“It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value” Arthur C. Clarke
We’re attending the AI Showbiz event in Los Angeles this week – the world’s first conference on the intersections between Artificial Intelligence and the Entertainment Industries. We’ll also be video interviewing many of the great keynote speakers. You can attend online for just USD$29.00 which gets you 12 hours of live broadcast as well as access to the archived content. That’s seriously good value conjoing two of the most exciting digital industries.
If you’re interested here’s an excellent short video (9:21) on the current state of AI from the always excellent Cold Fusion YouTube channel. Or else there’s the O’Reilly free ebook ‘What is Artificial Intelligence?‘ by Mike Loukides and Ben Lorica.
The New York Review of Books are running a series on ‘Consciousness‘ – a discussion between Ricardo Manzotti (Philosophy of Mind, Computer Science, Robotics) and Tim Parks (Professor of Literature and Translation).
The poster child for the recent surge in interest in AI: Twitter’s acquisition of London-based machine learning startup Magic Pony Technology, announced earlier this month. If you look at the deal primarily as an “acquihire,” Twitter is reportedly paying $13 million per machine-learning PhD.
The behind-the-scenes machine learning story of how Google Translate went from patchy but useful to outstanding. An example of the Great AI Awakening.
Mattel recently unveiled Aristotle, a voice-activated smart assistant designed to interact with your child at all stages of their development. Aristotle is ostensibly similar to a standard Amazon Echo, but Mattel has bundled in a companion Wi-Fi camera and developed a dedicated AI system that can not only watch over your child, but respond to their direct queries. If you followed last week’s thread on Future Crimes by Marc Goodman you’ll know that if anything involves code or a screen, it can be (will be) hacked. What could go wrong?
Since most of our interactions with corporations and governments will be via chatbots in the very near future, it’s fascinating to see how their “personalities” are written and scripted. The New Yorker article namechecks Gilbert Simondon, the great French philosopher of technology, only now being published in English for the first time.
Speaking of governments, having worked at senior levels I’ve developed a healthy respect for people who want to put a broom through the place on a regular basis. Here’s the Australian bureacrats idea of an automated ‘smart’ system – threatening the poor, the unemployed, the weak and the disabled with robo-debts they don’t have. Earlier, they completely screwed up the entire online national census process, held once every five years. All run with the assistance of, god help us, the Digital Transformation Office.
This is the best short Top Ten Predictions for 2017 from the reliable Broadstuff: succinct, sage, single paragraphs on all the current buzzwords.
Tomorrow’s retail stores want to take a page from their online rivals by embracing advanced technology — everything from helpful robots to interactive mirrors to shelves embedded with sensors. The goal: Use real-world store features to lure shoppers back from the internet, and maybe even nudge them to spend more in the process.
Policing the digital cartels: price-setting algorithms mean regulators must now tackle collusion among machines. Because they’ve done such a great job regulating collusion among the financial sectors.