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At Sundar Pichai’s Google, AI Is Everything And Everywhere

We think of the Assistant as of an evolution of Google search,” says John Giannandrea, who, as senior VP of search, research, and machine intelligence is responsible for the technologies that power both Google search in its classic form and the Assistant. Read more.

Artificial intelligence, human brain to merge in 2030s, says futurist Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering and a noted futurist and inventor, envisions a more co-operative future. He says the human brain will soon merge with computer networks to form a hybrid artificial intelligence. Read more.

The Value of Artificial Intelligence

How rapidly are the market demand and opportunity for AI growing?
In a recent report, IDC forecasts that adoption of cognitive systems and artificial intelligence (AI) across a broad range of industries will drive global revenues from nearly $8.0 billion in 2016 to more… read more.

Advancing our ambition to democratize artificial intelligence

Today, we’re excited to announce a new partnership with OpenAI focused on making significant contributions to advance the field of AI, while also furthering our mutual goal of using AI to tackle some of the world’s most challenging problems. Read more.

What Artificial Intelligence Can and Can’t Do Right Now

Many executives ask me what artificial intelligence can do. They want to know how it will disrupt their industry and how they can use it to reinvent their own companies. Read more.

Over 10 Million Self-Driving Cars to Be on the Road by 2020

Brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Tesla have released, or are about to roll out, cars equipped with some level of autonomy. Even tech companies, such as Google, are working toward putting their own self-driving cars on the road. Read more.

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New Research Center to Explore Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

The ethics center, called the K&L Gates Endowment for Ethics and Computational Technologies, is being established at a time of growing international concern about the impact of A.I. technologies. Read more.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Redefine Management

Many alarms have sounded on the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to upend the workforce, especially for easy-to-automate jobs. But managers at all levels will have to adapt to the world of smart machines. Read more.

‘STARCRAFT II’ WILL SOON BE USED AS TRAINING GROUNDS FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

On Friday during the BlizzCon 2016 opening keynote, Blizzard revealed that it teamed up with Google to provide an application programming interface (API) for DeepMind to be used in StarCraft II. Read more.

The New World Of Artificially Intelligent Security

Let’s just say in 2016, when you work with startups; you hear the term AI / Artificial Intelligence thrown around a lot. It’s this season’s hottest buzzword. Got a cool new App? Yes, it’s got AI inside. Read more.

Uber is rolling out a big redesign powered by machine learning

The new Uber app features an interface its 40 million monthly riders worldwide will recognize, at least for the most part. You can request a ride just like always, but the app uses machine learning to better understand your routines. Read more.

How AI (Artificial Intelligence) Creates A Better Customer Service Experience

A year ago I wrote that I had seen the future. I had attended the IBM Insights conference in Las Vegas, an entire conference devoted to the Internet of Things, analytics, cognitive marketing and related topics. Read more.
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Forrester Predicts Investment In Artificial Intelligence Will Grow 300% in 2017

Insights matter. Businesses that use artificial intelligence (AI), big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to uncover new business insights “will steal $1.2 trillion per annum from their less informed peers by 2020. Read more.

When Will Robots Take All the Jobs?

There isn’t much evidence from today’s statistics that human workers are on the verge of a historic shift. But just wait until the next recession. Read more.

MIT use state-of-the-art deep learning algorithms to learn how haunted faces, houses, or toxic cities look like. Then, we apply the learnt style to famous landmarks and present you: AI-powered horror all over the world! Read more.

Today`s Artificial Intelligence Does Not Justify Basic Income

Not a day goes by when we do not hear about the threat of AI taking over the jobs of everyone from truck drivers to accountants to radiologists. Read more

3 challenges for artificial intelligence in medicine

Why is the world’s most advanced AI used for cat videos, but not to help us live longer and healthier lives? Read more.

45 Artificial Intelligence Startups Targeting Retail In One Infographic

Investors poured a record high $1.05B into artificial intelligence startups in Q2’16, and AI is already affecting more areas of our lives than many people realize. Even retail and e-commerce companies are increasingly integrating the technology. Read more.

 

 

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What Do People — Not Techies, Not Companies — Think About Artificial Intelligence?

In 1942 the author and professor Isaac Asimov introduced his Three Laws of Robotics, one of the most well-known attempts to establish workable rules integrating artificial intelligence, read more …

Cloud Security, AI, IoT Make List Of Hot Technologies For 2017

Those enterprises and IT departments that believe they are maintaining a more secure environment on-premises than the public cloud provides are a dying breed, according to the latest round of predictions from Nucleus Research. Read more.

Microsoft researchers reach human parity in conversational speech recognition

Microsoft has made a major breakthrough in speech recognition, creating a technology that recognizes the words in a conversation as well as a person does. Read more.

As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential

Imagine receiving a phone call from your aging mother seeking your help because she has forgotten her banking password.

Except it’s not your mother. The voice on the other end of the phone call just sounds deceptively like her. Read more.

This Online Education Firm Is Offering an Artificial Intelligence Training Program

Research firm Markets and Markets estimates the AI market will grow to more than $5 billion by 2020, given the rising adoption of AI across these industries. Read more.


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Announcing The Autonomous Corporation

Join us for an exciting evening with the leaders of the Autonomous Revolution.

With the AI market projected to grow over 20 fold in the next 10 years to $3Tn annually, we believe Applied Artificial Intelligence represents one of the major wealth creation opportunities of this century. Read more.

Speakers lineup:
Danny B. Lange, Head of Machine Learning at Uber
Ben Levy, Co-Founder at BootstrapLabs
Sabrina N. Atienza, Founder at Qurious.io
Alex Holub, Co-Founder at Vidora
Cathrine Andersen, Co-Founder at Roger.ai

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Barack Obama, neural nets, self-driving cars, and the future of the world

IT’S HARD TO think of a single technology that will shape our world more in the next 50 years than artificial intelligence. Read more.

Google’s ‘DeepMind’ AI platform can now learn without human input

In a significant step forward for artificial intelligence, Alphabet’s hybrid system — called a Differential Neural Computer (DNC) — uses the existing data storage.. read more.

Apple has hired a big brain in AI to make Siri less dumb

Apple has hired a Carnegie Mellon University professor to head up a team working on artificial intelligence as tech giants increasingly place big bets on machine learning as a key part of their future. Read more.

Why artificial intelligence will finally unlock IoT

Connected devices that leverage AI to help with real-time analytics are here today, and widespread adoption is on the rise. Read more.

Artificial intelligence is transforming ERP solutions

Without a doubt, artificial intelligence (AI) will have a profound impact on the footprint of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in the foreseeable future. Read more.

The Administration’s Report on the Future of Artificial Intelligence

Under President Obama’s leadership America continues to be the world’s most innovative country, with the greatest potential to develop the industries of the future and harness science and technology to help address important challenges. Read more.

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Why Cortana’s new boss is obsessed with artificial intelligence

The new Microsoft AI and Research Group will be led by computer vision pioneer and executive vice president Harry Shum, whose 20-year Microsoft career involves leading read more…

Why deep learning is suddenly changing your life

Decades-old discoveries are now electrifying the computing industry and will soon transform corporate America. Read more.

Samsung to Acquire Viv

The deal showcases Samsung’s commitment to virtual personal assistants and is part of the company’s broader vision to deliver an AI-based open ecosystem across all of its devices and services. Read more.

How artificial intelligence is changing online retail forever

Artificial intelligence is all around us, from searching on Google to what news you see on social media to using Siri. Read more.

Elon Musk’s OpenAI is Using Reddit to Teach An Artificial Intelligence How to Speak

NVIDIA has delivered the first DGX-1 supercomputer to OpenAI. The supercomputer has a whopping 170 teraflops of computing power—equivalent to 250 conventional servers. Read more.

MIT Open course on AI

This course introduces students to the basic knowledge representation, problem solving, and learning methods of artificial intelligence. Learn more.

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How to Steal an AI

IN THE BURGEONING field of computer science known as machine learning, engineers often refer to the artificial intelligences they create as “black box” systems: read more.

Google is making its assistant ‘conversational’ in two new ways

Today Google is announcing a “Google Assistant” that essentially performs the same tasks as other Google interfaces do, but in a conversational mode. Read more.

Artificial Intelligence: Growth, Opportunities and Threats

We are in the middle of a technological revolution. Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to fundamentally transform the world around us… Read more.

Join us at AI World Conference 2016 in San Francisco!

Ben Levy, BootstrapLabs’ Co-Founder will be on stage moderating the “AI: Innovation in the Enterprise” panel with:

  • Bill Loconzolo, Vice President, Data Engineering, Intuit
  • Donald Thompson, Founder, President & Chief Operating Officer, MAANA
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Microsoft expands AI efforts with creation of new Research Group

The new group will be led by computer vision luminary Harry Shum, a 20-year Microsoft veteran whose career has spanned leadership roles across Microsoft Research and Bing engineering. Read more.

Industry leaders establish partnership on AI best pratices

Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft last week announced that they will create a non-profit organization that will work to advance public understanding of AI technologies and formulate best practices on the challenges and opportunities within the field. Read more.

Artificial intelligence: Disruption era begins

Artificial intelligence software solutions will likely be the top disruptor in technology in the next decade, like smartphones and the cloud. Read more.

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Investing in AI offers more rewards than risks

By 2018, robots will supervise more than 3 million human workers; by 2020, smart machines will be a top investment priority for more than 30 percent of CIOs. Read more.

The Next Wave of Deep Learning Applications

In the last two weeks alone we have seen research that breaks new ground in each of the following domains via neural networks and advanced machine learning frameworks. Read more.

Ten Myths About Machine Learning

Machine learning used to take place behind the scenes: Amazon mined your clicks and purchases for recommendations, Google mined your searches for ad placement, and Facebook mined your social network to choose which posts to show you. Read more.

Artificial Intelligence Software Is Booming. But Why Now?

It’s all very exciting, the way great possibilities are, and clearly full of great buzzwords and slogans. But will other companies see any value in all this or understand if A.I. has value for them? Read more.

Air freights, drones, and the Internet of Things: what is the future of the supply chain?

Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, the global supply chain hasn’t really changed all that much. Products are made from raw materials in factories, shipped off somewhere else (either by land or sea), stored in a warehouse, and then distributed to retailers. Read more.

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How to Learn Machine Learning by Ben Levy

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How to Learn Machine Learning – an Investor’s Perspective

Episode Summary: There’s been lot of hype around AI and ML in business over the past five years. Even among investors exist a lot of misconceptions about using ML in a business context, and how to get up to speed on and learn machine learning as it applies to utility in industry. Recently, I talked with Benjamin Levy of BootstrapLabs in San Francisco, whom I met through an investment banking friend in Boston.

BootstrapLabs invests in Bay area companies, and Levy also travels around the world speaking about investing in AI companies and raising funds for new ventures. In this episode, Levy gives his perspective on what investors and executives get wrong about ML and and AI, and discusses how they can get up to speed and leverage the applications for these technologies and related expertise to really make a difference (i.e. increased ROI) in their businesses.

Expertise: Technology; Corporate Development & Strategy; Product Development

Brief Recognition: Ben Levy is the co­-founder of BootstrapLabs, a leading venture capital firm, based in Silicon Valley and focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence.

Born in France and living in Silicon Valley for the past 18 years, Ben is a repeat entrepreneur who launched, built, and exited two startups in the financial technology space. Praedea Solutions, a data mining software company using machine learning and image recognition technology, was acquired by Mergent in 2005, and InsideVenture, a financial social network for the founders of venture-­backed pre-­IPO startups and long­-only institutional investors on Wall Street, was acquired by SecondMarket in 2009 (and is now part of NASDAQ).

Earlier in his career, Ben was a Technology, Media, and Telecom Investment Banker who advised startup founders and CxOs of Fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy, financing, and M&A. Ben is also a frequent keynote and panel speaker on innovation, technology investing, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, and globalization in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Current Affiliations: Co-founder of BootstrapLabs

Interview Highlights:

The following is a condensed version of the full audio interview, which is available in the above links on TechEmergence’s SoundCloud and iTunes stations.

(1:54) What do you see as some of the bigger misconceptions around machine learning in industry by business people and investors?

Benjamin Levy: We’ve had the benefit of traveling around the world…we talk to executives, family offices, people that are running businesses, and I think there’s been a lot of hype around AI…it’s nothing new, it’s been around about 50 years, there’s been an incredible breakthrough lately, but that’s coming as a result of the explosion of big data, of computing power at scale…

…I think it actually starts with basic lack of understanding of how the technology is going to impact their business…if you’re a business person, at the end of the day, you’re going to be caring about your ROI—is my product better, faster, cheaper; am I selling it to my customers and are my customers happier, and am I competitive. In 2 to 3 years, people will not be selling you AI software, they’ll be selling you upgrades, and that upgrade will have a lot of machine intelligence and a lot of AI, and you’re not going to talk about it because the way you sell AI technology is not going to change…now, the ability that you have as an executive, to have the right talent in-house to evolve your products so that they become smarter…that is the hard part….

(7:20) Talk about the notion (that you mentioned) of “lumpier” in the markets —what do you mean in that regard?

BL: If you look at the global perspective…just from a pure business stand point, we live in a world that is a lot more subject to interconnections and prices impacting one another and the terminal effect, I think in a world where we’re going to continue to see these ups and downs…the waves of disruptions are going to come in faster and faster…if you think about AI, we went from a world where we started to automate to a world that’s becoming more autonomous, a lot more intelligent; so we look at a world that is machine intelligence augmented by human beings…the two combine, but we’re going to move from a world where 80 percent of the work is being done by humans and 20 percent is begin done by machines to a world where 80 percent of the work is done by machines and 20 percent of the work is done by humans…

(10:14) Do you think that people are prepared for the investment involved?

BL: …are you going to be as a business investing heavily in your own capabilities of adopting and applying AI technologies so that you do? Who owns AI inside your company, who owns automation, and who’s going to be driving products that incorporate this other way of looking at things and solving problems?…There’s so many cooks in the kitchen on the inside is side in the corporations; on the other side, you have a lack of vision as to what these products and endpoint should be…

(12:50) What is the talent game for (those outside of Silicon Valley)…what does it look like for the folks who aren’t in the Bay?

BL: …when I think about these dynamics, if you were to be a startup in France focusing on AI, you have a great local pool of talent and you’re not in as much aggressive competition with the local Googles and Facebooks and Amazons of the world that they want to suck up all the talent from these universities, so play that to your advantage. We only invest in companies in Silicon Valley (SV), but the founders can be from anywhere in the world, the company could have ben started elsewhere, which means that we’re completely in favor of you maintaining an R&D somewhere in the place where you come from, where you speak the language, where you know the universities….

(18:35) What do companies do to start to grasp what is possible, see how they could be disrupted, where the opportunities lie?

BL: As a venture capitalist, we’re in a very unique, privileged position…we are educated constantly so we see patterns that are very interesting; my advice would be, talk to people who are in the business to get smarter and wiser, not just by reading things…but you need to talk to people that are on the front lines, who are doing it, you need to potentially be a corporation investing in (venture) funds as well…

…people should be using budgets to actually learn, you should be thinking where can we allocate money…you might actually get closer to people who organize that (sponsored) event and have incredible access, you could be working with incubators and accelerators…there’s a few different tools that corporations have that are accessible to them.

Big Ideas:

1 – People are not buying AI as a company, they’re buying results – a return on investment. AI shouldn’t be looked on as a “neat” thing, but something that has requirements, costs, and results, with a need for smart business decisions, the same as any valuable business tool.

2 – SV doesn’t necessarily have more talent, it just has more resources that allow companies to scale. AI and ML companies can and should get started and grow outside the SV ecosystem. The reason BootstrapLabs wants those companies to eventually have a presence in SV is the ability to scale ideas and ROI; returns are driven by acquisitions, and most of those willing to pay for these technologies are in SV.