Long known to be a bit of a cynic in regards to artificial intelligence, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk decided to do what he does best and put his wealth to good use.Along with Y Combinator president Sam Altman, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, and Musk’s PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, Musk hopes that this donation will to allow OpenAI to function freely without worrying about generating a financial return.In the company’s eyes, this fact alone is paramount to it prioritizing a “good outcome” over its own “self-interest.”“As a non-profit, our aim is to build value for everyone rather than shareholders,” OpenAI representatives said in a press release.“Researchers will be strongly encouraged to publish their work, whether as papers, blog posts, or code, and our patents (if any) will be shared with the world.We’ll freely collaborate with others across many institutions and expect to work with companies to research and deploy new technologies.”Despite the $1 billion pledge and celebrity affiliation, it isn’t completely obvious exactly how OpenAI intends to build value or collaborate outside of just plain research.“It’s hard to fathom how much human-level AI could benefit society, and it’s equally hard to imagine how much it could damage society if built or used incorrectly.”In addition to the founders, OpenAI plans on initially functioning with nine world-class research engineers and scientists, headlined by research director and Google Brain Team alum Ilya Sutskever.
Similarly, in the B2B world, artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive technologies represent a disruptive shift that’s forcing companies to reimagine how they operate.With that in mind, here are eight questions everyone is asking about self-driving cars, each of which has an important parallel that helps frame AI’s impact on business and society at large.Google’s self-driving cars have already driven 1,210,676 miles yet, as of July this year, there had only been 14 accidents — all caused by human error, not by the software.Given the fact that around 33,000 people die in traffic accidents in the U.S. every year, and much of blame falls to distracted drivers, there is a huge opportunity to make our roads safer.In the B2B world, very few of our decisions are life or death, but there is still important revenue at stake.When the models are live, someone needs to monitor the impact of any changes and watch for drift in performance to ensure continued accuracy.
Confirming earlier reports, the NY Times says that Google will introduce a voice-controlled digital assistant device for the home tomorrow at its developer conference in San Francisco.Part of Google s motivation here is that it sees a successful product that it believes it can improve upon and partly the move is defensive.The Alexa assistant relies on relatively structured voice commands and is often stumped by queries where it doesn t have available data or question phasing is confusing.While Amazon does have search technology A9 , it doesn t have Google s massive search index, Knowledge Graph, AI chops or its historical understanding of and ability to answer questions.Google s search assets and structured data could enable it to build a broader set of capabilities into Home.Virtual assistants offer the potential realization of the conversational search concept Google has been discussing and promoting for the past few years.
Google Home will be released later this yearGoogle has unveiled a voice-controlled, AI-powered robot assistant that can be ordered to turn the lights down, play music or order a taxi.Google Home, a pint-sized speaker and microphone combination, is designed to sit in a room and respond to its owner's every command, from answering questions to checking the weather.Google's Mario Queiroz unveils HomeThe device is similar to the Amazon Echo, which was released in the US in 2014.By always listening, Google Home can respond to any queries just by users saying "OK Google" and issuing a command, rather than having to type a phrase into a search engine or check emails to dig out flight details."Computing is evolving beyond phones, and people are using it in context across many scenarios, be it in their television, be it in their car, be it something they wear on their wrist or even something much more immersive," Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai said.Google, which unveiled Home at I/O, its annual developer conference, said it would be released later in the year.
We looked at the big picture and distilled the 2016 Exponential Manufacturing conference into the four big themes we saw emerge during the event.Dale Doughtry, CEO and founder of Maker MediaCrowdfunding platforms are fueling the entry of these low-cost machines, like the Makerarm, which raised nearly half a million dollars on Kickstarter, and is the first complete digital fabrication robotic arm that mounts to a desktop.Robotics expert and director of Columbia University s Creative Machine Labs, Hod Lipson, projected how these advances in AI and robotics will converge to create fully resilient and adaptive cloud-connected factories in the future.Shree Bose took this route with Piper, a computer kit for kids to learn engineering through the game Minecraft and the grand prize winner of Google s Global Science Fair.Bose said she only built one scrappy prototype of Piper before beginning the Kickstarter campaign.Hagel said the economy is splitting into two parts—products and services are fragmenting into smaller and smaller pieces, while the platforms knitting them together are getting bigger.
The investor Nicolai Wadström traveling money to the venture capital company Bootstrap Labs next fund. Today Bootstrap Labs total of 18 employees, four full-time experts and advisors part time. The basic idea is still alive, it is useful to combine human capital with venture capital, says Nicolai Wadström. We aggregate massive amounts of data in the world. Nicolai Wadström think it will be a good investment fall, also in the correction of the market that has taken place in the spring. Many other US companies have also opened offices in the valley to get closer and buy into various startup companies.
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Consulting firm Accenture has announced a partnership with artificial intelligence software company, IPsoft, aimed at spurring the use of AI in the enterprise, ZDNet reports.The deal will see Accenture integrate IPsoft's AI program, Amelia, into a new business unit called Accenture Amelia.Amelia will act as a virtual agent to businesses within the insurance, banking, and travel industries.Companies can enlist its help to automate a wide variety of service desk roles, such as helping customers open new bank accounts or process insurance claims.The company recently built a new R lab in Dublin, Ireland, where Accenture s head office is.The lab will focus on the development and integration of AI systems into Accenture Operations, including customer support, procurement, supply chain, and warranty services.The global market for content analytics, discovery and cognitive systems software is projected to reach $9.2 billion by 2019, according to IDC.
But the company s voice platform is fast, alarmingly accurate, and likely baked into tons of products we interact with in some form or another.MindMeld was founded in 2011 and is backed by over $15 million in funding.The company shows example after example of how voice beats just about every other input for generating a response, and even showed off its chops against incumbent giants like the Apple TV voice search.I caught up with CEO Tim Tuttle to see how the company fits into the broader scheme of AI giants e.g., IBM Waton, Amazon Echo and NLP-based startups and to get a view at where we might be headed.We re currently engaged with companies in video, music, quick service restaurants, fashion retailing, IoT, and other categories.There is definitely much greater awareness of AI based conversational interfaces among our target customers than there was even six months ago, Tuttle told me.That s the power of MindMeld s underlying tech — it s not just about powering conversational bots on Facebook Messenger and other messaging platforms the company released its bot platform yesterday, as well .Given the dramatic shift in user behavior we are seeing, this will probably change over the next year.Tuttle, like many others in the media, is particularly unimpressed by the range of bots out there in the wild.
It s based on existing technology, including Google Now.The assistant will power Google s upcoming Amazon Echo competitor, Google Home.Speaking at the beginning of the keynote at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai described the technology as a conversational assistant that can carry on an ongoing two-way dialogue.We want to be there for our users asking them, How can I help?'Pichai said.The technology is voice-activated and available across devices, but the interface is packaged up inside of a chatbot — something like, say, Facebook Messenger s M. We are getting ready to launch something later this year, Pichai said.The Google Assistant is built into the Allo mobile messaging app, which is also being introduced today.Over the years Google has amassed a whole lot of AI talent and technology.And the systems are regularly improving — last year at I/O Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said Google s speech recognition technology was down to an 8 percent word error rate.Indeed, today Pichai said that 1 in every 5 Google search queries on Android in the U.S. is a voice query.But even though Google s AI technology represents value for the company internally, in the past year Google has shared some of that technology with the rest of the world as open source code.Now it s clear that Google is a few steps ahead of Apple.Earlier this week The Information reported that Google would give third-party developers access to speech recognition, some aspects of the Google Now personal digital assistant, and Android s Google Now On Tap feature for recognizing known entities mentioned in text onscreen and providing explanations and relevant links.While the world s biggest technology companies have been fixated on chatbots lately, the whole idea itself is not new.Voice-activated assistants like the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo speaker are another emerging medium, but currently bots seem more likely to be adopted by the masses.
According to the New York Times named Google's standalone Virtual Assistant Home. The publication says that the device will be introduced already tonight, the developer conference, Google I / O. Home is said does not land on the market until the autumn. Just as we heard earlier, the unit should function as Amazon Echo - that is, an artificial intelligence that always listens and can answer questions and perform various commands. AI will play a central role in Google's future as CEO Sundar Pichai. If the rumor is true, we may see Google Home 19:00 tonight Swedish time.
Forget about chatbots, Google's baking its digital assistant right into your life.Google Assistant—a new smart assistant announced by CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2016—weaves together the complex information that Google already has about the world and the detailed information that the company already has about you to create a helpful voice-driven AI that revolves around your world.while standing in front of a famous sculpture with your phone, and the bot is able to mix location data and image recognition to identify exactly what you re looking at and provide the answer in seconds.and the Assistant pulled up results of films that Google thinks he would like, playing at his local movie theater.Follow-up questions—all delivered in natural language, using commands like Is it any good?—let him refine the search to kid-friendly movies, and even buy tickets to his chosen show.
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But Google s latest contender, Allo, is shaking things up with a very simple feature: It will let you modulate your voice when you re typing.When you re typing a message, you can drag on the send button to turn it into a slider.You can see what this looks like in the tweet embedded above.If someone sends you a picture of a dog, the app will be smart enough to recognize it and suggest responses like Cute dog!Google s Allo app will have AI-based auto-responses, like these canned messages when you get a dog pic IO2016 pic.twitter.com/0Sv91uvo5h— Damon Beres @dlberes May 18, 2016Google s new messaging app Allo lets you use automated smart replies.Allo also has other enjoyable features that you ll probably use less often.
Answer by Scott Aaronson, Theoretical computer scientist at MIT, soon to be at UT Austin, on Quora.There are things like Deflategate or manspreading or the dresses worn at the Oscars, which many people talk about but few should.And then there are things like World War II, global warming, black holes, or machine learning, which many people talk about and probably many should.Indeed, I started out in AI and machine learning, as an undergrad at Cornell with Bart Selman and then as a grad student at Berkeley with Mike Jordan, before shifting into quantum computing, where I felt like my comparative advantage was greater.On the other hand, at least according to the ML researchers I know, the recent progress has not involved any major new conceptual breakthroughs: it s been more about further refinement of algorithms that already existed in the 70s and 80s, and of course, implementing those algorithms on orders-of-magnitude faster computers and training them with orders-of-magnitude more data.In the end, I suppose it s less interesting to me to look at the sheer amount of machine learning hype than at its content.
Deemed by many as the ultimate technology for a smart IoT world, artificial intelligence AI is intelligence exhibited in software that allows machines, devices, services and other 'things' to learn and behave like a human.AI's main goal is to find solutions to problems.This is done through reasoning, planning, natural language processing, perception, and others.Other branches include, but are not limited to, genetic programming, heuristics, ontology, planning, and machine learning from experience and inference.According to Gartner, by 2020 85% of customer interactions will be managed without the need of human intervention.Over $325m have been invested in the last few years on AI startups.
You can ask a question for an answer, and follow up with multiple questions, with Google picking the conversation out and returning the right answer.The service is integrated in its new conversational user interface products: Google Assistant is also built into Allo, its new independent chat bot app, as well as Google Home, its Amazon Echo competitor.They could then follow up with a question, such as what other movies has he or she directed, and Google Assistant should be able to return an answer.Google Assistant can also execute certain tasks, like changing reservation times or setting calendar reminders.While this seems like it might just be an upgrade to Google Now, this is still a significant move for Google.Google s play is that it can leverage its powerful AI tools and all the data it s collected over the years to build a superior virtual assistant.
Google has announced Google Assistant, showing off the conversational AI helper at Google IO 2016.Backed by ten years of language processing, Google Assistant's big sell compared to digital assistants like Microsoft's Cortana and Apple's Siri is an emphasis on conversational clues.In an example demonstrated by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Google Assistant could not only look up movie listings from a voice command, but could also process phrases like "I want to bring the kids this time" to sort out family-friendly films, or "is that any good?""This has historically been hard for computers to do," Pichai added."The reason we can do it is that for the last decade, we've been building the world's best natural linkage processing technology."Google has big plans for its Assistant, with the intentions to put the AI in phones, smartwatches, its recently-announced Google Home, and even cars in the near future.
Google became one of the world s most valuable companies by making a search engine that sucks in billions of queries people type into web browsers on PCs and phones.The bet is that whoever makes the most engaging and useful digital personal assistant, also known as the conversational interface, will control the layer between a person and their digital life, and collect the most revenue and profit from being that privileged broker.Google has been working on artificial intelligence -- technology that lets computers teach themselves about the world -- for more than 15 years.That will let Google s search and other services follow people from smartphones and smart watches into their car and homes.A contact named "@google" can be summoned by users to provide AI-powered services, like finding restaurants and booking tables, or searching for movies.The AI in Allo is based on technology already deployed in Google s Inbox program, which reads through e-mails and suggests appropriate replies.People will summon it by using the same call out -- "OK, Google" -- that is used in other existing Google mobile apps.A technology called Expander will help the technology work in multiple languages, with insights gleaned from AI deployed in one language feeding the intelligence of the software in another tongue.But it will take time for the AI to be able to anticipate and respond to every request, said Huffman.
Today at I/O, Google took the wraps off its latest foray into the world of communications: the company announced Allo, a smart messaging app supercharged with machine learning and Google s new Google Assistant service its answer to Amazon s Alexa , giving users the ability not just to chat to each other with animated graphics and enlarging/shrinking text, but to call in Google and later other third-party apps to share media, plan events, buy things, and even think of what to say to each other.The iOS and Android app is being unveiled today, but it will only be live this summer, Google says.So while there are already a number of popular messaging apps out there today like Facebook s WhatsApp and Messenger; Viber; Line; WeChat and others like Slack focusing on enterprise — it s no surprise to see Google pooling together its strong cards to see if it can make its own messaging product fly.We are building search to be much more assistive, Google s CEO Sundar Pichai noted today during the I/O keynote when unveiling Google Assistant and the many helping nudges it gives you when you are looking for information through Google.com.The featuresAs with other messaging apps, users of Allo will be able to find people to chat to based on their phone numbers, and those that use Google accounts for services like Gmail will also be able to call in their contacts from those services.In addition to emoji and a whisper / loud mode where you can enlarge and shrink text to emphasize what you re saying, there are a number of AI-based details.
Google has unveiled Assistant at Google I/O 2016 - an AI-powered helper that can actually have a conversation with you.We re not just talking about those awkward mechanical responses your normally have to remember, but a meaningful conversation that should allow you to finally speak to Google as though it were a human being.While Assistant will no doubt draw obvious comparisons with Siri, there are some notable differences between the two and of course Amazon s Alexa .The easiest and perhaps creepiest way of thinking about Assistant is that it s always there, and always on.GoogleAssistant essentially gives those devices a voice, allowing your fridge to tell you when you need more milk, or letting you talk to your calendar and make changes.From there it ll move to Home, the connected speaker that will be launching later this year.