Inside Facebook’s plan to be more human

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Source: CNN Tech Date: April 23rd, 2016 Link to video: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2016/04/20/facebook-mostly-human.cnnmoney/index.html Discussion 1) Is this really “more compassionate products”? 2) The video talks about using an algorithm to surface favourite posts from the pasts.  How might other organizations use this sort of algorithm to better serve their own customers?

Would you let a robot invest your hard-earned cash?

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The floors of the New York and London Stock Exchanges now exist mostly for show. The real trading is done automatically by robots.  About three-quarters of trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq are done by algorithms – computer programs following complex sets of rules.  And this “robo-trading” is having a profound effect… Read more »

An Artificial Intelligence chatbot developed by Microsoft has gone rogue on Twitter

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A chatbot developed by Microsoft has gone rogue on Twitter, swearing and making racist remarks and inflammatory political statements.  The experimental AI, which learns from conversations, was designed to interact with 18-24-year-olds.  Just 24 hours after artificial intelligence Tay was unleashed, Microsoft appeared to be editing some of its more inflammatory comments. Source: BBC Technology News… Read more »

Facebook gets 1 million user violation reports a day

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“You can criticize institutions, religions, and you can engage in robust political conversation,” said Bickert, of where Facebook draws the line. “But what you can’t do is cross the line into attacking a person or a group of people based on a particular characteristic.”  For Facecbook crafting the policy is “tricky,” especially given that 80%… Read more »

Meet the computer diagnosing cancer

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The ‘robot radiologist’ is here. San Francisco based startup Enlitic is using artificial intelligence to detect and prevent cancer, pushing medicine firmly into the 21st century. Their deep-learning algorithms can be better at diagnosing tumors than doctors. Source: CNN Money Date: March 4th, 2016 Link to video: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2015/03/12/ai-radiologist-enlitic-ai-start-up.cnnmoney/index.html Discussion 1) The move to robots featuring in all aspects… Read more »

IBM’s Watson lives in more areas of our lives than we think

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IBM wants Watson to help solve professional and personal problems big and small. But it can’t do it alone.  To achieve its goal, IBM has been honing Watson’s various abilities and lending them to more than 500 startups and companies in 17 industries. Source: CNN Tech Date: January 29th, 2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/29/technology/watson-cool-apps/index.html?iid=Lead Discussion 1) The article suggests that… Read more »

Apple buys AI company that can read your emotions

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Apple wants to know how you’re feeling. It has acquired an artificial intelligence company that uses facial recognition to read a person’s emotions.  Emotient, Inc.’s technology analyzes facial expressions to measure emotions like joy, surprise, fear, anger, disgust and contempt. Source: CNN Tech Date: 1/11/2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/07/technology/apple-emotient-ai/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_tech_pool&iid=obnetwork Discussion 1) “By scanning videos or a person watching an… Read more »

Intelligent Machines: Artificial Intelligence art is taking on the experts

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In a world where machines can do many things as well as humans, one would like to hope there remain enclaves of human endeavour to which they simply cannot aspire.  Art, literature, poetry, music – surely a mere computer without world experience, moods, memories and downright human fallibility cannot create these?   Not so. Source: BBC… Read more »

Robots are NOT coming for our jobs

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Technology has made life easier and more comfortable in countless ways over the past few hundred years. But a relatively new brand of fear mongering suggests the workplace will soon become too easy, making some human workers obsolete. The rise of robots in different industries has led some experts to predict that artificial intelligence will take over a third… Read more »

Could a robot have written this post? The rise of the Robo-journalist

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At large news agencies where speed is crucial, template-style stories have long been used for company results, allowing journalists to simply key in the relevant facts and numbers and fire off the dispatch. Often disparagingly referred to as ‘churnalism,’ some of the larger media organisations — including the L.A. Times and Associated Press — have… Read more »