This is part two of our WTF IS AI?! series. Read part one on modern AI techniques if you missed it. If you’re not an AI researcher or engineer, understanding the subtle differences and applications of various machine learning approaches can be challenging. Business problems can usually be solved in multiple ways by different algorithms and the comparative merits of … [Read more...] about The Machine Intelligence Continuum
The field of artificial intelligence was founded in the 1950s on a platform of ambition and optimism. Early pioneers were confident they would soon create machines displaying "Strong" or “human-like” AI. Rapid developments in computational power during that era contributed to an overall buoyant atmosphere among researchers. Nearly 70 years later, Strong AI continues to lie … [Read more...] about Why Did AI Research Drift From Strong To Weak AI?
Can art be distilled into math? Classical architecture and Renaissance art reveal elegant proportions at the core of their design, with some of world’s finest designers like Leonardo da Vinci deliberately incorporating computational elements such as the golden ratio and the Fibonacci series in their creative process. Harnessing recent advances in AI research, creative startups … [Read more...] about Can Artificial Intelligence Make Anyone A Creative Artist?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has left the confines of science fiction to shape the contours of our lives. While Cortana, Siri, Alexa and other “intelligent assistants” help us perform all sorts of tasks, tech startups relentlessly launch other AI-driven products to tackle a growing list of human concerns -- from personal finance (robo advisors) and customer service (chatbots) … [Read more...] about Despite AI Hype, True General Intelligence Still Out Of Reach
Today’s consumers are pickier than ever. They want customized, personalized, and unique products over standardized ones and prefer local, smaller producers over large-scale global manufacturers. At the same time, they also expect locally-produced products to be as cheap and reliable as those industrially produced. Factories, power plants, and manufacturing centers around the … [Read more...] about Future Factories: How AI Enables Smart Manufacturing
Women aren’t the only ones appalled by the recent high-profile stories of rampant sexism, harassment, and retaliation at tech companies like Uber and Tesla and investment firms like 500 Startups and Binary Capital. Many men have approached us asking how they can personally help change Silicon Valley’s counter-productive culture and promote diversity and inclusion. Your … [Read more...] about 6 Ways Every Man In Tech, Including You, Can Fight Sexism
China’s leading technology companies are on fire, heavily investing in artificial intelligence and building true global presences. McKinsey recently reported that academic and research institutions in the country publish more cited research papers than the US, UK, or any other global leader in AI, producing nearly 10,000 papers in 2015 alone. Backed by strong government … [Read more...] about You Should Know These 20 Technology Leaders Driving China’s AI Revolution
Earlier this month, I had the honor of joining a delegation of Silicon Valley business leaders invited to speak at the International Big Data Expo, where Chinese tech luminaries Robin Li (Co-Founder of Baidu) and Jack Ma (Founder of Alibaba) keynoted. I visit China every year, but am stunned each time by the incredible year-on-year progress. I’ve literally seen rice paddies … [Read more...] about From Rice Paddies To Tech Centers: China’s Rapid Ascent In Innovation
What happens when you artfully blend storytelling with artificial intelligence? Done right, you might get a conversational bot smart enough to amuse and captivate us humans. Take it from animator, technologist, and former Pixar CTO Oren Jacob. Personally picked by Steve Jobs and Ed Catmull to lead the award-winning studio’s internal tech team, Jacob helped craft the moving … [Read more...] about The Art of Computer Conversation
The United States leads the world in artificial intelligence, but lags behind other countries in applying technical innovations to the field of healthcare. Globally, machine learning is used to increase efficiency, lower error rates, and decrease medical costs, but the fragmented marketplace and lack of universal healthcare in America disincentivize adoption of new technology … [Read more...] about U.S. Falls Behind China & Canada In Advancing Healthcare With AI