Google in association with Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; and OpenAI, the research company co-founded by Elon Musk. The project outlined five problems that need to be addressed so that the field can flourish, according to a report from Recode.It’s noted that these five points are “research questions” intended to start a discussion, rather than offer up a solution. These issues are minor concerns right now, but Google’s blog post suggests that they will be increasingly important in the long-term.The first problem asks how we’ll avoid negative side effects, giving … [Read more...] about Google raises 5 safety concerns for the future of artificial intelligence
The field of artificial intelligence may not be able to create a robotic vacuum cleaner that never knocks over a vase, at least not within a couple of years, but intelligent machines will increasingly replace knowledge workers in the near future, a group of AI experts predicted.An AI machine that can learn the same way humans do, and has the equivalent processing power of a human brain, is still a few years off, the experts said. But AI programs that can reliably assist with medical diagnosis and offer sound investing advice are on the near horizon, said Andrew McAfee, co-founder of the Initiative on the Digital Economy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.For decades, Luddites have mistakenly predicted that automation will create large unemployment problems, but those predictions may finally come true as AI matures in the next few years, McAfee said Monday during a discussion on the future of AI at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C.Innovative companies will … [Read more...] about The future of artificial intelligence: Will computers take your job?
Things are going insanely well for people in computer science. I mean, our work is everywhere. Nearly every process imaginable is powered by a machine at the middle. The computer has transformed communication, retail, how we access information and how we navigate around the world. Computers are winning.Things are even better in A.I. We are at the beginning of a renaissance of interest and utilization of intelligent systems in an ever-widening sphere of influence. It started with the big tech companies (Google, Apple, IBM, Facebook). Now it is expanding every day as advancements in machine learning, voice and image recognition, and intelligent analytics move into the enterprise -- at an increasingly faster pace, driven by over half of the Fortune 500 believing that A.I. is crucial to their future.As I have conversations with many of these companies that are looking to adopt emerging A.I. technologies (most based on machine learning), there are two issues for them that keep popping up: … [Read more...] about Why this company will help change the future of artificial intelligence
White House Frontiers Conference, hosted in partnership with University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, he shared his vision for AI research. There was also a first-of-its-kind report—Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence—which outlined how the government can be involved in researching, developing, and regulating future technologies. And for Wired magazine, President Obama wrote a guest piece and was interviewed about the future of artificial intelligence.While some experts voiced concern over President Obama's optimism that jobs will not be displaced, and his grasp of the potential dangers of artificial general intelligence, his efforts were largely praised by the AI community.So, what happens next? Here are several areas where AI experts see how a Trump presidency may influence the future of AI."It is difficult to know how Trump will approach AI issues," said Susan Schneider, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut. … [Read more...] about The future of AI in the US: What it could look like in the Trump Administration
Artificial intelligence has emerged as the hottest buzzword in tech‚ despite the fact that it's been around since the dawn of computing. Countless startups are now grabbing onto AI to explain what they do and tech marketers are branding with AI to make simple things like algorithms and basic machine learning sound a lot smarter and more sophisticated. "AI is a ridiculously broad umbrella these days," said Michael Karasick, IBM Research's vice president of cognitive computing (IBM's fancy terms for AI). Karasick gave a presentation at IBM InterConnect 2017 this week in Las Vegas where he laid out IBM Research's roadmap for AI. The approach of Karasick's team is ridiculously practical, since their mandate is to incubate technologies that could be useful to businesses. As you'd expect, a lot of things they're working on boil down to automation and big data. "The reason we use machine learning in these problems is because there's too much data," said Karasick, whose team at IBM … [Read more...] about The future of AI: 10 scenarios IBM is already working on