Tag: AI Weekly

AI’s many challenges must be thoughtfully addressed

In the future, personalized AI assistants will use knowledge of our behaviors to inform us of goings-on and do chores, and as we grow older, they’ll provide companionship and assistance when caregivers aren’t around. These assistants will not only chart our calendars and supply answers to questions, but will help administer medical treatments, assist us […]

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AI Weekly: Education is essential for the future of AI, MIT panel says

Six titans of industry stood onstage at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium yesterday, assembled to speak on a panel about artificial intelligence (AI), including David H. Koch Institute professor Robert Langer; Helen Greiner, cofounder of iRobot, the Bedford-based company perhaps best known for its line of autonomous vacuum cleaners; Xiao’ou Tang, founder […]

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AI Weekly: Trump’s American AI Initiative lacks substance

It’s been an eventful week in tech. Amazon announced it would abandon plans to open one of its two HQ2 locations in New York City, and the company also acquired Wi-Fi mesh network startup Eero for an undisclosed sum — a hint at Amazon’s future smart home ambitions. The California […]

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AI Weekly: Nuclear fusion, neurology, robotics, and other frontiers advanced by AI

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Artificial intelligence (AI) will eliminate jobs, encode biases against ethnicities and genders, and automate war machines. And it might just lead to a third world war. Those and other dire AI predictions resurface continuously in reports and speeches by analysts, celebrities, and prominent […]

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AI Weekly: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Marc Benioff, and the future of the world

This week at the World Economic Forum, an annual gathering that put tech executives at the same table with far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff called San Francisco the canary in the coal mine. “San Francisco is kind of a train wreck; we have a real inequality problem,” he […]

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AI Weekly: Companies and lawmakers need to agree on facial recognition policies before it’s too late

After a summer-long saga of accusations, denials, and blockbuster reporting by the American Civil Liberties Union, the dust appeared to have settled on Amazon’s Rekognition scandal. But a letter from shareholders this week rekindled the flames, urging the company, which was worth an estimated $1 trillion in September 2018, to prohibit sales […]

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AI Weekly: CES 2019 to showcase transformative AI

Next week marks the start of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a gigantic exhibition of gadgets, smartphones, tablets, smart speakers, smart displays, security systems, and televisions that’ll define the year to come. CES 2019 promises to be one of the most jam-packed in recent years, with more than 4,500 exhibitors […]

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AI Weekly: 2018 in machine learning

Artificial intelligence is without question one of the most captivating and influential corners of the technology world today, but it’s also one of the noisiest. To wrap our heads around the complicated mashup of subjects that coalesce to make coverage of the AI beat possible, we write the AI Weekly. The Weekly is our sandbox of […]

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AI Weekly: Despite fears of job-stealing robots, AI did a lot of good this year

In case you somehow missed the dire predictions regarding artificial intelligence (AI): AI is coming for our jobs. Over 10 percent of positions currently occupied by humans will be eliminated by cheaper, more efficient automated replacements, and experts agree AI could make redundant as many as 75 million jobs by […]

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AI Weekly: What to expect at NeurIPS 2018, the biggest AI conference of the year

In just over a week, NeurIPS — the biggest AI summit of the year — will kick off Montreal. In 2016, the event had 5,000 registered participants. Last year, the number was 8,000. This year, the first batch of 2,000 tickets sold out in 12 minutes. The annual conference on Neural Information […]

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AI Weekly: Microsoft’s conversational AI has come a long way since Tay

Microsoft debuted a bevy of new services and product updates on Wednesday during its Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Business event, including an AI model builder for Power BI, its no-code business analytics solution; a Unity plugin for AirSim, its open source aerial informatics and robotics toolkit; and a public preview […]

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AI Weekly: Tech giants need developers to help imagine the future of assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Bixby

It was a fairly substantial week for virtual assistants, as Facebook’s Portal video chat device went on sale, and Samsung’s Bixby finally opened to third-party developers. Like the Actions on Google platform and Alexa Skills Kit, the Bixby Developer Studio users will be able to create conversational apps that work with Bixby that […]

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Hearings on AI show Congress has no answers, either

On Tuesday this week, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittees on Research and Technology and Energy invited prominent academics, tech executives, and scientists to talk about the “game-changing” potential and implications of AI, as the hearing charter put it. It touched on a number of topics. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) sought suggestions from the panel […]

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AI Weekly: The growing importance of clear AI ethics policies

A little over a week after the fervor surrounding Google’s involvement in the Department of Defense’s Project Maven, an autonomous drone program, showed signs of abating, another machine learning controversy returned to the headlines: local law enforcement deploying Amazon’s Rekognition, a computer vision service with facial recognition capabilities. In a letter addressed to Amazon CEO […]

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AI Weekly: Google’s research center in Ghana won’t be the last AI lab in Africa

This year, we have seen an acceleration of Silicon Valley tech giants opening AI research labs around the world to gain traction among researchers and fulfill global ambitions. In the past six months or so, Google brought labs to China and France, Facebook opened labs in Pittsburgh and Seattle, and Microsoft announced plans to open labs near universities in Berkeley, […]

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AI Weekly: Apple and others are democratizing AI tools, and that’s both good and bad

This week was Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, an annual gathering of app developers, industry analysts, and media eager to get a glimpse at the Cupertino company’s newest innovations. It was a bit subdued by most accounts, but Apple’s characterization of artificial intelligence as an empowering, democratizing technology was undoubtedly one of […]

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AI Weekly: The end of Project Maven at Google shows the power of tech workers who take a stand

We’re roughly halfway through 2018, and one of the most important AI stories to emerge so far is Project Maven and its fallout at Google. The program to use AI to analyze drone video footage began last year, and this week we learned of the Pentagon’s plans to expand Maven and establish a Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. […]

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