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Artificial intelligence (AI)--what the heck is it?

June 30, 2018

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Admitting to myself that I had no idea what AI is was the first step. This is what I learned (from humans and AI):
What is AI? Everything you need to know about Artificial Intelligence (Nick Heaht, ZDNet, 2-2-18) An executive guide to artificial intelligence, from machine learning and general AI to neural networks.
Amazon Is Latest Tech Giant to Face Staff Backlash Over Government Work (Jamie Condliffe, NY times, 6-22-18) Tech "firms have built artificial intelligence and cloud computing systems that governments find attractive. But as these companies take on lucrative contracts to furnish state and federal agencies with these technologies, they’re facing increasing pushback from their staffs. Amazon employees have joined civil rights groups and investors in protesting the company’s sale of facial recognition technology to law enforcement agencies."
Artificial Intelligence and the Infrastructure of Surveillance Authoritarianism (David Crotty, The Scholarly Kitchen, 3-16-18) Techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci provides a stark view of the potential future of artificial intelligence (AI) and the possible dystopia toward which we are heading. "We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads."
How Artificial Intelligence is Changing Writing (Ali Hale, Daily Writing Tips, 6-29-18) Six key ways AI is changing reading and writing: Translations, automatic editing and writing, checking for plagiarism, searching through audio files (think Siri and Alexa), crafting breaking news stories, influencing readers' book buying ("if you like this, you'll like...").
Can artificial intelligence beat fake news? (Brooke Borel, ScienceWriters Magazine, NASW, 5-3-18)
Detect Plagiarism With the Help of This Friendly AI Bot (Kirsten Akens, Lifehacker, 8-10-17) Welcome to Emma.
AI in the workplace: Everything you need to know (Nick Heath, ZDNet, 6-29-18) How artificial intelligence will change the world of work, for better and for worse. Bots and virtual assistants, IoT and analytics, and so on.
What is the IoT? Everything you need to know about the Internet of Things right now (Steve Ranger, ZDNet, 1-19-18) The Internet of Things explained: What the IoT is, and where it's going next. "Pretty much any physical object can be transformed into an IoT device if it can be connected to the internet and controlled that way. A lightbulb that can be switched on using a smartphone app is an IoT device, as is a motion sensor or a smart thermostat in your office or a connected streetlight. An IoT device could be as fluffy as a child's toy or as serious as a driverless truck, or as complicated as a jet engine that's now filled with thousands of sensors collecting and transmitting data. At an even bigger scale, smart cities projects are filling entire regions with sensors to help us understand and control the environment."
How Artificial Intelligence Is Disrupting the ETF Industry (The Street, 6-30-18) (Investopedia) "AI is already disrupting the ETF industry and it is having spillover effects into other investment vehicles....There has been an increase in the number of usually tight-lipped hedge fund managers admitting to using AI after these AI ETFs launched."
Artificial Intelligence News (Science Daily)
Personalized 'deep learning' equips robots for autism therapy (Science Daily, 6-27-18) MIT: Machine learning network offers personalized estimates of children's behavior
Rough terrain? No problem for beaver-inspired autonomous robot (Science Daily, 6-27-18) Like the industrious rodent, the rover-like vehicle uses surroundings to build complex structures, overcome obstacles
Can Artificial Intelligence Keep Your Home Secure? (Paul Sullivan, NY Times, 1-29-18) Security companies are hoping to harness the potential of A.I., promising better service at lower prices. But experts say there are risks.
Benefits & Risks of Artificial Intelligence (Future of Life Institute) “Everything we love about civilization is a product of intelligence, so amplifying our human intelligence with artificial intelligence has the potential of helping civilization flourish like never before – as long as we manage to keep the technology beneficial."~ Max Tegmark, President of the Future of Life Institute
The Top Myths About Advanced AI (Future of Life Institute)
What else?
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